Wes Hoolahan may have to wait patiently for his Norwich City exit

Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan was part of the Republic of Ireland line up hammered 5-1 against Portugal in the final match of their USA friendly tour. Picture: Artur Widak/PA Wire Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan was part of the Republic of Ireland line up hammered 5-1 against Portugal in the final match of their USA friendly tour. Picture: Artur Widak/PA Wire

Monday, May 26, 2014
6:30 AM

Wes Hoolahan’s hopes of leaving Carrow Road may hit an immediate stumbling block – with Norwich City in the comfortable position of not having to sell their players.

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Hoolahan is reported to have handed in a second transfer request at Carrow Road – following his attempt to get away in January after a £1m bid from Aston Villa’s former City boss Paul Lambert was rejected.

The EDP understands that the 32-year-old Republic of Ireland midfielder has not submitted a formal transfer request this time, although he has held discussions, like other members of the first team squad, with new boss Neil Adams when he has made his position known.

Hoolahan has another year left on his contract, but he may find himself in a difficult position in that City have stressed they do not need to sell any players.

Hoolahan played the full 90 minutes in Ireland’s 2-1 friendly defeat to Turkey at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin last night, setting up Stoke’s Jonathan Walters for their side’s only goal in the 78th minute.

International and club team-mate Anthony Pilkington was an unused substitute. He, like Hoolahan, did not feature under Adams in the final few games of the ill-fated Premier League season and admits his future is uncertain.

“I had a few injuries, one in particular just before Christmas which kept me out for I think 12 weeks,” said the 25 year-old, who also has one year left on his contract. “Then I got back and I was available for the rest of it but the manager, you know, had other ideas.”

Pilkington is in Ireland preparing for the Republic’s other end-of-season friendlies against Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal – when he can showcase his services.

“I am just concentrating on playing for the country and doing well through the summer, and I will have to deal with that when I get back,” he said. “Every game is a shop window and you want to do your best in every game that you play in. But I am just happy to be over here and back playing again and hopefully I can get some game time.”

48 comments

  • Just read you're comment Stew-:)) I don't know who you are!but I like you-:)) Thought I'd stop using the little boxes as clearly they don't move over on this site as they do for twitter&fb So I'm looking forward to watching WES against Italy soon! He is clearly rated by a certain Mr O'Neill�������� Oops

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    Mary Watson

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • .....I like what you say about Norwich City , young Mary....Not too sure about your style!....Brew will be more than confused!....He will have to invent another language to put himself back at the head of the table!....I was going to introduce a paragraph in Morse Code for a bit of fun....but my meal was put in front of me..on a plate on the dining room table.. And the urge was lost!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Read all the comments on WES ������������ The boxes are symbols for comments ���� Solution for us to see the best of WES is:- Play him for a regular amount of time IN every game to get his feet(& magic) under the table & to enable other players to join his exceptional vision of play ���������� He is undoubtedly 2 passes ahead when he plays�� IF HE IS THAT BAD why oh why does he continue to get POTM even when the team lose�� And as for being a feather��he makes a better fist of it when challenging for the ball than a certain Dutchman twice his size did��⁉️ Talking about playing systems! Doesn't matter diddly squat what tune you play? If you haven't got a conductor for the orchestra! It will just be a tuneless noise�� I.E.:-like our little MAGICIAN doing the IRISH JIG������ As for saying about ALL THE GIRLS swooping over our little blue-eyed diamond�� I'm an olde lady now & just adore watching football being played THE RIGHT WAY �� The way WES plays it,& if given a chance will do so again FOR US. We won't only be on the edge of our seats again for the likes of REDDZ now & in the past with HUCKS,JOCKY,SUTTY,FLECKY etc... But for WESSI too����������

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    Mary Watson

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • He wants to go. We all appreciate what he's done for Norwich but let him have his last contract in the premier and let's try and get a good balanced midfield to move the club forward. We need players who are going to play to a decent level every week not brilliant in one game and average the next....

