Gary Holt admits Norwich City offer was the only one that would have taken him out of Falkirk

Gary Holt admitted it was a tough decision to leave Falkirk. Gary Holt admitted it was a tough decision to leave Falkirk.

Thursday, June 19, 2014
2:00 PM

Gary Holt had always planned to return to Norwich this summer – but it was supposed to be for a holiday.

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Instead, he received the only call that would have persuaded him to leave his role as manager at Scottish First Division side Falkirk. And so the former City player of the season, Division One title winner and academy coach is back at the Canaries as a first-team coach under Neil Adams.

“It’s a bit surreal because me and the wife were coming down for a holiday and for my sons to see their old friends from school,” said Holt. “And then I got a phone call from Neil offering me a job, we came down this week and it seems like we’ve never been away again.

“You know Kilmarnock is my club and will always be. That’s just me. I’m not a glory hunter. But I was probably more successful here than Neil was as a player, so I’ll say this is my club more than it is his,” added Holt, with a glint in his eye.

“Three of my kids were born and grew up here, my eldest loves it and still supports Norwich. I was getting texts every week from him about Norwich last season. So it’s ingrained in us. And it was a tough decision to leave my job at Falkirk, but it wasn’t a tough decision to come back.”

The difficulty leaving may have come in stepping away from management, after taking the Bairns to the bring of Championship promotion north of the border.

“Don’t get me wrong, management is something maybe in the future I’ll want to get back into,” added Holt. “I loved it. Falkirk is a great club with good people behind it. But as soon as Neil phoned me and offered me the job, the role, I had to think about it – but I trust him. And that’s a big thing for me; for it to be someone you trust and believe in, that you work well with.

“Some people will say, is it a step back from management or a step up to the Championship and a massive club? I see it as a step up and another chapter in the book of Holt.”

And stepping out of the manager’s chair does have its benefits.

“Well there’s less pressure,” smiled the 41-year-old. “I’ll have fewer problems to deal with but it was a great learning curve – and it’s a heavy heart I leave Falkirk. I wouldn’t have left for anyone else if I’m being honest. Hypothetically if Manchester United, Liverpool or Arsenal come calling then you obviously take that. But the role I was doing, the enjoyment I was getting and how the season went, it was a big decision. I’ve taken it, and it’s one I’ll grasp and hopefully enjoy with every day that comes from now on.”

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32 comments

  • We just need to beat Fulham and then scrape a couple of points in our last games. I'm confident Adams will keep us in the prem.

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    canary can-can

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

  • I can assure you guys and girls, I'm just as surprised to see this back at the top of the website as you...

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    Michael Bailey

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

  • LR Series 2A

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

  • And Archant hits new journalistic heights. Are they reposting an old article from over a fortnight ago because they can't come up with something new and are hoping that people won't notice? Or is it that they think that it's so news worthy that it deserves to be published twice in the same month? Either way I think Micheal Bailey deserves a pay rise.

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    Disco Dale's step-over

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

  • Good shout, Commander-in-Chief, Field Marshall Earl Faigen. T5 it is. I thought that was your suggestion, but Barking confuses everybody. Can always move on sooner rather than later? Good Guest Drinker listing. Could invite Delia, but she`s only a woman.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 8, 2014

  • Brew I originally left the venue open and then you suggested le Roi only to be superseded by Blaaffen's Take 5. So we had better stick to T5 despite the rather extortionate prices. Hope others can join us. I'm thinking in future of a 'guest drinkers' spot. Names that spring to mind are Chris Martin, Gunny (for Wac) or Terry Christian.

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    Steely Dan

    Sunday, June 8, 2014

  • So is it Taverner`s Tavern or le tete du Roi?? Fagen did say T5 originally. When commanders lose their... command, we lowly foot-soldiers soon become disorientated, Fagen - so get a grip, Sir! I looked in the Playhouse Bar once, but the only `real ale` on offer was that liquid razor-wire & quinine confection egested by Adman`s of Mousehold. "The Bitter". Pompous g!ts.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 8, 2014

  • No, no, no, Fagen. We're meeting at Dave Brubeck's place some time after 12. Do try to keep up. Gek's going a bit earlier (around 9.30) to check out the cellars and reserve the smoking table on the upstairs veranda. The tables are large enough for a quartet (or even a quintet if Crabbe and Dingo both honour us with their presence).

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    Barking Wise

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • Gek - Take 5 definitely my type of place and also Playhouse Bar. Wonder if they will take kindly to serving bus drivers (Blaaffen). Anyhow meet at le Roi.

