Crichton set for City return

PUBLISHED: 09:02 09 February 2009 | UPDATED: 16:04 10 September 2010

David Cuffley

City's goalkeeping coach saga took another twist when Tommy Wright left the club at the weekend - with Paul Crichton today set to be appointed in his place.

City's goalkeeping coach saga took another twist when Tommy Wright left the club at the weekend - with Paul Crichton today set to be appointed in his place.

The 40-year-old ex-Canary 'keeper becomes the fourth different man to do the job in just over a year.

It is understood Crichton was at Carrow Road on Saturday to see the 2-1 home defeat by Bristol City and has signed a contract to return to the club he left in 2004.

Since goalkeeping coach James Hollman's departure early in 2008, after seven years with City, the post has changed hands repeatedly.

Former boss Glenn Roeder first appointed ex-Wimbledon manager Stuart Murdoch, but Murdoch changed his mind and left after two days.

Current manager Bryan Gunn then performed the role for the rest of last season before former Northern Ireland international Wright's arrival in May.

Wright's departure, by mutual consent, was announced on Saturday.

Crichton, with 23 clubs in his career, spent three years with City as a player, between June 2001 and the summer of 2004, but with Robert Green ahead of him he made just six senior appearances. His last club was Brighton, where he was goalkeeping coach under Micky Adams.

Wright said: “I've really enjoyed my time at Carrow Road and enjoyed working with all the goalkeepers.

“Norwich City is a club that seems to be able to produce top-class goalkeepers and I think in the short time I've been here I've been able to help David (Marshall), Stuart (Nelson), Declan (Rudd), Jed (Steer) and all the other young 'keepers.

“I am parting on good terms and I look forward to seeing Norwich City staying safe in the division this season.”

Gunn said: “I'm sorry to see Tommy leave the club. He's been a true professional during the last month and has helped me in the dressing room and on the training pitch.

“The goalkeepers here have benefited from his vast experience and they will be better 'keepers for his experience.

“We wish Tommy the very best with his future career.”

Wright, a former manager of Ballymena United, was recently linked with a move back to his homeland with Glenavon - a role he is reported to have turned down before Marty Quinn was installed.

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