Norwich City captain Grant Holt joins Wigan in three-year deal

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A clearly emotional Grant Holt of Norwich at the end of the Barclays Premier League match at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 A clearly emotional Grant Holt of Norwich at the end of the Barclays Premier League match at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester.

Monday, July 8, 2013
9:54 PM

Grant Holt’s memorable four-season spell with Norwich City drew to a close on Monday when he dropped down a division to sign for Wigan Athletic.

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The two clubs agreed a fee for the 32-year-old striker at the weekend, reported to be in the region of £2m and, after successfully coming through a medical, he put pen to paper on a three-year deal at the DW Stadium.

Holt will join the Latics on a 10-day pre-season tour of the United States and could make his first high profile appearance for his new club at Wembley, with the FA Cup winners taking on champions Manchester United in the Community Shield on Sunday, August 11.

Before that there’s the small matter of Wigan’s first Championship fixture since relegation, with Owen Coyle’s side kicking off their league campaign at Barnsley the previous weekend.

Coyle, who has now made eight signings since replacing Roberto Martinez as Wigan manager last month, spoke of his delight after clinching the signing of a man who scored 78 goals in 168 appearances during his time at Carrow Road.

“This is a fantastic piece of business for us at a really good price,” he told the club’s official website. “Grant is a proven goal-scorer at every level and he will definitely bring something new to the table that we were missing in the squad.

“There is already a great buzz about the place since the new boys have started coming through the door and this is another one that will really lift the place.

“He’s been a hero to the fans at every club he’s been and I know the Norwich fans are sad to see him go, he’s been one of the icons of their success in recent years. But now it’s the Wigan fans’ turn to enjoy him and we’re all delighted he’s coming on board.”

The move will take Holt to within a reasonably short drive of his family home of Carlisle and following the departure of star striker Arouna Kone to Everton for a rumoured £6m should now be Wigan’s main man up front. That wouldn’t necessarily have been the case at Carrow Road following Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel’s big money arrival.

With just Van Wolfswinkel and Luciano Becchio as the only two recognised strikers at the club manager Chris Hughton will be looking to boost his side’s firepower before the start of next season,

PSV star Ola Toivonen has been linked with the Canaries after a fee of £4.8m had been agreed with the Dutch giants whilst Lokomotiv Moscow forward Dame N’Doye is the latest forward tipped for a move to Norwich.

However, reports suggest that City will have to almost double their reported £6m bid for the Senegalese star if they are to stand a chance of securing his signature.

89 comments

  • Back in March i posted his wife had moved back up north and he would follow, and you all slagged me off mercifully.............but I guess you have all forgotten that. And now with Holt gone, and your goalkeeper off to Chelsea on Friday for a medical, it's not looking too rosy

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    pubmandave

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • I wish him well and we do have the memories to bask in. For whatever reasons he had to finally go we shall never know and will speculate until the cows come home. He was instrumental in getting us to where we are today and for him to be closer to family, getting to play in Charity Shield and Europa League not a bad way to move on. Be nice if the gods of cup competitions get it right and have us face Wigan at home in a cup game so we can give him the send-off he deserves but agree with HCQuiff provided he doesn't score a winner. The king is dead long live the king. OTBC

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    Singapore Canary

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • Agree with you MB. Easy to be behind a keyboard and act macho. My alter ego mellow yellow directed a comment to one of the would be's to which you referred in your last post. Also apologies to Mellow Yellow. My last mellow yellow post was done from my smart phone to the not so smart Timbo. I had forgotten to change email addresses on my phone. You will be pleased to know that mellow yellow is no longer.

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    Hurdy Gurdy Man

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • I wonder if Mickey Mouse wears a Chris Hughton watch?

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    waclor

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • I spose it has occurred to Hughton + Co that other clubs will realise that by letting so many front players go, we're short on strikers + will now up the price on anyone halfway decent who we express an interest in? And we won't have the fall-back position of saying "Ok if you won't accept our bid we'll just carry on with Holty till Jan" ? Ho-hum.....

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    Timbo

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • At least he has left at his own accord. Remember how Iwan Roberts was kicked out by Worthie shortly after helping the promotion drive. According to the Telegraph QPR are in for Hooper. Money has become available after selling Chris Samba. Despite the fact that they made no profit on him. Wouldn't trust 'arry with a child's pocket money.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • I saw Jermain Defoe in 'Head in the Clouds' today.

