Norwich City’s Wes Hoolahan would be tempted by a Paul Lambert reunion at Aston Villa

Norwich City midfielderr Wes Hoolahan would be tempted by a reunion with Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd. Norwich City midfielderr Wes Hoolahan would be tempted by a reunion with Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd.

Thursday, January 23, 2014
10:36 AM

Wantaway Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan insists he will not go on strike to force through a Carrow Road move – but the Irishman admitted he would be tempted by a reunion with Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert.

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The 31-year-old had a transfer request rejected on Tuesday by the Canaries following a recent enquiry from the Villans which was dismissed as ‘derisory’ by City’s hierarchy.

Hoolahan revealed in an interview with the Telegraph he has been frustrated by his lack of first team action under Chris Hughton, but the Irishman pledged to remain professional until his future is resolved ahead of next week’s transfer deadline.

“If I’m picked by the manager then I will play because I don’t want to let the club and the players down,” he said. “Ideally I want a resolution but I’m not planning on going on strike or refusing to play. The facts don’t lie. I’ve only started five Premier League games this season. That’s why I want to go.

“I’ve had loads of good times at the club. The back-to-back promotion seasons were obviously special, particularly the game against Portsmouth that secured our place in the Premier League. The first year in the Premier League was also great. But now I want a new challenge.”

Hoolahan is contracted to Carrow Road until 2015 but the Dubliner insisted there had been no contact with the Midlands club.

“I haven’t spoken to anybody at Aston Villa, but of course a move to play for Paul Lambert again would appeal to me,” Hoolahan is quoted as saying. “I played some of the best football of my career under him and it was Paul who converted me from a winger to playing in the hole behind the striker.

“It’s a shame it has got to this. I tried to do things sensibly and quietly because I’ve not been involved whatsoever. But I was told the club do not want to sell me. I don’t really know what will happen next, hopefully there will be more conversations to resolve the matter. There has not been any big row or anything like that. The club know my wishes and that is as far as it has gone.”

Hoolahan is Norwich’s longest serving player but the Republic of Ireland international reiterated he felt the time had come to break his ties with the club he joined back in 2008.

“The last couple of months, I’ve not been playing as much as I would have liked,” he said. “I’ve been at Norwich for five-and-a-half years and I have the utmost respect for the fans and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the club. But I feel my time here has now run its course and I need a new challenge.

“At my age, I need to be playing regular first-team football and that is not happening at Norwich. There have been times this season when I’ve not even been included in the squad and the majority of the time I have been on the bench.”

45 comments

  • Part exchange for Ince

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    spark

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Hoots is into flexiblity. Immovably so.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Basically saying hasn't enjoyed his time at all under hughton.

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    AC Canary

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • GPL - I take your point about contact with Villa, but in fairness to Wes, what is he supposed to say? He's hardly going to come out and say Lambert's been tapping him up for months is he! He's not taking anyone for mugs - he and we all realise these things probably go on, but he has to tow the party line(s) and we have to read between them.

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    Smudger75

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • GPL No the good people of Norfolk are NOT stupid but it is ONLY hUGHTON who is treating them as such!!!!!!!!!!!!! He has squeezed practically every drop of flair and invention out of the players over 18 sorry months , GOOD luck Wes you deserve a chance to play for a manager who believes in you. OLD HAT OR NOT I SIMPLYDONT CARE HUGHTON OUT AND YOUR TWO CLOWN HELPERS TOO,GIVE US BACK OUR CLUB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Mawther07

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Too old, too slow, but most of all - too small. Sod the sentiment, earn a few 'bob'. Get real?

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    Dissaster

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Build a team around a player almost 32 year old. Thats jus silly, especially if that player is inconsistent like Hoolihan. As for comparing him to the others. Wes hoolihan couldn't lace Johnny Howson's boots. if teams were paying monety for Howson now it would be £6million plus. Not the £750,000 offered for Hoolihan. No one else even wants him apart from Lambert and us. I like hoolihan a lot but i recognise his limitations

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    GPL

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • You can well understand his point of view. Sure CH won't be keen to lose him as he can be awesome when you can afford to have someone who probably won't win the ball but will catalyse things. However it pans out, you can't blame him for wanting to play.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Fair play to him. If all honest comments which I believe they are I can totally understand it. While some players appear perfectly happy under Hughton others are not. What ever my thoughts on Wes (I still value him and can see how he could hurt teams under the right manager) if hes not happy and wants to go for those reasons, maybe its for the best as long as the club get a good offer. Thats most important thing. Were not a charity and despite the manager not deeming Hoolahan important im sure the board are well aware how good Wes is wont let him go unless we recieve an offer thats best for the club. Thats paramount above anything else.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Are you lot all blind. Even if Wes had been playing every week this scenario we have now would still have happened. He is desperate to join Villa to team up with the carrot that Lambert has masterminded. See it from your clubs point of view for gods sake. OK if Wes is that desperate to leave we should be contacting championship clubs and see what they have to offer.

