Two-for-one offer too good to ignore for Norwich City boss Chris Hughton

New club captain Russell Martin will be a key link betweem Norwich City's players and management for Chris Hughton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd New club captain Russell Martin will be a key link betweem Norwich City's players and management for Chris Hughton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, August 12, 2013
6:59 AM

Chris Hughton feels Norwich City will get the best of both worlds from a captaincy job share between Seb Bassong and Russell Martin.

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The Canaries’ boss revealed after his side’s final pre-season warm up against Panathinaikos both men will get the chance to lead the club in the Premier League, with Martin also providing a vital link between the management and the playing staff at all levels.

“I thought about it long and hard,” said Hughton. “What we have in Russell is someone who has been here at this club for a long time and knowing the sort of character he is I am sure from day one he has performed not just on the pitch but around the club, around the young players and he is a great point for communication for myself and other staff members.

“What he has done is perform the role of captain on numerous occasions as well so what I wanted alongside that was Seb involved in some way. Where we are as a club at this moment I also want to be mindful of players who have performed well. There have been some changes and new faces this summer and I was delighted with Seb’s contribution last season and I wanted him involved. In some games, even with Seb playing, Russ will take the armband and that is a reflection of what it means to the club.”

Martin pledged his long term future to the Canaries earlier this summer by signing an extended deal and the versatile defender views the captaincy as further evidence of his commitment to the cause.

“Everyone knows how I feel about playing for this club and the great relationships I share with the supporters, players and staff here,” he said. “The gaffer has recognised something within me, which he believes validated the appointment of an over-riding club captain and I thank him for that. I am honoured to be offered this role, a position I have accepted with relish and delight and will fulfil with the enthusiasm and maturity it deserves.

“My role is to be there for all the players at the club, on and off the pitch, from scholars through to the first team if they need any assistance, and to work with Seb in helping get the maximum performance and togetherness from our squad on and off the pitch.”

Bassong’s impact during his debut season was recognised before kick-off when he was formally presented with his player-of-the-year trophy but the centre-back is firmly focussed only on the new campaign.

“It is a good memory but now it is over. I am looking forward to the new season and trying to play the best I can. I’ll try to be as good as I can last year,” he said. “I am really honoured to be made captain. I will work very hard and do everything I can to repay the trust the manager has had in me. I just want to thank the fans for their support.”

8 comments

  • when i read the headline i thought CH had been shopping in M&S again!

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    tonyb

    Monday, August 12, 2013

  • Russ has been quoted as saying he prefers to play at CB, and I think he looks better there, personally. I suppose this makes him the "Club Captain" in effect? Good chap.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 12, 2013

  • Saw the headlines and thought a two players for the price of one ..... I should have known better! OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Monday, August 12, 2013

  • I noted on Saturday that Russell was playing as the undercover captain, well his black Captain's armband was almost invisable upon the black shirt we chose to play with! I prefer a captain to be playing at centre back so that his instructions can be heard accross the park so perhaps Russell needs to be used in that position when he is the man. In many respects a right back has to do too much running to be able to concentrate on where others should be etc.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, August 12, 2013

  • …..Aha!... That's made that clear then!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, August 12, 2013

  • I am happy with the compromise; it seems like there is a lot for the captain to do off the field and Russ is a great spokesamn and professional but Bass runs the show on the field, except when he does the occasional "Moose on the Loose" charge upfield. NCFC is starting to become the poster child of football diversity, it makes me proud to be a canary.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, August 12, 2013

  • Mr Houghton has made his first big decision. He was undecided as to who he would give the captains arm band to, so came up with the solution of splitting the job. We now have TWO Captains.! Hope he can reach a better answer when starting with the selection of Saturday's side! If not we could have both Ruddy and Bunn in goal and all other positions using Two players instead of the customary One. A 22 man side should be good enough to see off Everton

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, August 12, 2013

  • We could do with a BOGOF deal for strikers just now!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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