Former Liverpool and Bayer Leverkusen man Sami Hyypia linked with Norwich City vacancy

Sami Hyypia as Bayer Leverkusen boss last season. Sami Hyypia as Bayer Leverkusen boss last season.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
2:39 PM

Former Liverpool captain and Bayer Leverkusen manager Sami Hyypia has found his name thrown into the pot for Norwich City’s current managerial vacancy.

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The Finn is out of work after his dismissal by the German club in April. But now the 40-year-old is said to be keen for a move back to England – that is according to the website hereisthecity.com

It means Norwich, West Bromwich Albion and Championship play-off semi-finalists Brighton have earned a link to the former Anfield hero and their respective manager searches.

Hyypia’s work at Leverkusen alongside head coach Sascha Lewandowski was widely praised – however, the German side started to struggle once Hyypia was given the chance to lead Bayer on his own last summer, and he was sacked last month.

Hyypia did at least preserve a 50pc win percentage at the Bay Arena.

The Canaries have confirmed their managerial search is likely to go on for a few more days having extended their previous deadline of last weekend for the new man to be named.

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45 comments

  • Zola no thanks, Matteo no thanks they would ruin this club with there wage demands, and we would finish up with loan players from Italy, like Watford did

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    Derek McDonald

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • the board had hughton in there sites before lambert walked do we really want to go down the fast lane again

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    muddy

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Just go with Zola and Roberto Di matteo as technical director. Both are world class players and played together at Chelsea. With their experience, I'm sure Norwich will improve tremendously and maybe Roy will then open his eyes wide enough and pick RUDDY as England keeper.

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    Jaszli Johari

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Sky bet has Lennon as strong favourite, others still have Malky. Wonder what the hold up is. Remember how Colchester tried to make a fuss about us pinching Lambert? I wonder if we are taking it very slowly to prevent Celtic doing the same over Lennon. Surprised if it is him that he's not yet resigned, so there's no obvious indications as to who it might be. Still it's brightening up a post season, post relegation slump. Giving us something to talk about whilst there's no footy.

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    Double D

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Personally I find all this new manager speculation rather fun. Who will it be? When will we know? This is now part and parcel of the game, just like transfers. There's nothing we can do about it, so let's just roll with it. And btw, I would love Hyypia to be the next Norwich manager! OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • How many more names are going to be linked with the job, the board made a statement last week, and are no nearer to announcing a new , the new season will be here be fore you know it, and we are no nearer to getting a manager

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    Derek McDonald

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • And dead right Cecil btw.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Rottsrool. That's totally true. On the other hand by giving a deadline they bought themselves a bit of time to just get on with it that they wouldn't have had if they'd just kept quiet about timescale. Reminds me of a Douglas Adams quote: I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise as they fly by.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • The point is Egyptian, when you give a deadline and can't stick to it for whatever reason you get speculation and frustration when the deadline is not kept. GET IT??? Or do I have to spell it out slowly for you.?

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    Rottsrool

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • I don't think we look silly to outsiders and we shouldnt care even if we do. It's important we get the right man. The odds are we are going to get Malky. Not necessarily the same thing.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Spot on bookface. You only have to look at how interested Match of the Day was in us when we were actually in the Premier League for three years to have an idea how much outside scrutiny there is. I imagine there's a fair bit of scrutiny coming from Suffolk, but they've got their own problems.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Chill out folks, Hughton, Roeder, Grant and Gunn are not on the short list.

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    Norfolk boy in Hackney

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • LOFL, suddenly the Bundesliga isn't on par with the Championship. I don't recall Lambert having Championship experience, but he done okay. I'm open minded about Hyypia, but surely that must put Adams out of the equation. I disagree with us being a laughing stock, away from the hysteria of this forum there doesn't seem much media interest. I'd far rather we wait and make the right decision than get it wrong again. What does concern me is that it's unlikely to be the first choice for club or eventual manager, so doesn't bode well for the future.

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    Bookface

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • dumpcanary you seem to have a very sensible attitude to all this, as we all know it is easy to talk a good job as seems to be the case with rottsrool at least we know who our board members are.

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    Egyptian canary

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Zzzzzzzzzz Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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    Croydonary

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • The board should never have given a timeline, what a bunch of clowns.

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    Rottsrool

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • It's probably dragging on longer than expected because they are having to negotiate a severance package to release Neil Lennon from Celtic - they are notorious hagglers as the Gary Hooper deal shows.

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    Lucioperca

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • I agree with Mr Foggo. This process seems to be taking an eternity and is making us look a bit silly to outsiders. It's pretty obvious that our preferred choices have had their heads turned or are waiting on Premiership jobs. As for Culverhouse and Karsa that seems unlikely as other teams are gearing up for the new season so we would be waiting for our good friends at Villa to help us out by moving things on. Lots of young players at NCFC.. can't see it myself unless Delia is doing her appoint a coach instead of a proper manager trick again. There could be any number of reasons for the delay.. candidates waiting on other jobs, Mackay wanting his pal Moody from Palace, a manager currently in work, perhaps managing our closest rivals?? All these things are 'complicated'. It isn't helped by lots of ITK types stirring the pot which frankly smells of bin on many occasions.