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    Disco Dale

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • …..It's getting late!....time to have one last thought and then give it a rest until the morning!.....I do not recall Wes Hoolahan saying anything to us about not wanting to play for Norwich City!....The press has said he has ….but has he?....The number of stories that come our way do not come 'from the Horses mouth'....but seems as 'my mate heard a rumour' so there must be something in it...This story alone comes without a writers name attached...so the source has little foundation!....Let's not make assumptions about anything....Sort the problems out behind the scenes Neil and let us stop guessing!...Thank-you and Goodnight!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • If Wes was built like Yaya, he would have been fantastic. But he is not. He is built like a 13 year old and thus suffers as a result. Yes there are 'small' players who have made it (Messi!!) but they either have more power or pace than little Wes. If he wants to go. Let him. Time to get the brush out and sweep some of the under-performers away. Can we also have taxis for Bassong, Fer, Rip Van Garrido, Martin............can't go on. Running out of ink!

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    john doe

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • 1million has gone down to 500.000, another good deal done by Norwich City, if he don't want to be here, as the German U Boat Captain said "Loose"

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    OLDYELLA

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • wes your time is up at carrow road,along with Pilks and Bassong,thanks for the memories.

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    tonyb

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Try a bit more Wensum water with that imported 3year old liquid mixture from Aberfeldy or Crief Brew! They don't produce footballers up there but think their men men make managers football managers!

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Wes was good in his day but I seriously doubt his current Premier League credentials. Not sure but not sure if we won more than 2 of the games he started. OK he "bossed" the Man Ure home game, by scampering around just over the halfway line, incisive moves and the killer pass were lacking. When he twice had the chance to shoot he fluffed it. Clearly he's taken a huff but I don't see why the club should let him go on the cheap.

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    PaulWho

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • It`s not that I don`t believe you, Pa. I just prefer to make uo my own mind without all that Norfolk Numpty "Ummatellinonyer" bollox. That`s all!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • OMG. Not allowed to connect. Again. Bollox, Archie.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Of course I remember the Chevron, Pa. I`m forgetful, not senile. After a long period of disenchantment, I gave up on Hughton last August, after the Hull game. Until then, it seemed reasonable to let him continue with his new signings, but that chap could`ve sapped the spirit from the Holy Trinity. While you opt to believe I was a Hughton `apologist`, others accused me of being a detractor and dissenter. Archant repeatedly blocked comments of that type. I`m just a regular kinda guy, like Tony B.liar. `Slovenes to the left of me, S\O to the right; there I was, stuck in the middle with Stew`. Chips Rafferty with everything. Keep an eye on Stew, Pa - he has his eye on Ma`s dumplings...

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • By the way it was called a 'Chevron'! Remember?

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Brew , you are beginning to join the club for memory losing!. I along with my good friend Stew were among the first to point out on these boards that Hughton and co. were not going to be good enough to keep us on an even keel let alone take the club forward! I was making comments to this effect way before Christmas 2012. You along with most others did not believe me at the time, and took another 15months or more to see the light!

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Stew, you might be surprised at how clever I once was. I would be too, if I could remember. Pa, if your advice had kept us in the Prem - Much Kudos. If it meant we still had Hugh Trollderwood, then bollox to your advice! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • And I was disappointed at not being called upon to give my advice to the previous manager which could have saved him his job, and kept this club in the Prem.

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Dave , I think your observation is much on the ball. I also think that too many cooks in a kitchen can be worse than no cooks at all! Hoolahan and Snodgrass could fit that bill. Howson and Snodgrass could fit that bill. Fer and Snodgrass could fit that bill. Anyone and Snodgrass could fit that bill. The one thing I see in common with that statement is BILL. I hope that the new manager will come to a similar conclusion, and sort the bill out!

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • …..Brew! I am pleased that you try to read between the lines of many of my comments!....I feel rightly or wrongly that Wes is not the problem with Norwich City!...Norwich City is not the problem with Wes Hoolahan!....Hughton arrived in the summer of 2012..brought in his assistants, and different players...and in doing so brought in much trouble!....He put his faith in the new signings, and in doing so many 'Noses were put out of joint'....The squad was split apart!...Players were off loaded (probably dissenters), and the remainder of his inheritance were joined by players of lesser ability...without a decent leader among them!...it has been an impossible up hill struggle ever since!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Oh and chuck Pilkington in the deal as well when we needed him last season he vanished!!

