Norwich City’s top brass have urged Grant Holt to stay and spearhead Chris Hughton’s bid to establish the Canaries as a fully-fledged Premier League outfit.

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"Now is an ideal opportunity. It is a completely clean piece of paper. This is an opportunity for Grant and his agent to row back from a rather intractable position and have a sensible conversation with the football club. Our door is open. We want him to stay and to play for us and I think he would really enjoy playing for Chris."

Alan Bowkett, Norwich City chairman

Both club chairman Alan Bowkett and chief executive David McNally reiterated again yesterday at Hughton’s unveiling that they want Holt to remain a key figure under the new manager’s stewardship.

Holt has been the subject of confirmed interest from West Ham after lodging a transfer request last month – but Bowkett made a very public appeal to City’s serial player-of-the-year to reconsider.

“Now is an ideal opportunity. It is a completely clean piece of paper,” he said. “This is an opportunity for Grant and his agent to row back from a rather intractable position and have a sensible conversation with the football club. Our door is open. We want him to stay and to play for us and I think he would really enjoy playing for Chris. I have to say the messages we have had from team members about the potential appointment, when it was a potential appointment, have been extremely supportive. A lot of people want to push on.”

McNally made it crystal clear Holt’s most recent pronouncement on his official Twitter page that he still wishes to leave Carrow Road cut little ice.

“Clearly there is a different view on the future between the club and Grant. We want Grant to stay,” he said. “He is our captain, top goal scorer for the past three years, 70 goals in 130-odd games, player-of-the-year in three successive seasons. We would like Grant Holt to stay. He is under contract for the next two years. He is not for sale and we are not encouraging anybody to make offers for him.”

Bowkett believes Hughton can play a leading role in the rapprochement after demonstrating his ability to handle a variety of difficult situations at both his previous clubs Newcastle and Birmingham.

“Apart from the standard things in terms of intelligence, drive and hunger he has a calm attitude,” he said. “He has a slightly detached view of the issues, identifying problems and coming up with reasoned ways of solving them. The other thing I quite like about Chris is he has managed under adversity. It hasn’t always been easy for him. He has had to manage some tough situations. The outcome at Birmingham was remarkable.

“With Chris we have got a manager who can help us kick on from a very strong position which Paul (Lambert) has left us. Chris has won the Championship, he has managed a huge, huge club in Newcastle and he also has Europa League experience. I think we are moving on.”

Bowkett revealed Hughton was top of a shortlist of five candidates with a heavy continental flavour. The 53-year-old also featured prominently on a provisional list drawn up last summer, after what the chairman described as a ‘wobble’ from the club’s former manager Lambert.

“Not to put too fine a point on it, when Paul had a wobble last year, last summer, we started drawing up a shortlist, and Chris was top of the shortlist then,” he said. “We had a shortlist this time around of five people and Chris was top, with a German, two Italians and a Scotsman – and I’ll leave you to guess which one’s which. That was certainly different to three years ago when David and I got our heads together and had to sadly replace Bryan (Gunn). We had to take a gamble, a calculated gamble, but this time I think we were able to attract very, very strong candidates with outstanding potential.”

42 comments

  • I can't seem to remember who the 'wobble' was. Was it Burnley ?

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    Lobbo

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Didn't think you doubted it Brewer. Certainly quite a few were calling it a crisis, but certainly not all. I agree that McNally has always been in control of the situation, or at least as much as possible. We have a manager we can be proud of, not someone like Warnock. Hughton goes alongside the word dignity in the OED, but he also sems quite determined to me as well. Looking forward to see who stays and who comes in.

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    Preston Canary

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • So another question pops it's head up...Did he jump or Was he pushed?.... Where's Poirot when you need him?

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    Pa Snipps

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Lambert`s wobble?? Last year. Maybe that`s why McN was so quick out of the traps. Ready, unsteady, GO! I like the look of this chap Chris Hughton. Wish him all success. He`s certainly learned his trade and has handled some difficult situations, always with dignity.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • We had a weeble as a manager?

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    Ded Sterile

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Not even allowed to proffer contrition to Joe Rome. There`s something Crooked in the Croft......

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Even if he hasn't been in control, he is really good revisionist historian, which ends up at the same place I suppose.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Steady on Dick, seems more like an olive branch to me.