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    SplatTheCat

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • The end of a incredible. Thank you Holty this move makes sense for all, good bye and good luck I hope wigan get to to come to carra in a cup next season, you will have the wrong colour shirt on but your in for the loudest cheer you have ever known.

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    MBA Marine

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • ....because I had it on the very highest authority that Holty was `going nowhere`.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • What a legend! Will be missed. Good luck Grant.

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    CovCanary

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • ....Tell me Mr Houghton, Why do the words Stew Pydsodd keep crossing my mind?... You have a tremendously big hole to fill now that Holt has departed.... I sincerely hope that All the management is happy now that the 'bad apple' has left the barrel....taking with him the heart of the side.... Grant Holt has probably breathed one huge sigh of relief to be freed, and I feel sure he will have a new lease of life at Wigan.... I would love to see him back as our manager in the years ahead!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • Holt was there to see us out of the dark era and into a golden one ! Four great years at Carrow Road - what else can one say ? Well it is done, so we have to look forward now. City are ambitious and I am sure Hoots and his team are fully applying themselves to the job of team strengthening. Onwards and upwards !

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • Hope it doesn't unsettle Wes... Good luck to Holty. I wonder if Celtic were told the bid was in for him to see if that might have got some movement on Hooper, though i suspect Hooper no longer on the agenda. Club captain now? Russell Martin seems the most likely but what about Turner as a leader? Has to be someone who has a regular spot in the team...

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • Brewer: Let us go then, you and I, When the evening is spread out against the sky. Like a patient etherized upon a table; Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,like Portman Road where big fat toads may cast aspertions, incarcerated in a shower of their own exertions

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • And Jordan Rhodes in Captain America's. Just saying...

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    SplatTheCat

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • Good luck to the fella,great memory's and without his goals we'd still be down league or two....wembley and european football,plus family-too much to turn down at the end of the day.

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    nrg

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • Time for delusional Timbo's medication.

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    mellow yellow

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • What can you say that hasn't already been said,What can you say that hasn't already been said? Forgive me those of you that are essentially pragmatic. When you think back to that dreadful defeat against Colchester, and how under the mentorship of Paul Lambert, we rose, like a phoenix from the ashes. We had to taste the worst defeat to remember what victory smelt like. But heck, it was some banquet. And surely the master of ceremonies on the turf was the horse. A talisman, if ever there was one. I can't imagine that he considers himself a romantic, but it seems obvious that he wanted to return to his home. I sincerely hope that he rediscovers the strength that wehe lost, and returns back to the hallowed green and yellow turf. That would give us the opportunity to thank him as he deserves, as long as the ******* doesn't score against us.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • Hear hear!, HCQuiff.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • Hope it doesn't unsettle Wes... Good luck to Holty. I wonder if Celtic were told the bid was in for him to see if that might have got some movement on Hooper, though i suspect Hooper no longer on the agenda. Club captain now? Russell Martin seems the most likely but what about Turner as a leader? Has to be someone who has a regular spot in the team...

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • So the Captain has jumped ship, to say i'm gutted is putting it mildly! That now means we have 2 strikers at the club and that is it! One who we have never seen play and who is taking a bit step up in class and another who couldn't get in the team because we had Kamara, Jackson and Holt in the the team or on the bench in front of him, all of whom are now surplus to requirements at the club and have been let go or sold. To me this is really bad business at this moment in time, it's alright people coming on here saying " have you seen who City are interested in signing" but that's no good, we have all seen time and time again how potential signings can fall through, you only need to see how many times we went after Hooper and that worked out well didn't it? If Norwich were happy to let all our strikers go because they feel we need to strengthen up front then that's totally up to them and i'm happy with that but for goodness sake get the other players in first! If we now fail to lure anyone else in which could happen then we are stuck with 2 forwards until January and that's if they both stay fit. I normally don't like to come on here to moan but not only am i p***ed off about Holt going tonight i'm also in a state of shock at how we seem to be going about things at Carrow Road this last week. Right rant over OTBC.

