Crichton set to return after Wright leaves

PUBLISHED: 09:55 09 February 2009 | UPDATED: 16:04 10 September 2010

Paul Crichton will be named as Norwich City's new goalkeeping coach today. The much-travelled 40-year-old will take over following the departure of Tommy Wright on Saturday.

Paul Crichton will be named as Norwich City's new goalkeeping coach today. The much-travelled 40-year-old will take over following the departure of Tommy Wright on Saturday.

The EDP understands that Crichton was at Carrow Road on Saturday to see the 2-1 home defeat by Bristol City and later signed a contract to return to the club he left in 2004.

With 23 clubs on his CV, Crichton is one of football's most-travelled characters. His career began at Nottingham Forest, and his last club was Brighton, where he was goalkeeping coach under Mickey Adams.

Crichton spent three years at Carrow Road, between June 2001 and the summer of 2005, but with Robert Green ahead of him made just six appearances.

Wright's departure, by mutual consent, was announced on Saturday. The former Northern Ireland international joined City last May after being appointed by his former Newcastle teammate Glenn Roeder.

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

"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."

City boss Bryan 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 the Irish Premiership with Glenavon.

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