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Wisdom & Klose Out For Season

Norwich manager Alex Neil today confirmed at his press conference for the Arsenal match tomorrow that both Andre Wisdom & Timm Klose are out for the season

As a further blow for Switzerland international Klose he is expected also to miss Euro 2016 having been in good form for the club prior to his injury the other week.

However, Russel Martin is available for selection again following the virus that sidelined him for the Sunderland match and Alex Neil felt he had good defensive cover for the run in - I guess results will show whether that is true or not

 

Paul Lambert installed as bookies' favourite to become next Celtic boss

Paul Lambert has been installed as the odds-on favourite to become the next Celtic manager after confirming he will quit Blackburn Rovers this summer.

A former Parkhead captain, Lambert will activate a release clause in the two-and-a-half-year contract he signed in November following the final Sky Bet Championship clash with Reading on May 7.

And bookmakers immediately priced the 40-times capped ex-Scotland international as a shorter price than former favourite David Moyes to replace Ronny Deila.

Celtic’s board are currently working on a shortlist consisting of top targets Moyes, Brendan Rodgers and Roy Keane.

A second, longer list incorporating the likes of Lambert, Neil Lennon, Michael O’Neill and Malky Mackay will come into play should the club fail to lure a crowd-pleasing managerial big beast north.

First-choice Moyes has yet to turn the job down formally. A return to Everton is the Glaswegian’s first choice despite reports south of the border suggesting Mark Hughes is now the top target of the Goodison club, and Brendan Rodgers is also odds-on to make a return to Swansea following his Liverpool sacking.

Keane turned the Celtic job down two years ago, but has yet to sign a new contract as Republic of Ireland assistant manager after admitting he wants to return to frontline club management after the Euro 2016 finals.

However, Lambert will also be carefully considered after enjoying a strong start to his managerial career, leading Norwich City to the Barclays Premier League after back-to-back promotions.

Former Canaries Facing Non League Future

Whilst I knew that Jamie Cureton had been relegated with Dagenham & Redbridge I hadn't noticed Ian Culverhouse's appointment as assistant manager at the Daggers, Culverhouse returned to the game to become John Still’s assistant in January after an abrupt exit from Aston Villa, having originally followed Lambert out of Carrow Road in 2012.

“I came in a couple of weeks after John and he was already planning for next year then and making sure we are well set-up,” said Culverhouse, who had a nine-year playing career at Norwich before returning to his old club with Lambert in 2009. “It is 24/7 with John. He is never off the phone, always in meetings. He is talking to agents and getting the right people into this football club.

The 40-year-old Cureton has scored nine goals in 43 appearances this season but Culverhouse is convinced he still has the quality to make his mark.

“Jamie is a goalscorer and that has been the case throughout his career. He is a threat,” Culverhouse told his club’s official site. “We have to get him on the ball a lot more and put him in situations to be on the end of things. He is up for it.”

 

Alex Neil On Relegation Run In

Norwich City Manager Alex Neil spoke to Norwich City TV offering his thoughts on the run in

"The bottom line is that we're in a fight and we need to come out fighting,"

"There's been a lot of negativity as you can imagine, obviously with the fact that we were four points clear and now we're not, but this isn't the time to give up. It's the time to roll our sleeves up.

"We've been training hard and making sure that we're ready for the game, we need to make sure we go to Arsenal and give a good performance."

"What you've got to bear in mind is that there are four games left," he added. "Although people will see this one as being difficult, we've actually not done too badly on our travels against the bigger teams.

Norwich & Sunderland Charged by FA

Norwich City and Sunderland have been charged by the Football Association for failing to control their players and staff during Saturday's Premier League match.

Players and staff from both sides clashed on the touchline early in the lunchtime match at Carrow Road at the weekend.

Both clubs have until 18:00 on Thursday 21st April to respond to the charge, the FA said in a statement.

Sunderland went on to win the game 3-0 and boost their relegation survival hopes.

They remain 18th in the division but are now just a point behind Norwich with a game in hand.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce was heavily involved in Saturday's incident, which came after Norwich winger Robbie Brady's robust challenge sent Sunderland defender DeAndre Yedlin head first into the advertising hoardings.

After the match, Allardyce said: "I got a bit carried away, but the Norwich players were encroaching my box - I was always going to protect my players and my mob."

Norwich City Need To "Win Ugly"

Norwich City have to 'Win Ugly' according to the club manager Alex Neil in his media conference following the 3-0 defeat at home to Sunderland on Saturday

Norwich had distributed paper 'clappers' and 3,000 inflatable canaries to fans in the hope that a positive atmosphere might prove decisive in the same way it seemed to help in the previous home fixture versus Newcastle, but Neil warned they may have to "win ugly" to avoid an immediate return to the Championship.

"If we're going to stay up we're going to have to do it the hard way. It's about winning games, performance is secondary," he said.

"We've got four games remaining and we need to win at least two."

Norwich's next match is not for a fortnight when they will play Arsenal and with Newcastle and Sunderland both playing before them City could find themselves in the bottom three by then.

Midfielder Gary O'Neil says the pressure of the relegation battle can play on the club's rivals as well.

"Today was a terrible result for us. We had the chance to put destiny in our own hands and take a big step towards safety," he said.

"We are still in front though, they still have to win points and their games are not easy.

"Those two teams are down there because they have not been winning games, same as us. It is going right to the wire."

Klose's Season Closed?

In his pre match press conference prior to the Sunderland fixture Alex Neil suggested that Timm Klose was touch and go for selection, but as we have seen a few times recently his injury updates are sometimes a bit adventurous and he likes to keep the opposition guessing (Brady & Naismith injuries anyone?)

However I don't think there was any question mark on Saturday when Klose arrived at the ground on crutches

In his post match media conference Alex Neil was forced to admit that the season may be over for our Swiss centre back signed in January for just over £7m as Klose has 'tweaked his knee ligaments' and is likely to be out for six weeks

Just how much he was missed was clear on Saturday as Bassong who replaced was caught out of position on many occasions and it just served to highlight the influence Klose has had on the team since joining.

With our Premier League status now looking a bit more fraught following our defeat and wins for Sunderland and Newcastle I wonder how many City fans are now wondering if we have seen him in a City shirt for the last time?

Timm Klose on Crutches

Wisdom Joins The Injury List

As well as the defeat at the weekend there was more bad news with Andre Wisdom being forced to limp off in the final minute of normal time in the match

Whilst the full extent of his injury has yet to be revealed, it is beieved he may well be joining Klose and Tettey on the sidelines until the end of the season having suffered an injury to his knee ligaments

“We ended up with 10 men because Andre looked like he had hurt the ligament in his knee as well and pretty much from that move breaking down they scored the third but I am not convinced it should have got to that stage.”

Russell Martin was a notable absentee on Saturday with Ivo Pinto the only recognised defensive cover on the substitutes’ bench against Sunderland, but Neil revealed his captain was part of the plans until reporting unwell on the eve of the game.

“Russell had an illness (Friday night). He was involved in the game, or scheduled to be involved, but unfortunately he went down with a fever,” he said. “To be fair he travelled with the team, stayed in the hotel but he had to go to his bed early. He couldn’t be around the team and the rest of the squad due to that.”