Russell Martin’s rallying cry after Norwich City’s Premier League exit

Russell Martin insists Norwich City can not afford to dwell on Premier League relegation. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Russell Martin insists Norwich City can not afford to dwell on Premier League relegation. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, May 15, 2014
1:29 PM

Norwich City club captain Russell Martin admits team work will be the key to the Canaries’ prospects of a quick return to the Premier League.

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Martin is likely to be a key figure in the club’s Championship campaign and the Scottish international has reiterated it is vital they re-discover the values that carried them from League One.

“Come 1st July when pre-season starts – whoever’s in charge, whatever players are here or not – we’ll make sure we’re ready and geared to put this club back where it belongs,” he said. “We’ll go away now, into our summers with our families and have time to reflect. We’ve got the core of a fantastic squad – we’re better than what we’ve shown a lot of the time this season.

“Around the place we’ve got some real characters, real good pros and that’s why this time next year I fully believe we’ll be here and it will be a bit more of a party than it is now.”

Martin, speaking earlier this week at the club’s end-of-season dinner, insists they know what is required.

“The camaraderie is key to what we’ve achieved as a football club. It’s a fantastic football club, with fantastic owners and fantastic fans, and that togetherness is what it’s going to come down to,” he told the club’s official site. “We’re not an Arsenal or a Man City, we can’t afford to carry anyone, so the team as a whole must be much greater than its parts. We learn from our mistakes, but as players and people you tend to learn a lot from adversity. A lot more than you do when times are good, which we’ve had a lot of here the last few years.

“A lot of the lads here have done it before. It’s up to us now. We take a lot of the responsibility as players, so let’s dust ourselves down and drag this club next season to where we want.”

52 comments

  • Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 17, 2014

  • Wensum View, kenfoggo! That Academy of Excellence. I`ll never forget the Headmaster, Mr. Poynton (spelling?) explaining to the new intake of 7 year olds that the school was called Wensum View because "if it were not for the waterworks wall, you could see the River Wensum from here". My introduction to the concept "said without a trace of irony". Or was it....? Was Tony Blair was a disciple of Leon Festinger? I should think George Orwell was a student of LF, or was it vice-versa?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 17, 2014

  • Lincs, with due respect I did not use "we " when making my comment. The " we" was used in the collective sense. However, I do think that we have a very poor bunch of players. I agree that CH was a failure and should have been gone in time for a new man to make a difference.But when you see so called professionals making the same basic errors week in and week out , the blame cannot lie solely with the manager. Of course CH invested in players that proved to be inadequate.Too much money was wasted. The one thing that was glaringly obvious all season was the defenders attention to the ball and not the player without the ball. Even in the very last match , there were several defenders chasing each other and the Arsenal player waltzed in unnoticed and scored. A basic error all season. I thank you for your respectful exchange of views. Far too many contributors tend to make personal remarks.

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    norman hall

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • kf, you have a sense of humour which is more important.

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    Cecil

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • Yes Cecil, you are right! I is a thicky! They taught me nuffink at Wensum View. Go well, keep the faith.

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    kenfoggo

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • kenfoggo, your self-assessment is correct.

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    Cecil

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • I am familiar with Festinger's theory. It doesnt apply here because there are two minds at work. Well mine is working. Not sure about kenfoggo's.

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    Cecil

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • I am glad to see that Mattias333 , unlike Cecil, embraces the "cognitive dissonance theory" as proposed by Leon Festinger (1957) which says that you CAN hold two opposing viewpoints in the mind at the same time and yet still retain the ability to function. (Ooh ,I had a bit of a Stephen Fry moment there).

