Norwich City legend Bryan Gunn is to leave Norfolk to return to football and start a new life in the north of England.

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The former Canaries goalkeeper and manager said he and his family would always have a strong emotional attachment to the Norwich and Norfolk but the move presented a fantastic opportunity for his family.

Mr Gunn is leaving current employer OneStream to join a top sports agency and the new job means he will move from Norfolk to Cheshire.

Today Mr Gunn said it was decision made by all his family, but that Norfolk and Norwich would “always be with them”, particularly as it is the last resting place of his two-year-old daughter Francesca, who was buried in Framingham Pigot when she died from leukaemia in 1992.

He said: “We’re very sad in many ways to be leaving. Obviously we will have a major emotional ties here with Francesca buried in Framingham Pigot.

“But we will be back on many occasions. We have lots of friends and people we have grown to love over the years so our relationship with Norfolk will still be there.

“It’s departure from Norfolk, but at the same time Norfolk will always be with us.”

The former Scotland international player has resigned from his position as director of new business at OneStream, the Norfolk-based business communication and IT provider, and at the start of June will become director of talent recuitment at a top sports agency.

He said: “It was a very tough decision indeed but football is still very much in my blood.”

He added: “Anyone who knows me knows that I’m very passionate about football and this is a good opportunity to get back into the sporting arena.

“For Susan it is also an opportunity to extend her art work to Manchester, where she has exhibited in the past.

“Our daughter Melissa is also going to Manchester University. Angus, as a 15-year-old, will hopefully come and we’ll find a good school where he can finish off his GCSEs and a football club which can further help develop his skills.”

Mr Gunn said there was an “opportunity” for Angus, who is currently on the books as a goalkeeper with Norwich City Football Club and who has played for England’s under-16s, to move to another club which could help him to fulfil his potential.

The move will also bring them closer to Mrs Gunn’s family in Bolton.

Mr Gunn joined OneStream following his sacking as manager of Norwich City in 2009, following the club’s 7-1 home defeat at the hands of Paul Lambert’s Colchester United.

When asked if this had taken the shine off his association with the club and county, Mr Gunn said: “Not at all. I was at a number of games last season. Norwich City has done fantastically well and congratulations to everyone involved at the club, particularly Michael Foulger and Delia Smith, who have put a lot of money in.”

He added: “I have great memories of my time at Norwich City as a player, as a representative behind the scene and as manager.”

In his new role Mr Gunn will be responsible for the recruitment of the best young football players in the country.

12 comments

  • I just want to say thankyou to Bryan for his fantastic service he gave to Norwich City and the local community. He has been part of Norfolk for many years through the good time and bad times specially when his daughter so sadly died. The work he has done for the charity he set up in his daughters name was fantastic. You will always be in our hearts and wishing you and your family all the best for the future.

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    The General

    Saturday, May 14, 2011

  • Sadly for him, Bryan Gunn was not cut out to be a football manager, but we must put that behind us and join together in wishing him and his family all the very best for their new start 'up north'!

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    Mel Lacey

    Saturday, May 14, 2011

  • good luck Bryan , and thanks for the the good times watching you at Norwich City

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    kettle1

    Saturday, May 14, 2011

  • Yes it is sad to see him leave but as regards to him not being cut out to be a football manager. I am not sure as he was hardly given a fair crack of the whip and lets not forget the big part he has played in Norwich City’s current fortunes with the players he signed. He was harshly treated in my opinion, anyway good luck for the future Bryan.

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    John L Norton

    Saturday, May 14, 2011

  • What a legend bryan gunn is lets dont forget he got norwichs top goalscorer in grant holt what a buy he is!!!good luck gunny a decent bloke!!!

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    NCFC1902

    Saturday, May 14, 2011

  • Bryan is a first class person and has given great service to NCFC and the community he has had very good and very sad times in Norfolk with the sad death of his daughter, but he and his family had the courage to set up a charity in her honour to which they have worked tirelessly for for many years. I wish his time at NCFC hadnot ended the way it did but I am sure he will never forget his roots. I am sure we all wish him and his family all the best for the future nobody deserves it more Gunny !!!

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    The General

    Saturday, May 14, 2011

  • Sad to hear Bryan Gunn is leaving Norfolk. He wasn't just an exceptional goalkeeper for the Canaries, but somebody who the entire county took to their hearts, particularly after he and his family helped raise huge sums of money for cancer research in memory of Francesca. Let's not forget either that he was a respected and popular Sheriff of Norwich in 2002. I have met him a couple of times and he seemed a very pleasant friendly guy. All the best for the future to you Bryan and of course your family. Don't forget you'll always be welcomed back to this county.

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    Shirley Scott

    Saturday, May 14, 2011

  • Bryan, thank you for being a great ambassador for Norfolk in everything you have done over the last 20 odd years. You have earned the respect of not only the fans of Norwich City, but of a much wider audience, including football fans south of the Suffolk border! A true gentleman of football in the Robson spirit. Your dignity has shone through time after time, and Norfolk will be a lesser place with your move away. Best of luck to you and your family - clearly the ties to Norfolk are strong and you will be back to visit at times. I hope the move is good for you all and wish you every success in the future.

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    walkerman1009

    Tuesday, May 17, 2011

  • a great character who will be missed by all who know him

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    Peecal

    Saturday, May 14, 2011

  • Bryan, I only met you once but I was pleased to do so as you were so easy to talk to! I will never forget you started to build the team which Paul Lambert inherited - including Grant Holt! I wish you all the best in your new job.

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    Lynda Edwards

    Saturday, May 14, 2011

  • good luck with your new job bryan gunn. Best wishes from south norfolk

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    running bear

    Saturday, May 14, 2011

  • You'll be raising questions about the use of term 'legend' again!

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    Jono

    Saturday, May 14, 2011

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