RUMOUR MILL: Celtic’s Neil Lennon rejects Norwich City boss talk and refuses to be drawn on Robert Snodgrass bid

Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass is up for the fight. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass is up for the fight. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Sunday, January 19, 2014
10:00 AM

Celtic boss Neil Lennon insists there is ‘nothing’ in reports of a £4.5m approach for Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass.

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Lennon refused to be drawn on a Daily Record report of a confirmed interest in the boyhood Celts’ fan after his side extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Premier League with a 3-0 home win over Motherwell on Saturday. Snodgrass set up Ryan Bennett’s winner in the Canaries’ 1-0 Premier League win over Hull City but Lennon batted away questions over a possible January move.

“There’s nothing in that,” he said. “I’m going to get linked with a lot of players but I’m not going to talk about players who are contracted to other clubs.”

Lennon was less reticent on reports in the Daily Star claiming he is one of the leading candidates to replace Chris Hughton at Carrow Road. Lennon was at Craven Cottage during the week to watch the Canaries’ FA Cup exit at Fulham but the Northern Irishman expects Hughton to be given time to guide Norwich to safety.

“It’s just speculation - but I think they won (against Hull) so I’m delighted for Chris. I think he’ll be safe for another while,” he said. “He’s doing a good job there and keeping them out of the bottom three. I cannot help the speculation, I’m flattered, but he’s a good man and a good manager in that job so good luck to him.”

Skysports, meanwhile, report Norwich along with the Cottagers and Premier League rivals Stoke are monitoring Aston Villa outcast Alan Hutton’s situation. The Scottish international full-back appears surplus to requirments at Villa Park and has previously been out on loan at Nottingham Forest and Real Mallorca.

The Sun on Sunday claim City’s Republic of Ireland midfielder Wes Hoolahan remains determined to leave the club this transfer window with Villa still interested. Norwich’s top brass have made it clear Hoolahan will not be moving to the West Midlands in January after Villa made a £1m enquiry for the Dubliner earlier this month.

55 comments

  • i did hear weeks ago that lennon would become the next city manager,perhaps in the summer?That wasnt a rumor from anyone on the street either,

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    tonyb

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Sharky my old fruit you may suspect whatever you wish , the truth is very different however :-) We do agree on something though , I also like the three at the back system , if we manage to acquire another centre half with more pace than Turner , then using Bassong as the central member of the trio with Bennett and an-other we could use it effectively . We have the players to work the wing back slots , and yes we could have Hoolahoop in the hole behind a front two of Hooper and RVW or Becchio . You see there is something we agree on after all ;-))

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    mjc75

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • A cliche but I would drive him to celtic myself and we should be biting anyones hand off for 4.5mill. The diving, whingeing, lack of pace , lack of ability to beat a man & poor crossing is not worth half a million. I really hope there is some truth in this for the most overrated player in our history . Great corner for the goal yesterday, that Will be enough to keep him in the starting line up for at least another year.

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    bonesy

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • If snodgrass is worth 4.5 million,what is wes`s value ? got to be more.I know snodgrass`s work rate is good but might aswell buy a load of wind up toys on the pitch if thats what hughton is looking for ! Granted he played well yesterday.I personnely think Neil Lennon has no challenge up there,he must want to try and find out what the premier league would be like ? and i know i spelt personnally wrong,or however you spell it,?

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    nelly

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • dave, attack the opinion not the person who holds it.

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    Cecil

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Mjc and Brew. You are two of the more reasoned in the Hughton out ranks. Not everyone wanting him out is the same. I think it's much easier to criticise and say the unknown will be better. None of CHs 'apologists' have ever said he's the best manager in the world. However, most wanting him out write like he's the worst. All I ever want is a little bit of perspective on these boards. I'm sure there is a halfway house between the two extreme ends of the views that is most likely accurate. The truth is there are 10 teams in a relegation dogfight. In reality, I think we we're always likely to be in the second group of ten in this league - most teams in that group have been in the PL longer than us. I understand the comments about style of play but too often I think that is lumped in with us also being "useless". The table doesn't lie over the course of the season. Right now we're near the top of our mini league and I find it a little irritating how convinced the CH out brigade are about our terminal decline under him. That's what looks like anterior agendas. We escaped it last season and may do this season. The point is, no body knows - except people wanting him out - who seem to know we will definitely go down. Just like they knew we would with 2 games to go last season I suppose...?

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    PutneyCanary

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • 'Putney', you say "The truth is there are 10 teams in a relegation dogfight", so if we could just improve a little bit we'd be guaranteed 10th. Simple.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • It's implicit that you're going to have to accept being second best to quite a few supporting a club in Norwich's position. We're not Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, or even Tottenham. We don't have phenomenal amounts of cash to solve every problem in the signing of a cheque. On the other hand, we've got a patient, realistic chairman and board, a manager who works his guts out, a team that are completely behind him and are doing everything they can do be better and more competitive. Right now they've got themselves to twelfth, we've got quite a few more winnable games to go. I'm massively proud of the whole lot of them.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Agree with Malaga and MJC75. If we got good money for Snoddy we have lil Benno Nathan and Josh M. Take the money I say!

