It’s not jobs for the old City boys, says Gunn
Bryan Gunn says his yellow and green Dream Team is no 'old pal's act'. The new City boss has brought Ian Crook in as first team coach, John Deehan as chief scout and is expected to add a third former City player, Ian Butterworth, before the weekend as he constructs his own backroom staff.
Bryan Gunn says his yellow and green Dream Team is no "old pal's act".
The new City boss has brought Ian Crook in as first team coach, John Deehan as chief scout and is expected to add a third former City player, Ian Butterworth, before the weekend as he constructs his own backroom staff. But Gunn says there is nothing nostalgic about ending former team-mate Crook's 10-year spell coaching overseas with a job at Carrow Road.
"The commitment he's shown is commendable and hopefully that will show," said Gunn. "We certainly mean to do the job right and it's not an old pals' act.
"This guy's got great experience in coaching teams, albeit on the other side of the world, but with some of the players he has worked with and some of the managers he has worked with I have no doubt he will be a success at this club."
Gunn acknowledged that the Crook factor helped him secure the job as he put together a package for the board of directors to consider as they went through their short-list of candidates to succeed Glenn Roeder.
Crook was high performance manager with Australian side Newcastle Jets - until Gunn called. Within the space of a week he was back at City's Colney training ground.
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"I am obviously delighted he has come on board," said Gunn. "He was a big factor in me getting the job when I presented my dream team to the directors and the vision we had.
"He just asked 'what time' and 'what plane do you want me to get on?' I had to calm him down because I hadn't got the job at that stage. It's been frantic for me in the way the job came up, but can you imagine how frantic it has been for Ian and his family?"
City are understood to be trying to persuade Hartlepool to part with Butterworth, currently their number two to Chris Turner.