Grant maps out his strategy
CHRIS LAKEY Peter Grant set out his blue print for the future of Norwich City manager as he swapped his suit for a tracksuit and set about transforming the club's ailing fortunes.
Peter Grant set out his blue print for the future of Norwich City manager as he swapped his suit for a tracksuit and set about transforming the club's ailing fortunes.
The 41-year-old met the media in the morning having completed the details of a three-and-a-half year deal, before heading for the Colney training centre in the afternoon where he spoke to the playing staff ahead of a training session and the trip to Birmingham for tonight's vital Championship clash.
Grant will be the only change in the management team, confirming that he will continue to work with coach Martin Hunter and assistant manager Doug Livermore.
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Hunter was in charge for Saturday's match at QPR - with Grant watching from the directors' box.
“I will definitely be starting with Martin and Doug, there is no doubt about that,” he said. “I have seen it so many times, that managers change everything and what you find in that is there is a lot of very good people get let go and I want to make sure everybody be given a chance here.
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“If the players show the commitment that they showed for Martin on Saturday he is going to be a big part of what I have got to do.
“That was his team he got on to the park on Saturday, they showed that commitment to try to do well for him. I know he is an intelligent man, he's a football man, I know he is a very, very good coach.
“It is not Peter Grant it is about Norwich City Football Club and the likes of Martin Hunter have a big part to play in that. I work in a certain style, a certain commitment and there's certain things that I will demand - I have no doubt that Martin will buy into that, but I will listen to him because he will be a buffer to me as well because I am still learning in the game.”
City officials had consistently refused to comment on any aspect of the search for Nigel Worthington's replacement, but yesterday's press conference offered an insight into the events of the past fortnight.
t Around 50 applications were received in the first 36 hours after Worthington's dismissal
t That figure was whittled down to 20 and then a short-list of six
t Peter Grant was the unanimous choice of the selection panel
t The nine-strong panel included the club's six directors, sales and marketing boss Andrew Cullen, club secretary Kevan Platt - and former manager Dave Stringer
t There were five board meetings held during the selection process
t Grant was the only applicant offered the job - it was not offered to Mark Bowen