Regrets are part of being a footballer, says Norwich City’s Jonny Howson

Jonny Howson passes beyond Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford during last season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Jonny Howson passes beyond Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford during last season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Saturday, May 17, 2014
10:36 AM

Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson admitted regrets are part and parcel of every season – whether or not it comes with relegation.

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The Canaries will have a summer of contemplation following the loss of their Premier League status this season, as well as preparing for Championship football.

Plenty of supporters will have their ideas over where City went wrong, could have done different or headed in another direction – but that’s nothing new for Howson.

“I think you could look back at every season and think, if we’d just got a point here or a win there… You could probably go through most games like that,” he said.

“And that’s not just with relegation. Even with Chelsea going for the title, they maybe can look back at games and think they shouldn’t have lost that game. You can do that every season. You can nitpick through every little bit, but you can’t change it now. What’s been has been.”

The City players were at Colney Training Centre for the final scheduled time on Tuesday, before the summer break – and like those outside the club, they now wait to discover who will be in the manager’s chair for next season’s bid to make an immediate Premier League return.

Neil Adams was in the hot seat for the final five games following Chris Hughton’s sacking last month, and Howson acknowledged City’s former FA Youth Cup winning manager made an impact.

“Irrespective of the points we got – we had some tough games in this time – I think if you look at the Fulham game, it was a good performance and we should’ve definitely got more than nothing from that,” added Howson. “The Liverpool game’s start wasn’t good enough but the second half was terrific. Manchester United was a bit of a no-go after 40 minutes – and then the performance at Chelsea. So performance-wise, I think it’s been quite positive under Neil. There has been a reaction from the lads.

“Sometimes it’s like that when you’re going through a bit of a bad run and someone new comes in. I’ve had it before and for some reason, it always seems to bring that new freshness. A new face in charge. I think we’ve had that, especially on the training pitch as well.

“And irrespective of the points we should have had, I think performance-wise it’s been very good and you can see the reaction there has been there since he took over.”

11 comments

  • Brew, I can assure you that my comment was not sarcastic but written with respect. I spent forty years working in factories and with all the hours I did there was not too much time for reading etc. Part of me would swap and I envy your life but it was my choice and as my mum used to say "you makes your bed and you lie on it". This sort of soul searching is best done looking through the bottom of a pint pot. IF only..........

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    Gibbo

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • No need for that bit of petit sarcasm, Gibbo! I had my interest in words rekindled during a year`s spell working in a Residential Care Home. Many of the residents were `well educated`, and despite their failing health, craved some repartée. I learned a lot from them. Btw, I did only sciences beyond `O` Level. You pick up bits of Latin, Greek & German etc doing that. English is just a part of being.... English. You can be as `well read` as you chose to be - libraries are free and available to all. I hardly ever read books these days. I am as educated as the brilliant S.O. Hesketh encouraged me to be. I had no connections, no inherited `well-offness`. So, it was all down to me. Now I`m poor but well educated. Wanna swap?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 19, 2014

  • He should try being a fan. I regret watching him and his team mates surrender time and time again.

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    stormy

    Sunday, May 18, 2014

  • The trouble is my regrets don't affect the livelihoods of other people, my Mum used to say "if my b%m was out of bed I'd get out and push it in again" no I don't know what it means apart from IF is a small word with big meanings. If only I'd done this is no good as you do your best and chivvy everyone else to do theirs. There's no doubt they could have played with a lot more conviction and determination in some matches and for well paid professionals it's an unforgivable situation. If only I had studied at school I might be as well read and educated as the Brew.

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    Gibbo

    Sunday, May 18, 2014

  • Wiv, it was Edith Piaf that kicked that one off. "Non, je ne regrette rien". Shirley Bassey had a minor hit version circa 1965. So Howson falls `twixt having a Burly Chassis and being a Little Bird.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 18, 2014

  • They may just be platitudes and it may just be filler content until the real news comes in, but this feels genuine too - I reckon the majority of the honest players would work hard for Adams.

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    Canary Wurst

    Sunday, May 18, 2014

  • never was howson as our very own marlene dietricht

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, May 18, 2014

  • Regrets are part of being a footballer...along with huge salaries, fast sponsored cars a lot of them dont even have to pay for, big houses, plenty of interest from women, 2 months off work in May and June, celebrity status in the local community, etc, etc. I do not know how they cope.

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    CanaryWest

    Sunday, May 18, 2014

  • Regrets - renewing my season ticket if we serve up the same rubbish next season

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    andys

    Saturday, May 17, 2014

  • They love showing that video still of Johan blaming his boots - "COME ON boots! Kick de ball!!! Get de goals!" a poor workman blames his tools...

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    Morgan Hewitt

    Saturday, May 17, 2014

  • Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 17, 2014

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