Managerial Stakes under starter's orders...yet again

PUBLISHED: 11:28 20 January 2009 | UPDATED: 16:01 10 September 2010

Paul Ince was dismissed by Blackburn last month after a brief 177-day stint following league and cup success at MK Dons.

Paul Ince was dismissed by Blackburn last month after a brief 177-day stint following league and cup success at MK Dons.

David Cuffley

It has become as much an annual part of the sporting calendar as the Grand National. Yes, it's the Norwich City Managerial Stakes. The Canaries are looking for a new boss for the third time in little more than two years after sacking Glenn Roeder last week.

It has become as much an annual part of the sporting calendar as the Grand National. Yes, it's the Norwich City Managerial Stakes.

The Canaries are looking for a new boss for the third time in little more than two years after sacking Glenn Roeder last week.

Bryan Gunn, the club's head of recruitment, is the man in possession after a 4-0 victory over Barnsley in his first match in charge of first team affairs.

City chairman Roger Munby spoke of the advantage of having “yellow and green blood” when he said a local link was vital for the new boss - a factor that appears to favour Gunn or another of the ex-Norwich contingent, such as former Watford boss Adrian Boothroyd, Rotherham manager Mark Robins, current Watford assistant boss Malky Mackay or, further afield, ex-Norway international boss Åge Hareide.

But the bookmakers beg to differ. They have made Paul Ince, sacked by Blackburn last month, odds-on favourite to make a swift return to management at Carrow Road.

With City understood to have started interviews for Roeder's successor, we look at some of the possible contenders . . .

t Bryan Gunn

Age: 45

Born: Thurso

Playing career: Aberdeen, Norwich (apps 477, player of season 1987-88, 1992-93), Hibernian, Scotland (6 caps)

Experience: Norwich club liaison, head of recruitment, caretaker manager 2009 (one match)

Pros: Hugely popular with supporters, familiar with staff and players, winning start as man in charge

Cons: No management experience until now

Odds: Skybet 5/1, Victor Chandler 7/1

t Adrian Boothroyd

Age: 37

Born: Baildon, Bradford

Playing career: Huddersfield, Bristol Rovers, Hearts, Mansfield, Peterborough

Experience: Norwich youth team coach, West Bromwich Albion technical director, Leeds first team coach, manager of Watford 2005-08

Pros: Highly regarded as youth team coach at Norwich, promotion with Watford, play-off place last season

Cons: Watford's sudden slide, criticism of style of football

Odds: Skybet 7/4, Victor Chandler 11/8

t Mark Robins

Age: 39

Born: Ashton-under-Lyne

Playing career: Manchester United, Norwich (apps 78, goals 21), Leicester, CD Ourense, Panionios, Walsall, Rotherham, Sheffield Wednesday

Experience: Manager of Rotherham since 2007

Pros: Fast learner in management, popular with supporters

Cons: Limited experience so far

Odds: Skybet 16/1, Victor Chandler 12/1

t Malky Mackay

Age: 36

Born: Bellshill

Playing career: Queen's Park, Celtic, Norwich (apps 232, goals 17), West Ham, Watford, Scotland (3 caps)

Experience: Watford first team coach 2007-08, caretaker manager 2008

Pros: Inspirational figure, hugely popular with supporters, decent spell as Watford caretaker boss

Cons: Limited experience so far, possibly more likely as someone's assistant

Odds: Skybet 16/1

t Åge Hareide

Age: 55

Born: Ulsteinvik, Norway

Playing career: Molde, Manchester City, Norwich (apps 54, goals 3), Molde, Norway (50 caps)

Experience: Manager of Molde 1985-91, 1993-97, Helsingborg 1998-99, Brondby 2000-02, Rosenborg 2003, Norway 2003-08

Pros: International experience, reputedly short-listed before

Cons: Out of English game for 25 years

Odds: Victor Chandler 25/1

t Trevor James

Age: 49

Born: Norwich

Playing career: Viking Stavanger, Los Angeles Lazers

Experience: Ipswich academy coach, Colchester reserve team manager, Cambridge United first team coach and chief scout, LA Galaxy assistant coach since 2006 and director of player development

Pros: Norwich link, highly qualified with coaching licences from US Soccer, UEFA and FA, coaches David Beckham

Cons: Very little English management experience, a big gamble

Odds: n/a

t Paul Ince

Age: 41

Born: Ilford

Playing career: West Ham, Manchester United, Inter Milan, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Wolves, Swindon, Macclesfield, England (53 caps)

Experience: Swindon player-coach, manager of Macclesfield 2006-07, MK Dons 2007-08, Blackburn 2008

Pros: Rapid success in lower divisions, glittering playing career, hugely competitive

Cons: On rebound from Blackburn and Premiership. Won't come cheap

Odds: Skybet 4/7 fav, Victor Chandler 10/11 fav

t Iain Dowie

Age: 44

Born: Hatfield

Playing career: Luton, West Ham, Southampton, Crystal Palace, West Ham, QPR, Northern Ireland (59 caps)

Experience: QPR caretaker manager, manager of Oldham 2002-03, Crystal Palace 2003-06, Charlton 2006, Coventry 2007-08, QPR 2008

Pros: Previous promotion and play-off place with Palace

Cons: Has lost three jobs in less than three years

Odds: Skybet 16/1, Victor Chandler 14/1

t Jimmy Calderwood

Age: 53

Born: Glasgow

Playing career: Birmingham, Sparta Rotterdam, Willem II Tilburg, Roda JC, Heracles Almelo

Experience: Manager of Willem II Tilburg 1996-97, NEC Nijmegen 1997-99, Dunfermline 1999-2004, Aberdeen since 2004

Pros: Aberdeen's longest-serving boss since Alex Ferguson, good run in Europe last season

Cons: No experience in England, no major trophies

Odds: Skybet 20/1, Victor Chandler 12/1

t Paul Jewell

Age: 44

Born: Liverpool

Playing career: Wigan, Bradford City

Experience: Manager of Bradford City 1998-2000, Sheffield Wed 2000-01, Wigan 2001-07, Derby 2007-08

Pros: Took Bradford and Wigan into Premier League, City fans' first choice last season

Cons: Star has faded after disastrous spell at Derby

Odds: Skybet 33/1, Victor Chandler 25/1

t Lawrie Sanchez

Age: 49

Born: Lambeth

Playing career: Reading, Wimbledon, Swindon, Northern Ireland (3 caps)

Experience: Manager of Sligo Rovers 1994-95, Wycombe Wanderers 1999-2003, Northern Ireland 2004-07, Fulham 2007

Pros: Big success with Northern Ireland, taking them to all-time highest world ranking of 27th

Cons: Quickly axed by Fulham after saving them from relegation as caretaker boss. Limited success at club level.

Odds: Skybet 33/1, Victor Chandler 25/1

t Ian Holloway

Age: 45

Born: Kingswood, Bristol

Playing career: Bristol Rovers, Wimbledon, Brentford, Bristol Rovers, QPR, Bristol Rovers

Experience: Manager of Bristol Rovers 1996-2001, QPR 2001-06, Plymouth 2006-07, Leicester 2007-08

Pros: One promotion success with QPR, good entertainment value

Cons: Became Leicester's fifth manager in a year but took them down to League One after walking out on Plymouth

Odds: Skybet 10/1, Victor Chandler 22/1

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