Tettey adds perspective and a welcome light moment on bleak day for City
PUBLISHED: 10:31 24 February 2020 | UPDATED: 10:34 24 February 2020
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Alex Tettey joked he may have to hand back his new contract after Norwich City’s performance at Wolves – before adding some perspective to the club’s Premier League troubles.
The Canaries slumped to a fully deserved 3-0 loss at Wolves to remain seven points adrift of safety with 11 games remaining, leaving Tettey on the verge of a third top-flight relegation with the club.
Yet he believes in the long-term plans of sporting director Stuart Webber and head coach Daniel Farke, even if relegation cannot be avoided on a budget and City have to go back to the Championship.
"The direction and the way the club is going, that is the only way for a club like Norwich," Tettey said.
"We don't have the money to buy all these big stars, there is no one (wealthy) behind the club, there are good people behind the club doing things - it's the only way for Norwich.
"Stuart is doing a fantastic job, there can't be any other guy who can come in.
"You are getting these young players, they are developing and, yes, everything takes time in football when you are young but they have done well.
"Some of them haven't played Premier League football before, when you look at Max (Aarons), Ben (Godfrey), Jamal (Lewis), they have taken to it really well and they need to keep going.
"As for being in the Premier League, we didn't count on it but we are and they've decided to go the way they went about it and there's no regrets. We just need to keep moving forward and I'm sure that Stuart, Delia and Michael, they know what they are doing with the manager as well."
The result against the high-flying hosts was not particularly shocking, it was the manner of the performance - with the former Norway international injecting a bit of dark humour into a desperate day, referring to his recent contract extension until 2021.
"Maybe I'll give that back after today! Maybe I'll have a second thought about that," he added. "But it's the first time this season that I can say, for me personally, that was not great.
"So, yes, I really believe in that (the club's overall direction) or I wouldn't have signed my contract."
- For a full review of Sunday's game, see the video at the top of this page