Norwich City chief executive David McNally has dismissed reports that Premier League rivals West Ham have made a £4m bid for wantaway captain Grant Holt.

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But he admitted that the Hammers have made two lesser bids this summer which the Canaries rejected.

McNally used his personal Twitter account to scotch fresh speculation the Hammers have lined up the 31-year-old striker to spearhead their return to the top flight.

Holt and his representative, Lee Payne, reiterated last week Holt wished to leave the club after his initial transfer request was rejected over City’s apparent failure to offer him an extra year on his remaining two-year deal.

McNally, however, insisted on Friday that Holt was not for sale after being linked with a swift reunion alongside his ex-Norwich boss Paul Lambert at Aston Villa.

The chief executive then tweeted on Sunday lunchtime: “Just for the record, we have not received a £4m bid for Grant from West Ham as apparently is being suggested.”

City’s player-of-the-season’s desire to leave Carrow Road has split opinion amongst the Norwich fans who idolise him, after both the striker and his agent Payne publicly reaffirmed their commitment to leave following Lambert’s confirmed exit prior to the weekend.

Payne claimed in a radio interview that McNally had said Holt, at 31, was ‘too old’ for a three-year deal.

“David bluntly turned around and said, ‘You’re too old so forget a third year’,” said Payne.

And while McNally says there has been no argument with the player, Payne says Holt still wants to leave.

“We felt we had to speak up because I’ve seen a lot of comments from fans giving Grant absolute pelters and it’s just not fair,” he said.

“Grant loves the club and the fans have got to ask themselves why has Paul Lambert left? Why does Grant Holt want to leave?

“He [Holt] has got two years left on his contract and all he really wanted – before he even spoke about money –was a third year.

“He wanted to finish his career at Norwich, but being told ‘you’re too old’, I just think it was the wrong thing to do.”

However, some fans have now openly turned against Holt, especially after the hitman re-tweeted a message on the social media site at the weekend which ended with the words “Holt for Villa”.

Lambert’s departure has caused increasing anger among some sections of the Yellow Army, who believed comments towards the end of the season suggested he would stay on.

In a statement released on Saturday, City said they were in discussions with Villa about compensation for Lambert and denied reports that a figure had been agreed.

“We will continue to discuss this matter privately with Aston Villa,” it said.

“The next Norwich City manager will have a great squad of players, a robust and competitive budget and excellent facilities to work with – as well as the superb backing home and away of our fantastic supporters.”

63 comments

  • Well, as it's in the public arena now, I can reveal that the offers were, initially £650,000 and a second one for £850,000. I've heard we are holding out for £1,250,000. But from what I've heard we'll probably only get £500,000 up front and the rest in installments. More to follow. All the best - His Royal Gedness.

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    Ged Steroo

    Sunday, June 3, 2012

  • Let the CEO do his job!! This is the man who turned us around so lets stop these stupid comments about not being updated.The Norwich board have enough going on we should all allow them to do it without thinking we deserve a stupid tweet every day.

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    dave123

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Lamberts way of leaving has left a bad taste. Holt and his agent are showing a lack of class. However as long as David McNally is in charge I believe that we have a bright future, he IS a class act.

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    Abraham

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Agents !!!!! ask Ian Holloway what he thinks of them.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Absolutely terrific season and both the manager and top player decide to sod off at the end of it. It's just crazy. What on Earth is going on at Carrow Road?

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    Adam Penny

    Sunday, June 3, 2012

  • Preston Canary - "every little thing that goes on...?" Well I hardly think the recent events can be described as"every little thing that goes on" A CEO should be in control, manage, have a strategy, communicate with the Press (laugh) Lambert achieved the near impossible with a restricted budget making ordinary players perform to a higher level. The present mess at Carrow Road IS the responsibility of McNally. He is responsible for this unacceptable situation and needs to sort it out. He could start by talking to Holt? As supporters "having a little faith" in a CEO who is presiding over this embarrassment - I think not!

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    JJE

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Just got back. .... Anything going on?

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    The Crab

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • The rumour is, we'll let him go for 6m. I'm not so sure we could replace him for 6m..it's not just about the goals, he's the captain, three times player of the season and has a strong character in the dressing room.