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    dave123

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Great one game,rubbish the next,Get rid we have better players here and available on transfer

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    dave123

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Sincere & sycophantic apologies, Blaffen. I think what we had there was a failure to communicate. `I`ll say it`s my fault, I`ll take all the blame...` (Roy Orbison). Stew Pydsodd - pubmandave`s stuff seems so plausible, as does much other fiction writing - but he has been right before. Once. As for Wes, I don`t know anything about his `disposition` with other player(s), though I could imagine some friction with a fellow one-footer of Caledonian origin. Maybe that one will be off to (managerless) Celtic, anyway? As you say, we really need PMD on the case. (PMD is not an abbreviation for anything other than our sage insider of the saloon bar). Where`s Mattias?? I suppose it`s a non-"working" day, so he is too busy to mount his keyboard. Better things to mount on a Bank Holiday......?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Starring for Ireland in a 2-1 home defeat must have been a real touch of deja vu for Hoolahan. He will be looking for another nation next.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Yes! Ascension Day! Epiphany! The Wise One is back. What a Revelation, the future is clear.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • I prefer English anyway, C.West. What`s your chosen language, pray tell? I was just curious as to what those hieroglyphs might mean. If I wanted to post such myself, I`d consult with Arthur Ascii. Simples. Anyway, I`ll be in a little box soon enough. Will somebody please tell me the purpose of those ticky-tacky little boxes? I think I espy a Barking Wise epistle, but it`s semi-obscured by a B&W photo of The Royal Norfolk Show... Will there be an epiphany....?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Didn't realise Archie was a qualified psychiatrist. ..was your session NHS or private, Barking?

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    el dingo

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Whenever Wes' departure comes up for discussion, there always seems to be a disproportionate outpouring of grief among the female fan base. I've no doubt that he's a handsome fellow despite the onset of the years and for all I know he may have as much lead in his pencil as he creativity in his football boots. By all means buy a poster, blu-tak it to the bedroom ceiling and remember the good times. But this is not the way to build a promotion-chasing squad. Regardless of whether he has been a great servant of the club and regardless of whether NA chooses to play a diamond formation or something more pear-shaped, the simple fact remains that Wes does not want to play for Norwich any more, and commitment to the cause and the club must be the first box to tick if a player is going to stay. Let him go, pocket the money, reduce the wage bill and move on, that's what I say...........Not that it makes much difference what I say, because Archie this post will never see the light of day on the cubicle wall. More likely, it will be flushed and it's creator banished to the cooler for another month until he "gets his mind right". Bit like Wes really.....if we can't get his mind right, might as well get rid of him.

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    Barking Wise

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Lincs you are absolutely right. Complete hypocrisy from Ashton. As soon as we were not automatically top of the championship, and he realised getting back to the PL was going to be hard work, he could not wait to jump ship. Mary, please DONT tell MB how to code '�' symbols. Its hard enough to read his cryptic posts as it is without giving him more things to play with.

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • I take your point, oldtimer, about players who may have lost interest under Hughton because of his negative tactics, Bassong being an obvious example. I would question, however, that no matter who the manager is or what you think of him, every player owes it to themselves and the fans to always give of their best. If they don't then I would question their attitude and hence their commitment to the club.

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    Flying Canary

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Hoolie on his day is a joy to watch, "unplayable " is what pundits, other managers and the media have called him. In his shoes, I would be equally as pi$$ed off as he obviously is, because of his lack of game time. We may as well let him go and ply his trade where he will be appreciated. Another piece of food for thought, for those of you who want only players who are 100% committed to the cause, do you want them to be given priority over far more talented players who have every reason to have been disgruntled and disinterested in Hughton and his inane tactics and therefore never gave of their best. The Player of the season the previous year being a prime example, along with Hoolie and a few more?

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    oldtimer

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Wes is a bit like the nursery rhyme - when he's good he's very, very good but when he's bad he's b..... awful! At 31 he is not I the first flush of youth and his head has not been in the right place for a while. I would say it's time for him to go so "Thanks for the good times, Wes, goodbye and good luck." Let's build a team where all the players are 100% committed to the club.

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    Flying Canary

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • superfan, are you slow minded or what? WES WANTS TO PLAY - just that he isn`t allowed to. CH and now NA think that getting one point every third match is fine, and when they steer us safely towards championship, the award is a permanent job.

