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Norwich City's manager Chris Hughton. Picture credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire.

Norwich City's manager Chris Hughton. Picture credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire.

Norwich City's manager Chris Hughton. Picture credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire.

CHRIS HUGHTON has told unsettled midfielder Wes Hoolahan to "knuckle down" and get on with his job of playing for Norwich City.

Hoolahan's future at Norwich is under scrutiny as the player, who last week made a formal request to leave the club, was unable to secure a move away before the transfer window closed on Friday and Hoolahan angered Norwich fans and the City board with comments made about the club last week.

He was not involved in their weekend game but Hughton insists that the former Shelbourne man still has a future there.

"At this moment he is very much a Norwich City player," said Hughton.

"Wes is contracted to the club. I expect him to knuckle down. Its not a question of anyone being disruptive – he wanted to go, it didn't happen. The deadline has gone, but I want to stress that before the offer came in originally he had been involved over the Christmas period.

"Albeit perhaps he hasn't had the run of games he would have liked earlier in the season. Wes is a good enough individual and he knows he has to get on with it.

"It is business as normal," he added.

"Everyone knows the facts with Wes. There was a bid and he did put in a transfer request. He is not the first who wanted to leave a football club and it then hasn't happened. Players have to knuckle down and train and want to be involved and I expect Wes to be no different.

"We travelled down to Wales on Friday and all our concentration was on the game so I didn't speak to him before the window closed. I will speak to him and treat him like I would all the other players. He is still with us and I will make sure I have good communications."


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