Alex Tettey’s famous smile celebrates with Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe after beating Southampton in the Premier League in January 2016
– Photo credit: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Ltd.
Aside from his defensive instincts and combative style on the pitch, it was Alex Tettey’s clear speech and good sense of off-pitch humor that made him so popular during his nine years in Norwich City.
By the evocation of how bad his performance had been after scoring a late winner against Preston in 2018, to the brutal honesty after relegation and the joke that he would have to return his new contract to City after a disappointing defeat – Tettey always gave his honest opinion.
Whether he scored a miracle goal in the Premier League, spurred a winner at Old Trafford or danced victoriously at Wembley, when Tettey’s beaming smile could be seen, everything was usually fine in the world of the Canaries .
As the longtime midfielder prepares for his 263rd and final appearance for City in Barnsley on Saturday, we have a look at some of the best Comments thrown by the 35-year-old since arriving in the summer of 2012.
“I’m very, very excited. Every player watches the Premier League and wants to play in it.
“I’m so happy and my journey with Norwich is starting right now and I’m looking forward to giving my all.”
– After im February 2014 threw away the lead in a 2-1 loss to Premier League rivals Cardiff
“Believe me – it was like someone had died. That’s what it felt like because we lost and this wasn’t a team we should have lost to.
– After a brilliant volley in a 2-0 home win against Sunderland in March 2014
“I have similar to how I scored that goal when I played for Rosenberg in Norway. ” I think this one was better because it was further down the field. A very, very nice target.
“I didn’t think I just hit the ball, it was a good shot, I hit it really well and when I had time to check it was almost in the net.”
– After a 1-1 draw with Derby in March 2015
“We’ll see if I wake up tomorrow, but it was really painful, I have to say.”
“I was like that happy to win for the fans, they were fantastic. I was so happy, I was overjoyed, so I gave them a little dance.
“They were great, they were better than at home against Ipswich. Seeing so many of them gave us the extra strength to go there and do our best. “
Alex Tettey attends Wembley celebrations following City’s final play-off win against Boro in 2015
– Decision to retire from international football after three goals in 34 games for Norway in March 2017
“I would like to continue with the national team, and this is not about a lack of motivation, but my body can cannot withstand the load of games for both the club and the national team.
“I play two or three games a week for the club team, and unfortunately the burden becomes too great when I also play friendly games.”
– When asked for a goodbye message for Wes Hoolahan, his six season teammate, in April 2018
“Hey Wes, it’s me, it’s Tettey. I just want to tell you that I really miss you will.
“I’ll miss you on the pitch, as a person you do what you do when we play together.
” Since I’ve been here you’ve been a gentleman. I hate being against to train you because you are so good I wish you and yours r family all the best. “
– Signed a two-year contract in 2018, when it appeared likely that he would leave, in May 2018 on the Canary Islands website
” It has been a few months since my family thought a lot and I’m happy that it is now over. Norwich is a family club and that suits me very well.
‘The coach’s philosophy is very good. We have learned a lot from this season. We will next season even better because everyone knows what they want from us. “
– After a late goal to the 2-0 win over Preston on Carrow Road in August 2018
” I know it’s a nice one The goal for you guys is to see it, but for me it’s just a fucking game that I haven’t had in a while. That’s my mood now and hopefully it will clear up in a few days.
“My performance is killing me inside, but that’s football. I’ve played for a while and had a performance like this. I can’t imagine when I had one on Carrow Road. I can not believe it. But now it’s gone so I should try to focus and get back to myself
Tettey wasn’t happy with his performance, despite scoring in a win against Preston in August 2018
– Brutal honesty after a 3-0 defeat at Wolves in the Premier League, 10 days after signing a new one-year contract in February 2018
“It’s the first time this season that I personally say Can’t say that wasn’t great. “
– No blows taken as a painful 4-0 home loss to West Ham confirmed relegation in July 2020
” We knew it was going to be difficult. Since I’ve been here, I’ve never thought about leaving the club, but maybe (other) players are different and I don’t care what they do, it’s up to the club.
“But who next season wants to be here and knows the mentality of the championship, has to be prepared – and after these three games it’s about bringing together a team that can jump back and fight. “
– After helping City, successfully into the Premier League, but has learned that he won’t get a new deal, he speaks to Norwegian media broadcaster TV2 earlier this week
“I’m proud to have played nine seasons in the Premier League and the championship, and I am proud of what we have achieved together here.
“I felt welcome and valued here from day one, from people in the club as well as from teammates, coaches and fans. The fans were absolutely fantastic with me. “
Alex Tettey is the only player to have been promoted to the top division three times with Norwich City
– Photo credit: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Ltd.
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