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Russell Martin - Norwich City will be able to replace Grant Holt

09:45 04 June 2012

Russell Martin believes losing Grant Holt would be a blow - but not one which would stop Norwich City maintaining their upward momentum.

Russell Martin believes losing Grant Holt would be a blow - but not one which would stop Norwich City maintaining their upward momentum.

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Norwich City can find a striker to fill Grant Holt’s shoes if he makes a summer move, according to defender Russell Martin.

The Canaries’ top scorer and skipper is just a third of the way through a three-year contract, but has repeated his demand for a transfer, hot on the heels of manager Paul Lambert’s exit to Aston Villa.

Martin acknowledged that Holt, with 70 goals in three seasons for the club, would be a hard act to follow, but said he believed City already had players ready to step up – and the next manager would also have his own ideas on bolstering the attack.

“Holty’s been brilliant. He’s his own man, Grant, and he’s made his decision, for whatever reason – only he knows that,” said the Scotland international.

“At the minute he’s still a Norwich City player. If the time comes when he has to move on it will be a loss for the club because he’s been great for us but I’m sure the club have got people lined up and a new manager coming in will already have his targets.

“We’ll have to bring in someone to replace him. It’s big shoes to fill but I’m sure someone can step up. We’ve got Steve Morison, who got some great goals for us last season, some important goals, and he might get a chance to step up to the plate even more than he did last season.

“We’ve got people there, waiting and hungry – James Vaughan is back from injury. I’m sure a new manager coming in will want to bring someone is as well. So it will be a loss because he’s a big character, Holty, but in football people change, people move on and we’ll have to move on if he does go.”

National newspaper reports have suggested the 31-year-old Holt may follow Lambert to Villa Park.

“He’s done brilliantly for the gaffer so I’m sure the gaffer will have people in mind but he might want a complete change, he might not take any of the boys,” said Martin. “Whoever he takes and wherever Grant goes, he’ll do a great job. Hopefully too many changes won’t be necessary but you have to row with the tide, unfortunately.”

Martin, 26, speaking on Talksport, said a new manager coming in would keep the current squad on their toes.

“It might work in our favour,” he said. “A lot of teams struggle in their second season but with a new manager coming in everyone has to prove themselves again and everyone is on a clean slate so it might give us a bit of fresh impetus going into the new season.

“People who weren’t playing or in favour under the previous manager might have another chance. It might get us that hunger again so hopefully it will be a positive thing.

“I’m sure the club will be trying to get it resolved quickly and I think, whatever manager comes in, he’s inheriting a squad where the strength lies in our team spirit. The togetherness and the closeness of the lads has played a major part in getting us through the last two or three years.

“Whoever comes in will have their own ideas and make a few changes and hopefully he thinks he’s inheriting a good squad because we’ve got a really strong squad here at the minute.”

Martin admitted he knew little about the potential targets for the managerial vacancy, with Cardiff’s Malky Mackay, Celtic’s Neil Lennon and Birmingham’s Chris Hughton among those tipped to succeed Lambert.

“I played with Neil Lennon very briefly at Wycombe and he’s a good man but the boys haven’t got any preference,” he said. “You put your trust in the board and the chief executive to make the right decision for the club as they did with Paul Lambert.

“We’ll leave it to them. The boys are on holiday at the moment, enjoying a well-deserved break and whoever they appoint, we’ll be back for pre-season and looking forward to it.”

Martin, one of Lambert’s first signings at Carrow Road back in November 2009, spoke of his former boss’s strengths as he prepares to take over at Villa.

“I don’t think you can emphasise enough how good he has been for the club and the players as individuals,” he said. “He brought a lot of us to the club from lower levels and stuck with us, has been loyal to us, put trust in us and we did all right in the Premier League last season.

“He’s a great manager and I’m sure he’ll do well wherever he goes. “He’s just a very intelligent man manager. He leaves the coaching to his assistant and coaches a lot of the time and just keeps an eye on things.