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    mickncfc

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • Portaloo Road awaits. I am sure you will enjoy the day. Good Luck

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    Pondlife

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • Just sayin' I appreciated SplatTheCat's sightings at Head in the Clouds and Captain America's. Of course those two hopefuls would be visiting those historic Norwich icons that have somehow hung on for the last 40 years. I would, and did on my last return home. There was so much excitement about Jordan Rhodes last year but what has happened to Scotland's #1 U21 goal-scorer of all time?

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • I am sure that CH will eventually bring in 2 attacking players. However, selling clubs will know that we are quite desperate having parted with 2 strikers already and will naturally try and get a premium on the selling price. We have little bargaining power. Not good business to finalise sale of outgoing players without having replacements. Hope we can get value for money.

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    Hurdy Gurdy Man

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • I agree with most posts, GH was the best buy the club has made in many years and given he was obviously unhappy to remain at the club as a bench warmer, he deserves his early pension back in the lower leagues (only joking). I am appalled however, that the club has seen fit to sell him before bringing in at least two more quality strikers. NCFC are in the football business so there is no room for sentiment that is for sure. All of the leading clubs have at least 6 strikers in and around their first team squads, we now have only two, neither of whom have proven themselves in the Premiership. You only have to look at the likes of Torres who looked very good at Liverpool but then looked dreadful at Chelski to realise all buys are a risk. Our buying performance during the previous two transfer windows suggests we are poor in this aspect so why the hell get rid of so many strikers when you have only thus far managed to land one and even then it was following a prolonged bidding attempt during the Christmas window. That gave the impression that RVW would have liked bids from elsewhere, so I am not that confident that we will not end up with just another Harry Kane as pathetic cover for the two strikers we now have. For the fans sake get spending fast.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • This morning`s BeebGossip has it that NCFC have turned down an improved Ruddy-bid from Chelsea (via Daily Torygraph). Also that we are chasing Celtic`s Fraser Forster as replacement. (Sun \ Only). Another interesting one is that Charlie Austin`s £4.5 million move to Hull from Burnley has foundered because of "unforeseen obstacles" (Daily Little Englander). A counter-bid from NCFC?? See a straw, clutch it quick - Too much gloom makes you sick. To think, all Holty`s been through in his hard-knock life, and yet just one extra season of Bewilderwood did for him :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • Maybe, subconsciously, you were thinking "uniformly uninformed", Lobbo. We daren`t lose Little Benno now, however poorly he does in training. ;-))

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • This is not village football it's a business, all sentiment is wasted. Holty did an extremely good job at City and is now moving on like hundreds of players before him and hundreds will after. Remember the enjoyment when he scored and the pleasure the fans had. Someone, hopefully RvW will be the man to replace him to give us goals, we will have to wait and see. Be satisfied that City fans helped to pay his wages while he entertained. Does the boss where you work tell you what he buys and sells his products for, That will be a No then. Only 1 week into transfer period and the same few are panicking. Quite amusing really. Just think back a few years and remember the players we allegedly couldn't do without. And City is still here and improving and in the PREMIERSHIP. Come on you yellows.

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    goldie

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • Steady On, you just dont get it. You have been getting deserved 'stick' on this because of your postings telling others that you had the hot line and that Grant Holt was going nowhere; and referring to others as pantwetters etc.Now he has gone , no sign of ' fair cop i was wrong on that one' just an insulting tirade of arrogance toward genuine City fans, tinged with more than a modicum of bombast.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • It makes little sense to all of us that City would let him go at this moment, leaving us without a leader, or a mentor, or foil for RVW who will now be under even more pressure. My thinking here is that Grant may have expressed a desire to be in the team every week, and if that couldn't be guaranteed then to let him go elsewhere and get a longer contract than he's on here. I suspect that has been kept quiet for the benefit of all involved. Hopefully it means Hughton is very confident of landing 1 or 2 new strikers.. and one of them a big, strong leader with a good touch and an idea of where the onion bag is!

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    MancCanary

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • Holty was seen in Zak`s - is he coming back??

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • S-O: I'm willing to review your ban if you admit you were wrong + apologise to everyone else.

