Robert Snodgrass insists Norwich City’s squad have no time to feel sorry for Chris Hughton

Robert Snodgrass insists Norwich City's squad must move on after Chris Hughton's dismissal. 
Photo by Simon Finlay. Robert Snodgrass insists Norwich City's squad must move on after Chris Hughton's dismissal. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Friday, April 11, 2014
6:34 AM

Robert Snodgrass insists Norwich City’s squad have no time to feel sorry for Chris Hughton as they focus on a Premier League survival scrap, starting with a trip to Fulham.

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Neil Adams has been drafted in for the final five games after Hughton and his backroom team paid the price for a wretched run that has sucked the Canaries deep into relegation trouble.

“Chris Hughton will be thinking he could have done enough to stay in the league. The board obviously have different ideas and we can’t affect that as players. It is done now and we need to look forward,” said Snodgrass. “When I heard the news on Sunday night the first thing I was thinking was it is time now to get behind the new manager. It might sound selfish to say it, but Chris Hughton is a football man who knows exactly what the game is all about. You can’t feel too sorry for anyone because the challenges are ahead. You can’t be thinking, ‘I wonder what Chris and Colin (Calderwood) and Paul (Trollope) are feeling. You have to buy into the new manager’s ideas fast, roll up your sleeves and look to have a go.

“Obviously what happened against West Brom was very frustrating. If we had won that we would have been in a very good position so it was quite difficult to take.”

Snodgrass and the rest of City’s squad know it is a fresh start under Adams.

“It is a chance for all the players. That is always the case when a new manager comes in,” he said. “The lads who have not played will think it’s a clean slate. He knows what it means to the city, for the club to stay in the Premier League. We are going down to Fulham with a fresh outlook and we believe we can win this football match. Take that passion and drive into the game. There have been so many times when we have spoken well as players but not produced when it mattered and that is where the frustration comes in but we are so up for the game.”

42 comments

  • The change has given us all hope - that is huge. Let us hope the sense of hopelessness that had become so pervasive has now been cast aside so that the players genuinely believe they can win tmrw and going forward.

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • …...No Norman!...the point you should have made was that Hughton was inadequate to manage at this level!....He brought in players whom he should have been able to manage, but was unable to do so...he got rid of may of the players who were here and doing a fine job for the previous manager, and he put the backs up of many of the remainder!....The failings of his players was down to him!....a good manager would have got that house in order pronto!.....Barking Wise...youR comment about the powder blue strip is spot on...I'm only surprised they didn't sit around in PINK!.....Trev K.. being a TV (live stream) Spectator, I can only see what is presented....I can assure you that I see MORE!...MUCH MORE! than anyone at the match, and don't have to ask someone else if they saw that incident at the far end of the ground!....Major incidents are repeated for me to review...You should try it!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • I'm not going to criticise Snoddy for his comments (for a change), but that "syrup" really is dreadful. And another thing, why do City players now always appear wearing blue when training or giving press cons? It's bad enough seeing them play away from home in black and white, even though there's absolutely no danger of a clash with the home team, but BLUE!! For Heaven's sake, Norwich City play in yellow and green. They should train and talk in the same livery The "other club" play in blue and white. End of.

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    User Removed

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • The comments re Snods playing on his correct side is what a lot of teams do anyhow but the thought I have often had is that it could be worth a shot at playing him in the hole behind the strike. For all his faults he does get stuck in and work, he can direct a ball, he tackles and likes a shot at goal. Good as the Hooligan is sadly he is a bit lightweight.

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    blackdog2

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Hello Neil, yes, negativity crept right thro` the team. The defenders believed the forwards wouldn`t score, so got nervy. the forwards, believing the defenders couldn`t defend, were in fear of missing chances, so missed them. The midfielders, aware of the frailties in front and behind, were afraid to lose the ball, so lost it. Bring on the Sports Psychologists....

