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Timm Klose should do his talking on the pitch, urges Norwich City interim chief Alan Irvine

PUBLISHED: 18:45 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 18:54 17 March 2017

Timm Klose went public this week on his career plans. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Timm Klose went public this week on his career plans. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Alan Irvine insists Timm Klose’s time would be better served forcing his way back into Norwich City’s line up than outlining his summer career plans.

Klose was quoted in a Swiss newspaper earlier this week revealing he is poised for fresh talks over his future with the Canaries and re-affirming his desire to play in the Premier League.

The central defender is back in the squad for Barnsley’s Championship visit to Carrow Road on Saturday and Irvine wants his players to focus on the job in hand.

“Look, I think the players should wait for things to settle down before speaking about their futures,” he said. “The fact is anybody could come in here as a new manager and look at the squad and make decisions from that point. I wouldn’t think there is any player here who should be ruling themselves in or out at this moment, in terms of next season. It could well be that the person who comes is the biggest fan of Timm Klose that you could get, in which case, he probably wants to keep him here.

“I don’t think it is generally hard for players to retain that focus. I haven’t come across many who down tools if the season is over, as people tend to say. It would be a very foolish player who went out onto the pitch and wasn’t ready to give of their best. There are a whole lot of people who are assessing them. We can’t give up. That would be unforgivable, even if it becomes mathematically impossible. We have to be totally professional. There are no players here who do not have a chance of playing under me.”

Irvine refused to be drawn on Alex Neil’s assertion, at what turned into his farewell press call last week prior to his dismissal, that a major summer clear-out is needed at Carrow Road.

“I don’t know the circumstances regarding players’ contracts. I don’t have all the information to say it should be big changes,” said Irvine. “We have a good squad of players, no question, but like any club they will look to improve it during the close season.

“This idea there is nothing to play for from here doesn’t ring true for me; not least to put on the best performance you can for the fans, who either come to Carrow Road or travel away. For players they have something to play for next season and while I am around that won’t be the case.”

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21 comments

  • Well if Klose has to do his talking on the pitch, Mr Irvine, first he has to get selected!

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, March 19, 2017

  • Yeah Redmond is playing really well. We just couldn't polish him to that point for some reason. 5 league goals this season but no assists mind. More startling is RvW's form, albeit in the Dutch prem. 13 goals and 5 assists, and that's 13 goals in 13 different matches. A rate of 1 every 2 games is impressive. In terms of us not getting the best out of players with potential and pedigree, he has to top the list. We seem best suited to upcoming players. Pedigree players too often don't perform for us. Who knows what the reason is but we've seen it on many occasions. We turn goal machines into players who can't hit a barn door, then they leave and start banging them in again. It will be Lafferty next.

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    Canary101

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

  • Brew: like you I have seen numerous clips from Saints games and Redmond looks the player he ought to have become at Norwich. Under AN we discovered the knack of failing to improve players and to restrict the abilities of others. His coaching, team set-ups and selections were dire and probably one reason why some of our players looked as though they had given up. Not that I could condone that because they are professionals and whatever is being asked of them, the least fans can expect is 100 per cent effort and commitment. The problems started with AN and his coaches but many players have to shoulder blame for some weak, inept, performances. Irvine has this game to show if he is willing to start a process of change. Maybe as it looks like being his farewell he will try to go out on a positive note ? I hope so.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

  • @malaga, I saw some of a recent Soton game and Redmond was running the show. Like, almost like, like the likes of Mesut Ózel. NCFC doesn't have coaches, only Slowcoaches. National Express stuck in First Gear.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

  • Klose has an inflated opinion of himself as have many of " one of the best squads" in the Division,and i look forward to his departure along with some of the other egotistical dross

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    TERRY LYON

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

  • Yes, TC talks sense and obviously knows systems well. I can't say I have any technical knowledge but even to my untrained eye it has been obvious we have been playing the wrong defensive system under AN. It is not rocket science to see how isolated our central defenders get when our fullbacks roam upfield together then get caught on the break and how two central defenders are then trying to cover for them and in doing so get dragged wide apart, allowing any half decent attacking player to drive through the gaps. As regards one of the Murphys playing alongside Oliveira, why not? They both have pace and since moving to Southampton Redmond - a similar kind of player - has taken a more central role and looked far better and more effective than he did at Carrow Road.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

  • @My View; good man you are. I think TK is nearly as old as I! Just a foot taller. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

  • Fulham will overtake Wednesday today. It's Fulham we have to catch. And they are in form.

