Poll: Who should Norwich City appoint as head coach this summer?
PUBLISHED: 11:31 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:35 02 May 2017
Anticipation is building for the appointment of Norwich City’s new head coach, as speculation ramps up ahead of the Championship season coming to a conclusion.
Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill is the latest name to be linked with the vacancy, which has been covered on an interim basis by Alan Irvine following the dismissal of Alex Neil on March 10.
The Canaries have won four and drawn two of their nine matches with the experienced Scot in charge but have seen their failure to secure a play-off place confirmed in the process.
City will finish between eighth if they complete the campaign with a win over lowly QPR at Carrow Road on Sunday but Irvine is not in the running for the permanent vacancy.
Sporting director Stuart Webber, brought in from promotion chasers Huddersfield as the Norwich board implement a new structure for the club, has said the new head coach is likely to arrive within “two or three weeks” of the season finishing.
O’Neill has risen to prominence after guiding Northern Ireland to Euro 2016 in France last year, reaching the knockout stages, but has only previously managed at Brechin City and Shamrock Rovers in club football.
While some reaction from fans to the 47-year-old being linked has been negative, the former Newcastle and Wigan midfielder has been backed by former Norwich and Northern Ireland forward Paul McVeigh.
Using his @PaulMcVeigh77 Twitter account, he said: “I think this would be an incredible coup for @NorwichCityFC if Michael were to become the next manager.”
Leeds boss Garry Monk is another to have been linked and spoke about his future following Saturday’s 3-3 draw with the Canaries at Elland Road, having just missed out on the play-offs.
The other name believed to be in the frame is Fleetwood boss Uwe Rosler. The German has led the Lancashire minnows to an impressive fourth place in League One to tee up play-off semi-finals against Bradford City.
Rosler will reportedly leave Fleetwood for a bigger club this summer though and is thought to be in Webber’s thinking, having previously considered the 48-year-old as a replacement for David Wagner at Huddersfield.
Fellow German boss Wagner is not believed to be under consideration by City, although Webber has previously said no deal was in place to prevent him going on a poaching mission at his former club.
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