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Money is the root of all weevils - like Lee Payne. With all this public posturing Grant Holt has demonstrated that he only pays lip service to us, and that he has no genuine loyalty for the club or the fans. Whilst I accept that the money is probably important (but they get paid so much, so is it really?), I can find no respect for someone who was at the very heart and soul of our football club but who, with his agent, apparently holds that position with such disregard. Personally then I hope that Generals Lee and Grant take themselves off to fight the Battle of the Bulge at West Ham. That should clear the air of that nasty smell which currently pervades of fighting over a fistful of sterling. Then onto a clean and bright new start when the replacement manager is appointed. Having said all that I really can't see why, on the other hand, McNally can't simply give him what he wants - it doesn't seem too much to ask. But the damage is now done I fear.

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    jellybean

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • We have the best CEO in the land and i have every faith he will sort this out,Lambert clearly wanted out and has done for some time so Bye Bye! Holt has one last pay day and quite rightly should not be given 3 years unless you lot want Norwich to return to the old Debt situation? Grant is driven by a Greedy money agent called Mr Payne so the sooner the both push off the better!

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    dave123

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Your 'avin' a giraffe Cock-er-knees ? 2 years left on his contract. He'll cost you millions + millions...Yellers would we like Greeno back as cover for Ruddy as part of the deal ?

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    Timbo

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Brewer, I see that the Liverpool cops have detained two 21-year olds. At least we know who that rules out! I am sure that McN did say that Holt was too old....for the contract he was asking for....you really need to know the context, that's why Lee the Pain is out of order. It reminds me of the sort of "poor me the victim" stuff Heather Mukka was spouting in her divorce. MartinL makes an interestring point about the acceptable contract becoming unacceptable and that is bad form. I also agree that the club needs a better communuication strategy and McN might consider letting communicators do it rather than his Twitter account which does not represent the views of NCFC. Now I would leave Switzerland to do that job :-)

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Agents !!!!! ask Ian Holloway what he thinks of them.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Where was Lee Payne when Holty the Tyre Fitter was looking for job security and a few extra £'s a week ?

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    Lobbo

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • I never really understood the 12 month rolling contract but we had PL for 3 seasons and I am sure that his plan was to move on and he has gone to a good "turn around" target. It's not like he ever actually moved to Norwich. The club has a budget that is dictated by paying off the past excesses and in the absence of mega-investor, it will stay modest for a while. Overall, McN has done an incredible job but I am sure that there have been some "learning opportunities" over the last couple of weeks. The trouble is that once the pigs get out of the barn at night you have a tough job to round them up and you are going to fall on your face in the sh*t at some time.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Isn`t it amazing how an "icon, idol, hero, talisman, leader" can become tarnished when raw ambition (PL) and dissatisfaction with remuneration (GH) kick in? Only a few weeks ago, all was well. On the surface at least. I hope my worst suspicions are wrong, I really do............ :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Yes. I'm sorry but communication + PR are an absolutely essential component of modern football management. It's the one thing both McNasty + Lambo are rubbish at. We, the fans, pay the wages + @ the end of the day we ARE NCFC. Managers + CEs move on, but we stay right were we are. I'm starting to hate Lee Pain's (spelling mistake intended) guts. He's put Holt up to this + his man is in danger of falling from hero to zero in a 4 week period after 3 years of being adored. Ho hum...ring Chris Hughton or Malky....now !

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    Timbo

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Shadwell Canary......It is not the content of the negotiations but more the outcome which is not very good. McNally is the CEO so he needs to get a grip of this whole process but particularly the PR aspect which has been awful with regard to Holt and Lambert (in my opinion). OTBC

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    JJE

    Tuesday, June 5, 2012

  • If you listen to the entire Payne interview on Radio Norfolk, he went on to say that they had agreed an acceptable deal with McNally on the Monday evening before the testimonial. He says he told the CEO that they would sign the new contract if the paperwork was ready by the next morning. (Holt was worried about a bad reaction from fans in the testimonial and wanted it all settled beforehand). McNally unsurprisingly said it would take longer than that. Payne says that McNally therefore “hung Grant out to dry” and they are now refusing to sign the deal that was acceptable on the previous Tuesday. He gave no explanation as to why the transfer request was put in before the testimonial. I love Grant Holt on the pitch, but given his behaviour and that of his agent, it appears that Dumb is being represented by Dumber.