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    suffolkcanary

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Our main priority is getting someone in quickly who can make sure we keep players like Redmond who will tear the majority of Championship defences apart like he did in the League Cup at Watford. I don't ever want an ex-defender as manager again - and that includes Culverhouse who jumped ship with Lambert - remember? Sell Ruddy and Snodgrass, get some money in, make Rudd No 1 and make Howson captain. But none of this can be done without a manager. So get on with it!!!

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Who ever gets the job I just hope they can be got rid of easily if they don't come up to scratch.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Perhaps the board would like to apologise for their over-optimistic assessment of when this would be concluded.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Our first season back in the championship is not the time to be going with unproven novices at the helm. We need some experience at this level. Hyppia was a great player but i'm afraid isnt the right man for the NCFC managers job this coming season

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    Matt Grant

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Ian was a big part of our successful run. Him and Adams would be a good combination.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • NB still in running for most hilarious binner that everyone loves to hear from

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Van Gaal out of reckoning, now going to Manchester United, apparently it was a very difficult decision.

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    NB

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • There seem to be a lot of Norwich fans getting very irate about every snippet of media tittle tattle. Perhaps we all need to calm down, let the process take its course , And then, when we have a new manager, all get behind him.

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    dumpcanary

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Kenfoggo take a deep breath and calm down mate! When has the football rumour mill ever been about ''responsible journalism?'' haha

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Message to Malky from the board - "You ain't the only show in town"

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    Mikey B

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • OK whats the betting Malky has been offered and acepted SUBJECT TO a better offer in the next few days ie. West Brom if this is the case, we don't want him! If he can'twon't commit now then...don't even consider!...

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    Gary Guymer

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Goss, I would never name my source, NCFC contacted him via a back door in April which is why Villa suspended them both, Culverhouse was the backbone to Lambert, why should he not have a stab......

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    Colby Army!

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Now Culverhouse ?!? Lambert lite? This whole recruitment story has become a farce, wild speculation, minimal regards to any factual basis and irresponsible journalism. Sami Hyypia is unemployed so is being considered, Tim Sherwood would like the job but has got a note from his Mum to say he can't come up to play, Culverhouse has once been understudy to a successful Norwich Manager so he must be good, Neil Adams could not get a win when required in his 5 games but is still being considered? All of this baseless rumourmongering is getting me furious, especially as the Board have known for weeks they would have to do this and a short list must surely have been compiled and a suitable candidate already lined up? Wake me up when they have made an appointment, I have had enough of this stupidity.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Colby Army I hope you are right! That would be great news. Without naming your source, would you say its reliable?

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Please no. Live in Germany, saw him interviewed quite a few times on German TV. Very underwhelming.

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    Canary Wurst

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Actually, I quite like the Ian Culverhouse idea.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Forgot to say 54.35% win percentage.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Manager of the fourth place team in the Bundesliga? 3 points behind Schalke 04? And people are worried whether he is good enough for the Championship? As a manager, I think this may be in the 'dream on' category.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • How has this man been linked with the Norwich vacancy? Surely not just by the fact that he is unemployed? This is totally irresponsible journalism!

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • If you're right Colby I wouldn't want to slack in that squad. .. stranger things have happened!

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Colin Wolves only got it wrong by going for a stale Solbakken , a fresh one on the other hand...

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • No chance Moyes well step down to championship level. Even if we had stayed up I don't think he would have been a realistic target us. I think we are now just waiting for Mackay to be rejected by west brom before we announce him as manager. We don't have enough money to attract anybody high profile, and our board are too conservative to risk another up and coming manager like Paul Lambert. Mackay with experience of gaining promotion to premier league is the way I think they will go.

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    canary can-can

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • inside information, the new manager will be Ian Culverhouse with assistants Gary Karsa and Neil Adams...... as soon as Aston Villa have sorted the legal sh1t out then it will be announced ! Watch this space

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    Colby Army!

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Huge risk. Needs to be someone who knows the Championship. Wolves thought they'd go down the foreign route with Stale Solbakken, and ended up in League One.

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    Colin

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Hyypia would be an interesting gamble! Dubai, I doubt Moyes would come to Norwich despite his failure at Man U he is top half of Prem calibre with wage demands to match I'd expect...

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Wasn't Hyypiä just sacked by Bayer Leverkusen ? This is another unwanted sideshow - it is pretty obvious now that NA is not getting the job, but who ? This is a very big and important decision so the board really MUST get the next appointment right. What about David Moyes ? I think he would be really good for City and it would probably not do himself and harm as he looks to rebuild his reputation.

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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