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • At my age senile is almost a compliment, but as its you it just proves what nice human being you really are.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • I think the point is lobbo that steady on made a post about 3 weeks ago saying holt was stayin, and u r spending quite some time banging on about it!. So he said holt was staying and he went. So what ? Who cares.? There should only be tributes pouring in for a guy whose done so much for our club, not people like u banging on about a steady post. Zzzzz . Its gettin Boring .

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    bonesy

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • A good transfer all round. 2 million is a good price and Holt is going home. He was a good servant for the City but his shortcomings were becoming more evident as the seasons passed. Good luck to him and I am sure will do well for his new club.

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    norman hall

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • I repeat a previous posting, "Quote by So Obnoxious "Holt is going nowhere", S\O you've been well and truly rumbled. No one will believe anything you say from now on. So take your uniformed views, write them on piece of paper, shove it up your 'gunners' and set fire to it." You've been so so rude to so many posters, now you've set yourself up for the ultimate fall. DO NOT COME BACK!!!!!!

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    Lobbo

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • There's no need to direct hate at you , SO you just attract it. In my case it's just mild distaste. Fair point Bonesy - no-one wishes Holty more than I do and I've made that plain on earlier threads. Thank you Grant Holt once more.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • Not commented for a while, but do want to reiterate some of the other messages here. He should be remembered as a legend, partly because you felt at heart he was one of us - something the pampered, overpaid superstars of other clubs will never be. His goal record against the big clubs proved he was worth a go in an England shirt. The only shame for me is that if we have only got £2m he's underpriced, if we'd have kept him until January's silly season there will be clubs at the bottom of the Premier and top ten of the Championship who would be desperate for his services for the final push, and we'd have got twice that fee, and also had him here for the next few months in case Wolfy got injured or took time to settle. But it would be churlish to deny the man a right to move back up north - he's earned it.

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    Johannesburg Chris

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • fairy snuff bonesy

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • Bye bye Holty. Not even put out to stud - just grazing in the long grass for the rest of your days.....

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    Fenscape

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • £8 would be a bargain and a half. Joking aside, I've only just realised that Fer is a midfielder. That's not going to fill the Grant Hole is it?! Not that I wouldn't welcome Fer.

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    MancCanary

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • At least we have boosted the transfer funds still further by selling Vaughan and Holt. Mickncfc, there is some substance in what you say as I too would rather see the replacement arrive before our players leave. The only saving grace is that we do have a longer period to bring players in that we do in the January transfer window.

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • Understandable `typo`, Lobbo. You were probably thinking `uniformly uninformed` or `consistently clueless`. That our Superstar Of Sagacity has proved to be a false idol is a shattering blow to my faith. Not too late - if Ruddy stays he can still redeem himself. Mr. O.D., you`d be better served waiting for `coming news on who`s to exit`. At this rate we`ll just be able to field 18 on matchdays - 11 on the field and a full bench of subs. Subs being comprised of regulars like Becchio, Butterfield, Surman, Fox etc. And poor Carlo Nash, of course. There MUST be lots of covert action going on. My vision of a starting XI comprised purely of goalies is ruined. Only a few months ago we could have done it. I have a feeling Holty is going to be a big beast with Wigan. Worthington was guilty of prematurely jettisoning Iwan

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • Well I think this is the best for both Holt and the club. I agree with everyone else by saying that what he has done for us has been incredible. But it's far better this way than to see him withering away on the bench. It's a new era for City and we have to move on now!! What I would like to see is McNally up the bid for N'Doye or someone like that, to partner RVW and I do believe Becchio has a big role to play as well. No need to panic guys, the club will come good with more signings. Thank you Grant Holt from the bottom of my heart. Go with my blessing. otbc

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    Canarygirl

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • Probably the best for all concerned although I think fans thought maybe another year would have been nice. You certainly made your mark at NCFC Holty. Good luck at Wigan.

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    Graham Last

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • And for my next trick, I will set myself on fire.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • £2 million. Surely more than that

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    sharky

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • Sorry, uninformed .

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    Lobbo

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • Oh no! Please don`t fall out, Timbo & HGM! I`m sure you have more common ground than not. It`s the pestilence promulgated by that profane pest..... I have successfully advised 2 fellow posters on name changes - `Billy to Willem and mellow yellow to Hurdy Gurdy Man`. Free & gratis, too! Lambo is God once pondered on changing & I offered him "Lamb is Good" but he doesn`t seem keen.;-)) I would like to `Dutchify` mine to `Gek Brouwer` but when I tried, the computer said "No". My e-mail address is committed (!) for life to Mad Brewer. I suppose I could open a gmail (??) account? Not good at computers. Cheers all, Gek Brouwer (as would be).