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    spark

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • I cannot see the team doing any worse with Wes in the side. All it takes is a little bit of vision by him and a goal is on the cards...

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    smalltownboy

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Ha! That was it! Gillllll'teeeeeee!

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    Smudger75

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Both, komakino. Greedy or what? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • GPL - If he's asked a direct question he has to answer it, or say "no comment" which makes him look guilty as hell anyway. I agree that our ambition should be to have quality like Wes on the bench, as long as you have equal or better quality on the pitch. For the record, I don't want Wes to go but accept he inevitably will, even if at the end of the season. The important thing is we get the best result for NCFC when it does happen.

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    Smudger75

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • The point here is let him go yes if he really is unhappy but NOT to Villa !

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    spark

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Try again.......GPL - If he's asked a direct question he has to answer it, or say "no comment" which makes him look gill'tee as anything anyway. I agree that our ambition should be to have quality like Wes on the bench, as long as you have equal or better quality on the pitch. For the record, I don't want Wes to go but accept he inevitably will, even if at the end of the season. The important thing is we get the best result for NCFC when it does happen.

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    Smudger75

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • disaster, you have already made that comment and repeating it does not in any way detract from its stupidity.

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    Cecil

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Wes if you think we believe that you have not spoken to anyone at Villa then you take us the fans for mugs. I am sure your number was not deleted from Lamberts mobile when he left Norwich so why wouldn't he use it. Can't be proved of course but the good people of Norfolk are not stupid so don't treat us as such

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    GPL

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Ok, why did that get through and not the one I've been trying to submit for the last 10 mins?!!!

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    Smudger75

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • This could be the worse thing to happen to our club if we let our most creative and influential player leave, every time wes play we look a threat every time he doesn't we look easy to defend against van wolfswinkel isn't scoring because wes isn't playing simple as that, Chris Hughton will get the sack this season at some point, and if he lets wes leave where will be, i'm soo angry that this guy in charge of our club has treated one of the legends of our club so badly, not being funny but had wes of played we wouldn't of been lucky to beat hull he would of pulled them apart, apart from getting lucky from a corner in the last minute, Just hope Wes will stay, were going to be a lot worse off if he leaves and every fan knows that well fans who know about football,

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    hooley14

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • I know. I have now learned to copy my post before clicking submit so I can paste it in again if it doesn't go up! Then, like you say, it's a case of second guessing what the KGB have censored! I assumed they are thinking you could be potentially libelous by using that word!

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    Smudger75

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Smudger - Wes could easily have left that part out of his interview with the press if he did not want to say anything untrue. He is our player. we pay his wages and all this slating of CH over him not playing. This is something we should be aspiring to in having players with the quality of Wes on the bench. When all are fit then it will be Tettey, Howson and Fer who are first choice in midfield. Wes doesnt do the defensive stuff so well, so I for one like to see him coming from the bench if and when required. It would be nice to think that one day we will have players like Chelsea have in Jaun Mata coming off the bench but that is a dream for a club of our size but a nice dream so for now, I am with the board when they make efforts to keep him. The same people who are saying we should let him go are the same people who would probably say we have no ambition if we do not hang on to our good players

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    GPL

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Johnny, Becchio`s had no chance at all! In the brief minutes he`s been on the field there have been glimpses of what he`s about. His interplay with Howson, I think in that charity match vs WBA or the one vs ManC (last season), was very good. A bit Teddy Sheringham-like?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • …..If Norwich City were getting positive results with the players that are chosen by our selector(s)..but we are not!.....and if those selectors were putting a balanced eleven on to the field of play..but they are not!...if they were playing them in the most effective formation...but they are not!..if the players were placed in their strongest positions...but they are not!...if they play to match winning tactics...but the are not!...so why on earth don't they go back to the drawing board and make changes?....and the first one they should make is putting the name Hoolahan on the board and building a team around him....He has much more to offer than the chosen few,..and I mean ...Tettey (when fit)..Pilkington (when fit)..Howson (when fit)..Snodgrass and Fer ( when they feel like it)..... How many goals have come from wrong sided wingers this season?....and if taking a corner or a free kick is counted as an assist...I'll go to the foot of our stairs!!!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Its bonkers what gets filtered and what doesn't smudger! You have to go through with a fine-tooth comb wondering which word has flagged your post up, while other users swear or be abusive and it goes straight up.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Oh god dont start that again lol! Heaven forbid! Been going over any post I do with a fine tooth comb to keep Captain Picky at bay ;)

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • These comments from Wes don't appear to stack up with ncfc_boy's suggestion yesterday that Mick Dennis had tweeted that Wes wanted a 2.5 year contract and McNally wouldn't agree. Wes is saying here he wants a new challenge.

