Zak Whitbread and Aaron Wilbraham will not be offered new deals by Norwich City when their contracts run out this summer.

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Academy products Matthew Ball, Richard Brindley and Josh Dawkin will also leave the club, it was confirmed on Thursday afternoon.

Norwich boss Paul Lambert said: “I’ve got nothing but praise for both of the lads, they’ve been brilliant for the club and it was a difficult decision to make.

“You can’t underestimate that they were a big part of what has happened here and people shouldn’t forget what they’ve done and given for this club.

“But that’s my job as manager of this football club, sometimes these decisions have to be made and I wish them the best of luck for the future.”

Whitbread arrived from Millwall in January 2010, and went on to make 48 appearances during an injury-hit spell at Carrow Road, with his one goal coming in the 1-1 draw at Hull in 2010-11.

Wilbraham joined City from MK Dons in January last year and made 28 outings, 19 as substitute, with two goals – the Canaries’ winner at Leicester on their march to Championship promotion least season and Norwich’s consolation goal at Fulham this season.

His goal at Craven Cottage was Wilbraham’s first in the Premier League and his 100th career goal, while the game also represented Whitbread’s final appearance in a yellow shirt. Wilbraham made his final bow when coming on as a substitute against Aston Villa in the Premier League finalé.

Wales Under-19 Dawkin made three appearances for City in their League One-winning campaign in 2009-10, his debut coming in the 1-0 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win at Gillingham.

Northern Ireland Under-21 international Ball spent six years at City rising through the ranks, but failed to make a first team appearance after signing his first professional deal 12 months ago.

Brindley did not make an appearance for the first team at Carrow Road but was a regular for the Reserves and Academy sides.

First-team stars David Fox, Elliott Ward, Simeon Jackson and Adam Drury, as well as youngsters Korey Smith, Tom Adeyemi and George Francomb, are also reported to be out of contract this summer.

The club has yet to confirm their future status, but is reported to hold one-year options for Jackson, Smith and Francomb.

63 comments

  • If Elliot Ward gets a new contract ahead of Whitbread, then I'm officially fed up of this bromance between him and Lambert, Zak iswas our best defender by a country mile, there's a reason why big clubs were rumoured to be after him. It's now essential to invest in the centre back area in the summer as well as moving Martin to central and making room for another right back.

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    Billy

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Zak was great for us, I sure hope Lambert has got an even better replacement lined up! (ILWT).

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    christoph

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Has Russell Martin cost Zak his spot? He has seemed most effective at centre back (caught for turning pace at right back) and with Bennett, Ayala and Ward as choice of partners maybe it gives other options to bring in some full backs. Shame about Matt Ball, I thought he looked a possible.and never mind Zak's wages, how much would Michael Owen want or Del Piero?

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Shame to see Zak go echoing others comments. I would have preferred to keep Wilbraham and get rid of Morison! At least Wilbraham looks like he want to be here and work for the team. Will we ever see Super Chrissy Martin again?

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    AJB

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Steady on Roger, I'm sure another player will excite you.

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    cutty

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • If we're releasing injury prone players then Vaughan will be on the short list! Pity about Ball, we need young players coming through the ranks. Agree with comments Swiss.

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    cutty

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Preston- Thank you for such a well-argued and logical contribution to the current debate. Would that I were so articulate! If only all football observers were able to use this kind of insight! We would then be able to discuss topics sensibly and not trade insults or come up with Ged-style rubbish, which, although amusing in a puerile kind of way, add little to the real debate!

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    The Crab

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • MB - to get the acute accent, use Alt+e - that's the Alt at the right hand end of the space bar, not the one on the left, which doesn't have the same effect. That's the only accent I know how to do direct from the keyboard, other than loading up a separate keyboard for another language, which I did when I was learning Greek. Another way is the type your posting on a Word document, and use "Symbols" from the Insert Menu to get your accented letters, then Copy and Paste when you have finished.

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    The Crab

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • PL really is an unsentimental guy. I guess that's one reason he is a better manager than the rest of us.

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    Michael D

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Going to miss Zak. I always thought the team looked better when he was in the side, this season especially.

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    theluggage

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Real shame, thought Zak was one of our better CB's, sure he will be snapped up. Not surprised with Aaron but he always put in a shift when he came on, best of luck to them both and to the youngsters as well.

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    SYH947

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Ta, Crab. I`ll give that Alt thing a go. All that copying and pasting is over my head! My monitor screen is already covered with Tippex from before when I learned how to use backspace etc. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Zak's going! Thought he's done a top job at the back for us in the time he's been here, sorry to see him go, but wish him all the best, as with all the other lads, glad Wilbraham got his premier league goal in the end too.

