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Russell Martin has plenty of miles left on the clock at Norwich City

PUBLISHED: 18:30 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 18:53 20 April 2017

Russell Martin will make his 300th appearance for Norwich City if he leads the Canaries out against Brighton. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Russell Martin will make his 300th appearance for Norwich City if he leads the Canaries out against Brighton. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Russell Martin will be a key part of the new order at Norwich City.

Alan Irvine is in no doubt the captain’s 300th appearance against hometown club Brighton will not be the last milestone at Carrow Road.

“I think he has been a great servant,” said Irvine. “He is a great captain on and off the pitch. Any player who appears 300 times for one club has achieved something very special. It is becoming more and more rare for that to happen. I don’t think you will see too many doing that in the coming years. It is a fabulous achievement that he should be immensely proud of.

“I am sure he has an awful lot more games in him. That becomes someone else’s decision in terms of the future but the fact is he has had a lot of managers here so he has amassed those games under a lot of different people who thought he was worthy of playing when he was in charge.

“I would expect he is someone the new head coach would be looking at and considering going forward.”

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11 comments

  • Ooooh, a bit naughty there Paddy. Clearly a wind-up designed to provoke a response from anybody that's ever seen our Russ floundering like a beached turbot at centre-half. Sadly though, even though it is clearly a wind-up, it does actually serve some useful purpose in highlighting the current parlous, unambitious state of NCFC. How many would bet their mortgage on Captain Calamity NOT being here to lead the back line next season?

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    ncfcyellowman

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • At this stage in his career Russell Martin is, at best, a substitute for Ivo at right back. He has never been an adequate central defender, nor any kind of leader, but before he is ushered out - with a proper appreciation of his long term service to the Club - we must be sure to have found at least two proven central defenders. The need was obvious a year ago. It's urgent now and cannot be delayed any longer.

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    Geolis

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • What a totally pointless article. A column inch filler if ever I saw one. All that's needed to be said about Martin has already been said. He's been a good servant to the club, but his time as a first-teamer is up . What IS concerning is that we do not seem to have any one of the youngsters who is able to come in for a runout in RM's place in these end of season dead rubbers. Just illustrates the huge job we have over the summer in recruiting large numbers of decent defenders.

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    Rick

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • 1. 300 matches- but he didn't turn up for all of them... 2. THAT pass against Liverpool changed everything for us... 3. Alan Irvine must not continue in this club. He will keep RM...

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    Norwegian Canary

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • I agree KF, It does seem that the article is written specifically to provoke the anti-RM brigade. I have to admit that I am part of that brigade, mainly through frustration. He was outstanding in his first season in the PL, but since then seems to have become more and more prone to mistakes. I am much more comfortable with him at RB. If Pinto stays, then RM is a back up, and that makes sense to me, particularly if we replace virtually all of the other CBs plus Whittaker, which will be a very difficult task in a single transfer window.

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    MikelSA

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • Surely this is a provocative article deliberately worded to elicit the exact responses below? It has been obvious to supporters over the last two seasons that Russell Martin is no longer upto the job. As a Captain he is the most weak, insipid ,uninspiring presence on the pitch. Comes with a complete lack of character which has lead the Club to a relegation last season and a failure to compete for promotion this season. One of the old pieces of dead wood who should be shown the door immediately.

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    kenfoggo

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • Thanks Naaaaarwich, that's why I asked the the question.

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    waclor

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • One more game is one too many..... has to go...... he is not a championship quality player. He certainly is no captain either and had we had any decent defenders over this past few years surely he would not have accrued this many appearances.

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    Ged in the onion bag

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • Just out of idle interest, in how many of those 300 appearances did we manage to keep a clean sheet? Just asking.

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    waclor

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • WOW! RM could be 1 of City's top 20 appearance makers if he gets 1 more season under his belt! Not a chance of 400 surely? All depends on the new Head Coach I suppose.

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    Naaaaaarwich

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • Congrats when you lead the team out tomorrow. It is an outstanding feat and proves so many different managers show faith. I'm sure the flack will shortly arrive. RM. Leader. Legend.

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    suffolk-canary

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

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