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    norwaysbiggesthoolahanfan

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Love Wes to bits and have a signed picture of his goal against Millwall a while ago. On his day superb and will do damage at C'ship level. However I want players who want to be here and if if he really wants out, then let him go and replace.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • I stated these figures before Wes has created 7 goals in his last 85 city games . give him away to Villa then we can pass them when they go down and we go up

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    canarybell

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • .....Good Morning Brew!....I'm not into little square boxes ..yet!...more your dotty type!....From your experience, how much contact would you expect the bottom ug of the ladder(players), to have with the top rung(directors)?...I think our problem with Wes is more likely to be his disposition with another player or maybe more than one....Job here for our mole...come in pubmandae!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Without doubt, Wes on form is an attacking player to admire but he is not a fit in a 4-4-2 formation and therein lies the selection problem. He creates plenty of goal scoring chances but too often seems reluctant to have a shot himself. If Neil Adams decides to go with traditional wingers and twin strikers then Wes will have to sit on the bench as part of a plan B for many game. Lambert soon realised that Wes is ideal In the hole so went with the Diamond formation, the option would be to go with three centre backs and wing backs but then that would leave other stars on the bench instead. I suspect Wes will leave this summer as he is unlikely to be given a key role in the chosen formation, sad to see but the club must move on.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Mary W: - what do those little box-shaped things in your post mean? I only ask because I do not know! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • You`re in a cynical frame of mind today, LincsCan. Good man! Is there a forward player (or any other sort) at Norwich who didn`t have his soul puréed trying to play under Hugh Trollderwood? Or perhaps the canker is more deeply embedded than that? It`s playing for a club where the Directors are complacent Lotus Eaters. Imagine how much worse it could`ve been without the Luck of Lambert. That thrown away by a "Chairman" who is intolerant of impatience. Then the players were subjected to a manager who tested nothing beyond the fans` patience, but gave the Board no hassle. Nice man, so they say. The Directors` Box is still there. As is the hospitality for the glitterati. All is well at The Carra - Except the football bit.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • His heart is not with the club---GET RID.

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    superfan59

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Wes is a good player, but he could easily have been excluded because his attitude could have been so fed up Adams didn't feel he would be any use. I'd like Wes to stay personally and be included decently this season, but don't forget we'd be losing a player that was man of the match for his country... on the day they lost 2-1 to Turkey.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • I hope Wes stays as he's a great Championship player. Just never been good enough for the Prem.

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    jigs69

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • People are being very cruel IMO to WES �� In the little Magician we are lucky enough to have as our no.10.-I think we have a potential match winner! I can understand why he was SO upset last season�� We only watched games & to a certain extent felt the same�� In the games HE did play in ask yourself did he make a difference??? I don't know why he didn't figure in any of Neil's games but always being a glass half-full kinda gal I would like to think it was to protect him & giving super WES a jolt into thinking now the other manager that made his life so miserable had been sacked HE didn't think he was going to play as a given�� I would be very SAD if this super talented footballer was going to disappear into the reserves now. I'm sure Mr Adams knows exactly what we have here�� I have a message for WES "we all love you little guy���� Just do whatever you have to do to show Mr Adams that you want to play for US AGAIN ,because WE most certainly want to see you in GREEN & YELLA again�� Attacking football is back�� With flying wingers-rejuvenated strikers-all we need is YOU as our NO:-10 Say sorry��don't listen to agents or other players with gripes WES do it lad����

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    Mary Watson

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • That was more the Board than Ashton, Lincs

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    el dingo

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Ah Pilkington , our very own Darren Anderton , bless him.

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    Kristafa

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • If he does not want to play for Norwich & help us out of the Championship THEN GET RID OF HIM. Same with any other other player. Sort this lot out Neil.

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    superfan59

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • On another board where there is no facility for comments Dean Ashton is advising players to make up their minds quickly and if their hearts are with the club commit to playing in the Championship. That's what he did. Signed a new contract and gone by January.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Hoolahan sulked his way through the season so let him sulk a while longer before moving on to Lambert. I am sure he will be welcomed by the Villa fans who see their way forward with an ex Norwich manager bringing in ageing Norwich rejects with relegation on their cv.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • It`s quite sickening, really. Wes wasn`t even on the bench the last three matches under Neil Adams. An Ireland international who would go into the squad at Villa any time waiting a year at this crucial stage of his career, just because Norwich want to show their strenght or whatever. (that he also is just what we need to start scoring again, is of course too much to ask the Adams family to understand)

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    norwaysbiggesthoolahanfan

    Monday, May 26, 2014

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