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 10, 2013

  • Holy bananas Brew, what does it take to stop this damn thing repeating, repeating, repeating itself? I swear to the almighty that I only hit the submit key once this time! Grant Holt will be laughing all the way to Wigan pier by now, grateful that, although it has its Orwellian associations, at least its nowhere near the river Orwell, praise be to Yahweh

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • For me the club captain role has to go to Bassong as he is the real leader at the back. Failing that Ruddy, as he too has such an influence upon others which was there to see during the last two games. Still cannot understand why any club would sell a player before buying replacements, talk about shooting themselves in the foot.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • No one panic! Big Carlo can apparently do a job up top if need be. Just when you think David McNally can't impress you any more, he manages to sell a club legend without 'being in talks with clubs about any one leaving' Quite astonishing negotiation technique, that. Let down slightly by the fact that they are apparently 'constantly working' on new arrivals, yet no one ever seems to turn up!

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    North folk

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • Holty is a legend at this club, and from such humble beginnings too. The thought of another season of Hughton and Bewilderwoods negativity would have been the deciding factor in all this. From the time he moved his family back north it was obvious that he had had enough of being a lone striker, and his demeanour and attitude showed that in latter games. I just hope that the management team will see sense, and not do the same to RVW and NR this season and try to coach all the attacking flair from them, because another season of drabness and "let's not lose" philosophy will surely be our downfall. Good luck Grant, we true supporters wish you well and thank you for what you did for this club in your time here. OTBC

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    oldtimer

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • fairy sn uff bonesy

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • I just wish that Owen Coyle hadn't said that "This is a fantastic bit of business for us at a really good price."

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • I never said I had any insider information at all you must be going senile as the rest of em' on here pal.

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    Steady On

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • What can you say that hasn't already been said,What can you say that hasn't already been said? Forgive me those of you that are essentially pragmatic. When you think back to that dreadful defeat against Colchester, and how under the mentorship of Paul Lambert, we rose, like a phoenix from the ashes. We had to taste the worst defeat to remember what victory smelt like. But heck, it was some banquet. And surely the master of ceremonies on the turf was the horse. A talisman, if ever there was one. I can't imagine that he considers himself a romantic, but it seems obvious that he wanted to return to his home. I sincerely hope that he rediscovers the strength that wehe lost, and returns back to the hallowed green and yellow turf. That would give us the opportunity to thank him as he deserves, as long as the ******* doesn't score against us.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • Grant Holt is and will be a legend for Norwich but lets be honest with ourselves... He was a dying force, he struggled for goals this season and he is the wrong side of thirty. I have faith in Chris Hughton, and hopefully The Wolf and maybe that Senegalese striker can knock 20 goals each and put us in the champions league :D

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    Harvey Tarlton

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • I'm surprised we didn't try to do a deal to get Kone in the other direction. Looks like Benteke is off to Spurs, I wonder with CH's connections maybe Defoe? At least he has Premier League experience to partner RVW.

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    Oz Canary

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • Grant Holt is and will be a legend for Norwich but lets be honest with ourselves... He was a dying force, he struggled for goals this season and he is the wrong side of thirty. I have faith in Chris Hughton, and hopefully The Wolf and maybe that Senegalese striker can knock 20 goals each and put us in the champions league :D

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    Harvey Tarlton

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • Stunned...even Mrs M_Y shed a tear or two last night and thats saying something! No one can under estimate how important this man was to this club - both on and off the pitch. Simply monumental. Although I feel GH still had more than plenty to offer at this level its obvious that his family want him back up north. We can only respect that and thank him for everything he has done for our club over the past 4 seasons. Atleast we can look forward to him banging them at Portaloo! OTBC!!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • Two things So Obnoxious. 1. You said "focusing more on me wanting Grant Holt to stay"... Noooooo you said "He's going no where", WRONG and 2. you say "than actually honouring Grant Holt". Noooooo. read the postings below. They are a tremendous tribute to a player who has probably done more in his 'relatively' short time than any other. WRONG AGAIN !!!

