New team can unite Canaries once again
Paddy Davitt Former City stalwart Darren Eadie has hailed new boss Bryan Gunn's appointment as the perfect tonic to rally both the dressing room and the Canaries' long suffering support.
Former City stalwart Darren Eadie has hailed new boss Bryan Gunn's appointment as the perfect tonic to rally both the dressing room and the Canaries' long suffering support.
Eadie is backing the Norwich legend to heal the divisions from Glenn Roeder's regime in and outside of the club alongside former Canary lieutenants John Deehan and Ian Crook.
The media pundit endorsed the homegrown takeover after playing alongside both Gunn and Crook while new club scout Deehan guided his formative league career in the early 1990s.
“I thought it was always going to be someone associated with the club,” he said. “They've now got three people with strong ties so I think it's a good appointment. Obviously from a financial point of view it makes sense as well. With all the loans there they are probably tied a little bit by that situation so, in the short term, it's a case of getting the best out of the players here until the end of the season and then regroup from there.
“The good thing is those three know the club inside out so they will not need any time to get to know how it ticks. A lot of the players and fans also know these people coming in. I'm sure Ian Crook is desperate to impress and get back into coaching and management in England after working in Japan and Australia.”
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Eadie dismissed fears Gunn's relative managerial inexperience could prove a major drawback.
“I think even though it was just the one game he had in charge you could see he has the support of the fans and the players,” said Eadie. “The players proved they wanted to play for Gunny with the way they were up for it on Saturday. Any manager, whoever it is, will strive for that and try to get players who want to go out and perform. They certainly did that as a group against Barnsley. He proved at the weekend he was capable of getting the players up to do a job and I'm not sure until the end of the season he will need to do much more than that as a manager.”
Eadie is also confident Gunn's legendary status at Carrow Road would remain untarnished if the Scot fails to arrest the club's recent downward spiral.
“I think he will still be involved if things didn't turn out well which I'm sure they will,” said Eadie. “He has worked his way right up from the bottom if you like from a player through the various roles behind the scenes and now to the manager. The only way is up because they have been pretty poor this season so far.
“In that respect he can't do any worse but I think he could go back to doing one of his former roles. The same happened to Dave Stringer at the club when he got the sack 10 or 15 years ago and then went and joined the backroom staff.”