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    kenfoggo

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • Radio Norfolk claims we will know by end of today\tomorrow morning time who the new manager is.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • nobody is more right or wrong than anyone else. I wanted Hughton out for months. Doesn't mean I was right despite me feeling 100% correct in my views. I would be horrified if we got Tim Sherwood as manager and have made my views on him very clear. Does that mean im right? Heck no, he could go on to be the greatest manager in NCFC history and ill look a right plonker. Nobody, especially on these boards is more right than the next person. Football is a game of opinions. Its why we love it. Would be a boring game if we all agreed on everything.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • I'm going to start checking NewsNow Norwich City as today's obviously the end of the working week and I'd like to know who the new manager is before Archie tells me.

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    el dingo

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • You ask, kenf, if McNally set a deadline for announcing the new manager. I am sure I read somewhere it would be by the end of this week. Or maybe it will depend on when he finds one who can meet his brief (which presumably has changed from keeping us out of the bottom three).

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • Cecil, I have read that post 10 times and I still do not understand it! My bad,I must be stupid. End of the week? Is that Friday or Sunday, I still need to nip down the bookies and put a fiver on Sherwood.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • kf, you had to read it six times before you could understand it? But even then you did not. My first sentence cannot be wrong and the second is a question. But, as you say back to football. I believe he said within a week.

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    Cecil

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Cecil, I have read the two sentences of your last post six times. I have concluded that you are wrong.I will not welcome your alternative view. Back to football. Was a deadline set by McNally for the announcement of the new Manager's appointment?

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • When two different opinions are incompatible it does mean that one of them (at least) is wrong. Why should one welcome an alternative view when it's wrong?

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    Cecil

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • There will always be differences of opinion,that is a fact. A differnce of opinion does not mean that one side of a dicussionis right or wrong. That said, perhaps mellow yellow can give me one positive spin on a season where we were relegated, having played the worst football it has been my misfortune to pay hard earned money to watch, under one of the most inept, stubborn arrogant so called management teams that we have had the displeasure to witness. All this whilst the board sat on their respective hands and did a fair impression of Nero, fiddling while Rome burned. We have spent millions on players that were square pegs in round holes, having had every ounce of creative attacking football coached out of them.So forgive me if I seem a trifle disgruntled, and finally, burton57, will you please get it through your head that the man who is mainly responsible for our demise is called HUGHTON, not HOUGHTON (some true supporter, huh?)

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    oldtimer

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Mellow Yellow may i suggest a dentist

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Does Russell sound like Chewbacca when he does his rallying cry? Or did he just state all of the above calmly - which doesn't really sound as good as "rallying cry"

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Jigs69- must agree with you, the Board HAVE to get this appointment right to give us the best possible chance of a one season rebound to the Premiership. As has already been said the financial implications of an extended stay in the Championship are awful. Also the pressure is on the Board because the appointment has to be made as soon as possible to engage the recruitment and consolidation of the squad and get them into shape for the battle ahead. And I think getting out of the Championship will be a huge battle, it's a competitive division .

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • kenfoggo, spot on. You will probably be vilified because I agreed with you. Advance apologies for that. It is amazing how vitriolic people can get if you disagree with their take on things. People like Dubai Canary, Mattias333, Canarygirl, kenfoggo, Trevor Keith and many others are always welcoming to alternative views. Why do the likes of Canary West, Putney, Cecil, canarybell, et al, always have to be confrontational? In the case of Crocodile Putnee, downright rude. He`ll fit in well in the Cayman Caché of Covert Cash Quadrangle. Take That did.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Lincs, you can't say that the Board has learned lessons until it makes the right appointment and gets us back to the Premiership. This season, it absolutely hadn't learned from the mistakes it made the last time we were relegated, so don't be too quick to presume they have now!

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    jigs69

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • All season the players at the club have talked very positively to the point where they honestly believed it was true. I worked for a firm like that a few years back they believed there self made hype and forgot about the customer and day to day workings. I got out just in time. I do have a lot of faith with Delia, Norwich would be a lot poorer without her and she deserves our support, I am sure she will get it right over the coming days.