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • Reports from Holland are suggesting City are about to sign Leroy Fer for £8.

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    CovCanary

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • Trouble is, bonesy, it is the "bad apple" syndrome. So much foul invective has been delivered by the culprit that human nature decrees a modicum of `revenge` is needed. By a vast margin, the comments on this topic have concentrated on Holty. Like Wivenhoe, I put him right up there with Iwan Roberts and Ron Davies - I believe Grant is the best player of his kind ever employed by Norwich City....then Holty IS a one-off! Paradoxically, he could have been the victim of his own success. Maybe, had we `stalled` in the Championship, he might have gotten his goal tally into 3 figures. If he`d stayed until he retired, beaten Johnny Gavin`s record, even? Chances are, the club would`ve cashed in on him before that happened, though. It only seems like yesterday that I witnessed his debut in that 1-7 humiliation by Colchester. Whoever would have imagined then the way things were going to roll out? Grant Holt; forever a massive chapter in the history of Norwich City, no doubt. I really hope he has a happy and fruitful time at Wigan, doing what he does best - inspiring them to promotion.... IFLGH!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • Would have liked to have seen him stay, but I'm gonna love seeing him tear the Europa League apart!

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    Wooly

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • I fear these boards have now been totally taken over by the testosterone driven, would-be Alpha Males. HyperboIIox writ large. Alpha Males with Omega brains.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • Bring on hitman Hoolahan. Now is the time to step up to the mark as our target man up front. Shame Rooney is not for sale. Oh Canarywest - the reason we donot disclsoe the fee is it is hard equating a life time supply of carrots into hard cash values.

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • What a legend, thanks for all the great memories and the sweat sacrifised for our beloved club. All the best for the future, there's plenty goals signed Holt to come for sure.. I am concerned to say the least for our own situation, RVW was a great signing but my God have we put all our eggs in one basket at the moment... We need something special to replace a legend and I have little faith in Dame N'Doye, doubt he has what it takes for beeing a striker in BPL... Man I hope they know what they're doing now... I have no striker suggestions as I find good ones far and few between. However Since i post here so rarely considering I read all the articles and post here on a daily basis I'd like to take the liberty of mentioning an attacking and scoring midfielder by the name of Borek Dockal. Without a doubt norwegian team Rosenborgs best player last season, probably and possibly best in the entire league. This guy is now pleading to leave as he's for some reason fallen out of favour with the new coach this season... I know that it's ludacris to believe McNally and company reads this but hey.. Now it's out there, service is provided and i've made a fool of myself ;-) Eagerly awaiting exiting news on who's to come, better be damn good! OTBC!

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    Mr. O.D.

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • Thanku GH for the memories, a true legend never to be forgotten ! .. we didnt get to say a fond farewell but we also didnt get to say that to Malky either previously...I hear people say GH only scored 8 goals last year but that was some achievement considering how we were set up, Suarez would have struggled to get into double figures !.. Good luck Grant , now how can I get ticket for Charity Shield in August ?.

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    Kristafa

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • Another poet\lyricist, HCQ! You and Steely should start a Band. I`ll be your manager - 25% OK? ;-))

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • I guess this is the price he paid for demanding that new contract last summer. We were never going to pay him ££xx per week to just sit on the bench each week, esp since we now have the cash to buy a better striker and give him that salary instead. It will be interesting to see who we bring in up front. I am worried that at present we do not even have enough players to make the full 25 man squad. Hopefully as we have let Holt go another striker signing for us is imminent. Good luck Grant Holt, I shall look out for Wigan results next season and I hope to see you on the scoresheet plenty of times.

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • The other thing I was going to say was... Does this remind anyone else of Roeder getting rid of Huckerby? I hope it won't be like that. And I'm sure it's different because Holty wanted to leave.

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    MancCanary

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • How slow am I! Only just noticed that little error. I meant, of course, £8m!! No it wouldn't fill the "grant Holt" void but, nethertheless, a good signing. I have no doubt that CH will come good with signing suitable strikers to fill the gaps. Of course, he might be secretly planning on promoting a youth player. He did with Redmond when at Brum. We shall soon see.