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    steve_c

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Another apology!...It seems that I got Craig Fleming mixed up with Ian in a previous posting....That's the result of too much South African Shiraz......Todays News!...Whitbread and Wilbrahams are out of favour and Mr Lambert had to tell them of his decision to let them go.....The real issue for the future of Norwich City is not this decision, but is whether or not Mr Lambert can decide his own future first. ..He is the first brick in our wall!..I do also hope that the two W'S are not signed up by AV for free...Stranger things have happened!

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    Pa Snipps

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • I think that a number of PL clubs are looking closely at salary structures as it is the thing above all else that seems to be causing clubs to go into administration. As for Lambert, I think he will stay and that his next move will be abroad, probably to Germany. My reasoning is that he is ambitious and wants to win things as a manager. Can he do that in England? No, or at best a cup, because you need to be at a big club to be able to do that. The big clubs seem to have a distrust of British managers. You only need to look at O'Neill who has been sniffing around big jobs for years to see that good british managers tend to get stuck in that upper mid tier of clubs. Therefore, Lambert has to have something different on his c.v. to be able to get a job at the likes of Chelsea, City or LFC. They want knowledge of European football as that is their focus.

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    Preston Canary

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Even if he has been injured a lot, it is a nervy time when our best CB is let go without a replacement or two - so we assume they are lined up and have more quality and experience than Zak?! And yes, I agree B Inners, I hope that does mean PL is going to stay to live with his decisions!

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    Michael D

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • That is SO logical, Preston. Are you SURE you`re not just a teeny bit Vulcan? Apparently, Lambo is fluent in German, too, so English is not even his second language. I have a feeling that in due course your prediction will come to pass. Hopefully not before PL has created at Norwich a sustainable Premiership set-up and lined up a worthy successor. The man is brilliant, he really is.......and he ticks a lot of the required boxes already. He will go down in history as the most remarkable manager we`ve ever had.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • I guess he thinks that playing for a "bigger" club might get him more recognition and an England call up? What's that going to do to the team spirit? It's going to be a long, worrying summer.

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    Flying Canary

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Bolton have just released a Rhys Bennett. Can we sign him and play three players withe same name?

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    Pondlife

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Also an important message for the other players who are said to be out of contract this summer... We have to assume that contract negotiations with them are progressing positively... And the fact that the discussions are taking place is, of course, heartening as it means things aren't on hold whilst the Aston Villa business is still in the air. PLs 'But that’s my job as manager of this football club' sounds strong and affirming...

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Hear hear, Swiss! That`s just what we need. Brendon Rodgers seems a regular kinda guy (not in a self-adoring Tony Blair way). He has behaved this way before when Chelsea were reportedly sniffing around. Mr. Martinez speaks with forked tongue. Lambo says nowt. That`s his way, I suppose. At least he cannot be misquoted by the hacks, but that won`t stop them making stuff up!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Is it not likely that the CB pairing will be Bennett and Ayala with R Martin as cover and possibly Ward in reserve?

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    Indiabill

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • ... and it is well known that Terry always gets his tackle in first.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Has to be to do his injuries and not his form. Always felt more secure when he was playing and for me he was the best of the CB's. Time to trust Lord Lamberth again.

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    john doe

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Shame Zaks gone but RB and DA are the future centre back pairing for city and i suppose with RM, EW and LB for cover its an easier decision. In PL we trust, assuming he is staying!!!!

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    k9bye

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Funny he`s unloaded the "W"s first. Not an over-reaction to the Hodgson thing, is it? So that makes Ward vulnerable........

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Preferred Whitbread to Ward, who's looked surprisingly out of his depth in the Prem I thought. But sicknotes are always a luxury, and if he can get someone else in by saving Zak's wages (which I understand are no small beans and he was probably asking for a fair bit more - as I imagine anyone would) then so be it. ILIT WHSH (while he's still here...)

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    Saturday Skin

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • I agree with Pondlife that Russ McMartin seems more effective in the center than at FB as the ultra quick wingers can turn him but he is quick enough and with great positional sense for a CB. What he lacks in physical presence he makes up for in skill and commitment. Also, has anyone noticed how good Ryan Bennet is at working with Grant Holt in attacking set pieces. I think that he is the business.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • City had too many goals scored against them - shuffling the defenders we alrady have isn;t an answer. Will Bennett and Ayala be the answer? We don't know until they play together, and City can't rely on this working in case it doesn't, so there has to be more defensive cover in case...

