Grant pleased to see City climbing table

David Cuffley Peter Grant says he is “raring to go” for a return to football - but the former Norwich City manager has to decide whether his future rests in England or Scotland.

David Cuffley

Peter Grant says he is “raring to go” for a return to football - but the former Norwich City manager has to decide whether his future rests in England or Scotland.

Grant was named at the weekend as a possible candidate for a return north of the border with Hearts, where Russian businessman and club controller Vladimir Romanov is searching for a new manager to take charge of his struggling side.

Prior to that, the 42-year-old ex-City boss was mentioned in connection with the vacancy at their Edinburgh rivals, Hibernian, after the departure of John Collins.


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Both clubs currently have caretaker bosses with Stephen Frail in charge at Tynecastle and Tommy Craig at Easter Road.

Three months after taking charge of his final match as City boss, a 1-0 defeat at Queen's Park Rangers - after which he left the club by mutual consent - the 42-year-old Grant admitted he could hardly wait to get back on the training ground. But he said it was not purely a footballing decision.

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He said: “All I can say is I've had a few phone calls. A few clubs have been in touch but the decision you have to make after you've been in England for 10 years is whether you want to go back up the road?

“I could go on a football pitch tomorrow morning. The hardest thing is not being out there for the first time in 28 years. I want to get back into the game.

“I'm raring to go. I'm a football person first and foremost and you can't beat having your own players and being out on the training pitch, but you have to consider everything. My wee man's had six or seven schools already. You have to look at the bigger picture.”

Grant first came to England in 1997 when he joined City from Celtic, playing for the club for two years before moves to Reading, to Bournemouth as player-coach, to West Ham as assistant manager and back to Norwich as manager.

He is conscious that the domination of Celtic and their Old Firm rivals means the rest of Scotland's clubs are effectively fighting for the scraps.

He said: “There are a few clubs in Scotland you can get your teeth into, but the thing I've always wanted to try to do is win things. You have Rangers and Celtic and then all the other clubs fighting to be third. It's near impossible for anyone else to win the league. It's no use anybody kidding themselves.

“It's nice to be mentioned. First it was Hibs, then Hearts. You may see them getting 18,000 every week, but they've not got the biggest stadiums and that's a capacity crowd.”

As to whether Grant wants his next job to be as a manager, he said: “People say what do you want to do, be a manager or an assistant? I want to be a football person, titles don't really mean anything.”

Meanwhile, Grant said he was pleased to see the Canaries making progress under his successor.

“I'm delighted they're doing well and moving up the table. And I'm delighted to see players back from injury and doing well,” he said, with a special word of praise for newly-appointed captain Mark Fotheringham. “It's great for him. When he was injured earlier in the season, I said how much of a miss he was going to be. His attitude was spot on from day one and that's one of the things that attracted me to him.

It's good to see David Marshall playing well after how long he was out last season and Gary Doherty back and scoring the goal on Saturday. I'm pleased everything seems to be going well and if you keeping getting good results in the Championship, you never know where you can finish up.”

Grant is still in contact with his former Carrow Road assistant, Jim Duffy.

He said: “Jim's back up in Scotland and he's still involved in the game. He's doing a lot of TV work with Setanta and some radio.”

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