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    el dingo

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • If anybody offers that sort of money for Snodgrass then take it , after all we're not short of wingers . As for Hutton , no thanks . Look at all of his previous clubs and ask yourself why he very quickly falls out of favour , he's next to useless . Lennon for manager ? Why leave a league that has been so heavily weighted in your favour as to guarentee the title every year ? Now on the subject of getting behind our team , I have never wanted anything but success for NCFC , I don't hate CH or his staff as some of the clowns on here would suggest . What I want is to see my team play the game with style , passion and determination . To be magnanimous in victory yet always striving to compete with sides that are clearly better . As things stand we are struggling to compete with frankly inferior opposition , and only seem capable of getting a result when the manager is facing the sack . Are we expected to blindly get behind a man that so obviously lacks the know-how to inspire a team that so very often looks lost . Too many times posters on here confuse concern and dismay with the way we are playing , for a bizarre hatred theory , although no explanation as to how they come up with that theory is ever offered . So for the benefit of the aforementioned clowns , I DON'T HATE HUGHTON , TROLLOPE OR CALDERWOOD ! I just want better , I just want a management team that sends our boys out for every game with the sole intention of competing for victory , as opposed to defending badly , losing more often than winning and then telling us that they are a quality side and we were unlucky . Enough is enough , whilst 3 points are very welcome , beating Hull has done nothing for the case to keep CH .

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    mjc75

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • 22 games sorry.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Glad to hear Snodgrass isn't on his radar as he'd probably be tempted with the amount of abuse he's had of late. Was fantastic for us last season, off form for some of this season, but he's getting back to it, getting some good shots on and getting crosses into the strikers. His skillset, work ethic, passion and energy is great. Form is transient, class is permanent.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Jake Wilkie is that pennies ,pounds or dollars ? What has this got to do with our football club ? O.T.B.C.

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    yarco

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Spot on Putney. Unlike you I suspect MJC75. I was at Everton and Fulham. Yeah silly me. I watch alot of football. Probably too much for my own good. At those games I didnt think the players were playing for the manager. In the vote here I voted for change. However I give credit when its due. Unlike people here who quite frankly cannot for some reason. OTBC

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    sharky

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • As a former coach and manager, allbeit at a lower level, I can understand why CH does not tend to play Wes, especially when other teams go with a five man midfield. Yesterday Hull went with a 3,5,2 formation and we could certainly have given that a try in the last 20 minutes as well as we really needed to win whereas they looked content with a draw. The problem many fans see with CH is his reluctance to ever try to change his tactics during a game, even yesterday he stuck rigidly with his formation simply making like for like changes. To be fair it worked out fine yesterday but other times it has not. I think Wes plays at his best when he has two strikers feeding off of him and I think Snodgrass showed in the FA cup game at home, that he can actually play well as part of a midfield ball winning trio, likewise, I think if CH was more willing to change formation in games when the starting formation is not working, more fans would support him as we all know we have no automatic right to stay in this league.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • I hope the Wes thing is just paper talk (Sunday Sun being toilet paper, not newspaper). Though you couldn`t blame Wes for wanting to make the most of the next 4 or 5 years of his career. Bench warming for a talented 30 year old is no good.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Given that every post you put on here only seems to appear as a slight on another poster , what would be the point ;-). I am yet to read one that offers any level of worth , you only seem capable of a sly niggle towards others . Now I may be wrong but prove that you are something other than a windup merchant , give us your insight and offer something on the subject of why you back CH , after all we both support NCFC , let's hear the case for the defence as it were :-))

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    mjc75

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Swap Snodgrass for Commons, anyone?

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    Surrey Canary

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Apologies for the double posting , damn iPad ;-)

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    mjc75

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • The thing about Snodgrass is, I feel, not his commitment. It is the position he is being asked to play - right winger with a left foot. I think he would be much more effective and maybe happier playing in a midfield role. However it is a question of how to accommodate him. In midfield we are missing Howson. Sooner he is back the better. If RvW manages to stay fit it will be interesting to see how his season pans out. Up to now we have seen little from him. I don't think he is yet match fit and sharp. So I reserve judgement because he has a good track record and cannot suddenly become a bad player. I agree that Becchio looked a better fit when he came on. But we still need to improve the supply from midfield to the front. As for the HughtonLennon story there may be some currency in it. McN must have been active in looking at other options and would need to be ahead of the curve with some possibilities in case the Board decides to make a change. So the jury's out on that one for me.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Ah yes Brew, but you know and I know that some of us are more equal than others, just ask Boris

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • I am not sure Neil Lennon would want to give up regular European football plus annual trophies to take over a team hovering above the Premiership relegation trapdoor. I suspect only one of the top five or six English teams would entice him away but may be proved wrong.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • I dont know about Neil Lennon.....right now I think John Lennon could do a better job at Carrow Road than Mr Hughton.

