Wes Hoolahan rumours refuse to go away after Paul Lambert describes Norwich City midfielder as a “fantastic” player

Wes Hoolahan. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Wes Hoolahan. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, January 10, 2014
4:21 PM

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has described Norwich City playmaker Wes Hoolahan as a “fantastic” player, as rumours of the Irishman moving to the Midlands refuse to go away.

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The former Canaries boss also said he doesn’t think his frosty relationship with the Carrow Road hierarchy would affect any potential Hoolahan transfer.

Lambert was speaking at a press conference at Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground ahead of Monday night’s Premier League clash with Arsenal at Villa Park.

The Scot has already spoken of his need to sign a creative player in the “number 10” role but City boss Chris Hughton dismissed the speculation at his pre-match press conference yesterday.

Chief executive David McNally had also dismissed rumours that Hoolahan had handed in a transfer request and goalkeeper John Ruddy has also spoken about his desire for the Ireland international to stay.

Lambert added fresh fuel to the fire today though, despite initially saying: “There is no point in me talking about other people’s players when they’re still at their clubs and I won’t disrespect anyone on that front.”

However Lambert then went on to talk about when he had previously managed Hoolahan at Livingston.

“I had him [Hoolahan] for three years, I brought him to Scotland when I was up there so I’ve known what he’s like for years,” Lambert said.

“When I was manager of Norwich he was fantastic, he really was a big, big player but he’s Norwich’s player so there’s no point talking about him.”

Lambert’s acrimonious exit from Carrow Road is thought to have left a sour taste for McNally and City’s chairman Alan Bowkett.

But Lambert added he didn’t see why that should cause a problem, saying: “I had a really good time there, enjoyed a lot of success, so I wouldn’t have thought so. They’re two separate things.”

Talking more broadly about Villa’s current transfer window efforts, Lambert indicated there had been little joy for the Midlands club so far, but revealed Stephen Ireland could make his loan move to Stoke permanent.

Lambert said: “There are lads out there we have looked at and tried, but it just hasn’t been possible. There is not really any great update.

“There are lads there we have identified that could bring experience to help the younger ones, but some you just can’t do.”

26 comments

  • We're playing those mind games together Pushing the barriers planting seeds

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    Ded Sterile

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • My only chance of getting to Australia would be to hitch a lift in a Time Machine and join up with the original exports from these shores! Steely, I worked for Wilson`s (Watney Mann, North) for a short time. Unfortunately it was in 1973\4 when it was all such fun with the 3-day week, industrial unrest & fuel crisis etc. It`s where I learned that ManU started off in that area as Newton Heath, complete with Canary style gold & green livery. Some of the older guys still had yellow & green scarves. Wilson`s Bitter was largely "real ale"; rough & ready but an honest slurp!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Wonder if Hughton agrees with PL that Wes is a fantastic player? If he's so highly rated (rightly) seems odd he hardly features under the present manager. Mind you Wes is just one of numerous excellent players we possess but who Hughton cannot mould into a team worthy of their credentials.

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    malaga flier

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • I also echo the sentiments on this page about MBs return. I have always enjoyed your (football related) posts. Also nice to see this page went 8 posts before the first (and only) CH attack. Note: no inherent problem with voicing (reasonably held) opinions on CH - but just not all the time and on every (non-CH related) boards. On this one, again I guess I find myself in the minority...as an all round prem player, I don't rate wes that highly and wouldn't be particularly disappointed if he left...although I'd like a bit more than a mill for him.

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    PutneyCanary

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • if PL wants Hoolihan then lets ask for Weimann in a swap deal!

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    kevin

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • We may get the chance of some more beer chat now ,Brew. A few weeks back someone mentioned Wilson's Brewery in Manchester. Bill Punton has done his best to keep us entertained in your absence. I think you went over to Aussie for all five tests. Doc oh no made a reappearance recently. The only people on the scene missing (a bit of Dylan) are Steady ,Ged and Dissaster.

