Hucks: We will show no leniency

DAVID CUFFLEY Nigel Worthington's most successful signing as Norwich City manager will be pulling out all the stops to try to ruin his first day in charge of Leicester City.


Nigel Worthington's most successful signing as Norwich City manager will be pulling out all the stops to try to ruin his first day in charge of Leicester City.

Star forward Darren Huckerby, whose arrival at Carrow Road in 2003-04 was the biggest single factor in the Canaries reaching the Premiership under Worthington, reckons the niceties of wishing his former boss well in his new post will not detract from the task in hand - winning tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship meeting at the Walkers Stadium (3pm).

Huckerby, player of the season in Norwich's brief stay in the top flight, insists the current squad have been too busy mulling over their own injury worries for the weekend to spend time discussing events at Leicester.

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Manager Peter Grant has a growing casualty list with midfielders Youssef Safri, Mark Fotheringham and Simon Lappin and defenders Gary Doherty and Jason Shackell all queueing for the treatment table since Monday's 2-1 home defeat by West Bromwich Albion.

Huckerby said of Worthington's appointment: “To be honest, the lads haven't even spoken about it. That's the honest truth. We're more worried about the way things are looking for us. We've got injury problems so the lads are wondering who's going to be playing where.”

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The 30-year-old attacker said news of Worthington's appointment as caretaker boss at Leicester had come as a surprise just before the Canaries' visit.

“But it was only a matter of time before he got back into football. I've spoken to him a couple of times since he left and he's had a few offers,” said Huckerby.

“It probably adds a bit more spice to the game but we'll be going there for the three points and they're desperate for the points as well.

“It will be nice to see him but we'll be going there for three points.

“It's a great appointment for Nigel and I'll speak to him at the game.

“I'm sure he'll have a game plan to try to stop whatever players need stopping. Usually when teams get a new manager they have a little bit of a lift, so it's going to be a tough game.

“We've got a lot of injuries but that seems to be the case for the season. We've always gone into games without a full quota of players.

“We're confident we can go and get a result there, whoever the manager is. They've only got the same players as before. We wish them well, but after Saturday.”

Huckerby said Leicester and Worthington could be an ideal match.

He said: “It's a big club. If you look at all the managers in the league, he's probably one of the only ones who has tasted success. He's got to a play-off final and also won the league. There are not many managers have that on their CV, so Leicester are looking towards that.”

Leicester are currently 19th in the Championship, five points clear of the bottom three.

“They're in a bit of danger but looking at the players they've got, I can't see them struggling. They've got a lot of good players even though they're not probably performing as well as they can, but if you look at their squad, I think they've got enough to stay up,” said Huckerby.

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