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    Retep

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Bedford Canary and Mellow Yellow, please feel free to say something positive, it seems that your posts are all negative. I await your sensible and erudite contributions. In the meantime I will continue to give my opinion even if it differs from yours, it's called free speech.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Respect what you say normanh but when did "we" all decide our players were "very poor". I thought bad performances were all down to arch villain CH. Is it that after 5 games under Adams we now see it was the players not the manager? RM states "we have the core of a fantastic squad - better than what we have shown." Those thoughts echo mine and many other contributors who during the season have been bewildered by the board's dithering over Hughton's tenure. Now we wait for a new manager working for a board that has learnt lessons. The core of the squad will probably be determined as always by financial constraints which means not much in the way of changes other than, hopefully, a new striker to work with Hooper. We need Martin to be right in his analysis otherwise forget a quick return (which this supporter of over 50 years will not find too difficult).

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • It seems that "Inane" is the word of the week - at least for inane people. Next week, try banal. Then you can be common and empty. I cannot imagine why Bedford Canary would want a `site for sensible discussion`. Are you an obsessive misfit, BC?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Bedford Canary, I wish also there a site where you and your intellectual friends could have deep meaningful discussions. In the meantime do not deride us lesser mortals from moaning about the fact that we have been relegated, mismanaged and have a very,very poor bunch of players. We have a right. We would so much love have positive things to say.

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    norman hall

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Canary west yes Martin does come over as mr clean and bright but afraid he is not good enough to play for my team ,as suggested he likes to be up front telling fans how loyal he is and how we proceed forward .Well for all his talk and how our team was to good to be relegated it happened so he got that wrong .He is now sweating on who the next manager will be and will he wont him because he does talk quite a bit as you know self praise im afraid

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    burtonr57

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Martin do shut up. We have heard too much of the same nonsense all season. We are down thanks to the management and the inadequacy of the players. If you could not work as a team and find the spirit to stay in the worlds best league,why should next season be any better. The only difference is that you and the rest of your team mates will be at the level of your skills, hopefully.

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    stormy

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Mellow - I agree. I wish there was a site for sensible discussion. I work in the north east from time to time and the Sunderland fans very positive all season even when bottom. Personally I think CH was to blame but the constant negative and inane comments do not help - nor do the silly polls from EDP land this week. OTBC

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    Bedford Canary

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Mellow Yellow- yes, you are right . Most of the postings here are negative. But just to recap. We have just been relegated. We have no Manager. The playing staff under- achieved last season. The last season was the worst I can remember for entertainment value I can remember - ever. The performance of the Board has been below what is expected of a Premier League Club, even McNally admits to that. There will be job loses at the Club. Apart from the fact that the Club is no longer in debt there seems to be very few positives to talk about. We also have a playing staff who talk big to the public through the press and yet disappoint on match day. So, forgive a little venting of frustration in this forum, but it does seem justified!

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Had I not been blocked, CW, you would see that I said something along those lines. M_Y talks a not of sense. We need more lateral thinking from "the likes of" The Crab on these boards. It is also worrying that an insightful and amusing contributor, "the likes of" Barking Wise, has been debarred from these boards. Symptomatic of the banal world we live in? Put Knee-in, please note. Matt has a great future in politics or diplomacy. On these boards, a shift away from relying on truisms might be career enhancing, and more interesting.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Clearly being blocked again. Lambo left us at 52 for, 66 against, 12th on 47 points. Hughton left us at 28 for, 62 against, 18th on 33 points. Hi, el dingo!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • I do not understand some of this anti Russell Martin sentiment. Surely he was one player who ALWAYS gave 100% in a poor team and his loyalty to the cause has never been in question. Or did I miss something?