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    Steely Dan

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Hi el dingo. I suppose doing battle with Archant is akin to Denis Healey`s jibe at Geoffrey Howe - "savaged by a dead sheep" or similar! BillP`scitch, I think there`s more chance of Barra `Arry becoming England manager than Lambo coming back here!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Fingerprints, Bill. It may be our only chance. DNA should be identical. There may be a chance with birthmarks - or injury scars, if the boys got lucky. Failing that, the colour of footwear. Hughton would get away with that one, many would not. Funny old world.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • OI Lambert we know Wes is a fantastic player hes a Norwich City player. Its your fault for leaving and going to Villa, worst mistake you ever made, Stop using Wes to get at the Norwich City board. Go and get another player from another club.

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    David

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Sounds like PL is just trying to stir things up.He must be worried about his and Villas position.

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Boring. The BBC is running a much more interesting story on how to tell the Murphys apart when they're on the pitch

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Further to the identity issue of the Murphy Twins, once they`ve been differentiated by fingerprinting, they could then each be given a unique bar-code by tattooing. Trouble is, how do we really know which is which to start with? This is a bit like The Man in the Iron Mask. It`ll Dumas head in.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • …..The best and surest cure for a cough BP, is a tablespoon of Syrup of Figs!....get that down you, and sure as hell you won't dare cough!!!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • How pleasing to see the pearls of wisdom from Brew back on here again, like myself tempted out of retirement and hoping the posts remain sane, sensible and civil, not like a lot of the rubbish and idiots that started to appear on here.

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    blackdog2

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Less Paul Lambert and more the media asking leading questions and publishing the answers out of context. He won't go anywhere.

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    Juggmeister

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Hey Brewer -como este? My battle with Ar*haant qc goes on. Nice to know you're back bud.

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    el dingo

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • misssed your posts brew old buddy.nice to see you back.

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    bluelight

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Straight swap for Benteke ?

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    john in exile in Leeds

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • …..Have no Fear !..Steady's Here!....Just wearing a different set of clothes!.....Come on Chrissy!...City can lick those Toffees today, with your guidance..... Hey Brew ! Did you enjoy the Cruise?...Cunard ..P&O...or uncle Fred?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • "The former Canaries boss also said he doesn’t think his frosty relationship with the Carrow Road hierarchy would affect any potential Hoolahan transfer." What drug is this fool on? The fans are fed up with him, they are not doing very well, he is under a lot of pressure so he has to stir and muddy the water to deflect attention from himself. Why don't someone politely tell him to PI22 Off!

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    blackdog2

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Keep on racing down the Yare, bluelight, ol` pal! Hi, bd2. The boards do seem to be cleaner now. Always good to talk football and throw in a bit of good humour. No agenda!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Disgraceful attempt to unsettle Hoolahan. Lambert was great when he was here, but now he's stirring it.....let's hope he regrets it and Villa go down.

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    pablo

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • To be fair, he'd obviously been asked about Hoolahan and he said he was a great player, so fair enough. He also went on to say he's Norwich's player so there's no point talking about him, so I think the press is blowing this up somewhat.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • I've had the cr*ppiest day imaginable,the wife and sprogs are driving me bananas,I can't seem to get rid rid of this ludicrous cough I've had for a week and I'm not looking forward to tomorrow cos I think we'll get hammered, but all of a sudden I'm in a party mood. Welcome back Brew, I wasn't even sure if you were still alive. What do you think of the latest rumours in the Guardian, saying that Lambert wants to come back to Norwich. Is it because he misses Wes?

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Also Arc"ant also seem to want to keep running this story. Its not on. Drop it please.

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    sharky

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • ...Every time you open your mouth Mr Lambert you shove his price up another £1.000.000 ....Might be a case for Mr McNally- and of course Chrissy, to take him into the office and offer him a sweetener....and then, naturally make him earn it on the field of play!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, January 10, 2014

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