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • .....Sharky my friend(?)....by yourself a decent tele an see the difference!.... You need to upgrade from that plush complimentary seat and see how the internet now brings all the pitch and all the play to your comfier seat!....I did that ages ago and am no longer bothered by traffic lights and car fumes!...I do watch very carefully all the exchanges between players and then come to my own unbiased conclusions!....Like many others, I am of the opinion that we work better as a team without our Robert!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Stew its not all about watching where the ball is. Those in the game will be watching for alot more than that. Even you changeD you mind about Snoddy. Haven't you???? TK though I don;t always agree with him, has alot of knowledge about the game. Listen and learn ;-)

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    sharky

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • There was me trying to be conciliatory! Out of character, I promise never to do it again. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Snoddy will be shining an apple ready to give to teacher!

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    B Inners

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • This time tomorrow we will be posting based on what has actually happened. A win and we are very close to survival, a draw leaves us in there fighting. As for defeat, leaving us on 32pts and needing another 4 or 5 from "those games", it will be hard to find positives even if the performance is meritorious. Still, Snoddy says the players are "so up for it", so why contemplate defeat. Well, I just have, but I won't any more.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • It`s not often we disagree materially, TK! At least that should leave us immune from accusatory cries of "sycophant" from certain quarters. I think Snods is `fixable`. But I do believe he needs fixing. Snods `in the hole`. I often wondered whether that was where Hughton might`ve played him had Elliott Bennett not got that awful injury in the very first game of the season. I expect we`ll have to wait for Chrissie`s ghost-written memoirs before we find out. Titled "Quality - The Final Third Dimension", it is to be published by Stodder and Houghton, not in hardback or softback format but, uniquely, as a roll. Foreword, written in hindsight, by Trollope, author of `Archanter Towers`.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • There are some interesting comments on here today. Personally I think every player has in some part been responsible for the poor performances over the past several months. It is easy to pick on just one; but they should all hold up their hands and admit fault. Regardless of the tactics, it is almost as if, collectively they didn't want to play. And many comments have often said its as if they couldn't be bothered. And that is an appalling attitude to have IF it is correct!! I always try to see the positives; I believed Hoots was the right man for the job, but recently became very concerned. Having seen Neil Adam's handling of our FA Youth Cup winning squad, I have even more belief we will avoid relegation than I had before. This is the right move and now every player must stand up and be counted!! Otherwise they should be kicked up the btm and told a few home truths. So On the Ball City and Never Mind the Danger!! Go for it; destiny is now firmly in your hands!!

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    Canarygirl

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Spot on Blackdog, that is exactly where I was suggesting he be tried earlier in the week. Given the number of goals he has scored of late, I am baffled as to why people are still on his back. Most teams are crying out for a player with something different who can score goals. Rooney for example is praised for being selfish and going for goals, lets back Snodgrass rather than complaining about him. However, Neil Adams will select the team He thinks will be best placed to win this game and lets all back his decision even if it is not the teak we ourselves would have picked.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • For those that constantly have a go at one player, usually Snodgrass, I wonder how many of you actually attend Carrow Road rather than listen to Radio Norfolk etc. Being a season ticket holder I see every home game and notice that Snodgrass has more time on the ball than just about every other player. Unless Elmander is playing, every kick out from Ruddy for example is sent to him and I suspect the radio simply states he has failed to keep the ball in play rather than state Ruddy overkicked the ball, or the ball was too high for example. If Hoolahan is selected then I suspect the most time on the ball switches to him, so once again he will obviously make more mistakes. It is always easier for the player who avoids the ball as much as possible to make the least mistakes, but I for one would rather have those players that actually want the ball and attempt to do something with it. Perhaps the Pinkun could give us these stats for each player including game time to allow a proper comparison to be made.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • I don`t disagree with you at all, Oz. In fact, I`ve made similar comments myself. Robert is not short on self-esteem. This can be a positive quality, but when it gets out of control - as it did in "Penaltygate" - it becomes a big negative for the team. To paraphrase the words of that chain-gang `Boss` in Cool Hand Luke, Snods has "got to get his mind right". Neil Adams is more likely facilitate that than was Snoddy`s old sycophant, Hoots!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Oz Canary - give it a break. "changed loyalties"? What do you want him to do, cry over Chris Hughton and play badly for Adams out of "loyalty" to CH? "Sucking up to NA"? Did you understand what Snodgrass is saying? Let me spell it out for you - he's saying the best thing FOR THE CLUB is to be selfish and move on quickly, to focus on the new manager's ideas - so that we have the best chance of STAYING UP. And you're surprised he talked up CH in the press before - what's he going to do, criticise him?! Has any player criticised their manager in public (and carried on playing for the club)? Snoddy is one of the only player who volunteers for pressers you know, what does that say? And he may be selfish in possession sometimes, but that selfishness has got him 6 or 7 goals, because he can finish well. I'm not surprised he hasn't had confidence in our strikers to lay it on a plate for them - how many chances have they fluffed this season? As others have pointed out - other, more successful clubs have selfish players. And who at chelsea complained when Drogba dived and one his team free kicks and pens? And did we moan at Holty for doing the same? No. So why complain when Snoddy does it? He's not perfect, but even with playing badly for the first half a season I still think he's a shoe-in for POTS, if we have to pick him. RANT OVER.