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    CanaryWest

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • And you have proven what I had suspected , you are happy with mediocrity and dismal , boring football . If you accept second best you will never achieve your goals ( or score many for that matter ) , but hey at least you won't get dizzy .

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    mjc75

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Brew wheres the Hughton is clearly here for the "long term" you were in favor of. I cant believe what people say about Snodgrass. Do they know anything about the game. Eleven players with his commitment and we wouldnt be in trouble. Man of the match yesterday by a mile. IMO

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    sharky

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • There is chatter on the Northampton Chronicle & Echo blog site about Calderwood being named as the Cobblers new manager. We can but hope! However it is more than likely just that - chatter.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Save Us Neil Lennon!

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    Powers1902

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Yes, sharky, I did hope and believe that Hughton was here for the long haul. I had\have a lot of respect for his playing and coaching career. I had immense respect for how he dealt with his appalling treatment by Newcastle after getting them back to the Prem in style. But I am not impressed with what he has achieved at Norwich so far. Of course, it isn`t necessarily all his fault. It`s all part of the game of being a footy manager: the prizes are tasty, failure can be ignominious (though lucrative). I think the man does himself no favours with his rather insipid public persona, but that doesn`t make him a bad person. He could be the new Mother Theresa! Or John Major? (Are you taking note, Timbo??) ;-) PS. I am on Norwich City`s case, not Hughton`s or anybody else`s.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Cannot sell RS what would CH do ? Who would Ruddy kick to, who would take the corners & free kicks, where would the attacks come from.who would be the first name on the team sheet every game. We might then have someone who might find a forward when centering to give them a change to score. Then no we might win a game comfortably and keep CH

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    canarybell

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • As you know I favour the three at the back. The problem with it, the three have a different mind set for it to be played properly. I saw West ham try it the other day and they got stuffed. The three were too far apart, because without the ball the wide players were out of position. Its not easy if the players are use to four at the back. Of course the advantage would be that Wes would be behind the front two. Finally Becchio seemed to link better with Hooper for the few minutes he was on.

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    sharky

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Agreed TK. CH is very rigid in his thinking, almost too much. As for Wes, I also agree, without 3 ball winning midfielders in a 4, or playing ahead of 4 midfielders with 3 at the back, WH is not going to feature under CH which is why he reputedly wants to leave. NCFC will simply NOT sell him to AVFC. As for NL, I have openly said elsewhere he would be an improvement, but he will deny any interest whilst CH has the job, as there is no job available.

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    Soglio Star

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • For those wanting snodgrass to go, he set up the 7th most chances in the whole premier league throughout 2013. (Obviously all those over hit crosses people bang on about!) Not to mention he scores you 5 to 8 goals a season and works incredibly hard for the team.

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    canarypete

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • The problem with Hughton for me is that he is not getting the best out of the players at his disposal.We may never be able to afford a top top player but there are decent players in the squad that he is not getting the best out of.A good Manager gets the best out of his players.That is his job.Playing players out of position by choice,failing to change tactics when necessary when plan A is not working and meaningless substitutions result in the team not achieving it's potential.Failure to get the best out of what is at his disposal is the fault of the Manager and no one else.That I think is the problem with our Manager and I have no confidence that he is able to change and, if I'm right we will not move forward.

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    irongloves

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • How can seven teams getting worse results than us over the course of 23 games be 'pure luck'?

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • 4.5 million for snods?Take it as long as pilks stays (and fit!)The money could go towards a centre back and anyone else who can score!Thought becchio looked better than elmander ever has yesterday,and should be given more of a chance.

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    tonyb

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • 22 games sorry.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • No one but the Scots has any interest in the SPFL. The EPL, the richest football league in the world, excites worldwide interest. A move therefore from the any team in SPFL to any team in the EPL is a step up. That is the reason Hooper came here. And it would have been the reason for Lennon to come here. But we won yesterday so he didnt.

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    Cecil

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • I agree with you totally, irongloves

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    Cecil

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • I doubt very much if Mad Brewer or mjc 75 are season ticket holders infact they are probably armchair supporters.Both are totally deluded and should spend there free time getting behind the Club instead of constantly moaning about it and the staff.Move on

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    dave123

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Obviously you are not up to date. Read my post after the Fulham game.

