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Mike Phelan is in pole position for the top job at Norwich City

08:55 06 January 2015

Mike Phelan will prepare Norwich City for the Championship trip to Bournemouth after Neil Adams

Mike Phelan will prepare Norwich City for the Championship trip to Bournemouth after Neil Adams' resignation. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Mike Phelan is the leading candidate to succeed Neil Adams as Norwich City boss.

The Canaries’ first team coach has been placed in charge of first team matters ahead of the club’s Championship trip to Bournemouth this weekend, with a simple brief from City’s top brass to revive the club’s flagging promotion bid and press his own claims for the big job at Carrow Road.

Norwich’s hierarchy want a swift conclusion to their latest managerial search with the transfer window now open as they look to get firmly back into the promotion mix.

Phelan returned to his old club in November after an 18 month absence from the game following his departure from Manchester United’s backroom set-up, and Norwich’s former title-winning captain heads a list of potential managers to replace Adams who tendered his resignation in the wake of a tame FA Cup third round exit at Preston.

Tim Sherwood and Neil Warnock have also been heavily touted with a Carrow Road switch following Adams’ decision to step down with City believed to be focusing their wider search on candidates not in work at present, but Phelan remains high on the club’s target list.

Phelan had been linked with a move into management during his exile from the game after his Old Trafford exit, but the 52-year-old made it clear when he returned to Norfolk he was not touting for Adams’ job.

“The objectives are always to be on a training ground,” he said. “You can never say where you want to be, you just have to have the ambition to want to be the best you can. There were a couple more options before this one and it felt right. I’ve started to get a little bit of a smell for it again. You get out watching games, talking to people again, and then you just wait.”

Phelan, along with Gary Holt and Tony Parks, will prepare the side for this weekend’s test at the title-contending Cherries while the club’s chief executive David McNally and City’s football executive board step up the managerial search.

Norwich head to the south-coast in seventh spot, 11 points behind Eddie Howe’s men.

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33 comments

  • I still think Gary Setchell is your man. He has walked with Kings........

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    waclor

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Gary Holt must be feeling a chill wind on the back of his neck at the moment . . . . . . .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Peter - Sherwood was always disliked by the fans here. I remember that game you mention. Huge snowflakes landing in my plastic tea cup before the match. I think a rare appearance in midfield by David Smith.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Who ever gets the job good luck to him - he'll need it . 50% on here will put him down straight away just so they can gloat I told you so if it goes t:ts up.

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    NoggintheNog

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Where does Paddy get all this inside knowledge about what Phelan wants or has been told he requires to do to get appointed. For months he has had no inside knowledge and suddenly he is the fount of all knowledge. Did the information come to him in a dream?

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    goldie

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • I would like us to get Mick McCarthy in, he has done a great job this season with precious little to work with. However, knowing our NCFC board, it will obviously be Mike Phelan who is given until the end of the season to come good. I really hope MP gets us up this season, but, if he doesn't then I think Carrow Road will be demanding McNally's head to roll. Surely even he can't survive three failed managers in row. You have to get this one stop-on DMcN !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • PS: Slovenia? I wouldn't take too much notice of what Scholes says.I was in a lift with him once @ Manchester Airport. He had difficulty working the floor buttons out. Eventually I leaned over + did it for him.....

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Hmmm...Can't believe some of the downbeat assessments on here with regard to promotion. Placed 7th in the league + with half the season to come I'm certainly not throwing the towel in. The next few months are when the teams with a smaller squad begin to drop away as injuries start to bite. Give it Phelan on a temp basis just to the end of this season. How realistic are the Martin O'Neil suggestions? Is he looking to get back into the game? I still regard Martin as the greatest manager City never ( really) had ! As the old Chinese saying goes " May you live in interesting times"..OTBC

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Reading Paul Scholes comments in the guardian, Phelan was not a Coach at MU, he was Fergies trusted advisor to watch training sessions. Seems likewise he was brought in by the NCFC Board to assess Adams and report back. I cannot believe the Boarc will appoint Phelan as manager when he has no experience , I.e make the same mistake again. Especially if we lose at Bournemouth, where do the Board go then? The whole situation is a complete mess of the Boards making. Promotion this season is not even a remote possibility and the sooner Norwich fans grow up and realise that the happier they will be

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • I'd like to see Di Canio here. We might still be sh1t but I'm sure he'd rattle a few players in to life. No tomato ketchup as well although Delia might sneak it in as "sun died tomato coulis".

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    B Inners

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • and now, the canaries are on the march, I fancy us to give Bourni a good hiding this coming Saturday, well worth a quid 3-1 city.... mmm!! this larger reaches part other don't!!!!

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    john dab

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Warnock (Colin) is as bad as Keane to our club! We will never hire him! He will be on Johnson like Roeder was on Huckerby! No no no no! NO!

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    Norwegian Canary

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjær to work with his old Man Utd coach - worth a quid with the bookies

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    martyn elmy

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • I'd like to throw the name Micky Mellon (Shrewsbury) out there, no idea how good he is but I like the sound of it :-)

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Mike Phelan is obviously a top coach - he would not have lasted at Man Utd if he wasn't. But surely NCFC need a leader as a manager? Most managers have partial success, they do well for a bit and then get sacked, or go to a club that is bigger than they can cope with. So whoever is brought in will have a track record of success and failure.I think that Steve Bruce may be the man to work with Phelan.