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    Smudger75

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Wes wants to play and has the ability, he is also looking at playing for his country and why wouldn't he, football people here in Ireland rate him, Eamonn Dunphy for one and many others also, including the great Johnny Giles. If he isn't playing for a club he has no chance of getting picked for his national side. It's about time the 3 stooges woke up and smelt the coffee. Wes is the best player Norwich have and should be played, It's up to the "management" team to have the insight and ability to get the best from the players at their disposal, are they currently doing this? Well from what Iv'e seen they could not run a bath, oh wait I think someone else already said that?

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    RoadWarrior

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • It says something about CH that he couldnt make effective use of such a skillful and creative player. It says he's a boring toerag.

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    Cecil

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Are these comments from Wes. for real. Of course he wants to play but he is not good enough, when picked or brought on he has done nothing to help the team win. If he thinks he will get more football from Lambert he is in dreamland he will be a sub or start once and Lambert will see the Premiership is filled with good defenders who can easily cope with Wes twisting and turning. He is too small and light and slow for the Prem. IMO sell or loan to Championship.

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    goldie

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Mather, HAVe YOu bROKEn youR CApItAL LoCKs BuTTon?

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    PaulWho

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • norwich's best player,when?He has done a good job in the past,(pre prem)but hes not a first choice player anymore,not with ncfc or with any other prem team.Handy to have in the squad but not the end of the world if he left.

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    tonyb

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • He has done a great job at Norwich. His interview seems very honest, Norwich should say thanks and let him go. He is right to be seeking regular starts at this stage of his career. I think Becchio is in the same position and to be fair he's never really had a fair chance to show what he can do.

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    Johny

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Wes has been one of my favourite players over the last 4 or 5 seasons. I do not blame him for wanting to go, but as a fan I would love to at least have an opportunity to say farewell to a player who has been a good and loyal servant to our club when it was down. OTBW

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    Preston Canary

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Smudger75

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • smudger you try getting we played sc unt horpe , ars en al; charles dic kens and many other words passed. if any 4 letter combo is deemed iffy the arch-ant censor kicks in

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • I have no difficulty understanding his point of view, which is, as I said, stupid.

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    Cecil

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Smudger - Wes could easily have left that part out of his interview with the press if he did not want to say anything untrue. He is our player. we pay his wages and all this slating of CH over him not playing. This is something we should be aspiring to in having players with the quality of Wes on the bench. When all are fit then it will be Tettey, Howson and Fer who are first choice in midfield. Wes doesnt do the defensive stuff so well, so I for one like to see him coming from the bench if and when required. It would be nice to think that one day we will have players like Chelsea have in Jaun Mata coming off the bench but that is a dream for a club of our size but a nice dream so for now, I am with the board when they make efforts to keep him. The same people who are saying we should let him go are the same people who would probably say we have no ambition if we do not hang on to our good players

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    GPL

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • AC, managers have their personalities and so do players. One player in a team who isn't that keen when he doesn't play so often is hardly a damning indictment of CH.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • What would you prefer, Wes to stay or Hughton to go? I think that result would be a landslide.

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    komakino

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • The problem for the club comes back again to it's management. The gang of three will put out a team based on their strategy and when this fails they have insufficient nous or confidence to change it. This only results in stagnation in team selection and a lack of game time for players who have different abilities and may even be better players. All players will think that they are better than their team mates who play in the same position and will recognize a poor performance by them. Under these circumstances, if repeated too often, players will become disillusioned. The problem, as Wes sees it, is that he has formed the opinion that he is not going to get a game no matter what the team on the park do. The situation must seem hopeless to him. In spite of this I think we should keep Wes because eventually the management team will be made to answer for the harm they are causing at this club. Just now is not the right time from the boards point of view. I would play Wes behind the front 2 and leave the full backs to go down the wings and put in the crosses with Fer, Tettey and Howson filling the midfield bearths. Wide players are not serving us too well at the moment and this team could play in certain games with Wes alternating with Redmond on other occassions. This then gets us into having more flexibility in our team selection.

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    NICEONE

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Would be tempted by Lambert reunion eh? Well, I am surprised...

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • A move to a top six Championship club would be a smart move for Wes, someone else mentioned Derby. I always thought his best days were at Blackpool. He was responsible more than any other player for them surviving in the Championship when they were first promoted.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Wes is a fine skillful player on his day but may be a bit too weak for the Premiership, I would play him more often but it is the choice only CH can make, not the board. I am not convinced he would get a regular spot in any other Premiership team right now but if he wants to try his luck then surely he deserves to be given that chance. I would be sorry to see him go but would wish him the best of luck. Perhaps the States would offer him a better chance to show just how skillful he really is.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Its a pattern with our club, good players leave under poor management, who what ever there age were still on top of there game and a valuable asset. We then regret it when a new manager comes in who plays a style that suits that sold player and we go through a limbo period until the new guy can find someone who fits that role. All we can do is wait and see. I wouldnt be surprised to see Wes still here come the end of the window.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

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