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Rumour Mill-Chris McCann-ary?

The Canaries are thought to have an interest in bringing Burnley captain,Chris McCann to Carrow Road.

It is reported in the local press that Norwich have been considering a bid for McCann since Chris Hughton replaced Paul Lambert as manager last month.

Burnley though have denied any approach from the Premier League club and have made the standard statement that they dont have to sell any more players following the departure of Jay Rodriguez to Southampton.

The problem for Burnley though is that McCann is now in the final year of his current contract.

Last summer, McCann signed a new deal initially for one year with an option for a further 12 months and the club took up that option in May this year.

However it still means the club could be tempted to cash in now rather than risk losing the player next summer on a Bosman.

With Jason Shackell now on board, a proven captain for Derby County, Chris McCann's departure may not be viewed as critical and he failed to ignite the crowd last season often coming under criticism.

So what are your views? Vote in our McCann poll and give your reasons below this article.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 9 2012

Time: 11:16AM

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I don't think now to be honest that losing McCann would be a big deal providing we brought in a midfielder or three to replace him. Guess we got to cash in now whilst we can!
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09/07/2012 11:22:00

Is the Club bothered about keeping McCann at the Club, if they want to keep McCann at the Club i hope they are in talks with him regarding a new contract, or is it removing another big wage from the payroll. This could be a big worry letting a player like McCann go.
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09/07/2012 12:02:00

Fedup - What would be your main worry about letting McCann go?
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09/07/2012 12:45:00

I'd like to see how he gets on without the armband. He was once an exciting prospect.
marjory blenkinsop
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09/07/2012 12:54:00

Tend to agree with MB, providing McCann wasn't going to chuck an hissy fit, I'd give Shackell the armband and see if the McCann of old returns on the pitch. If not we could always let him go in Jan and get a bit of money for him [Edited by turfmanphil]
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09/07/2012 13:24:00

Prior to last season McCann had spend an awfull long time out through injury , this must have affected him and it would take a long while to regain his form of old , i'd think next season will tell us if he is going to regain that level of performance ?
Bernie Lee
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09/07/2012 14:14:00

I couldn't make my mind up whether his performance dropped because of the responsibility of being captain and/or whether he was a little wary of going into the tackle because of the injuries of the past. You might be right though BL it might simply be the injury and long lay-off per se.
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09/07/2012 14:21:00

dale think he is still a quality player even though he had a average season last year, agree about taking the armband of him. If we replaced him with two or three signing in midfield might not be such an issue. I thought we were short in the midfield dept last year so we need to increase not sell players.
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09/07/2012 14:25:00

sorry, armband off him
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09/07/2012 14:28:00

I wouldnt blame his performances on the armband , but if his performance level dipped due to the pressure of the captaincy , then for me that's bad management for not relieving him of that duty .
Bernie Lee
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09/07/2012 14:30:00

Fedup , dont think Howe would want or we need 3 more midfielders , Howe has said he prefers a smaller contented squad and if we keep McCann with Bartley & Marney we just need a creative ball passing midfielder and with Tracey , Wallace , Stanslaus & Porter we have enough competion for midfield places in my opinion
Bernie Lee
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09/07/2012 14:37:00

Not sure Treacy will stay with Owls sniffing about but I take your point. If you believe Howe with a return to seven subs you can probably expect seeing more of our young gun midfielder pros too. Small,contented squads are fine until injuries,suspensions and tiredness in second half of season kick in and those with bigger squads are at a clear advantage
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09/07/2012 15:40:00

I'd expect anyone like Treacy that left , would be replaced if needed but yes on paper a big squad looks beneficial but apart from the top prem clubs good players dont want to be not playing and it causes trouble in the camp , where young players are happy to get a chance to progress and will show more patience !
Bernie Lee
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09/07/2012 16:48:00

Thats fair enough fedup - I think its a tricky one. I dont know if his time out of the team led us as supporters to build him up to be a better player than he is? or whether he was finding his feet last term and will next season be better? Was the armband not the right move for him and impacted on his performance? or will we never see Mccann as good as he was in 08/09? Mccann from last season ( as a general rule) would not be a massive loss to the team, but if Mccann can return to the form of 08/09 - this is a very big loss.
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09/07/2012 17:09:00

Bernie I would not class none of the player you mentioned Tracey , Wallace , Stanslaus & Porter as midfield players, as it stands now we need at least one more midfield player.
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09/07/2012 17:11:00

I agree with (bit bizarre this!), TMP. Shackell gets the armband and McCann gets to ply his trade in midfield unshackled, as such! Other option is to let him go for a couple of mill and reinvest.
Mike Mada
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09/07/2012 17:55:00

Agreed FedUp. We need to sign midfield. McCann would be a loss and this late it would be difficult to find a good replacement and I do think the Captaincy affected his form.
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09/07/2012 17:56:00

I class wingers as part of a midfield 4 fed up , I stated we need a creative midfielder added to McCann , Marney & Bartley and with the 4 wide men , thats 8 players across the midfield !
Bernie Lee
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09/07/2012 19:40:00

Ahh Christopher McCann, so many attempts at goal in our promotion season and so few goals. Then injury, then a belief that he was the missing player. Truth is he can be replaced and should be replaced based on his form and fitness over the last few years. Its a tough world.
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09/07/2012 19:46:00

link now being made with Norwich Striker Chris Martin, can see McCann going the other way if I am honest
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10/07/2012 09:05:00

It's interesting to note that even when we don't much rate Chris McCann, we still think he's worth 2million. But, if he's dropped off as much as some think, I'd be surprised if we got a third of that. How far away is Howieson from being the creative advanced central midfielder BL and many others of us are looking for? If he gets some Kiwi games at the Olympics maybe we'll find out... if they play him in that role. And if I remember correctly, the Kiwis were unbeaten at SA2010.
Couch Potato
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10/07/2012 11:38:00

I dont think its worth letting Chris go. He may have had an average season last year, but he still has a lot of ability and experience. He adds something to the team at times that I dont think we really see. I agree that he never quite delivered what was expected of him last year, but in my opinion he is still the best center midfielder we currently have at the club, and to let him go would be foolish. I would rather see Shackell captaining the side, but I want to see him captaining a side with McCann in it. Maybe then, after a season gone without injury and less responsibility, he can show what hes all about.
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