“Where his strength lies is keeping everybody happy. There are players in the team who haven’t played many games but they’re still happy, which is hard to come by when players are in and out of the team.

“He’s got a great way of dealing with the lads, putting an arm round them when they’re low as well as being serious and having a joke.

“When it’s a match day he’s deadly serious and you know he’s a winner and he demands respect.”

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36 comments

  • can anyone confirm if culverhouse is still with us?

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    bluelight

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Not stirring, cutty! I happen to think Russell Martin would be a good captain. He`s deputised in Holty`s absence and nobody can doubt he`s a stalwart, willing to play anywhere in the Back 4. As well as doing his Cafu impression-except when he loses the ball on a forward surge leaving a certain van Persie alone in a dangerous position! Nobody`s perfect. I wish we could put the whole thing in a time-machine and make everything better. I want Holt to stay. I want NCFC to continue in the Prem. by playing good football. I had a dream that, 15 years on, PL would be doing a Fergie as Norwich collected yet another Prem title and their 3rd successive Champions` League, with 16 year-old Wunderkind Grant Holt captaining the side. That`s all. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • PS; my brewing career makes me a "fermenter" not a "fomenter". ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • There are a couple of press reports that say that Cully has gone too, no doubt we will get that here later. It would appear that unless there is an elaborate smokescreen going on, he is not in the frame.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • PS I hope "His Team" does not extend to half the players!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Good point that this actually may help negate second season syndrome.

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    Colin

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Fair enough cdunder, but I wondered whether Cully might be in the running? If so could he big-up & take the job? Idle conjecture I suppose. Hughton looking fave? McNally only knows.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 5, 2012

  • Cometh the hour cometh the man.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Put yourself in Cully's position - assuming you're not in the running for the manager's job, you'd take an offer to follow Lambo to Villa wouldn't you? New manager's always want to bring in their own back room team.

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    canarydownunder

    Tuesday, June 5, 2012

  • IS Russell Martin really a footballer.These are the comments of an intelligent man, a trait not often associated with the lads that kick a leather ball {ok plastic today]. Make him club captain and let him become the teams spokesman. Hope spelling is ok Adnams jubilee ale

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • At last something to cheer us up (along with a few pints of Wells Bombardier on draught -- no Adnams or Woodfordes, alas, in this colony). I reckon with the likes of RM we'll get through this all right. OTBC.

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    atlanta canary

    Tuesday, June 5, 2012

  • Russell Martin you've lifted me up and banished my worries. Love that attitude, resolve and commitment. Looking forward to the new manager and new challenges. Can't wait for the new season. OTBC

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    Sao Paulo Canary

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • That`s only about 11 pints, Wiv. Man up! Ref the Whitbread Trophy for Serial Injury, awarded to.....James Vaughan! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • I`ve asked that too, bluelight. I`ve seen nothing concrete one way or the other. I wonder if being in Lambert`s entourage suits him better than being Top Honcho? Though PL did openly (!) acknowledge that IC was the brains behind many of the good things that occurred. Most folk expect to see Lambert take his team with him. Could Cully cut it as Manager?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Hucks76, the owners of Green Jack Brewery, a husband & wife team, are fanatical Norwich fans, as is their Head Brewer. I helped them get their new brewery going about 3 years ago and I`m NCFC thro` and thro` as well. There are lots of City fans in Lowestoft, ex Norwich players abound at Lowestoft Town FC (inc Craig Fleming) and many believe that it should be in Norfolk-it has NR postcodes. Look at the geography, Lowestoft SHOULD be in Norfolk! Two beers on their list "Canary Pale Ale" and "Canary Premier" tell it all!! They once did a beer "Oh so Blue" to celebrate an 1p5wich relegation. Label showed a tractor rolling out of control into a river, or similar. atlanta admits to liking Adnams-Southwold is in Suffolk! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Come on Wiv! That`s only 4.1% ABV! Or have you had a couple of gallons? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Not allowed to reply, Hucks. Lowestoft SHOULD be in Norfolk. Everybody, specially the owners, at Green Jack Brewery are Norwich fans. "NR" post codes. Craig Fleming and others on Lowestoft Town FC staff. Load of NCFC fans in `Toft. Canary branded beers. Change the boundary! You`re not a xenophobe are you, Hucks? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Good attitude from a good player. Keeps things in perspective. OTBC.

