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Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Paul McVeigh believes the man he learnt his trade under at Tottenham would be “a great appointment” as Norwich City’s next boss – Chris Hughton.
Former City forward McVeigh started his career at Spurs while Hughton was assistant to a host of Spurs managers including Glenn Hoddle, David Pleat and Martin Jol during a 10-year stay, before stepping out on his own with Newcastle.
And if Hughton is indeed the man City choose to replace Paul Lambert, then McVeigh believes City would have got it right.
“I worked with Chris at Tottenham for six years and you don’t get any better than Chris for a football man because he has been there, seen it, done it,” said McVeigh.
“He has been in the game so long now and he is having his time at management, and he’s proving what he can do in the management level. He did well at Newcastle and obviously he is doing well at Birmingham at the minute as well. He’s also a very nice man, which just adds to all his credentials. So if Chris is going to be the next Norwich manager then he would be a great appointment.”
After City chief executive David McNally admitted Norwich would want their new man to have experience of top-flight football – be it in England or elsewhere – the scope for potential appointments seems greater than ever. It also appeared to rule out former Carrow Road favourite Malky Mackay, who later committed his future to Cardiff.
However, serial names such as ex-City defender Steve Bruce and current Blackpool manager Ian Holloway continue to loiter and in truth, whoever takes over the hot seat knows they have big boots to fill.
“That’s the problem any manager is going to have coming into Norwich,” McVeigh told Talksport. “Because of the legacy Paul Lambert has left in the last three years, he has done such a magnificent job that anyone coming in needs to succeed what he has done and try to improve on it, but that’s the difficult thing because they are on such a high.”
McVeigh added: “I’ve played under Olly down at Plymouth and I know what a great motivator he is. He really can get the whole team playing for him and that’s his skill. He gets everyone involved, everyone backed into a corner and it’s a real siege mentality whenever you’re playing in his team.
“Going on to Malky…the club have said they want someone with top league experience and Malky hasn’t got that at the minute, but he is definitely someone who is going to end up managing in the Premier League in the next few years.”
The future of Norwich captain Grant Holt also remains a discussion point for City fans and McVeigh believes the club should give their wantaway striker the deal he is asking for to make sure he stays at Carrow Road.
“If Holty has put in the transfer request and he does want to go, and the club is getting bids for him – and he’s 31 years old – then you would think they would want to take it,” said McVeigh of his former Norwich team-mate.
“But I think from the club’s point of view, they are probably thinking if we do sell our top striker then there aren’t many people who have scored 15 goals in the Premier League…
“He has definitely got the capabilities to do it again next season, and I think Norwich will think how much are they going to need to pay to bring in someone who could score another 15 goals next year?
“So if it was me making the decision I would just give Grant Holt the contract, because he proved he could do it last year and there is no reason why he cant do it again next season.
“Holty isn’t someone who has played in the Premier League all his life getting Premier League wages. He really has put a shift in and everyone knows where he has come from, and all the different clubs he has been at.
“So in my mind he really deserves it. He’s worked his way up there to the top and he has been grafting all his life, but that’s the type of person he is and the type of player he is. I really hope it works out for him.”
Both Norwich and Swansea have lost their talented mangers to bigger Premier League fish – it may be a situation that plays on the mind as Reading, West Ham and Southampton prepare for what they hope will be successful top-flight returns next season.
“It’s almost like the clubs have become victims of their own success, because if they go up and stay up then other Premier League clubs are going to be trying to poach their managers or their players – and if they don’t have any success in staying up then they go straight back down, and you don’t want to be getting relegated in your first season,” added McVeigh.
“It’s a difficult one because whenever you talk about loyalty in football it’s both sides of the coin.
“The first time a manager or player isn’t performing they will be out of the door – and the first time a manager or a player has the chance to got to a so called bigger club, then everyone is ambitious and wants to play or manage at the highest level – so it’s hard to turn down those opportunities.”