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Five reasons Mike Phelan should take over as Norwich City manager (and five reasons he shouldn’t)

PUBLISHED: 13:56 06 January 2015 | UPDATED: 17:03 06 January 2015

First-team coach Mike Phelan during Norwich City's 2-1 loss at Reading at the end of December. 
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First-team coach Mike Phelan during Norwich City's 2-1 loss at Reading at the end of December. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Mike Phelan looks to be the front-runner to become the next permanent Norwich City manager – but does his lack of managerial experience make him too much of a risk?

The former Manchester United assistant manager was brought in as first-team coach to work alongside Neil Adams at the end of November.

Adams resigned yesterday following a downturn in form for the Canaries and Phelan is now odds-on with many bookmakers to be named as the next permanent manager.

The 52-year-old former City midfielder looks likely to remain in caretaker charge for Saturday’s trip to league leaders Bournemouth, giving him the opportunity to press his claims for the job.

Should the Canaries be considering Phelan for the role though? Here are some of the arguments for, and against, his appointment.

FOR

• Vast experience as first-team coach and assistant manager at Manchester United.

• Knows the club well from his playing days, making 194 appearances between 1984 and 1989.

• Already had time to assess the quality of the playing squad and what needs to change.

• Canaries won three and drew one of Phelan’s first five games in tandem with Adams.

• Links with Manchester United could attract loan players from Old Trafford.

AGAINST

• No previous experience as a manager.

• Former players have rarely been successful as managers at Carrow Road.

• Little experience of the transfer market, with the January transfer window open for business.

• Was unsuccessful previously at Carrow Road as part of Gary Megson’s coaching team in 1995-96.

• Could be tainted by his involvement in the poor defeats at Reading and Preston which led to Adams resigning.

What do you think? Would Phelan make a good manager or does his lack of managerial experience make him too much of a risk for City? Leave your comments below.

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