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    cutty

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • M B ,Loved the comment of "Parish Newsletter Writers as well as Strawberry Fairs and Egg and Spoon Races". SPOT ON !

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    yarco

    Tuesday, June 5, 2012

  • Good point that this actually may help negate second season syndrome.

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    Colin

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • best beer from Lowestoft mad brewer thats suffolk tut tu tut!!

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    hucks76

    Tuesday, June 5, 2012

  • I suppose we can`t rule out an elaborate smokescreen, Swiss, though it seems IC does not see himself as a frontman. I think a lot of what we read in the National Press is conjecture, unless it`s a done job. Our local scribblers lack the imagination even to make things up! They really are only Parish Newsletter writers, more at home with Strawberry Fairs and Egg & Spoon races. That season is coming up!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • PS one of atlanta`s chosen tipples is from Southwold-that`s Suffolk, too! Change the boundaries!! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

  • Players like Russel Martin in the team we can ride out any storm.

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    clider

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • My player of the 2012-2013 season already. Feel so much better after reading that.

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    Flying Canary

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • New Club captain, Russell? Would be good.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • You know how to stir the brew Brew.

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    cutty

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Always look on the bright side of Life, Colin! I think when we remember the mess we were in after Grant>Roeder>Gunn, things aren`t so bad, are they? Few of us even knew who Lambert or Holt were, nor most of the other signings. Now we have a solid, good quality squad with a reasonably low average age. Though I hope that average is pushed up by keeping the two "Oldies"; Holt & Drury! And go recapture Whitbread before he ends up at Villa Park!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • I like many canary followers was mystified by the treatment of Whitbread. When he and Ayala played together they looked very solid. Elliott Ward who also had his fitness problems looked very uncertain and became a liability. I suspect that wage demands have come into the equation. Further to {PL situation I read a report that Swansea have said that Liverpool are not allowed to sign any of their players for a twelve month period. I hope that Mr McNally has applied the same conditions to AV.

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    Thaicanary

    Tuesday, June 5, 2012

  • PS, atlanta, Best beer round these parts nowadays is Green Jack from Lowestoft. Cracking stuff. Did one to celebrate last season`s promotion called Premier Canary. 5%, deeelicious!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 5, 2012

  • Ethered, merely trying to agree with, and add to, what Colin said. Badness! Always look on the bright side of Life........

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • TVM, yarco. I think my problem with serial ethering might be something to do with my low opinion of local hacks at large. But, hey, I`d rather die on my feet than live on my knees. A lot of stuff in the EDP is thinly disguised advertising for cronies, eased along by "complimentary" meals etc. Who said there`s no such thing as a free lunch? Answers to Arch-ant HQ, the Woolpack, Naaridge. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 5, 2012

  • The king is dead, long live Russell Martin.

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    Meds

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • With as this negativity going on it is refreshing to hear Russell Martin speaking up and talking like a leader ! This is a top class club who have just had three fantastic back-to-back seasons. With all teh drama surrounding Lambert's surprise exit and Holt's contract talks it is truly good to know there are some great players still around who are thinking about our team next season OTBC !

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • 11;45 till 3;30 after a game of golf and only one cheese roll. average one pint every 20 mins and ........Why does everyone seem to want whitbread back its not like he plays that often.He is injury prone and a thirteen game a season average dont cut it.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, June 4, 2012

  • Good positive opinions from Russell. Not too sure about the "Morison" bit, but he has to be loyal to his team mate I spose.

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    Timbo

    Monday, June 4, 2012

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