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    cutty

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Look Mr Plod, I was using the word *ick to reply to the man.

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    cutty

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • OK, back on track.....Now bring the Horse back into the paddock !

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • If you don`t want contributions, close the shop.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • cutty, did the etherplods really debar you for using somebody`s given name?? Swiss, hear hear! ref. the retention of the squad. Lobbo, did that Burnley approach happen in the summer or part way thro` season, or sort of both? I wonder if that was indeed the "wobble"? leslie, take a look at GH`s Wickipedia entry which says a bit about the Calderwood thing. He sold Holt to Shrewsbury for a reported £175,000. The previous season Holt had been Forest`s top scorer with 18 and was the Fans` Player of the Season. Hopefully, 4 or 5 years on it`s not a prob. CH & DMcN will sort it!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • It would be sad if Holty left, however I have a feeling that CH has another striker in mind. Regarding Ian Culverhouse and coach Gary Karsa, I think they will be off to Aston Villa and DMcN. is waiting for a good deal in compensation for those two. Could be wrong nothing is certain in football or life

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    NorthStarRaven

    Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • According to the Birmingham Mail, not only is Lambert moving the dugout to the Holt(e) Rd. end, he`s also relocating from his East Anglian home. The AV training establishment appears to be at Bodymoor Heath. Cheerful! AV seem desperate to get Cully & Karsa in pronto.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • NSR, I`d like to think Cully will maybe stay:- History as a player here. Knows Chris Hughton. Somebody else`s feminine intuition sensed that all was not wholly well with the `Trinity` last season. A change of company, rather than club, might do him good...... it could put a smile on his face, it really could......

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 10, 2012

  • So Lambert had a wobble last summer. Are we to assume the vacant managerial position at Aston Villa last summer was completely coincidental?

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    Saturday Skin

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • bowkett says this is an ideal opportunity for holt to row back from an intractable position and have a sensible conversation.this boils down to 'like it or lump it'.this is to the man who has had just as big a part in our success as lambert.he has the most commanding presence as well as coming up with the goods in terms of goals.there seems to be a general conspiracy to undervalue him.without holt without hope.it wont be so much the champions league more like the championship

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    dick

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • I can't seem to remember who the 'wobble' was. Was it Burnley ?

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    Lobbo

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • I can't seem to remember who the 'wobble' was. Was it Burnley ?

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    Lobbo

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Just tried to post another previous comment. It passed first time around, but has been lost in the rain on this occasion!

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    Joe Rome

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • I think Chris H will do all he can to keep Grant at the club but will the Calderwood incident at Notts F make it difficult?

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    leslie cater

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Dubai, that "enough" business was because of being serially ethered!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • dick, don`t be such a pessimist! Of course it would be better to keep Holt. Better for the Club and probably for him, too. True, Mr. Bowkett`s words were conciliatory only up to a point but they are all grown-ups. Let`s see how the new Hughton>McNally team deals with it.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Lobbo, that Burnley thing was January 2010. PL denied any interest "I`m going nowhere, I love it here, I really do" etc. So that cannot be Bowkett`s Wobble!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Welcome back from your refreshment Brewer. I commented on 19th February,"I watched the Cup Match yesterday on the net. From this vantage point it is easier to assess, on camera, the attitude of the players, rather than at ground level, and often at a distance. I have followed the on-goings of Norwich City for longer than many, since way before the '59 cup run. I now feel old!. I can understand those that Hero worship Paul Lambert, he has achieved much for this club in the his short tenure. But! He is not G*d, and will make errors of judgement. The team he selects to do a job, is left to him, maybe in consultation with others. When that team takes the field, they do so as a team, with the expectation of each individual putting everything he has into the game for the benefit of all. It seems quite apparent that some individuals have their own agenda. Some players may have personal problems, if they have they should not be selected. Their presence is a distraction to others. Mr Lambert may have the necessary comments to make behind closed doors, and a different story to tell the paying public,which encourages us to come to our own conclusions. In my humble opinion Hoolahan is NOT captain material ,and does not inspire others to greater efforts. He needs Holt to bring out the best in him. Next in line for captaincy at present should be Russell Martin. Finally after a great start Morison, has become a liability, giving very little apart from a disgruntled, disinterested look on his face,for his nice big pay cheque. This has been his contribution since the Sunderland fiasco. He has to either earn his keep or be off loaded as soon as possible". No I am not a fortune teller, just a onlooker who occasionally comments.

