City boss Chris Hughton has confirmed he is trying to bring goalkeeping coach Dave Watson to Carrow Road from his former club, Birmingham.

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And the Canaries are set to say farewell to former boss Paul Lambert’s management team of Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa. It was said when Hughton arrived that Culverhouse and Karsa would be kept on as part of the new coaching team, but all the signs are that they will team up with Lambert when Villa start pre-season training tomorrow.

“I am under the impression they are going,” Hughton admitted.

The new City boss also confirmed reports that he wants to recruit Watson, who worked with England at Euro 2012.

“That is a possibility and that is something we are very much working on at the moment,” he said.

Former Barnsley ’keeper Watson was not part of the St Andrew’s exodus on the day Hughton became City boss, but the 39-year-old is understood to have asked for permission to talk to City.

Watson is credited with helping develop England goalkeepers Joe Hart and Ben Foster during his four-year spell at Birmingham. He also worked briefly with City ’keeper John Ruddy before a broken finger ruled him out of the Euro finals, when he was replaced in the squad by another of Watson’s protégés, Birmingham teenager Jack Butland.

20 comments

  • Obviously we need to learn a new manager-speak. Old manager, "It's absolutely ridiculous that some people are saying that I am leaving, I am no, no way" = I am leaving. New manager, "I am under the impression that they are going" = they have gone.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • So Cully is on the way to Paul... They do make a good team, and lambert is oh half the package without him...couldn't not happen really, and hughton doesn't seem to be showing signs of wanting them as part of his set-up either. Oh well, good luck at villa, Cully old mate. I think we've all enjoyed having You here at Carrow road.

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • That`s the way it seems to go, BeauBlue. Looks certain that our previous manager`s backroom team is joining him at your neighbourhood friends` place up Holte Road. Management teams seem to come as a "module" these days. Didn`t your new manager bring his own b-r team with him? I think Chris Hughton did you proud; a good run in Europe, bit of a cup run and a place in the play-offs. I wonder if he`d still be with you had the team managed that final last push back into the Prem? I do sympathise, honestly! You`ll probably find your new guy does fine and all will be forgotten.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • That vile Villan, Ground Nuts, has re-infested another board. Why are Blues fans so much more civilised and articulate than the examples of Villans we`ve endured? I think you Blues should continue contributing to these boards if you want to. I`m sure I`d not be alone in welcoming that.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • I have no info on Jeff Wood Brewer but it seems that he was, as you say, a recent recruit via Culley. May be he went up the river too.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • Mad Brewer understand your comments. However Aston Villa are our rivals not our friends also Dave Watson was at Blues long before Chris Hughton so was not part of his back room staff. Seems to me some Norwich fans may still be understandably annoyed about Paul Lambert going to villa. Still it somewhat backfired on them when they did the same to us last season. Very happy with what Chris did for us particularly the style of football and we wish him well but agree with BeauBlue he should now leave our club alone.

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    Rotterdam1982

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • They need to be trained nothing speak to cope with the banal twaddle that most journalists pose as insightful questions.

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    Pondlife

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Huh, and there I was thinking the headline meant we'd get the big guy back as a replacement for Zak! Oh well.

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    Soglio Star

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • BTW, with Dave Watson as goalkeeping coach, we could end up with 3 England `keepers! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Thankyou very much Chris, we are the club that relaunched your career and this is how you repay us!! You are worshipped at B.C.F.C., don't 'tarnish or destroy' our affection for you by pursuing further staff from our great club!!

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    BeauBlue

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Yes, it is good to have amicable exchanges with supporters of rival clubs. Why are the Birmingham ones so much more civilised than the abusive examples we`ve experienced from AV? BTW, Madame Bleu Nez, when I described AV as your "friends" it was intended to be ironic! Imagine if you`d described Ipswich to me as Norwich`s "friends"! Nice to converse with you and BeauBlue - I didn`t know Dave Watson was at Birmingham before Hughton, so I now appreciate your sentiments on that matter. Good luck for next season. Lee Clark`s a good guy. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • Contamination has spread. Epidemic alert.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • Shame really. I think Cully maybe needed to stop "playing the Hosta" and come out from under Lambo`s shadow. Never mind, whatever floats his boat. CH has brought his own team, with maybe more to come? No dawn raids from Brummagem way yet.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • I just wish managers would invent a new language "I'm keeping my options open and if I'm offered more money I'll be off" would be a breath of fresh air, as opposed to "I'm going to pretend I'm really angry you asked me about my future". There's nothing wrong with changing jobs but the "fantastic supporters" would appreciate a bit of honesty.

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Yes, Swiss, similar up to a point but somehow different. I wonder if coaching badge qualification includes a section on Double-Speak, or the Dark Arts of Oxymoronica? Orwell that ends well. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Thanks for your comments BeauBlue and Madame Bleu Nez. It is good to have a sensible conversation with another club's supporters here, for once. Lambo definitely had a "God-like" presence at Carrow Road as he took us from the bottom of League 1 to a respectable place in the Premier League in 3 seasons and so we came to trust in him, too much as it turned out. His ambition took him away and he did not handle the departure very gracefully. In addition, we got a flood of trolls and WUMs to rub salt into the wound and then hell broke out in the club. However, that has been fixed and The Blues have been very straight forward in dealing with their loss and our gain. I don't want us to raid Birmingham any more than I want Lambo to continue to raid Norwich, but that is what seems to be happening. Let's not forget our own GK coach Jeff Wood who has guided Ruddy from an error-prone rookie to the National squad and brought on Declan Rudd and Jedd Steer.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Cheers Mad Brewer, you certainly won't get relegated with CH in charge! Oh and just do the double on the Veela for all at Norwich and the Blues next season!!

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    BeauBlue

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • What a terribly rude old man you are brewer. You and small heath make a lovely couple. My father said be a city fan once, and we all know how that went.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • BTW, Swiss, Jeff Wood hasn`t left Norwich has he? I think it was only about a year, 18 months that he was tempted here, apparently by Cully. Or have I missed something? Most likely!! I suppose Cully could tempt him again?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • Good point, Pondy!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

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