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Saturday 16 December 2017

Hoolahan has to accept his Norwich role – Hughton

Wes Hoolihan (L) wants to leave Norwich City
Wes Hoolihan (L) wants to leave Norwich City

Garry Doyle

CHRIS HUGHTON has read the riot act to Wes Hoolahan, telling the Irish international to accept that his immediate future is with Norwich City.

With Aston Villa's £1m bid placed in the reject bin, Hoolahan now has to get his head around the fact that he is staying with a club he wants to leave and with a manager who is unsympathetic to his plight.

"We have made it clear to Wes that the bid we received for him 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. I have to decide whether he is in the right frame of mind to be involved. After Friday the speculation stops."

By then, Glenn Whelan's fate will also be known. Strongly linked with Norwich, he was told by Mark Hughes yesterday that he will be staying at Stoke City. "There is no intention to sell Glenn," said Hughes bluntly.

Equally as forthright yesterday was Wolves manager Kenny Jackett, who told Kevin Doyle in no uncertain terms to forget about a possible loan move to Reading or Middlesbrough and improve his standards.

"For people out of the team, including Kevin Doyle, if they're hurting and disappointed, it's up to them to fight their way back," said Jackett.

Meanwhile, the former Ireland international Oliver Conmy, has died after a long illness. Conmy, from Mulranny in Mayo, won five caps between 1964 and 1969.

Irish Independent

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