McNally: Holt request won't derail us

19 May 2012 02:17

Norwich chief executive David McNally insists his club are on a firm footing despite Grant Holt's request to leave Carrow Road.

The 31-year-old talisman's transfer request was rejected by the Canaries following a superb first season in the Premier League, following speculation linking Norwich manager Paul Lambert with vacant positions elsewhere.

However, McNally took to Twitter in a bid to calm supporters about the club's future and said: "We did receive a transfer request from Grant Holt yesterday. It was rejected immediately. We are very relaxed with managing the end-of-season activities."

He added: "At our club, we deal with the out-of-contract players first of all when each season ends.

"We then deal with players where the club may have an option to extend their contracts. This season, there are several in this category.

"We are almost at the end of this part of our end-of-season process but we still have some work to do.

"We will then gladly meet with other players and their representatives, including those that may have time left on their contracts.

"We haven't had any discussions yet with any player/agent who has time left on their contract. This is entirely normal at this stage.

"Players with time left on their contracts will only leave NCFC if we are happy for them to do so.

"There has been no offer made to any in-contract player, at this stage. We have not had an argument or row with any player, including Grant. The club is very grateful to all of the players for another great year."

Source: PA