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    MartinL

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • JJE....how can you point the finger at McNally when you have no clue what went on in negotiations other than what you've seized on from Holt's agent's interpretation of events? I'm with Preston in that I don't feel McNally owes us any explanation. I'll criticise him if he appoints the wrong man, but while it's all wild speculation and conjecture, why don't we all throw him a bone. It's way too easy to knock the guy in the (small?) suit but don't believe the agent's hype, even if he represents a true club legend.

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    Shadwell Canary

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Apart from unsettling their clients and irritating clubs all the time, what is the point of agents? I don't believe that Payne's comments give us the full story but he has done his job well: he has unsettled GH and can now look forward to a bumper payday.

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    CovCanary

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • "Allegedly" says a lot, JJE. I haven`t met McN, but the few NCFC fans I know who have met him say he`s charming, courteous and witty. Well, they probably just said "He`s a good ol` boi" but that`s close enough in these paarts! Perhaps you`ve had a contradictory experience? As a vertically challenged geriatric myself, I`ve never found a "chippy" connection with short people. Just think Ronny Corbett, Frankie Dettori, Kylie Minogue (please!), Wes Hoolahan, Peter Crouch, Joey Barton. All charmers. As is McN. Just a little, misunderstood maybe, though I sometimes wonder if those Naaridge fans were getting him confused with that other curtailed Carra character, Mr. S. Fry? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • A phew things, Crab.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Just listened to Lee Payne talking to the BBC on their website. It seems that the agent is perhaps more of a pain (no pun intended) that anything else here. The club have to deal with the Out of Contract players first - and that cannot be easy with the club facing the whole Lambert departure pantomine. I think that teh agent is forcing the issue and that McNally has given him 'short shrift'. All in all this is a storm in a teacup and could arguably have been handled in a more reasonable and business-like way. Grant, don't bite the hand that feeds you, get rid of your silly agent and sit down and discuss this properly and sort it out.

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • No not 'shortist' MB just suggesting the reason why McNally has his 'chip'. He could start by redirecting his waffle to more positveproactive aspects of his role as CEO of our great club. This is his mess so he should get it sorted. Those supporters who are blaming Lambert and Holt are very wide of the mark. Every organisation business needs a good Leader not someone who is allegedly aggressive and arrogant. OTBC!

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    JJE

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Entirely agree with Swiss, Lobbo and Dubai. I'm sure a new manager will steady things and hopefully will be a better communicator with the fans.

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    cutty

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • I agree with 'TIMBO' The PR machine at Carrow Road is either in reverse or has stalled. We are NCFC not Managers and certainly not McNally (who I'm sure does have small man syndrome SMS). get it sorted McNally!!!

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    JJE

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Lee Payne is two-bob

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    Denzil

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • That would get a few headlines, Peter! You have to bear in mind the left back in the undressing room.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Lee Payne is not helping matters by giving out soundbites about what happens in the negociations and trash-talking the club.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, June 3, 2012

  • Gid moaning wince agin, “Ottmarzitfeld “. Dis that sound kintinontal enuff.

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • My O-Level in maths tells me that a 3rd year would mean an extra million quid give or take. To replace GH poss 4m or more + wages if we can attract anybody (what with wage constraints and the little matter of not having a manager...). Give the man an extra year and move on...DUH!

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    JMH

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Get (or should that be Ged) rid of the rotten apple before the rest of the barrel rots.

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    Sherbert

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • I totally agree DC but if you listen to the entire interview (Listen Again: Friday Sport) it's clear that an offer, acceptable to both sides, is on the table. They won't sign because the paperwork took a few days to sort out: Grant is sulking. McNally must wonder if he's working at a primary school.

