Adams: I Want To Keep Hoolahan
Norwich City manager, Neil Adams has made his position clear on City's want away mercurial midfielder, Wes Hoolahan - and he wants him to stay.
Last January, Wes was the subject of failed transfer bids from Aston Villa but he was forced to stay. At the time, Chris Hughton wasn't playing him, much to the annoyance of many of the City faithful.
It culminated in an off camera conversation with Sky's Kate Riley resulting in the reporter tweeting some alleged disparaging comments from Wes. He then scored the opener in City's 4-1 loss at Villa Park but did not celebrate his goal, lest he upset The Holte End and his prospective new employers.
He'd already handed in a transfer request which was knocked back and it all added to the feeling of discontent around the club that eventually meant we were relegated.
Meanwhile, a new dawn under Adams suggests that Wes may yet have a future at Carrow Road. The City boss said:
"Wes is absolutely a player where everybody knows what I think of him, and it might sound a bit strange given that I didn`t really pick him apart from the Fulham game.'
"I think you`ve got to look at the teams we`re coming up against in the Championship and the challenges we`ll be facing next season.
"Wes knows what I think of him. I want to keep him here. I think he`s a fantastic player. Similarly, I understand Wes had a bit of frustration around the transfer window time and it was difficult for him.
Do I want to keep Wes Hoolahan here next season for a Championship challenge? Of course I do. I think he`s a fantastic player."
So, what will happen next?
Hoolahan has a year left on his contract and at 32 is not going to attract a mega transfer offer. With City under no pressure to sell anyone and Villa reportedly only offering £750k in January it won't be a money driven move, if it happens.
Wes probably just wants to play and he wants to play at the highest level, there's nothing wrong with ambition. I must say that after his alleged comments as well as his refusal to celebrate the goal at Villa Park, he wouldn't have played for me again if I was the boss.
But I'm not, thankfully. Adams is widely regarded as being good with people and perhaps an arm around the shoulder and a few well chosen words can persuade the little fella that he is wanted and has a big part to play.
We all know what Hoolahan is capable of and especially at Championship level.
Fingers crossed he agrees.
Quotes courtesy of EDP