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    CanaryWest

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Spot on, el dingo. The achievements of the team in the L1 and Champ seasons were impressive. Full of determination and no little skill. Lambo`s result in the Prem was a great achievement, we were "safe" with around 6 games to go and could`ve finished stronger, perhaps? That season we conceded 66 and scored 52. This season, we conceded 62 and scored 28. That after £14m spent on strikers plus contributions to Elmander`s Pension Fund. Laughable, indeed, Matt. So the Hughton Revolution improved our defensive performance by a huge 6% while weakening our attacking performance by only 46%. Impressive. M_Y talks a not of sense.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Mello yellow I think we can all see you are to blame for relegation as you are defiantly a Houghton inner. We all say how we see things and you see things how you wish but you can not win against the majority who think Bassong was not up to required standard and Martin is not any better that's why we are down to many fans like you standing up for division one players which at present this club has many

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    burtonr57

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Matt: makes sense. Ta.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Some of you make my teeth itch. You very rarely have anything positive to say at all, find fault with every decision that the club makes, and try to impress the rest of us with your inane comments.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • To be fair to Bassong in his words he doesn't want to leave but obviously unless a manager comes in that wants him he accepts hes off. What he said at the away supporters end of season party put on by the club. Players usually open up a lot more there. Dont get me wrong he had a bad season, shouldn't have been captain in my opinion and deserved to be dropped but he was superb the season before. A real different class. When we all know what hes capable of I wish people wouldn't just hound him out the club. Everyone has off spells. We cant sell every player when ever they are off form.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Matt, I feel your rhetorical goldfish had more loyalty to this club than Monsieur Bassong. Not that I know too much:)

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    el dingo

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Always seems to be the way. When we were winning league 1 and gaining promotion from the Championship I cant recall any of this talking. I know why the club do it but it only works in moderation. When used on a weekly basis fans see right through it.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Once again, big talk. I would like more application on the field of play and less talking from players. All last season they talked a good game and weakly capitulated on match day. Words are easy to say, scoring goals was beyond our team who could let them in with abandon, 62 goals against! A shameful performance of which Russell Martin should be less than proud.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Yes! Good riddance to Bassong, that awful player who won player of the season the year before and was regarded as being the difference between whether we could win or lose if he was playing. He was poor this year but some people have the memory of a goldfish. Laughable really.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • We have seen the last of seb he will next pop up with Houghton some where and good luck .As for Martin team captain not what ncfc want we need a leader not a talker .I have been to many after game talks and this man keeps popping up why because he likes to be up front every time and try to promote himself sorry but that's the fact not a leader of men just a hanger on .next season will be make or break for martin and I can see him wanting out when not selected by our new manager his best chance would be if god forbid Adams get the job

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    burtonr57

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Ive been saying it for months and months michigancanary. Everyone can talk the talk but we need (and needed) a manager with man management ability as well as the technical coaching ability that Hughton had. Lambert is a prime example. He could take players and get the very best from them while with us. The whole NCFC squad would literally put their body on the line for Lambert during his era. The same cant be said for the players during Hughtons era. Football is so much a mental game as it is technical these days.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Get rid of Seb and make this man the captain - that was one of the worst decisions Hughton made, and that's saying something.

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    JimBob

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Martin was part of the team which has just been relegated so what right has he got to keep coming up with how to get back ?he knows he will not be a team member when new manager is appointed unless is Neil Adams He is a division one player and will prob finish up back in Peterborough If ncfc are to bounce back we need a complete clean sweep .out with the old and in with the new

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    burtonr57

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Ive been saying it for months and months michigancanary. Everyone can talk the talk but we need (and needed) a manager with man management skills as well as the technical coaching skills Hughton had. Lambert is a prime example of what can happen if you get the right man manager. The whole NCFC squad would literally put their body on the line for Lambert during his era. The same cant be said for the players during Hughtons era. Football is so much a mental game as it is technical these days.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • I think RM must have taken an American communications course. Certainly talks the talk, but did not see many of the players walking the walk. Maybe the right manager will make the squad perform - let's hope.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Well, as far as talking about it we have proved this season that we're premier league. Lets get a good start on the pitch and walk the talk!

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    kevin

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • If he wants to play centre back I'd rather he made a rallying call for a transfer

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    GossVolley

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Wise words. Next season we will need 10 more Russell Martins (attitude-wise) on the pitch.

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    CanaryWest

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

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