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    MartinL

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Every player has their price but I think that he has been badly advised by his agent. He seems to be more concerned with a stag night in Liverpool this weekend. I just hope that they did not run in to Joey Barton and friends.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • So it sounds like all we really needed is a speed typist ? This is just getting more ridiculous by the minute !

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • That born-again Chocolate coated Brazil nut farmer is becoming a real Payne. I`d love te hear Holloway`s comments on Agents at large! What a very sad end to what has been the most amazing 3 years in the Club`s history. To fall out with Holt over an extra year on his contract is farcical. If McNally really did "bluntly" say Holt was too old it`s a tad insensitive. Wasn`t there a way forward which didn`t involve losing him? If we think he`s worth £4-6million, as "reported", to other clubs, isn`t he worth keeping? Barring injury I bet he`ll still be doing the business in 3 years. Look at the Drog. Paul Scholes. Giggs. That B****y agent has put in the public domain what should have been handled in private. Now, with bad feeling in abundance, there may be no going back. Bad, sad times. The sooner we get a new manager and kick on the better. NOT Steve Bruce..... I see Celtic have "sacked" their first team coach, Alan Thompson....

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • JJE, what`s "Small Man Syndrome"? I hope you`re not being shortist.... ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Dirk Kuyt over the hill at 31 and off to Turkey (well known for their top level club footie) and Holt still in his prime, I think not. A contract up to 33 is as much as anyone could expect. Even Man U. give the oldies a one year at a time extension.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • "Grant loves the club and the fans have got to ask themselves why has Paul Lambert left? Why does Grant Holt want to leave? "He [Holt] has got two years left on his contract and all he really wanted - before he even spoke about money - was a third year. "He wanted to finish his career at Norwich, but being told 'you're too old', I just think it was the wrong thing to do." So says agent Lee Pain. Lambert has left because he is very ambitious and cannot really fail at Villa. The Grant Holt argument about the extra year should not be a MAKE OR BREAK. There must be room for an equitable solution that is fair to both parties. The only way that this can be resolved is for Grant Holt and David McNally to sit down and sort it out themselves. What is the problem with that, apart from Lee Payne ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • 1st of all we don't pay McNally to keep the fans informed. We pay him to make the top decisions over finance and staff. Secondly we didn't pay Lambert to keep the fans informed. We paid him to get good players in and to win matches. Why do some fans think they should be kept informed over every little thing that goes on? What was the old adage?? What goes on in the dressing room, stays in the dressing room. Stop moaning and have a little faith that we have a very good chief exec who will get this situation sorted sooner rather than later.

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • PS: "Allegedly" aggressive & arrogant? All because the alleged chip on his shoulder is not far enough from his feet? He`s an old fashionedly charming man in reality.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Lambo bought into what McN had on the Agenda. McN is probably not surprised or fazed by Lambo`s departure. PL once said, some time ago, that Holt`s joining NCFC was his best ever career move. Shrewsbury to the brink of England selection (allegedly)! So he`s done OK, too. Can`t blame him for wanting to improve his final paydays at all. But leave it until Drury`s Testimonial is done. McN has been the cornerstone of our revival. How much longer will he stay? If Kneel Donkeystar can con his way into CEO at the SFA, the sky`s the limit for McN.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • @Holty30 is getting quite a pasting on Twitter. I really don't think that is helping anyone.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Norwich have had no offer from West Ham for grant Holt.Key in Dr Who themetune, Norwich have turned down 2 offers from West Ham. Now surely us mushrooms deserve more from Our CEO in terms of a timeline and a bit more openness after all the supporters are ultimately the club

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • What value do we put on Grant Holt ? I assume that we would not be interested in anything below 10 million. This close season is becoming a dogs breakfast - our CEO has to sort it out - and quick.

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • What just happened to the 'we won't rule out a European manager' article. I was proud of my posting and then 'puff' thin air.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Time for a female manager of a Premier League club perhaps.

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Holt has been wound up by his agent.If at his age any premiership club offers him a 3 year deal then pigs really can fly. Scholes , Giggs are exceptions but he isn't one of them.

