Gunn named as Norwich City boss
Bryan Gunn has been named as Norwich City’s new manager – until the end of the season. He will be joined by Ian Crook as coach and John Deehan as chief scout.
Bryan Gunn has been named as Norwich City's new manager - until the end of the season.
He will be joined by Ian Crook as first team coach, while John Deehan becomes chief scout.
The announcement was made this morning at Carrow Road.
Former Norwich goalkeeper Gunn, 45, was born in Thurso, Scotland, and started his playing career under Alex Ferguson at Aberdeen. He gained six Scottish caps. He has a wealth of experience at Carrow Road, having played nearly 500 games for the Canaries over 11 years, and more recently being head of club liaison, head of recruitment and caretaker manager for last weekend's 4-0 win against Barnsley.
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But his off-the-field life is just as remarkable. With his wife, Susan, he started a leukaemia charity in memory of his daughter Francesca after she died aged just two-and-a-half. It has subsequently raised more than �800,000 for research into the disease and funded the Francesca Gunn Laboratory at the UEA. His wife, Susan, is a celebrated artist, and the couple have two children, Melissa and Angus.
He took civic office in 2002, when he was named Sheriff of Norwich - the Canaries centenary year and the tenth anniversary of his charity.
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Speaking to the official Norwich City website, Gunn said that he was a "very proud man."
"I thought Saturday was an amazing experience and to be given the opportunity to re-live an experience like that whetted my appetite and left me with a serious decision to make about approaching the Board for the full-time position. That decision - with the 100 per cent backing of my family - was a very easy one to make."
Speaking about his management team he added:
"Ian Crook will join as first team coach and I know the players will enjoy working with him and enjoy his training methods. 'Chippy' was a fantastic creative midfielder and I'm sure his innovative ideas will help us in the way we want to play the game.
"John Deehan as chief scout brings something very important to the table - huge knowledge and experience of the game. 'Dixie' will take over the role I previously held and will be invaluable, particularly in the short term, to me in my new role."
Ian Crook has most recently been High Performance Manager of the Newcastle Jets in Australia's A-League and has extensive senior coaching experience in both Japan and Australia.
Speaking from Australia to the official site he said: "This is something that I dreamed of years ago. To have this opportunity now, after all that time, is mind-blowing. For me, Norwich is the pinnacle of my coaching career.
"Bryan and I had a good relationship as team mates. I know the huge esteem he is held in and I'm looking forward to working for him and getting the club back to where it belongs."
In the shape of former strike ace John Deehan, who bagged 70 goals in 199 games for the Club, the Canaries have a man back on board who was part of arguably City's most successful management team ever.
Former Norwich manager John Deehan has been named as chief scout. He was as assistant to Mike Walker between 1992 and 1994, and helped manage a team which finished third in the inaugural season of the Premiership and went on to become the only British team ever to beat Bayern Munich at home in European cup competitions. He went on to replace Mike Walker as Norwich Manager for 72 games between January 1994 and July 1995 and then managed Wigan Athletic for 157 games between 1995 and 1998.
Deehan said "i'm thrilled to be coming back to the club and renewing acquaintances with Bryan and Ian, to support them in their roles. Norwich City is renowned as a great club with a great stadium - a stadium that we will turn back into a fortress. Bryan has a great opportunity in front of him. And supporters have a huge part to play in achieving the goal we all want."
Reaction from fans on the Pink 'Un message board was mixed - one fan urged: “These three men all love the club. Let's get behind them.”
But others described it as a “cheap option”: “Complete cop-out again by the board, sorry but what a joke. I wish them luck but I am not happy!”