Stephenson set to be City's third man

Former Newcastle United winger Paul Stephenson is the man Norwich City boss Glenn Roeder wants to add to his management team.The 39-year-old Hartlepool youth team coach is set to complete a trio of St James' Park old boys in charge at Carrow Road.

Former Newcastle United winger Paul Stephenson is the man Norwich City boss Glenn Roeder wants to add to his management team.

The 39-year-old Hartlepool youth team coach is set to complete a trio of St James' Park old boys in charge at Carrow Road.

Roeder is reported to be keen to appoint Stephenson - who played alongside him for the Magpies - to his backroom staff in the next day or two.

Last week, he tried to recruit coach Adam Sadler from Newcastle, but 28-year-old Sadler was promoted to reserve team boss by United manager Sam Allardyce after Lee Clark moved to Carrow Road as assistant manager.


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Now Stephenson, who also played for Millwall, Gillingham, Brentford, York and Hartlepool, has emerged as Roeder's alternative target from the North East.

Until now, the City boss would not reveal the name of the man on his wanted list, but said yesterday: “We will have two Geordies in Lee Clark and Paul Stephenson and an adopted Geordie in myself, and we will take Norwich City clear of relegation trouble.”

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Stephenson, born at Wallsend, had a spell as caretaker manager at Hartlepool in 2005-06.

A contemporary of Paul Gascoigne at Newcastle and in the England Youth side, he made his first team debut at 17. After 67 appearances for the club, he moved to Millwall in 1988 for £300,000 and spent more than five years with the Lions before signing for Brentford in 1993.

Two years later he moved to York, where his career was interrupted by two major injuries - a broken arm and broken leg - before he joined Hartlepool in 1998, playing 170 times for the club.

After a switch to central midfield, Stephenson was named Hartlepool player of the year in 1999-2000, and retired in 2003. He finished with a career total of 571 games and 36 goals.

He became assistant youth team coach at Victoria Park, then youth team coach, and had a stint as caretaker boss towards the end of the 2005-06 season after the dismissal of Martin Scott, but despite being unbeaten in his first five games in charge, he was unable to stave off relegation to League Two and chose to return to his job as youth team coach.

Hartlepool, promoted last season as League Two runners-up, are managed by Danny Wilson with ex-Canary defender Ian Butterworth as reserve team boss.

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