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    irongloves

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • It's more complicated than letting McNally do his job!! He should have been on top of this awful situation before it happened, that's what he is paid to do!! It is also not about wanting a 'tweet' but using appropriate channels to let supporters know what is happening as well as dealing with the press.It's called PR so come on McNally get it sorted.

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    JJE

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Third try. Most comments and ill feelings have come due to the timing that took the gloss off Drurys benefit and testimonial

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, June 5, 2012

  • Just listened to Lee Payne talking to the BBC on their website. It seems that the agent is perhaps more of a pain (no pun intended) that anything else here. The club have to deal with the Out of Contract players first - and that cannot be easy with the club facing the whole Lambert departure pantomine. I think that teh agent is forcing the issue and that McNally has given him 'short shrift'. All in all this is a storm in a teacup and could arguably have been handled in a more reasonable and business-like way. Grant, don't bite the hand that feeds you, get rid of your silly agent and sit down and discuss this properly and sort it out.

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • I tried a reply, JJE, but as I Stewpydly phrased it in English, it was cut short. I still think you are a shortist and not that "closet". Chip, indeed! McN is a charmer. Gets on well with snakes, too. You have to in the Garden of Football, it`s an Eden Hazard. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • HThe censor must have gone to make a coffee as I got part of my comment through!! HURRAH!

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, June 5, 2012

  • How do I access that interview? I`m a bit backward on modern communication methods. Took an age to scrape the Tip-Ex off my PC Monitor. Then somebody showed me how use the "back" key.........

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • That b----y censor is back again!

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, June 5, 2012

  • The blame for this shambles is clearly at McNally's 'door'. Lambert should have been offered a proper contract, a proper budget and to tell Holt that he was too old.......for goodness sake McNally sort it out, We don't want a nostalgic appointment again (BG). We want a good proven, competent manager who can evidence success, who can continue the good work that Lambert has undertaken. Start telling the paying supporters what is going on. We want regular updates not sound bites. Come on McNally start doing what 'we' pay you for.

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    JJE

    Sunday, June 3, 2012

  • I think that you will find the the delay would be for legal review rather than typing. However a verbal contract can also be binding but it is hard to prove. Given that everyone is keen to sue everyone else at the drop of a hat these days, that review is understandable. That also makes me think that I shall consider filing suit against Messrs. Holt, Payne, Lambert, Lerner and McNally for all the emotional distress that I have suffered over the last two weeks.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Whatever Grant Holt was worth - he's not worth that now, for us, if he doesn't want to play for us & has had his head turned. So best try and get as much for him as we can and move on. I'd rather hear less about the Grant Holt story & hear more about the new manager we are going to appoint.

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    Meds

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • What just happened to the McNally 'we won't rule out a European manager' article. I was proud of my posting and then 'puff' thin air. Something happened this morning, articles have been switched around and or dropped altogether. vas ist das.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Swiss, just seen on the Beeb that J Barton copped a punch in the face in Liverpool this weekend. I wonder if that was the same Stag night you refered to wrt Holty? Have you a crystal ball?? I really wonder what the truth is behind all this.It wouldn`t surprise me if McGnarly made that ageist remark; he is certainly "Mr. Blunt" at times. But in what context? Was he just getting peeved with Holty`s hired Parasite? It all looks a bit orchestrated to me. I hope events prove me wrong, but a Master McChiavellian is at work here. It`s not McGnarly, nor Parasite Payne, certainly not Grammarschool Grant. Who does that leave........

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • If you thunk it would help if a comminications officer was instilled at carrow road, then I thunk I mey apple for the positshun. I fowl sure that everyonk would get first hand kniwlidge in a lungwidge that is arsily understid. Ess anyone prepaired to second my applicotion? I ham nit aggresif or arrowgint

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • JJE....how can you point the finger at McNally when you have no clue what went on in negotiations other than what you've seized on from Holt's agent's interpretation of events? I'm with Preston in that I don't feel McNally owes us any explanation. I'll criticise him if he appoints the wrong man, but while it's all wild speculation and conjecture, why don't we all throw him a bone. It's way too easy to knock the guy in the (small?) suit but don't believe the agent's hype, even if he represents a true club legend.

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    Shadwell Canary

    Tuesday, June 5, 2012

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