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • War nock for us, I have that loving Phelan, get shot of some dead wood, I've heard Bassong has been recalled from Watford , hopefully this is true and finally we can get Martin in his right position.

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    john dab

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Recalling Neils Saturdays after match comments there was nothing to suggest resignation was on his mind. It is most likely that this came after the meeting with the CEO with a push before the shove ultimatum. I believe that the Adams Phelan partnership was not so harmonious and this was easy to spot listening to Adams low key references to Phelans influence on the teams performances. Also the body language between them to be generous was inert. By stepping down Neil Adams deserves respect from those who like me never ever supported his appointment and I believe that will be so. He was ultimately responsible for taking on that massive responsibility and because of his limited CV minus any experience or achievements at any meaningful level he would always be an aunt sally for his detractors should the results be poor. The business comes first above all or else it would perish and whilst the rewards are obscenely massive if fortune shines upon you the termination axe waits nearby as a consequence of mediocrity and that is the way it should be. I believe it was well meaning naivety and incompetence from the executives to have subjected the club and a manager to this failure for the second time around however their culpability will escape with fleeting public admonishment but unjustly go unpunished. Do not expect a quick turnaround in fortunes that is not the way it works else every team would be promoted every season.

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    Regulador

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Warnock, NO NO THRICE NO. Mike Phelan must know what he is in for surely. If he is appointed and does well he will be a god while it lasts but, as soon as it doesn't their will be calls for him to be gone.

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    Egyptian canary

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • I just hope whoever takes over, picks a formation and then puts players in their right position, something Neil failed to do. Unfortunately he seemed to look at certain players through rose tinted glasses, Wes, Howson and Martin to name a few.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • @paulwho what are you on this morning?

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • If it's Phelan it will have been the worst smoke and mirrors in political history. If it's Warnock me and my ST will be rapidly parting company

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • I definitel think we shold gerespected and popular ex-players involved, like Holtie, Hucks and Eadie. Just look at how successful it was when we had the involvement of Peter Grant, Ian Crook and Gunny.

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    PaulWho

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • hope we lose some dead weight whatever happens.

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • We don't want Warnock or Sherwood, I am not to confident about Plelan either, its a problem

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Agree TK. Loanees from man u if its Phelan. From spurs if Sherwood. And Palace if Warnock

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    Linc's too

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Not so sure about Sherwood after he gesticulated in front of the Barclay one snowy Sunday afternoon during his return for Blackburn.In a boring 0-0 draw,Sherwood's behaviour,and the snow,were the only memorable features of the game.

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • If it is to be Phelan then I hope the board gets sensible and only gives him a short term contract to the end of the season to prove himself with the offer of an extension if we get promoted or at least a top six finish. Hopefully he does have a few Man Utd surplus players in mind as that team always attracts multiple talented youngsters, many who then get discarded and filter down to other clubs.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • All well and good Norwegian Canary. But we don't know that he wants the job and responsibility. Nor do we know on what terms he might want to take over - the Board may find that he wants to bring in numerous new players and get shot of a number of the old, under-performing, guard. If so, will they be willing to shell out what would probably be big sums of money to achieve this? Interesting times for sure!

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Neil Warnock; are you serious?

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    stayingup

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Phelan has had time to assess the squad and where he wants to strengthen during window. Expect he will get the nod. himself. The idea of Warnock working with this board aemuses me. They wouldn't, would they?

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    Linc's too

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Sorry for the double posting... :-

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    Norwegian Canary

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Imagine this: Adams becomes manager of Norwich City. The Board realises the mistake, and asks whether Phelan is up for it. (Or board asked Phelan at time of relegation- Phelan says "hold on a minute- got something to sort out". Phelan eventually says yes, and the board now needs to find a way to tie up Phelan, but without admitting to anything. Adams gets told to get rid of assistant to make room for Phelan: boom- gone at first convenience... Phelan in as as$istant... Adams being told that Phelan is taking over, but this must not be leaked. Adams is fine with this- he gets to manage NCFC for a while more! Delia gives Adams a message that "it is time"- Adams resign. Phelan gets the job- Adams got to manage NCFC for a while to put it on his CV. We'll see how fast Phelan gets his players in ;-) If he is signed over the next few days and new players arrive within a short while, something has been going on behind the stage ;-)

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    Norwegian Canary

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Imagine this: Adams becomes manager of Norwich City. The Board realises the mistake, and asks wether Phelan is up for it. (Or board asked Phelan at time of relegation- Phelan says "hold on a minute- got something to sort out". Phelan eventually says yes, and the board now needs to find a way to tie up Phelan, but without admitting to anything. Adams gets told to get rid of assistant to make room for Phelan: boom- gone at first convenience... Phelan in as assistant... Adams being told that Phelan is taking over, but this must not be leaked. Adams is fine with this- he gets to manage NCFC for a while more! Delia gives Adams a message that "it is time"- Adams resign. Phelan gets the job- Adams got to manage NCFC for a while to put it on his CV. We'll see how fast Phelan gets his players in ;-) If he is signed over the next few days and New players arrive within a short while, something has been going on behind the stage ;-)

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    Norwegian Canary

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

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