Wes Hoolahan admits his Norwich City future is far from certain

Wes Hoolahan can give no guarantees over his long term Norwich City future. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Wes Hoolahan can give no guarantees over his long term Norwich City future. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
7:00 AM

Wes Hoolahan admits only Norwich City can decide his future as he aims to shine on the Republic of Ireland’s summer friendly tour.

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The Dubliner’s display in the Republic’s 2-1 friendly defeat to Turkey at the weekend drew rave reviews from national boss Martin O’Neill but Hoolahan was a peripheral figure in the Canaries’ Premier League relegation.

Hoolahan featured for just 68 minutes under new boss Neil Adams over the run-in after falling out of favour with previous manager Chris Hughton following a failed bid to leave in the January transfer window.

The 32-year-old has already been touted with a summer exit to newly-promoted Leicester City and Hoolahan was non committal when pressed on his plans beyond this weekend’s latest test for the Irish against Italy at Craven Cottage and two friendly dates in America.

“I don’t know yet. I have a year left on my contract,” said Hoolahan. “At the moment I am (staying). It’s just great to get on the pitch and show what I can do. I didn’t play a lot this season. I’m buzzing to get out there and play more games.

“You come here to win the games, not to have a laugh or anything like that. They got the goal and it took us about ten of 15 minutes to get back into it. From then on we created a lot of chances. We’re playing good. We’re passing the ball well and creating a lot of chances. If you’re not playing well then you have something to worry about and there were positives I think.”

O’Neill is in no doubt how important Hoolahan is to his preparations for the Euro2016 qualifying campaign, with fit-again club mate Anthony Pilkington an unused substitute against the Turks but poised to play a part on the America leg of the tour against Portugal and Costa Rica.

“I thought little Hoolahan played brilliantly for us. He tried to create things for us,” said O’Neill. “Sometimes some big boots come in and shove him off the ball a little bit, but overall he showed a great determination and great ability.”

28 comments

  • clearly Norwich's most talented player....its all about man management!

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    Glenn

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • No matter how badly city played he wasn't in the frame. No matter how much any man loves a woman, if she shuns him continuously he will eventually leave for another woman who wants him. Especially if he is being wooed by a former lover who left on good terms, who is now living in a much bigger house. You get the idea - I'm only a PE teacher.

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    clever pe teacher

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Thanks for the "Unicode" explanation, CWest. Is that the same as Ascii or something completely different? My request to Mary to enlighten me was retro-deleted. Yet to inspect incoming emails to discover why. I still don`t know what those little ticky-tacky boxes actually mean!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • I agree, no need to be rude. However I understand storms frustration that, the opinions offered up seem to stray from just being opinions. The 'matter of fact' views on what happened with Hoolahan only seem to add to the insult that our little Irish prince bestowed on us. He did call the club s***** and he didn't celebrate a goal that, at the time meant everything to us. Perhaps his mouth could be put to better use in explaining or, god forbid, appologise to the supporters. Hughton did pull us apart but these guys are adults on huge wages. If nothing else how does comments and actions look to the younger members of the squad or even players who might be thinking of joining us at that time?? Personally I think Hoolahan owed this club as much as we owed him and his short term memory was as wayward as some of the supporters who are being berated for being disgusted with his actions. Over to you Wesley................

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    frankief

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • No need to be rude because the chaps opinion differs to yours guys. I wouldnt be surprised if a lot he just said is right on the money for how Wes feels. I can understand what hes saying and it seems quite straight forward to be fair. What happened in the public domain with Wes (and many other players i.e - Pilks, Becchio, Ruddy, Snodgrass etc) wasn't good at all but reality of it is that sort of stuff happens at all football clubs, it simply doesn't make it to the public domain. Sadly under Hughton this kept happening all the blooming time, whether it was Wes wanting out, Pilks moaning about Hughton letting Vaughan leave, Ruddy & Snod getting into arguements with fans, Becchio going to the papers about not getting a shot, it all happened and we the fans knew about it where as it should really have been behind closed doors. All clubs have out of favour players unhappy etc, nasty fact about football but as it went public at NCFC, players get made to look like James Bond villians. All a bit over the top really but once the wheels are in motion it snowballs out of control.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • .....Far too many comments are aimed at him falling out with the club and fans!.....Not true!....He fell out with the manager and the way he was demolishing Norwich City....Holt couldn't put up with it any longer and decided he had to move on....Hoolahan was told that the kick and rush tactics to be used in the future would not require his presence!.....Snodgrass was to be our inspiration!...what a joke!....RvWW , Elmander, and Hooper would be our goal scorers...as though goals were hanging on a Xmas tree just waiting to be picked at will!....Hughton got it wrong Big Time!...and in doing so turned our better players into unsettled men....Adams must turn his players minds back to winning ways....Keep Hoolahan and rebuild his team ..our team..around him!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Clever pe teacher.Are you related to Hoolahan or his agent? You seem to know how this man thinks. If he had produced outstanding performances last season, no manager could have left him out. As for his love of the City and Norfolk ,why did he make it abundantly clear that he wanted to go to the Villa? He has not committed himself to City and wants away. He should go.

