Murdoch teams up with Glenn

Chris Lakey Stuart Murdoch says he has walked into an "unbelievable" goalkeeping set-up at Norwich City after being appointed to look after the present and future holders of the number one shirt.

Chris Lakey

Stuart Murdoch says he has walked into an "unbelievable" goalkeeping set-up at Norwich City after being appointed to look after the present and future holders of the number one shirt.

David Marshall, Matthew Gilks, Stephen Arnold, Declan Rudd and Jed Steer represent the family tree of keepers at Carrow Road for Murdoch to get his teeth into.

"There is a very good squad of goalkeepers and they will all be pushing each other through the age groups and I am looking forward to that," he said. "It's an unbelievable situation to come into - you don't often get the opportunity.


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"I have been out of full-time football for a while. I've been working part-time at Bournemouth and it was a very attractive offer to come back and work full-time."

Canaries boss Glenn Roeder has gone back to his roots in appointing Murdoch, who was his assistant and reserve team boss at Watford, to succeed James Hollman, who left the club earlier this month.

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"I'm delighted that Stuart has decided to join us as our new goalkeeping coach," said Roeder. "I've worked with Stuart at Watford and he is an excellent football man and I believe he will gel well with the other members of the coaching staff as we look to take the club forward."

Murdoch was manager of MK Dons - then known as Wimbledon - between 2002 and 2004, having taken over from Terry Burton. It was a turbulent period, with the club going into administration and forced to sell many top players, including midfielder Damien Francis to the Canaries.

Murdoch left the Dons in November 2004 after relegation to League One, and the following summer joined Bournemouth as their goalkeeping coach, only to find himself appointed caretaker manager in September 2006 when Sean O'Driscoll quit for Doncaster Rovers.

Murdoch returned as goalkeeping coach when Kevin Bond took charge.

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