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    Surrey Canary

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

  • I know I am clutching at straws but with Wednesday losing again let's just go for it.No pressure just go out there and win and see what happens for the rest of the season.YOU the players owe us the fans at the very least that commitment.COYY.

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    rikki nadir

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

  • I would like to see Oliveira and Lafferty start upfront. I think they could work well together with interchangeable roles.

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

  • They may be able to play together with proper coaching but I certainly agree with TK, I'm not sure. The times they've both been on the field, granted only a couple of games, they were getting in each other's way. They make the same runs and looked like this same player. Jerome works his socks off in the channels and would be better suited with a holdingtarget no.9 or very attacking midfielder like the Murphy brothers as TK says. Looking fwd to tomorrow, hopefully there is a tactical shake up!

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    danpez

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

  • Mad Brewer i share your opinion TrevorKeiths posts are excellent and I enjoy reading. I was simply interested to know the basic background of the young man.

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    My View

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

  • @ My View; I believe TK has played, coached and managed at lower levels of semi professional football. I have immense respect for his carefully reasoned opinions, and I suspect you do too. He is a very courteous man. Timm Klose is expected to do his talking on the pitch, whilst the Carra Coven delegates soundbite duties randomly. Whoever they wheel out, it'll be talking out of something or other. Possibly a mouth. I'll have to sphinc about it.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 17, 2017

  • I think AI is right to point out that Klose needs to show more on the pitch - he hasn't looked like attracting Premiership interest lately. It is also true that City haven't been getting the best out of players for the last couple of seasons - Redmond's rise in just three quarters of a season away from NCFC surely proves that point.

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    GolfingCanary

    Friday, March 17, 2017

  • All players should do their talking on the pitch. By the same token, our media should not jump on what overseas newspapers may say. If they want to interview any of the players why don't they do it directly themselves ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, March 17, 2017

  • It's interesting what you say Trevor, but at the same time (regarding the two up front) one never knows until one tries something out and in the case of Jerome and Oliveira I think they've very rarely played together, perhaps just once at the most, under Alex it was usually just one or the other. As for the second striker role, I wouldn't see either of the Murphy boys being suitable, they're much more wingers. It's a role made for Naismith really, the problem being that he's been more off-song than on.

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Friday, March 17, 2017

  • Irvine. Select Klose. Play a back 3 and leave whittaker out of the squad. Play 2 up top and see where that takes us against barnsley at home. Nothing to lose.

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    Harman

    Friday, March 17, 2017

  • TrevorKeith are you a qualified football coach ? Or are your posts simply your personal thoughts? No offence intended just interested.

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    My View

    Friday, March 17, 2017

  • Many of us aspire to great things . . . alas most of us never reach them. Our friend Mr Klose had the PL to perform in last season . . . alas it seems that he didn't quite do well enough else he would have been gone in January. Still all is not lost as he has up to 10 games to show what a brilliant footballer and team player so that when the summer window opens he can get on his bike and yoddle off to the Pl, but more likely on loan to exotic Switzerland . . .

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    manbythesea

    Friday, March 17, 2017

  • Timm hasn't covered himself in glory this season. What makes him think he would be a better player in the premiership?

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    tunsteadtiger

    Friday, March 17, 2017

  • The way the team is set up by Irvine will have a big impact on how certain players perform. Klose would without doubt benefit from us either playing a three center back system or a proper back four as that is the style he suits. Likewise, with Oliveira now available, will he switch to a twin striker formation. Thats a tough one because I do not think jerome can play with Oliveira and the best second striker to either of them in my book would be Josh Murphy with Jacob a close second. I look forward to seeing how they are set up tomorrow.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, March 17, 2017

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