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    Steely Dan

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • Btw, SteelyD, I think it tends to be not so bad at lunchtime. Just a few aspiring Oscar Wildean types, nursing glasses of red wine while practising their supremely unoriginal epigrams.... `You will, Oscar, you will....` A good old bit o` rough, like you, from the Midlands, will bring a bit of balance, though I`m definitely in the Narcissist Camp (sic) myself, dear boy. Yours sycophantically, Gek Brouwer.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • Steely Dan, Doom Bar is the best-selling cask beer in the UK!! You are right; it is dire! I was moved to write a letter to the CAMRA quarterly journal, describing it as "the most unbalanced beer I`ve tasted in 40 years in the brewing industry". They elected to headline that comment. It seems one branch of CAMRA, in Essex, have seen fit to do something `official`. It tastes like `Caramac`, that sickly confection of the 60s. Indiscernible hop character. Slightly stale. As sweet as Devon Cream toffee. Rank. Probably the worst beer in the World. Hmmm, that has the makings of an advertising slogan. Possibly... I`m training myself to like Ghost Ship. It`s a struggle. Undid all the good work by visiting my pals at Green Jack Brewery yesterday. `Trawler Boys` is nectar! `Rising Sun` is sublime. Their `bog standard` bitter, `Golden Best` packs loadsa flavour for a 3.8% ABV beer. Back to Square One for Adman`s Ghastly $h!*... Have you checked out Take5 yet? It can be a bit arty-f@rty with surreally pretentious food being eaten by obscenely `pleased-with-themselves` young people who, presumably, have loadsa money for this over-priced Emperor`s New Clothes of cuisine.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • It is good to feel that positive attitudes are being shown in preparation for next season. I hope that this will translate to the same positive vibes on the training ground and in the dressing room.To ensure that happens I feel that anyone NOT 100 per cent committed to the struggle ahead should be let go. Moaners, whingers, ANYONE who is not prepared to give 100 per cent should be let go to ensure a positive mental attitude for the battle ahead. Top of my list for those to go must be Bassong.

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    Brycland

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • I think Barking might have fallen into a classic trap. Whilst agreeing with West on one comment board he has been attacked by Canary on the Moon on another. The odd thing is COTM was using terms such as narcissism and sycophancy, which are classic West terms. Four pints of Dullards Bitter and Twisted on Tuesday ,I think. By the way Brew I went into the Belle Vue yesterday and was served a dreadful and undrinkable pint of Doom bar. Enters my top ten worst ales of all time.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Btw, somebody called Delia is the new manager of Celtic. At least it wasn`t the World`s worst footballer, Ali Dia. Barking Wise has agreed with Gone West!? There is no hope. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • All good. Season Ticket rebellion over (Sold Out, reportedly). Talking the talk is cheering people up before any walk has been walked. Happy Clappery has returned so quickly! The Goldfish Triangle. Let`s wait and see.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • I'm loving all these positive vibes coming from the club and fans and you know what? I might actually have a tenner on city to win the league!!! It really feels like something big is building and I for one can't wait for the season to start, forget the world cup. Lets get some big teams early on in the season, smash 'em to pieces and walk the league. Come on you yellows!!!

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    lordbesty

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • I'm loving all these positive vibes coming from the club and fans comments and you know what? I might actually have a tenner on city to win the league!!! It really feels like something big is building and I for one can't wait for the season to start, bugger the world cup. Lets get some big teams early on in the season, smash 'em to pieces and walk the league. Come on you yellows!!!

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    lordbesty

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Entirely agree with Kanye West. Must be the heat.

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    Barking Wise

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • I have a feeling the smile is coming back on the faces of Norwich City fans and that football is likely to break out again at Carrow Road after Hughton's stale, boring and lifeless regime. Some decent attacking football, chances being created and goals scored - and some victories that will look and feel well deserved. Personally I am also hoping we hold on to Hooper and even RvW because I feel both are more than capable of scoring plenty of goals, given service. Becchio is a bit of an unknown quantity because we have seen so little of him here. However he was a big player at Leeds so why not here? Hope he has a chance to resurrect his career - if not here then at another club.

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    malaga flier

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Canarygirl you are so right. Its so nice to see the feel good factor coming back. Its almost like we had a (very) long dark winter under the previous manager and at last the sun is starting to shine again.

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    CanaryWest

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Don't put yourself down Canarygirl, your comments always seem on the ball to me. Let's face it we all know more than Hugh Trollorwood and The Board but that says nothing does it?

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    waclor

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Really good to hear that, and welcome back ! Lots looking more positive now. But surely if he had been offered the Celtic manager's job........................

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    john in exile in Leeds

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • I don't pretend to know anything about football like you guys do; but I will say this, I am liking what I am seeing and hearing!! NA may be "inexperienced" but he has chosen wisely those he wants for expertise and support and already we have made a good signing in Lewis Grabban. And like @flying canary I am feeling really optimistic about the new season and how the club looks to move forward. Relegation has been hard to take but it may just be a big blessing in disguise. I do believe we will be back in the PL sooner than we think. And a much better managed\balanced club. For the time being its upwards and onwards. OTBC

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    Canarygirl

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Don't panic, Matt. I'm still teetering!

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    Flying Canary

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Cut that out right now Flying Canary! ;)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Now that's the kind of bloke we want here. His commitment and passion and Royle's savvy and connections backing up a manager who is hungry to do well. I'm bordering on the edge of being optimistic!

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    Flying Canary

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Who knows... if this season doesn't go well for Adams we could be looking at our next manager in Holt.

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    MancCanary

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • His last season here as a player fell a bit flat, but he never stopped running and there is no doubt he is a winner who will make the players work very hard. Welcome home, Gary!

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    jigs69

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • His win ratio in Scotland was superb. Similar to Lamberts with us. Obviously different calibre league but still impressive for a novice in his first role as a full manager. Good to have him back at NCFC. Hopefully everything blends together and clicks. Plenty of good signs either way.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Gary was always my kind of player and I cannot help but think he is being wasted as a coach when he has clearly demonstrated an ability to manage. However, he is more than welcome back and I hope we have plenty of success with him at the club.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Welcome back 'three lungs'.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • It's certainly good to hear the passion and commitment from our new assistant managercoach. He's said more in one short interview than his two predecessors managed in eighteen months. Different class of person thank goodness.

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    VictorM

    Friday, June 6, 2014

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