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Hughton tells Hoolahan he is going nowhere


Wes Hoolahan of Norwich City

Wes Hoolahan of Norwich City

Wes Hoolahan of Norwich City

NORWICH CITY have told Irish star Wes Hoolahan to forget all about transfer speculation and concentrate on his job at Carrow Road.

Hoolahan has made a formal request to leave the Canaries before the transfer window closes on Friday, the Dubliner claiming he needed to leave due to the fact that he was not getting first-team football, with just five starts in the Premier League all season.

His eagerness to move and join Aston Villa has divided opinion at Carrow Road, with many supporters frustrated by the lack of game time given to the Dubliner, but boss Chris Hughton has again made it clear that the playmaker will not be allowed to leave.

"Wes is a player who we have made clear to that the bid we received is not acceptable and that we are not willing to grant his transfer request," said Hughton.

"Around that will be issues like the emotional side of things and how the fans might react and we can't do anything to control that. It is not about a player wanting to go, because he is not the first and he won't be the last. We just have to manage the circumstances."


Newcastle manager Alan Pardew claimed Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson should be "ashamed of himself" for his role in the incident which saw both him and striker Loic Remy sent off at the end of last night's goalless draw at Carrow Road.

The duo were each shown a red card by referee Chris Foy after exchanging pushes and then squaring up head-to-head on the touchline. Pardew felt the referee had been left little option other than to dismiss both men, but slammed Johnson for his part in the melee.

"There is a bit of pushing and shoving, there is probably just enough for the referee to send them off, but Johnson's reaction to the heads meeting, in terms that he got a headbutt when he did not, was the catalyst for them both to get sent off," said Pardew.