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    stormy

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Wes loves Norwich and Norfolk, and always has done. He doesn't expect to play every game - he was in and out under PL but understood tactics change from game to game. What he couldn't stick was watching the team produce complete rubbish, not get a game to try to put it right, and then not even be allowed to leave. Regardless of what any player thinks of a club, if you are not in with a chance of a game, they will need to move to where they will be able to play. I think he had every right to be cheesed off last year. However, a good pre season and he could be one of the very best players in the championship. He is certainly by far the most technically competent city player - his first touch and passing are better than anyone's - he must be kept. Personally thought Johnson was terrible in the PL, but think he will be excellent in the Championship - him and Wes should be regular team choices playing down the middle, along with JH and LF. If Holty was still here (surely he would have done better than both RVWGH) him and Wes could play up front together and would be very hard to stop.

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    clever pe teacher

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • The key player we do want to hold on to is Olsson. Any news on that?

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    Green man

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Hoolahan can go to Aston V and sit on the bench like Holty did for the majority of games. I am sure he doesn't want to stay at City as he has fallen out of love with the club, so he should be sold off. I don't think any club in the prem. even Aston V will want him in the new season and as Canarybell has pointed out 7 goals in 85 games he is not going to command much of a transfer fee.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • It's pretty obvious that hoolihan fell out of love with ncfc last season as he didn't fit the managers rigid tactics. He would be a great player to have in the championship, and if he was a regular starter his attitude may improve, but if he is going to get in a strop every time he gets dropped its risky having him around and behaving childishly as he may unsettle other players. Its questionable whether Neil Adams would build a team around a player who, whilst talented and giving us something different, also has a lot of limitations in his play. It would be great to keep him if he is happy to not always start and not be picked for certain games as tactics demand, but I wonder how many bridges he has burnt at the club.

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    canary can-can

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Olsson is better than Garrido. Simple as that.

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    SplatTheCat

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • will simply never understand why Hoolahan,Fox and Becchio were given no chance to shine last season, i dont even think think Garrido did that much wrong to be unceremoniously dumped, ,,i truly believe inept team selection was the root of our demise

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    Foggo

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • I do believe that pubmandave has some insider information about Wes Hooligan and how he is thought of by the new Manager.. One believes that his commitment to the cause is suspect and as such he is considered a liability rather than an asset.

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    Brycland

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Let me clarify the hounded out comment. Im just a little tired of fans who always have to have a moan about something. Angers me how short a memory some people have or how some just cast aside a player and then sing his praises the next. Bassongs another similar one, Player of the season and held in the highest regard one second. A bad season later and hes 110% being hounded out the club. Not saying he wasnt poor last season because he was, very poor compared to the season before, but he wasnt alone was he? While I agree its best they maybe move on like others (pilks, becchio, fox etc....) I just dont like how people so sharply change their tune without thinking about the bigger picture of how despite maybe not being Premier League Quality, they could be very handy in the Championship where we (hopefully) are no longer the underdogs & we effectively become what we hate....the big boys etc. At NCFC you can be the best thing since sliced bread, guarenteed for the HOF one moment, then hit some bad form and instead of fans getting behind you to get you back to where you were they instantly forget anything and everything you ever done & want you out the club. Maybe its just me, but just winds me up. Personally im not a Bradley Johnson fan and I hold my hand up and admit Ive had many moans about him, but I certainly wouldnt hound him out the club following relegation, as in the Championship he will be a very very handy player to have. Likely one of our stand out players most likely. If a player 110% wants to leave because he was misused by a awful former manager or hes just a horrid person ;) , what ever the reason thats a different story but for them to leave someone actually has to bid an acceptable amount. Easy to say "get rid of him"....im sure the club would love to in some players cases but nobody wants them or wants to pay the price listed. Some players who were out of favour last year or unhappy may suddenly become quite vital players this season.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Wise words as usual Matt, I am sure his agent is out there touting Wes right now but will any Premiership club be prepared to take him on. Even if one of the promoted clubs do, will he get a regular start, likewise if he stays will he feature often in our team or be part of a plan B off the bench.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • We all know what Wes can do when on top of his form but he does not fit the traditional formations mostly being played at Premiership level nor the Championship I fear so he will only ever be considered as an alternative Plan B when things are not going well. I think he would have been better suited to Spanish football but age is now against him. It is a shame that out and out ball skills cannot prosper in English football on their own but our game is more about strength and effort combined with ball skills.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • I'm going to do something I've never done before and agree with Stew Pydsodd.Personally, I can't say I blame him for wanting to go in January as he's at an age where he'll want to be playing as much as he can while he still can. As for calling the club s***, that's probably just frustration talking.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Come on Mary Watson Wes only put it on a plate for Hoops cause he was to slow to shot himself. Again figures 7 goals created in his last 85 games played not good ?? Wes , Messi in same sentence no way

