Date: 30th August 2017 at 8:06pm
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The signing of Grant Hanley has literally happened overnight, after news broke only yesterday of the Canaries’ interest in the imposing Scot.

Describing himself as an ‘old fashioned, no-nonsense’ type of defender, you would be forgiven for thinking that he is exactly what Norwich need at this time.

On paper, Hanley looks to be the sort of player we’ve been crying out for and I can’t help but think it’s a decent signing, there are plenty in the Canary nation who think the opposite though.

Twitter had been full of people rubbishing the lad before he’d even been announced, let alone before he’s kicked a ball for us.

The former Blackburn centre back made 200 appearances for Rovers in both the Premier League and the Championship, which was enough to persuade Rafa Benitez to pay £5.5m for him last summer.

His time at St. James’ Park though was almost a write off, which then leads us to a reported £3.5m move to Carrow Road.

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After watching James Vaughan out jump Marcel Franke to flick the ball on for Lewis Grabban, as he scored for Sunderland and then seeing Steve Morison do something similar last weekend, it’s quite clear to me that we need someone with strength and presence.

Someone who will put his head in where it hurts and not be easily outmuscled.

I didn’t see Hanley play much for Newcastle (who did?) but I did see him often enough for Blackburn and he always struck me as a decent centre back so the latest round of moaning surprised me a little.

Having said that though, I shouldn’t be surprised because social media is full of ‘experts.’ Whether that be about how Conor McGregor was unlucky against Floyd Mayweather (from where I was sitting, he was walked down and hit at will, getting waved off before he was knocked out) or Jordan from Trunch who thinks Daniel Farke should be sacked because he’s got no Plan B and no idea – not like you, eh Jordan?!

Paul Lambert described Hanley as ‘a colossus,’ while managing him at Blackburn and that is good enough for me.

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As ever, I’m going to reserve judgement until I see him play in a Norwich shirt, which may well be against Birmingham City in just over a week’s time.

I’d advise the Jordan’s of social media to do the same.


*Apologies if you live in Trunch and your name is Jordan.
Any resemblance to persons from Trunch and named Jordan, living or dead is purely coincidental.

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10 Replies to “You Can’t Please Everyone”

  • The same idiots that applaud Russell Martin because he’s a thoroughly nice chap as well. I want a bruiser, a caveman, someone who doesn’t shave his armpits and leaves BO across a strikers face when he so much as gets within 7 yards of him, not a loser like Martin. One of the largest reasons Norwich don’t progress are the Norwich fans themselves. They sit back and tolerate the intolerable with glee.

  • Well said Jarrod
    Everything is too nice about our club
    Including our fans
    Let’s get some backbone
    BTW anything that Lambert says is okay by me

  • Welcome to Norwich Grant, now go and smash some strikers. Love the thought of having Captain Caveman at CB. You get nothing nowadays for being nice

  • Some supporters just moan for the sake of it. Everyone was crying out for change and it has come but still the moaning continues. We clearly need some experienced tough players in and it looks like we’ve signed one so give him a chance. Hopefully he can help the new less experienced players in defence settle and show what’s needed to compete. A tough, no nonsense midfielder would be another good addition too. Still think this team will come good in time.

  • I’d rather have nice fans than a bunch of moronic c**** baying for blood. Had enough of tgat in the 60’s and 70’s. I didn’t think this was a great signing but worked with a Geordie fan today who rated him as better than just a championship hoofer.
    So I’m well happy.

  • Brilliant post Jarrold .It says it all. Get the miserable losers that are Martin and Jerome out of our club and get the likes of the Grant H’s in ! !

  • Totally agree Tuckster and Jarrold.
    We need a CB with strength and height to deal with the long ball.
    Make him the captain to lead by example. Martin ‘s days are gone as a RB, CB
    and captain.

  • The club is paying the price for the transfer mistakes by previous managers, especially Alex Neil.

    Deadwood were not cleared promptly, resulting in huge financial strain on Norwich.

    Webber may be appointed, and the casino-style-transfers (sign cheap hope they will come good) did not pay off.

    All our new defenders looked out of depth, midfielders average and we couldn’t afford another decent striker to cover Oliveira.

    Add to the fact that high earners Martin (recently signed an extension), Naismith (expensive buy, huge wages), and Jerome (EPL wages) are still on the books, the future doesn’t look that rosy anymore.

  • DG Martin will not be gone. He just signed a new contract earlier in the season and which club will be willing to make an offer for him?

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