West Brom’s dressing room turmoil does not interest Norwich City’s Chris Hughton

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton is not interested in the turmoil inside West Brom's changing room. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City boss Chris Hughton is not interested in the turmoil inside West Brom's changing room. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, April 4, 2014
7:00 AM

Chris Hughton is not banking on reaping the benefits from any turmoil inside the West Brom dressing room ahead of Albion’s crucial Premier League visit.

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Baggies’ officials have spent the past few days taking the heat out of an alleged physical assault on Saido Berahino from his team mate James Morrison following the England Under-21’s starlet error in last weekend’s 3-3 home draw against Cardiff. The highly-rated striker opted to launch a counter-attack rather than retain possession deep in stoppage time at the Hawthorns, but Hughton feels that will have little impact on proceedings at Carrow Road.

“It is something which doesn’t concern me. That is another camp,” he said. “You could turn it around and say it shows a level of passion and how much they care, but what concerns me is how we go about our own business to get a result.

“It is not uncommon you will have disagreements or arguments on the pitch, in the dressing room or the training ground.

“You can speak about that incident in the last few seconds of a game and the impact it has but in theory there is no difference if it happens just after half-time - it could still be the goal and the mistake that costs you the game. That is why managers always reflect on goals conceded and if you concede a soft one you know the danger. That is what makes football so exciting but also so frustrating.”

City skipper Russell Martin, meanwhile, revealed he had been in changing rooms prior to joining Norwich where frustration had boiled over.

I have seen that in a dressing room a couple of times. Not here,” he said. “Tensions sometimes boil over and when I have seen it, it is has happened and then you move on. You can’t afford to hold grudges in football. It is not personal in the dressing room. I can’t comment on what has happened there.

I am not sure physical fights happen too often in dressing rooms. I can’t comment what is happening in their dressing room and we don’t know what effect it will have.”

11 comments

  • Not quite as cowardly as Dennis Wise waiting till Callum Davidson had fallen asleep in a hotel room before punching him and breaking his jaw whilst he was still asleep

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    GPL

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • "....... it shows a level of passion and how much they care....." Ah the old chestnut used by 'professionals' in football to excuse thuggery. Remember that those involved in this 'beautiful game' are being paid silly money.......it's a job. I know a surgeon who is very 'passionate' about his work but when things go wrong he doesn't throw a tantrum and start fist fights with patients or relatives. But then he's intelligent and does a proper job.

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    One Horse Town

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • When the Scots get their richly deserved independence, immigration controls should ensure there is less violence this side of the border......but what little violence is left will be vastly inferior in terms of quality. Every silver lining has a cloud, eh?

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    User Removed

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Scottish man in Violent Temper Shock!

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    Colin

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • …..and of course, Nothing like that could possibly happen at Carrow Road or in training at Colney!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Steady on Colin not only Scots have tempers. Take Steven Gerrard and Joey Barton caught punching men in bars. barton convicted and jailed. Gerrard getting off scot free, even although it was caught on camera. Craig Bellamy asaulting a girl in a nightclub and getting away with it. The Scots do not have a Monopoly on violent conduct

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    GPL

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • GPL, are you responding to a `Steady On` posting that is not even there?! Or is Colin yet another of this person`s faux identities? Isn`t one enough? Have the Moderators finally moved in to stem the tide of bile from this eldritch entity? About time. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Agree to a certain extent. Footballers get the most press coverage because its the biggest sport but it happens plenty in other sports as well. I think Footballs the only job where you can punch somebody or be racist to someone and not be charged with gross negligence which I've always found a bit puzzling.

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    Steady On

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Spot on Blaff. Scottish violence is World Class. I wonder if Celtic will apply to have their bit of Glasgow ceded back to the UK, so they can fulfil their ambition of joining the EPL? Will there no longer be a fine selection of aggressive, drunken Scotsmen in every English Town and City? Scottish Independence will leave we poor English folk culturally diminished.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Was it Ashpan Coal who shot a young player at Chelski`s training ground? The Scots do have a monopoly on consistently high quality violent conduct. That`s class. See you, Jimmy....

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • There are few professions where assaulting another employee does not constitute gross misconduct. Dismissal would normally be the outcome of any disciplinary hearing. This however is football and WBA, like One horse says, claim it is all about passion, rather than self discipline. However, I doubt if the young lad who got punched by a senior player feels justice has been served. No doubt he was pressured to take no legal action for assault and is expected to carry on as normal. Will it affect WBA's performance? Hughton is right to be wary about that but we can hope.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, April 4, 2014

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