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    MancCanary

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • 'Oz', give it a miss, damned if he does, damned if he doesn't. Forget all this rubbish, get behind the team.

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    Lobbo

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Well said, Stewpydd. Disappointing that TK has joined the "nasty party" which believes you can't be taken seriously as a fan unless you watch from the stands. Would hate to think that TK Max is turning into TK Min.

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    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Good positive comments from players and fans alike. If the team can obtain inventiveness, passion in their play and composure in front of goal we have a very good chance of winning. The aforementioned 3 aspects have been wholly or partially lacking in many of their games this season.

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    NorthStarRaven

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Yes! A time for renewal , a fresh outlook and some positive thinking and positive playing. Actually looking forward to watching the game on Saturday. Go City!

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    kenfoggo

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • .....'u'---'d'....be a pal and pop them in where they belong....many thanks!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Jeez... get behind them tomorrow! It will either work or it won't. All the very best from every fan with a brain Neil. And good luck from the KHC.

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    el dingo

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Thought I was due a comment on here, been a while. I agree with MB in the sense that not much can be done about team selection, but style of play could be completely different. Maybe Becchio would get a nod over Elmander as the target man. You could argue that we've not played to our strengths, I still believe RVW and Hooper are top finishers, Howson is a different player when the shackles are off, and Redmond has enough pace to fly past the majority of full backs in the league. I believe our defence is our weakest area but we have continued to play defensively instead of put trust in our attackers. At the end of the day, goals win games so I hope Neil helps our team find the back of the net more often and bring back confidence in our players, players which shouldn't be playing in the Championship compared to other teams in this league.

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    Hello Neil

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • My complementary compliments, Stew. Or complimentary complements. Whatever wrings your bell... ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Oh, mijn speciaal vriend, Blaffen Wijs, I was not `avin` a dig at MancCan, he`s a good ol` boi. As is TK. I suppose regular attenders at The Carra get a bit teed off with armchair commentators, but it is to be understood. I really am trying to change my confrontational manner and become a Man of Peace. I wish only for harmony. Mother Theresa`s a thug compared to me. S\O is a Saint. Who`s she pretending to be at the moment? Not Theresa, the other thing.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Thought I was due a comment on here, been a while. I agree with MB in the sense that not much can be done about team selection, but style of play could be completely different. Maybe Becchio would get a nod over Elmander as the target man. You could argue that we've not played to our strengths, I still believe RVW and Hooper are top finishers, Howson is a different player when the shackles are off, and Redmond has enough pace to fly past the majority of full backs in the league. I believe our defence is our weakest area but we have continued to play defensively instead of put trust in our attackers. At the end of the day, goals win games so I hope Neil helps our team find the back of the net more often and bring back confidence in our players, players which shouldn't be playing in the Championship compared to other teams in this league.

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    Hello Neil

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Perhaps, with a new man in charge, Snoddy`s egocentricity will be harnessed for the good of the team as a whole. It was never going to happen under the previous manager, who seemed in awe of him. If that can be achieved, Robert will be a better player and a better team man. City will be a stronger Team. You must`ve been feeling a tad grumpy when you wrote that last piece, Oz Canary! It has veracity but, as el dingo says, it was a bit harsh! G`day, Oz. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • I don`t think there will be much Adams can do about team selection. The players who have been marginalised will be short of match practice and there will be the odd injury, I expect. What he can do is put positive ideas into their heads and extract genuine maximum effort. Looking at Fulham`s terrible defensive record, we ought to be able to score a few - but we have `previous` for under-performing against them. Get their minds right, Neil!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Get yourself on the left Snods where you can use that silky left foot to put some quality into the box. Then let's see if any of our strikers are actually any good.