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    CovCanary

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • HOOTUNN WAT U DOIN BUH? WE ONLY HAVE 2 STRIKERS AND JUST 39 DAYS TO GET OLY TOYNOVAN!!!!!!!!!! WAT ABOUT GETTING CODY MCDONAALD BACK????

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    Yellow Messiah

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • LOL...Mellow Gurdy or is it Hurdy-Yellow? Coming from someone who can't even get their nom de plume straight, calling me delusional is hysterical mate !

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • If you want to direct hate at me go ahead, I could care less, you are proving on page after page after page on here that you shouldn't be allowed near a Norwich game and are completely disconnected from the club and it's dealings so bring it on basically. The very fact that the club hasn't released a statement that Carlo Nash has signed because the lot of you will abuse him is testament to the disgrace you have become. Sort your goddam lives out. BTW Ruddy is in Austria with the rest of the lads, theres my epic insider knowledge of the day.

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    Steady On

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • Perhaps we are just last in the queue to collect our £60 million. Joking, i am. I think.

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    North folk

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • On Wigan and Holty , a good chance he will be back at the carra next season with a promoted Wigan and 20+ goals for them. For me he is up there with Davies,and Roberts.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • Holy bananas Brew, what does it take to stop this damn thing repeating, repeating, repeating itself? I swear to the almighty that I only hit the submit key once this time! Grant Holt will be laughing all the way to Wigan pier by now, grateful that, although it has its Orwellian associations, at least its nowhere near the river Orwell, praise be to Yahweh

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • I thought mellow yellow had become Hurdy Gurdy Man, but now they`re both here! I`m confused...

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • Norwich City will NOT win Premier League next season!!!! That is my revised forcast now that Grant Holt has departed. His influence on the field and in the dressing room with the other players is unlikely to be replaced by anyone here at present, or a newcomer. The writing was on the wall as soon as Hughton was appointed, and brought in his back room boys. Who will be next in the dismantling of Norwich City I wonder?. Pilkington? Snodgrass? Hoolahan?. I wish him good fortune in going to a club where he will be made to feel wanted! If he can help Wigan to regain the Premiership status, then I hope that it's not done at the expense of Norwich City in changing places!!!!

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    Pa Snipps

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • Stunned...even Mrs M_Y shed a tear or two last night and thats saying something! No one can under estimate how important this man was to this club - both on and off the pitch. Simply monumental. Although I feel GH still had more than plenty to offer at this level its obvious that his family want him back up north. We can only respect that and thank him for everything he has done for our club over the past 4 seasons. Atleast we can look forward to him banging them at Portaloo! OTBC!!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • Congratulations guys in evolving into an even worse quality of Norwich City fan. You are making complete fools of yourselves are you completely shameless. focusing more on me wanting Grant Holt to stay than actually honouring Grant Holt, a striker that has contributed more to this club than any other before him has ever achieved. Well done, hope you feel good about yourselves. Goddam moodswing, big girls blouse idiots the lot of you. Now go and cry unnecessarilyabout Carlo Nash you morons. Completely disconnected with the club, football and life in general aren't you?

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    Steady On

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • Hurdy-Gurdy thanks for re-printing my earlier posting almost word for word. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery....SO you are are grade one pr*t + are banned from these boards. TIMBO- New fan leader + friend of Delia...

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • Nothing more to say than goodbye to a legend. Will be missed. OTBC. WFLGH!

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    Mr. Livers

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • Yes, a loss but good all round I feel. Holty gets a new challenge and a 3 year contract, moving on with 200% fan admiration and dignity. Good for NCFC if we get a replacement with both talent and passion. My biggest concern would be the loss of Ruddy.

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    BureValleyPaddy

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • Steady On your silence is deafening. Where are you? Probably halfway down the stairs with the other muppets.

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, July 8, 2013

  • bad move holt was worth more than money for his influence in the dressing room and attitude on the pitch will be missed leaves one striker up front again ? good luck holty see u next season one way or another.

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    eddycanary

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • On a seperate note why do we always sell our players for "undisclosed fees"? Is it because it would upset Canary fans if we knew how much (or little) we get for our players? It cant be so competitors know how much cash we have got as they know we have got at least £60m after all. I think fans would like to know how much we really got for Holt and Vaughan.

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, July 8, 2013

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