City steeled for an approach for Glenn
Chris Lakey Canaries chief Roger Munby says he wants to see Glenn Roeder recreate the managerial dynasty that brought Norwich City their greatest success - and keep their prize asset at Carrow Road.
Canaries chief Roger Munby says he wants to see Glenn Roeder recreate the managerial dynasty that brought Norwich City their greatest success - and keep their prize asset at Carrow Road.
Roeder has transformed the Canaries from Championship relegation favourites to play-off hopefuls in the space of just four months and 20 games.
It's that sort of record - and Roeder's CV - which is likely to make the former West Ham and Newcastle manager an attractive proposition to clubs looking for a new manager to turn around their own fortunes.
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But rather than losing Roeder to the Premiership, Munby wants a return to the glory years of the 1990s.
"I can see the reason why Glenn might be approached," said Munby. "Do I worry about it? No, it is part of life, you provide for it.
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"Just go back in time. At one stage, leading to the highest point of success this football club has had in competitive terms, which was the Uefa cup, there was a dynasty that started in the late 60s - Saunders to Bond to Brown to Stringer to Walker. Internal succession: same ethics, same principles, a continuation.
"Fans may remember us saying of Nigel's reign here that we believe there is a golden dividend at the end of a long-term relationship and it didn't quite work out for all sorts of reasons.
"Our eye would be on recreating a dynasty of management at Carrow Road if we possibly can.
"There is a big task in front of him and I think what you can say of Glenn and many, many managers and many good, honest people in this business, he is honest with us and he is honest with himself and we all have together a kind of mission to achieve for the fans of the football club.
"It is together, it is a collective effort and there is plenty of progress in front of us."
Roeder's record at Carrow Road has been little short of extraordinary: one defeat in the last 15 games has taken City to the top half of the table and just seven points off the play-offs.
When he took over City were six points from safety, four points adrift at the bottom and in danger of being cut off. Now they are 10 points clear of the relegation zone.
The Championship has seen 11 managerial changes at 10 clubs this season already and Munby doesn't want to see City on that list again any time soon.
However, he admits that the prospect is never far away.
"Always, always," he said. "Who was it who said, 'you never say never?'. It is true that nothing is absolutely certain, nothing can be concrete, nothing can be bolted down.
"Every thing - and I don't mean this monetarily - has a price.
"It remains a challenge for the club, the board and the fans to persuade him that this is his destiny for as long as is possible."