New coach could be brought in for derby

PUBLISHED: 08:28 31 October 2007 | UPDATED: 10:40 14 September 2010

CHRIS LAKEY

A second addition to the new Norwich City management team could be in place before Sunday's clash against Ipswich, with Glenn Roeder confirming that he will bring in and assistant and a coach.

A second addition to the new Norwich City management team could be in place before Sunday's clash against Ipswich, with Glenn Roeder confirming that he will bring in and assistant and a coach.

Jim Duffy, appointed by Peter Grant last February and caretaker manager for the past three games, has left the club, while there will inevitably be a question mark of the future of Bryan Gunn, who was made club “liaison” by Grant at the same time.

Roeder has refused to reveal the identity of the new men, but says he is confident they will be bale to leave their current positions.

“I will be looking to bring in an assistant manager and a coach,” he said. “Both the lads are in employment at the moment. I have spoken to both the lads socially, and they are jumping at the opportunity of maybe coming here and working with me.”

The other clue to their identity is that Roeder has worked with both of them before and that their roles at Carrow Road would be considered a “promotion”.

“Obviously they will need permission to leave the clubs they are at, at the moment,” said Roeder. “I don't think it will be a problem because this would be promotion for them in terms of the positions they hold at the moment,.

“But I know because I have worked with them that they are two talented coaches, and hard working coaches. We will try to get one in before Sunday.”

In the meantime, Roeder will consult Gunn, although it's clear he intends to be a tracksuit manager.

“Coaching is a part of the management side that I really enjoy, working with the players on the training ground, so that is not a problem,” he said.

“Even with a new assistant manager and a new coach I will still be taking the majority of the training sessions anyway because I do enjoy that. I think it is important that players see the manager can coach and does coach and of course Bryan Gunn is here. He is a very experienced Norwich man.

“I will speak to Bryan, seek his opinions on what he feels about the current players, but at the end of the day I will make my own mind up about the team for Sunday. I am a very good listener, but I am very much my own man as well and can't be influenced to pick a team anything other than the team I want to pick.”

Duffy departs after just nine months in Norfolk, having presided over three games, and three defeats and possibly suffering from guilt by association with the departed Grant.

“I'd like to thank Jim for his industry and dignity in helping us through over the past few weeks, which has included not only team matters but of course making appearances in public at the AGM and other fan situations,” said chairman Roger Munby. “A strong thanks to Jim.”

As for Gunn's future, Munby said: “That will be up to Glenn, that has not been discussed at all, but Bryan has a clear role and pedigree with this football club. He is there as a member of the overall company.”

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