Defensive duo stay for Norwich
Wed, 17 Jul 2013 18:39:00
Former Rangers and Dundee manager Davie White has died at the age of 80.
White passed away following a short illness - just two days after the death of former vice-chairman Jack Gillespie.
The current Rangers non-executive chairman Walter Smith revealed the news about White on Wednesday.
Smith said: "We are all saddened by the news of Davie's passing and our immediate thoughts are with his family.
"I remember when he was appointed as manager and he had such a difficult job at that time, not just because he was following Scot Symon, but because Celtic were enjoying the best period in their history under Jock Stein.
"Davie was also manager of Dundee when I was with Dundee United and, ironically, be brought the League Cup to Dens Park in 1973 by beating Celtic.
"He was a great Rangers man and scarcely missed a match at Ibrox."
Cameroon international Bassong, signed from Tottenham last summer, battled against a recurring knee problem for much of the campaign, while Turner missed the final few weeks with a groin problem.
However, the rest of the Canaries' squad, including summer signings Holland forward Ricky van Wolfswinkel, England Under-21 winger Nathan Redmond, Sweden defender Martin Olsson and Dutch midfielder Leroy Fer, have all made the trip to the west coast.
The East Anglian club, who are training at Stanford University, will play Mexican side Dorados tomorrow evening before taking on Major League Soccer sides San Jose Earthquakes and Portland Timbers.
Manager Chris Hughton was set to link up with the 25-man squad today after, according to the club website, finalising some pre-season plans back in England which could well include a move for Celtic's wantaway striker Gary Hooper - the subject of several bids in January.
Assistant manager Colin Calderwood believes the decision to leave Bassong and Turner to work on their fitness in England will help speed up their recovery, with final pre-season games set for Brighton, Braga, Real Sociedad and Panathinaikos ahead of the campaign opener against Everton at Carrow Road on August 17.
Speaking to the club's official website, www.canaries.co.uk, Calderwood said: "I think it was better for the ones left at home, Seb and Michael especially, to stay there. They wouldn't have taken part in any of the games over the 10-12 days.
"You can't go straight into the work at too high an intensity. The first thing that we have got to do is make sure that we have got as many players training for 100 per cent of the sessions that we have got - so that they don't miss a session."
Hughton has not been slow in bolstering his squad for the new campaign, with an eye for attacking additions to give the team a much-needed cutting edge in the final third.
Redmond, who was at Birmingham with Hughton, could be used in a more direct role next season.
"I think predominantly he has been used in the wider areas but the game has changed and you see numerous traditionally wide players used in different positions," said Hughton.
"I think even the role of the wide player has changed nowadays. Most teams who play with that position want them to play a bit narrower and receive the ball infield, but there were some occasions where we used Nathan off the front at Birmingham.
"It comes down to ability. I think he has the ability to play anywhere across that frontline, off the front or both wide areas."
Hughton accepts his market dealings and spending budget could be pushed right up to the end of the transfer window next month.
He added: "There are always players you can bring in for lesser money but it is getting harder because every club knows the value of the player they are selling.
"Certainly it is more expensive to buy here in England, but you are finding the foreign clubs know the value of players and so look at bigger fees.
"I would like to get everything done early, but business tends to be done later because of the transfer deadline."