Derek Davis' football chatter

IT never fails to amaze me how irrational football fans can be.The Norwich City fans who seriously think they can attract Alan Curbishley are living in cloud canary land.

IT never fails to amaze me how irrational football fans can be.

The Norwich City fans who seriously think they can attract Alan Curbishley are living in cloud canary land.

I know Nigel Worthington has not left as yet but that is as inevitable as fireworks going off weeks before November 5.

If the statement by Delia Smith and Michael Wynne Jones is not an invitation for the Irishman to jump before he is pushed then I don't know what is and I wonder what time on Monday he will announce his resignation.

Curbishley was on the cusp of getting the England job, he left an established Premiership club in a healthy state, and they sorely miss him now, and I have no doubt that he will be looking for one of the top clubs in the country to manage - not start all over again in the backwaters somewhere.

If clubs like Sunderland, West Brom and Leeds didn't tickle his fancy, what chance Norwich?

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Talking of West Brom, it appears Tony Mowbray is on Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace's wish list - and no surprise there.

Albion have also been linked with Burnley's Steve Cotterill, denied all round, while Nigel Pearson, who was one of many who was in the running to manage Ipswich, is also being touted for promotion at the Hawthorns and Middlesbrough assistant manager Steve Round is being mentioned.

It is interesting too at Millwall with Willie Donachie brushing down his old quotes of a few months ago from when he was still at Ipswich - I would love this job etc, etc.

Inevitably Joe Royle is being linked with the job at the New Den but I doubt very much that he will be tempted.

OUCH - as if Nigel Worthington didn't have enough worries then he also has a couple of warring players on his hands. Dickson Etuhu and Youssef Safri are known not to get on and traded punches after a training session before the team lost at Plymouth. Many reports suggested that they also swapped blows on the coach home but Norwich have denied that.

They also don't report if their fight was clean, unlike Dean Windass, who is one goal away from 200 in a remarkable playing career, and admitted grabbing Cheltenham's John Finnigan by the testicles last weekend. Finnigan was sent off for understandably retaliating, through watery eyes no doubt.

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