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Adams: I Want To Keep Hoolahan

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

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:The Tuckster
Date:Monday June 2 2014
Time: 11:00AM


I do not blame Wes at all. I would keep and play him. It was Hopeless Hugh who caused the problem and we need to start by wiping the slate clean.
02/06/2014 11:20:00
If you are going to keep him Neyul than at least play him
yellow belly
02/06/2014 12:25:00
Adams coming in certainly allows a change of attitude towards Hoolahan, and I think he is certainly a player we will need in the Championship. he fits the "too good for the league" tag. That said, there have been a lot of articles about Norwich City and the perceived "little ol Norwich" attitude, and keeping old players will not do anything to stop that. However, I hear Adams is a good coach and a good man manger, so maybe DG and Tuckster are right, a clean slate and a cuddle will see Wes return to his best and drag us back to the Premier League!
Matt Barrett1
02/06/2014 12:46:00
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