“I’ve always said that until a bid comes in that is right for them, I won’t make a fuss and I’ll get on with my job,” he told the Press. “If the right offer comes in over the summer than we’ll sit down and talk and take it from there.”
Archives for May 2011
…like Grant Holt, the one-time tyre-fitter, Morison has more idea than most professional footballers as to what ‘Civvy Street’ entails – 4am starts collecting paper to shred across central London. Hence the hunger in his belly; hence the haste to get on; hence the interest of a Paul Lambert.
I spoke to Worthy recently. He was full of praise for Lambert and genuinely full of hope and support for Norwich. But he believes that, if he had been allowed to buy Dean Ashton in the summer instead of in the January, City would have stayed up. The board, at that time, reasoned differently. They wanted funds in reserve for the January window.
“Norwich have made a couple of bids that have been turned down so I’ve done what I’ve done,” Morison told the Press this weekend. “I want to play in the Premier League – I might not get another opportunity.”
“He’s already shown great potential as a young player with Everton and when I have seen him playing for them and for Crystal Palace I have always thought he was a threat in and around the box,” Lambert added. “I think James will be fantastic for us and provide extra competition for places, which is always good to have.”
“Catching up with the pace of the game was hard work, but the boys had the game won by that point and were playing well so it was a great feeling,” he told Scottish TV afterwards. “We played at a real high tempo and played some good football. Hopefully that shows what is to come.”
“I’m a great believer in that you’ve got to be hungry to win games; you’ve got to have a desire to win games – that’s the philosophy that’s been with us for the last two years and it won’t vary too much from that and if I can get lads in to help the current group then that’s what I’ll do.”
Staying with the devils he knows at Norwich ensures that he has everything to gain from tonight’s new deal; jumping ship to work with devils he knows only by rumour, would risk losing everything he has achieved reputation-wise over the last, two extraordinary seasons.
In fairness to Lambert, the spirit appears always to have been willing; every word and deed from the moment that the final whistle blew one famous night at Fratton Park has pointed to the 41-year-old Scot being at the helm in August.
“Yes, our children have a severe disability,” Holloway once said, “but it’s an invisible disability and in every other way, they’re perfect, and so we’re thankful for that. To experience the sheer trust and love of a deaf child is amazing. The girls’ deafness has touched and enhanced our lives. We’re better people because of it.”
“I’m really proud to get the call-up and it’s another big achievement in my career,” he told Sky Sports News today. “…to get this international recognition tops everything off nicely and hopefully I can go and do myself proud.”
“This will be a very important appointment,” added Gold, a master of understatement.
“You’re choosing a manager good enough to get you out of the Championship and capable of continuing [in the Premier League] once you’ve achieved that. We’re also preparing ourselves to move to a new stadium, something we’ve never done before…
“Not many goalkeepers can do what he did after the World Cup and start the season not good [with] everybody criticising him, and now nobody is talking about his quality…
In amongst it all – and, most recently, his exit as Canary manager following that 7-1 reverse at home to Colchester United – the quality that has shone out time and again was the man’s dignity and grace. Football management can be a very, very lonely place when you’re staring down the barrel of a gun…
“Since he’s taken over at Norwich they’ve been a real force in League One and the Championship. He had a great career as a player but some managers never get out of the Championship in their lifetime. So he must be feeling pretty good about himself.”
It was a team built within the flexible frame-work offered by that ‘emergency’ loan market; get a lad in for one-month, then two… see how he ‘fits’, bed him in and then roll out the big deal. That level of sophistication isn’t available next season; it is the brute certainty that comes with working up to August 31st…
The fact that Lambert’s City have never suffered back-to-back defeats is not a statistical anomaly or a happy co-incidence. And all those last-gasp goals were not a fluke or a freak. Lambert’s City bounce back from reverses and don’t know when they are beaten because of sort of players he signs and the positive changes he makes when a win is still possible.
“I think the Gaffer has been aware of the Scottish connection. When I was at Wycombe, the Under-21s approached him then. So, I think he knows that my Dad was born there and maybe he’s had a word with someone and it’s gone from there.”
“In football, you get more knocks than a front-door,” he said. “But you pick yourself up and go again. You never go up. And I wouldn’t change a thing. From that experience at Livingston, to Wycombe and getting them to the semi-final of the Carling Cup and then just missing out on the play-offs. And then to Colchester; they were bottom when we got there… and then on to this…
“The regulatory commission hearing charges brought by the FA against Queens Park Rangers FC wish to announce that although two of the charges have been found to be proved there will be no points deduction made from Queens Park Rangers FC in this season or the next,” ran the statement from the FA this afternoon.