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    Joe Rome

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • So Chairman Bowkett had a shortlist of 5 candidates to replace Lambert last Summer....Now let's see.... Last Summer woul have been 21st June 2011 to 20th September 2011... He was well ahead of the rest of us!

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    Pa Snipps

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Sanctity or Sanity, Swiss? Interesting word, "wobble". It`s a bit like the way Alistair Campbell used to brief against Blair`s critics. It was implied that Mo Mowlam was potty. As was Golden Brown (!). Robin Cook came in for a bit of "treatment" too. Dick, you`re being a tad peesimistic there! Agree, Bowkett`s words could have been a touch more conciliatory. Best leave it to CH & DMcN.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • "A German, two Italians and a Scotsman" - sounds like the beginning of a very bad, politically incorrect joke. Wonder if the Scotsman was Owen Coyle, bearing in mind the need for "top league" experience, so not Malky.

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    troublesome1

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Don't say you were not warned. I commented the following on Thursday 2nd February. . "The more I think about that one-sided game at Sunderland, the harder it becomes to understand the attitude of many of the City players... In my opinion Ruddy was blameless. Whitbread was committed and easily our best player. Martin and Naughton worked hard in trying to inspire some life into those ahead of them. Our midfield was non-existent. Johnson and Crooks were always second best, and Hoolahan was crowded out by a shrewd Martin o'Neil. Morrisons face in close up spoke a thousand words,He looked fed up!.. I wonder, were some of our players disappointed that they had not been head hunted by richer clubs in the transfer widow? Manager Lambert was subdued, Shades of the Worthington era are beginning to emerge in my head ". Yes MB it still says Crooks, when it should have been Crofts

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    Joe Rome

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • i thought this item was about Grant Holt.......the comments have, erm....digressed !

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Hopefully, leslie, that prob at Forest is ancient history. Some detail on Holty`s Wickipedia entry. Seemed to be a clash of personalities which at least means Calderwood HAS a personality!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • DC, the Bowkett Wobble was so intriguing......

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • Enough is enough

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • It works as long as I don`t communicate with anybody (Joe Rome & Sat Skin in this case). :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • 4 consecutive etherings. I`m going 4 a pint! :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Hi, Joe Rome. Blimey, you keep stuff! I don`t have the `pooter acumen to do that! Did I really pick you up on the Crooks>Crofts thing? I hope I wasn`t sarcastic! If I was, belated apologies. Yes, that was one of our poorest performances. Lambo looked a tortured soul. I think we`ve learned that Morison ALWAYS looks fed-up, he has that sort of face....Lord Voldemort-esque. We came good in the end, I suppose, after a few more disappointing displays. We have Howson & Ryan Bennett now, too. Hands off....... OTBC. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • It is good to see the board working together on these issues. Interesting that there is a drip, drip of little bits of information questioning the sanctity of the former man, the "wobble" and in another article that DMcN had been trying to get him to expand the backroom. Part of Holt's success is that he is a pain for defenders and does not always play to the rules. We should not be surprised that he takes the same approach off the pitch. However, I think that the horse can be roped and brought back to the barn.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Confusing all the latest gyssip! Und we thought we had a hippy bunch of boys and boyos!..It's no winder I cod hardlee inderstand a word of whit he wes trying to say.... Poor Scotty, he mist have thunk as to wither he wes acummin or gogin for a ling time

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • It seems like NCFC is now like one of those impressive self-righting life-boats with the speed at which this has been handled and the future is starting to look good. Given that AV is run by an American lawyer and definitely seem to be showing their hand as dodgy, I expect that there will be tricky end-game still to be played out. I hope that PL has the decency not to start trying to raid the squad. If he wanted them that badly, why didn't he stay?

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • I think Chris H will do all he can to keep Grant at the club but will the Calderwood incident at Notts F make it difficult?

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    leslie cater

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • It`s amazing how quickly we heartbroken fans have come to terms with the loss of the previous manager. It`s down to the speed and efficiency of McN and the simple fact that Chris Hughton is an excellent find. Onward & upward. Looks like McN had a year`s notice from last summer`s "Wobble". Beginning to get the feeling, too, that he`s been in control all along. Good man!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 8, 2012

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