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    canarybell

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • it doesnt state he wants out i agree, but i dont agree that hes been "hounded out". This guy did not criticise CH he called the club s**** in public. The most bizarre 'non celebration' for a goal that ive ever seen caused a few (myself included) to feel that he did not have NCFC in his interests at all. Many many players have been left out and felt frustrated to the point of wanting to move on, but i think this lad takes the biscuit. Only then have i heard rumblings that his attitude matched the opinion that he had for us, and i mean US. Funny, as I think the reason he didnt play as much as some 'experts' would have liked, is mentioned by O Neil himself. Easily knocked off the ball and marked wide by too many defences. Plus the guy never has 70 minutes in him, let alone 90. Good luck in wherever he finds himself next.

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    frankief

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Mary, if you are going to use Unicode symbols at least use more than the same one all the time!

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    CanaryWest

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Much as we al love Wes the truth is that he didnt figure even in Neil Adams' plans at the end of the season. If Adams' does not really have big plans for him next season in the Championship then we may as well take the money rather than leave him on the bench all season then see him walk next summer for free.

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    CanaryWest

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • So where exactly in the article does Wes tell us that he wants to leave the club???

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    Powers1902

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Part 2 of why I think WE should do all we can to make sure WES knows just how important he is to us������ All other people IN THE KNOW in football --managers-football players-fans alike all say how HE makes a difference when he is in the team! This little chappy has been likened to a certain MR MESSI for a reason! Perhaps not as strong as the Argentinian but a diamond nonetheless . Nearly all the players that have played with him just love it�� ask them? I've only got one think to say to WES " stop being so unselfish & scores some goals for yourself SWEETIE������" Put one on a plate for Hoops in front of me in the Barclay last season-WHEN YOU PLAYED!!! I would like some magic back in my CANARIES next season & that is WITH WES����������

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    Mary Watson

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Sadly too many have hounded him out of NCFC for being one of the few to voice their opinions under Hughton in public. In the cold light of day i'll even admit he wasnt quite up to the Premier League. The fact we were a lower half side that couldn't afford to play a luxury player within a hoof ball style & his size meant his days were always going to be numbered but the way some fans write him off at Championship level is laughable. If Wes wants away, a fresh start, what ever I don't blame him and it may be best for all parties involved if thats the case. However his problem (and all the people who make out its as simple as "get rid of um") is someone has to actually come forward and make an acceptable offer. Otherwise he will be here as I doubt the club will want to pay him off. I doubt highly any Premier League sides will be coming forward to sign him, at least none who could offer him more than we could as a bit part player. However if we sell him to a Championship side I cant help thinking it will come back to haunt us. If he goes to someone who is managed by someone encouraging flowing passing football rather than the hoof ball we became use to under Hughton he will do very well.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Poor old Wes, out on that well-known periphery. I wonder who will be there next? Porphyria? Perry Ferry? Time for a new word maybe? Margin perhaps? Edge?

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • .....Another story about Wes!...This time it has been signed by Paddy Davitt.....Nowhere does it say that Wes does not want to play for Norwich!....It does say that he is uncertain about his future with the club!....That MAY be down to him...it may be down to his manager...it may be down to persons unknown!....The article does say with clarity, that he was the star of the show!....just the quality of player we need to get us out of this muddle that he played so little part in getting us into!!!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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