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Former Norwich City defender Tierney forced to retire, aged 29

Marc Tierney in action for Norwich City. Credit: PA

Former Norwich City and Colchester United defender Marc Tierney has been forced to retire from professional football - at the age of just 29.

Tierney is currently with Bolton Wanderers but has now been told to call it a day after failing to recover from an ankle injury.

He was a key figure in the Norwich side that gained promotion to the Premier League back in 2011.

“It’s obviously very disappointing, but I’ve got some great memories from my time as a player, from progressing up the leagues to playing in the Premier League."

– Marc Tierney

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Football League Awards: MK Dons star Alli and Norwich City's Hoolahan honoured

Dele Alli's form for MK Dons earned him a move to Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur. Credit: PA

MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli has been named as The Football League Young Player of the Year.

The 19-year-old saw off competition from Norwich City's Nathan Redmond and Middlesbrough loanee Patrick Bamford to land the accolade at the Football League Awards in London last night.

It wasn't such a good night for Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy who missed out on The Championship Player of the Year prize - despite scoring 24 goals this season. That accolade went to Patrick Bamford instead.

Wes Hoolahan was voted as one of the best players to have played in the Football League in the last 10 years. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, there was a prestigious award for Norwich City's Wes Hoolahan who was named in the Football League 'Team of the Decade'.

Hoolahan was voted as one of the best players to have played in the Football League in the last ten years, and was picked alongside stars such as Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe was chosen to manage the side.

Football League 'Team of the Decade'

  • GK - Kasper Schmeichel
  • RB - Angel Rangel
  • CB - Wes Morgan
  • CB - Ashley Williams
  • LB - Gareth Bale
  • MF - Peter Whittingham
  • MF - Wes Hoolahan
  • MF - Adam Lallana
  • CF - Glenn Murray
  • CF - Rickie Lambert
  • CF - Jordan Rhodes

Norwich City star Redmond and MK Dons favourite Alli up for Football League award

Nathan Redmond has enjoyed a great season at Carrow Road. Credit: PA

Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond and MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli have both been shortlisted for the Football League Young Player of the Year award.

Alli's fine form earned him a move to Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur in January, before he was immediately loaned back out to the Dons for the rest of the season.

Dele Alli's form earned him a move to Tottenham Hotspur. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, Redmond has been a key figure in Norwich City's push for promotion back to the Premier League.

The England under 21s star has terrorised Championship defences with his pace and trickery, and has contributed numerous assists.

The pair are up against Middlesbrough striker, and one time MK Dons loanee, Patrick Bamford for the prize.

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The winner will be announced on Sunday.

Gareth Bale, Fabian Delph and Wilfried Zaha are among the previous winners of the award.

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Norwich City midfielder Howson hoping to get one over former club Leeds United

Jonny Howson is hoping to fire Norwich City back into the Premier League. Credit: PA

Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson says that there will be no split loyalties when he returns to his boyhood club Leeds United tonight.

The 26-year-old grew up supporting the Yorkshire side, and eventually went on to captain them.

However, he was sold to the Canaries in 2012, and has since developed into a key player at Carrow Road.

With Norwich fighting for promotion to the Premier League, Howson says that he will be going all out for the win.

Howson used to captain Leeds United. Credit: PA

"Under the circumstances, with what we've got to play for, it's about going there and getting three points.

It will be nice to go back but it's not a case of me going to enjoy it. I've got to go there and be professional for the team.

For me personally, nothing changes so we'll still be going out to do the right things. We’ve got to get our minds on it because it’s going to be a tough game. If we're going to come away with three points then we've got to be right at it."

– Jonny Howson, Norwich City

Norwich City captain Martin "delighted" to be staying at Carrow Road

Russell Martin is staying at Norwich City. Credit: PA

Norwich City captain Russell Martin says that he's "delighted" to be staying at the club, after agreeing a new three-year contract.

The 29-year-old has been with Canaries since 2009, and has played 40 games this season.

His form at Carrow Road has also seen him break into the Scotland side.

"I'm absolutely delighted. The club means a lot to me and to my family, who are as pleased as I am about signing a new contract. We'll have another three good years here in Norfolk and hopefully more beyond that.

It's been brilliant ever since the new manager came in, and now we're in the position we want to be. It's now up to us to make sure that we stay there. I'm really excited about it.

I seriously believe we'll be in the Premier League next season, but even if we're not I love playing for this football club and I want to be at this football club."

– Russell Martin, Norwich City
Alex Neil missed out on the Manager of the Month award to Eddie Howe. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, Norwich manager Alex Neil has missed out on The Championship Manager of the Month award for March.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe took the accolade instead.

Norwich City boss Neil among the nominees for Championship Manager of the Month

Alex Neil is among the Manager of the Month nominees. Credit: PA

Norwich City manager Alex Neil has been nominated for The Championship Manager of the Month award for March.

It's the second month in a row that the former Hamilton man has been shortlisted.

Neil led his side to 11 points from six games in March, including a derby day win over rivals Ipswich Town.

The Scot is up against Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, Leeds United's Neil Redfearn and Charlton manager Guy Luzon for the prize.

Neil also won the award in February.

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