Football League Daily – Blake snubs Canaries

Bolton Wanderers’ veteran striker Robbie Blake yesterday ruled out joining Championship high-flyers Norwich City on loan, as he prefers to stay and fight for his place at the Reebok Stadium. “I made him aware that numerous clubs had asked about him and the biggest one was Norwich,” said Trotters manager Owen Coyle. “I didn’t want him going out on loan. Robbie is an integral part of the group and he wants to stay and fight for his place. That’s brilliant because he is a big part of what we are doing at the club. There wouldn’t be a problem if I played Robbie Blake from the start because he is terrific but we have real competition for places in the forward areas.” Paul Lambert must now look elsewhere as he attempts to land a striker who can play alongside Grant Holt who has already bagged 13 goals so far this season. The Canaries have relied upon Wes Hoolahan and Andrew Crofts to support Holt for most of the season – the midfield pair have scored 17 league goals between them.

Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies once more looks set for a collision with the Reds’ board, after his thinly-veiled insinuations that he deserves a new contract. Davies has overseen a revival during his two years at Forest. He has taken the club from lower reaches of the Championship to serious promotion contenders; something that he feels should be rewarded with offer of an extended contract. “It is great Sunderland have given their manager a new contract,” Davies told the Daily Mirror. “They have shown great faith in him. Well played Sunderland. He has been given a new contract for his efforts and reward for what he’s done. I have a year to go on my contract, but at the moment no-one has spoken to me about extending it.

In League One, Paul Ince’s Notts County have completed the signing of former Manchester United trainee Febian Brandy on a short-team deal. The twenty two-year old striker had been one of United’s top prospects, having represented England from Under 16’s to Under 20 level. Brandy’s development, however, stunted prematurely and the Red Devils released him in the summer. He had an unsuccessful trial at Leicester, before persuading Ince that he had the ability to fire the Magpies up the League One table and earn himself a more long-term contract. The former England midfielder told BBC Radio Nottingham: “It’s a chance to show what he can do and earn a permanent deal. He’s a very good player. He’s quick, he scores goals, he has potential and you have to give these kids a chance.

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