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    Double D

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Don't be so paranoid, Gek. I'm fairly sure that Manc's comments (with which I largely agree) were directed towards Oz, not you. Go back to doing conciliation....you do it so well. Je vriend, Sycoblaff.

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    User Removed

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • MB, are you quite old with a beard?

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    Mikado Kember

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • There we have it..the Snodgrass and Martin weekly comments. I really hope they can show some fighting spirit at last. Can things really change in a week. Hope they can. Saturdays game is going to be really interesting to watch. A win would be massive

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    AC Canary

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • To Mattias: ref. `5-game sackings`, read my earlier post more carefully. I said that McNally could NOT have been responsible for the Tigana sacking, because he (McNally) had yet to join that club. I was suggesting the Fayed Factor. My gosh, you may speed-type, but you need to sort out the reading side of things! Of course, I am not saying my facts are correct, as they were gleaned from Wikipedia items.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • If I sound grumpy it's because I have to watch the games live between 2-4am every week. I wouldn't mind if they actually played as a team for each other. Too often it seems like Snods is in it for his glory, doesn't pass to better placed players. I'm surprised he's wheeled out every week for a press conference when his not even the club captain. Maybe he just likes all the attention. Strange he changed his loyalties quicker than he goes to ground.

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    Oz Canary

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Agree with MB. Bit harsh Oz but I know what you mean. Good luck Neil and to Hades with the doubters.

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    el dingo

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Canarygirl, you are quite correct. CH may not have been the best man for the job. However,he cannot be blamed for the inept,gutless performances of this bunch of players. Week in and week out they made the same basic errors. Most of them are inadequate to play at thi level.

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    norman hall

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • From where I sit every home game in the Jarrold I can say with certainty that Snodgrass did not miss his penalty, the keeper made a very good save. Yes we can all dream that if RVW had taken it, he would have scored but given his poor performances ever since, he was more likely to have hit the corner flag so put this nonsense to bed where it belongs.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Hear hear TK. That's a good idea too, about those stats.

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    MancCanary

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • .....Like it Oz!... Straight to the point!....I expect Robert will give it100%...that's what he is paid to do!....First he has to be selected! ...then if selected he will be required to work as a strong member of the team...rather than an individual!....I would imagine that Neil has already selected his team and put them through a different routine...not wait until Saturday morning on the bus!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Spot on 'Mad Brewer' - only one thing to add that this will be a 'home' match courtesy of the non-stop Canaries choir. Players - as you go down to Craven Cottage look out of the windows of your coach and observe all those yellowgreen daffodills waving encouragingly in the breeze - it's the Norwich time of year - play your hearts out for this truly unique club!

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    mardler

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Stew pyd., thank you for not getting personal when having a difference of an opinion,as so many people here do. I agree CH was not up to the job,as I said in my original post. In my opinion no manager is responsible for a professional player at this level that continually makes basic errors, except to drop him.\in \citys case there would be too few players left. I am unable to afford to attend games. But watch replays and You Tube is also is very useful. It shows time and time again defenders " ball watching ", players not able to make simple passes and worst of all lack of a fighting spirit. CH certainly brought in players that have not performed, I agree. I am glad that he has gone but it is far too late. A youth team coach ? Certainly a panic move. At the end of the day, we all want the same thing . A successful Premiership side.

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    norman hall

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • New manager same old Snodgrass. Sounds like he's already sucking up to NA. Worried about you place in the team Snods? You mentioned selfish, sounds like you all over! I wonder where we'd be if you hadn't taken the ball from RVW and missed a penalty. Or if you spent less time rubbing your head from a fake injury. If only we had a point for every time you went to ground easily we'd be top of the league. You can affect things as players Snods, give 100% and don't lose games. For weeks now you talked up CH in the press. Strange when you heard he'd been sacked your first thought was sucking up to the new guy in charge.

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    Oz Canary

    Friday, April 11, 2014

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