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • What puzzles me is that any meaningful information can reach escape velocity from the gravitational pull of Planet Lambnally. Anything heavier than hydrogen surely wouldn`t make it? :-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • After seeing the club make half a dozen signings in each of the previous years, would like now to see them add just a couple, better than they already have Watched every City match on tv here in Spain

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    Barry from Spain

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Sorry Swiss, for once I don't agree with you! City's policy of only giving information when there is something positive to give is the best policy. It has served us well in not having to enter auctions for players, and many other rumours which have proved groudless while other clubs have been preoccupied with denials and counter-denials. I for one am happy to await the official announcement of Villa's - and Liverpool's - new management team, aqnd ignore the debate about St Paul's involvement or otherwise. I don't think he'd even contemplate taking that particular poison chalice, but if he did, I would wish him well, and look ahead to the next treat that Mr. McGnarly would come up with. St Paul has said before that he has a job to finish at Norwich - why would he want to start again somewhere else?

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    The Crab

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • About to make myself as popular as diarrhea in a diving suit (or Ged). Never liked Whitbread. Way too easily injured. Had a reasonable season this year, but not sure how he survived this time last year, as his form wasn't great previously. Mass clearout of CB's needed. Hope the rumours re: us being after Roger Johnson from Wolves are wrong, as a Wolves mate assures me he is rubbish. His exploits last season included turning up bladdered for training one morning. Ho-hum ...

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    Timbo

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Intereting that salary demands have surfaced as an issue here. Unfortunately, it is not sustainable to pay significantly less than the competition but also it is not sustainable to rush into deficit spending. I assume that McNally has a plan with this all figured out and that as the long-term plan unfolds salaries will become competitive. However, that would make the first few years pretty tricky.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Stone the crows Zak's going! He has been brilliant, when not injured and may be that is it. I only hope that we have got dibs on some gnarlly beast to replace him.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Sorry to see these guys go, but that is football. There are tough decisions being made every day (liverpool just fired Dalglish). These guys were not fired but are not having their contracts extended. You can feel for them and I am sure PL does not take career changing decisions lightly or easily. Good luck to these guys and hope you are able to continue your careers in the professional game. OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Anyone come up with a team full of Bennett's?

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • It's just possible that footballing ability is not the criteria!... If the face doesn't fit, or the accent is hard on the ear etc. etc.... Next subject will be concerning players with a contract, and which of these will be shown the door!

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    Pa Snipps

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Alright, I know, I am just bring impatient. In Pablo Lamborghini we trust.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Have to pass my best wished on to Zak and Aaron. Top pro's. Ditto others' comments about hoping we have top [international] CB to replace ZW. AW perhaps not such a surprise. Will CM and LB follow?

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    Soglio Star

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Ethered. I think PL will stay. He has his mission to complete.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Adam Penny, that was just typical dark sarcasm from Brewer. He don't need no thought control. I am suprised Whitbread has been shown the door ahead of Ward. I wonder whether he has crossed the boss - PL didn't look too pleased when Zak seemed quick to come off v Bolton, having already lost Ayala. I am sure PL has or had a replacement in mind.

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    canarydownunder

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • I'm surprised that Zak is going too but I think we just need to let PL get on with it. He always plays his cards close to his chest. You never know for sure what his starting 11 will be, you never know the formation he'll play and you never know what he's planning for the future. His track record so far has been nothing short of genius so I for one am happy to let him carry on in his own sweet way!

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    Flying Canary

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Pa, if Lambo ends up at Villa and the two Ws join him there, he will cease being a Norwich Legend. His Foundation will not be founded. Trust me, we DO Shylock already. Anyway, the Norwegian invasion will ensure a Pjink Fjloyd scenario and Ljambo will have to stay with we Norfolk Vikings!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • HOLT wants transfer???

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    Pondlife

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Pa, it`s difficult when you keep getting ethered isn`t it? Those journos are plagiarising our good stuff. Divot did a big shift on his "Holt for England" rip-off. But then he regards Stan Collymore as a respected pundit. Whaaat!! How many oxymorons can you get in a short sentence? Answers must be as short as Delia`s pastry (Waitrose frozen Upmarket Brand). I wish ZW had stayed, but ILWMT. Richard, ref. Bennetts. Why not start with Arnold, then we have Five Towns to chose from! :-) Anybody remember ex-Newcastle Albert Bennett, with his fashion-changing white boots?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • When you have a choice between Ward and Whitbread - both are out of contract now - Whitbread is the better player and this season started 21 games to Ward's 13. So being injury prone doesn't cut it as the main reason.

