Ex-City keeper open to coaching return - if Canaries wanted him

PUBLISHED: 10:38 25 February 2020 | UPDATED: 10:42 25 February 2020

John Ruddy would be open to a possible return to Norwich City when he retires from playing Picture: Denise Bradley

John Ruddy would be open to a possible return to Norwich City when he retires from playing Picture: Denise Bradley

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Former Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy has admitted he would love to return to the club when his playing days are over.

The 33-year-old was an unused substitute for Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Canaries' 3-0 defeat at Molineux on Sunday, but Ruddy still holds plenty of respect for the club he still refers to as 'home'.

Ruddy made 242 appearances for the Canaries during his seven-year association with the club but was one of seven high-profile first-team players to get released after sporting director Stuart Webber joined the club in 2017.

He eventually joined Wolves on a free transfer and helped propel them into the Premier League but finds himself become second choice behind Portuguese international 'keeper Rui Patricio..

Russell Martin recently underwent the transition from player to management at League One side MK Dons, but Ruddy doesn't have any plans to follow the ex-City captain into the hotseat.

"I'll be honest, I'd like to do my coaching badges, but I've got no interest in becoming a manager at this moment in time.

"Russ is far braver than I ever would be to take a job like that in the situation that he is in. He's very young and he's just come out of the playing side of things, but I'm pleased to see him doing so well."

Despite his apparent reluctance to become a manager, Ruddy does want to pursue a coaching role in football, as looks to capitalise on his goalkeeping expertise.

"For me, I've got a real passion about goalkeeping so if I was to remain in the game then I think it would be as a goalkeeper coach," Ruddy explained.

"I call Norwich home and I'll be moving back there when I retire. If an opportunity arises and I have the qualifications and the club thinks I'm the right person for it then it's something I would be interested in."

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His family still live in Norfolk despite Ruddy's move to the Midlands, and the goalkeeper will join numerous others who have opted to stay in the area following their retirement.

Contractually, Ruddy's current Molineux deal expires at the end of the season, and the former England international has made it clear he has no plans to hang up the gloves.

- You can listen to our full interview with Ruddy in the audio player above

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