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    sharky

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • dave123, by your line of `logic`, there are only about 23,000 "real" Norwich Supporters! Anybody other than a Season Ticket holder doesn`t count. Next up; only house owners can vote. The neo-Rachmans on the `buy to let` gravy train can have multiple votes. Professional politicians get as many votes as they want. More votes for the decent people! Sieg Heil! PS. I have never supported an armchair in my life.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • We so need Little Benno back, Lobbo. That would tip the balance. I know you agree really.... ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Supporting the Canaries from up here in Scotland, and much as i think CH should be changed out, Lennon is not the answer. He manages a team in a one team league, plays 10 defenders in Europe to scrape the occasional point and cannot handle pressurised situations at all. The EPL is too big a step up for him

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    DaveG

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Sharky with eleven players like him we'd only get one cross into the box , with nobody to meet it because they would all be moaning about doing it .

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    mjc75

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Dave you are obviously one of the clowns I mentioned earlier , oh and move on from what exactly ?

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    mjc75

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Well at least you made me smile mjc75. Unlike you other post. OTBC

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    sharky

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • (Hughton is doing a good job keeping city out of the relegation zone) NO NO NO ! It's pure luck that teams in the lower level are getting poor results and it's the ONLY reason were not bottom. And the 1-0 win at Hull gives Hughton breathing room, what a joke, so all the other thrashings and losses we have had gets forgotton about. Lennon would be a good fit for city, but don't hold your breath, looks like we're stuck with the clueless idiot for a while longer.

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    Rottsrool

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Well said, mjc75. Too often there have been sly inferences of `hidden agendas` about Chris Hughton`s critics. Probably by those who have sly hidden agendas of their own. Like you, I just want success for our club. I don`t believe the current management trio are good enough to take us forward to being more than just a club scrambling for survival. Financially, as long as we hang on in the Prem, I`m sure most of the Board will be happy, healthy, wealthy and wise. I still believe McNally has more on his agenda than mere survival. There`s optimistic for you!! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Agree with Malaga and MJC75. If we got good money for Snoddy we have lil Benno Nathan and Josh M. Take the money I say!

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    el dingo

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Celtic's about as cushy as a managerial job in football gets. Way more muscle than any of the domestic competition, virtually ensuring wins year on year and guaranteed entry into the Champions League as a result. You don't get much more job security than that. Contrast that with the life of a Premier League manager who's job life expectancy goes into more than a year or two.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • I for one would be sorry to see Snodgrass go as I thought he played well yesterday and certainly put a better shift in than the other winger, who to me looked even slower. Yes he has gone through a bad spell but then so have others in the team including Ruddy, Bassong and Fer but again I would not want to see any of them go either. If I were Wes I would be banging on the managers door as I am sure he wants to be playing most if not every game. I have to say that yesterday I would have brought him on with 20 minutes to go and would have switched to a 4, 3, 2, 1 formation. I would have taken Guiterrez for Wes and then gone with a holding midfield of Fer, Johnson & Snodgrass, leaving our two full backs to continue with their attacking play. That way we would then have been feeding the two strikers from all angles.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Agree TK as we would miss him. We all have our opinions. Its an opinions game. To say Hughton is tactically unaware. I dont understand that he has been in the professional game for years. I dont agree with the Hoolihan thing but he will have his reasons, even though we dont agree with him.

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    sharky

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Surrey , Commons , yes please .

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    mjc75

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • The thing that would worry me about Wes in a 4-4-2 is that a four man field automatically makes it harder to get traction in midfield, which puts an added importance on having players that can win the ball in midfield. As an added creative element when you're playing a five man midfield he's extremely good to have around.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • If anybody offers that sort of money for Snodgrass then take it , after all we're not short of wingers . As for Hutton , no thanks . Look at all of his previous clubs and ask yourself why he very quickly falls out of favour , he's next to useless . Lennon for manager ? Why leave a league that has been so heavily weighted in your favour as to guarentee the title every year ? Now on the subject of getting behind our team , I have never wanted anything but success for NCFC , I don't hate CH or his staff as some of the clowns on here would suggest . What I want is to see my team play the game with style , passion and determination . To be magnanimous in victory yet always striving to compete with sides that are clearly better . As things stand we are struggling to compete with frankly inferior opposition , and only seem capable of getting a result when the manager is facing the sack . Are we expected to blindly get behind a man that so obviously lacks the know-how to inspire a team that so very often looks lost . Too many times posters on here confuse concern and dismay with the way we are playing , for a bizarre hatred theory , although no explanation as to how they come up with that theory is ever offered . So for the benefit of the aforementioned clowns , I DON'T HATE HUGHTON , TROLLOPE OR CALDERWOOD ! I just want better , I just want a management team that sends our boys out for every game with the sole intention of competing for victory , as opposed to defending badly , losing more often than winning and then telling us that they are a quality side and we were unlucky . Enough is enough , whilst 3 points are very welcome , beating Hull has done nothing for the case to keep CH .

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    mjc75

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

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