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    Michael D

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Mass paranoia has set in, Preston! It`s hardly surprising; Norwich fans had been starved of success and entertaining football for too long before Lambo appeared out of the Scotch Mist to save us. We still remember that we "poached" him, in acrimonious circumstances, from Colchester. Two of his players, Fox and Tierney, were not too far behind. So most of us are in fear of him leaving. Oddly, the Press seem to favour Rodgers and Martinez plus the new influx of Norwegians (all 2 of them!). I think PL has a mission which he has yet to complete-with us. OTBC. ILWT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • AP, I revealed recently, on another board, that Lambo has paid me a year`s rent up front to be my lodger in Stalham.The vacancy was the result of my throwing out Johnny Depp because of rent arrears and his bad teeth. Stalham is only Aston`s throw from Norwich and PL has the exclusive use of my private jet for when he wants to pop home to Scotland. His main reason for doing this commute is to get away from Delia`s cooking and get some good healthy deep-fried Scots grub into him. Nothing more sinister than that. The poor lad is fading away. Crab, how do you do inflections or accents whatever, when you post? I`m a dunce with computers! Btw, I didn`t realise those J. Terry comments were so innuendo-laden. :-) I`ve been watching too many Carry On films! Oops. OTBC. ILWT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • I won't even entertain the idea that Paul Lambert is trying to poach players for his own purposes to do a runner. To be honest, I think the suggestion with absolutely nothing to suggest it when the man has done such a phenomenal amount for the club is downright shameful. Aside from injuries, Whitbread always seems to be a busy boy when he's playing. I'm sure he'll have no problem getting a place at a decent club. Big surprise to me that he's going. It kind of makes me think that Mr Lambert has plans, which fuels my hopes that we won't be losing our manager just yet. :-)

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    Adam Penny

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • MB...You and I seem as if we were educated at the same school of brainwashing. I remember a certain Mr Worthington started at the back of the alphabet when he decided to get rid. He got down to the “Ms” in fast time....Roberts. Malky Mackie.Mulryne....Signings started at the other end... General opinion amongst us vegetables is that Whitbread was the strongman in defence, and was able to give solid performance every time...I feel sure that Russell Martin was a better player when he was alongside. Kept that short and sweet! Ethered at first attempt

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    Pa Snipps

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • If Lambert is making key decisions regarding the future can we assume he is staying?

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    B Inners

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • I wonder how much of a pay rise Zak was asking for?

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    DocOhNo

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Also an important message for the other players who are said to be out of contract this summer... We have to assume that contract negotiations with them are progressing positively... And the fact that the discussions are taking place is, of course, heartening as it means things aren't on hold whilst the Aston Villa business is still in the air. PLs 'But that’s my job as manager of this football club' sounds strong and affirming...

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Would you believe it, he just can't keep quiet. "Neil Warnock says QPR would have finished in the top half of the Premier League had the club given him money to spend before the season started." Nobody is interested Colin.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • That the Premier League is finally talking about getting to grips with salaries and loss-making clubs being indulged by foreign billionaires is great but we will need to deal with the uncertainty that arisises in the interim. I agree with Brewer that this club has a remarkable hold on all inforamtion, leaving us with, "my mate has a mate who is a groundsman at Colney and he says...."

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Damn! I love Zak!

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    Rogers of Norwich

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Pa, I cannot see how Lambo, of all people, could have an issue with accents that are hard on the ear. Who mentioned Flemyng?? As for bricks in the wall, we may need some education. Really sorry to see Scousebread go. Perhaps he`ll join Lambo at (fill this space). Aaron, I suppose, was bound to leave. Now I`ll be all lonely in Gentile land, already! Unless Timbo has a conversion (Hot tip). Swiss, I hear rumours that John Terry is being lined up. He is capable of filling many vacant spaces....

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • No, we still need another brick in our defensive wall, Indiabill - probably 2 or 3 if you include fullbacks.

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    canarydownunder

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Apparently, Brendon Rodgers has refused to talk to Liverpool, is staying at Swansea, has secured the services of Gylfi Sigurdsson and has gone to the Spanish team training camp in Austria. It would be nice to see some similar positive actions at Carrow Road, i.e. Aston Vanilla rejected, Kyle Naughton signed and PL could then go and train with his beloved Germans.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Agree that Whitbread was one of our better performers this season, but apparently he was asking for too much which upset PL. I am glad to see that there are a number of other names being linked with the top jobs. As for transfer business, sorting out the out of contracts was always going to be the 1st order of the day.

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    Preston Canary

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • That's a bit risqué MB! Whose vacant space do you think JT is putting his tackle in?

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    The Crab

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • I think a surer sign will be if he starts to sign players, B old son.

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    cutty

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

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