Hucks: Time to move on

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 May 2008 | UPDATED: 15:35 10 September 2010

Huckerby is off to pastures new, with America and a fresh start in the MLS rumoured to be the next move. Picture: Andy Darnell

Huckerby is off to pastures new, with America and a fresh start in the MLS rumoured to be the next move. Picture: Andy Darnell

Chris Lakey

Darren Huckerby has called for an end to the arguments over his departure and urged fans to get behind Canaries boss Glenn Roeder. The flying winger was unceremoniously dumped by Roeder a fortnight ago when he was told his services would no longer be required, sparking a storm of protest from large sections of City's support who said they were robbed of the chance to give their hero a proper send-off.

Darren Huckerby has called for an end to the arguments over his departure and urged fans to get behind Canaries boss Glenn Roeder.

The flying winger was unceremoniously dumped by Roeder a fortnight ago when he was told his services would no longer be required, sparking a storm of protest from large sections of City's support who said they were robbed of the chance to give their hero a proper send-off.

Roeder was unrepentant, insisting he “didn't know what all the fuss is about” - but Huckerby said it was time for the arguments to stop, for the sake of the club.

“The line has been drawn under that now and it is time for everyone to get behind the team and get behind the manager and hopefully he can bring success to this club, which it deserves,” said Huckerby.

“Maybe it wasn't handled as best it could, but not everything is perfect in life and you just have to get on with it.

“Now it's time to get behind the manager and hopefully the board will back him and he can go and buy the 12, 13 or 14 players he needs.”

Huckerby is off to pastures new, with America and a fresh start in the MLS rumoured to be the next move, but beyond that could be a coaching role - although he has drawn the line at one day becoming a manager.

“I still feel that I have worked under a lot of good managers and I have experienced every level of football in this country and I've played in every competition, so I am sure I could pass it on to some kids,” said Huckerby, who has never hidden his desire to renew his relationship with Norwich City one day.

“I don't know, it's a long way off yet. I just want to be associated with the club - you can see by the fans we have a great relationship and hopefully that will continue for years to come.”

Huckerby has worked under 14 different managers since his debut for Lincoln City in 1993 - and has clearly seen enough of the side effects to decide the hot seta is not for him.

“I would possibly like to work with kids, but that's as far as it would go,” he added. “I don't see myself as being a manager to be honest. I wouldn't mind giving a little bit back, but I have seen what it can do to people when they move up into management so I'll stay out of that.”

Huckerby's future is the subject of much speculation, and although big pal Adam Drury dropped a very loud hint during Sunday's Greatest Ever event that he would be heading to America, it's a move that still has a way to go before being finalised.

“It is not as easy as me wanting to go somewhere,” said Huckerby. “It is a difficult process and I don't know what's happening yet.. But I am going to try and stick to my promise that I will never play against Norwich.”

Huckerby was speaking after being named in the Greatest Ever XI, voted for by the supporters who, although short on numbers, were able to say goodbye.

“It is a great day all round, not just getting into the team but seeing some of the older players,” he said. “They come back here and you can see the excitement it generates. It is a great day for me and a great day for my family; my kids were here to see it and it is something I will remember for the rest of my days.

“I have won the league twice but this day is definitely up there with that.”

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