Norwich City fans hail appointment of Mike Phelan as first-team coach
10:57 21 November 2014
Users of www.pinkun.com have their say on the appointment of Sir Alex Ferguson’s former right-hand man Mike Phelan as first-team coach at Norwich City.
Mike Phelan factfile
Born: Nelson, Lancashire
Position: Midfield/right back
Norwich City (£60,000) 1985–1989 – 194 (10 goals)
Manchester United (£750,000) 1989–1994
West Brom (free) 1994–1995
Career total: 485 (21)
One cap: 1989 England v Italy
Norwich City - December 1995, assistant manager to Gary Megson, and managed the reserves
Blackpool - summer 1995 followed Megson to Blackpool
Stockport – summer 1996, followed Megson again.
Manchester United: Summer 1999, worked at United’s Centre of Excellence. Made first team coach summer of 2001. Appointed assistant manager in September 2008. Left Old Trafford in summer 2013.
Joined on July 13, 1985.
Won Second Division title in his first season
Appointed club captain in December, 1987 following Steve Bruce’s departure to Manchester United
Led City to fourth in First Division and to FA Cup semi-finals in 1998-89
Signed for Manchester United on July 1, 1989.
Nice. Good decision all round. Awaiting the negative comments from the usual suspects. Jenkins
That’s a result. Am very surprised to be honest but all that experience he can bring to the management team gives me a little more confidence that we can turn this round. Dead Canary
Get In! Great news for the club. Got a sneaky feeling he will be No 1 soon. City-till-I-die
Excellent news. Just bring some balloons to wake Adams up in making a sub. Dibs
Yes I think you can safely assume Adams will have minimal input with the team now on but take 100% of the plaudits if results pick up. Should just have installed Phelan as manager instead of trying to make Adams appear a success. Cheap Cheap Canaries
You have to applaud the Board, they took their time, reviewed the European market and have selected the best man for the job, the Football Management team looks robust and will be the envy of many clubs not only in The Championship but in wider football community. I expect that the forthcoming AGM will give the supporters the opportunity to thank Delia, Michael, Michael, David, Stephen, Alan and Stephan for the excellent way they have led this football club. TCCANARY
A good combination: One who can talk the talk and one who can walk the walk! Yellow Wall
It just goes from bad to worse to be honest, a past it coach, a manager who has never been. I am just going to accept we will finish mid to lower table that way I won’t be disappointed by expectation. John Thaw
Very good appointment. Credit to the board! Hogesar
Credit to the club for pulling it off and it is a bit of a coup for us... it just all needs to work.... if it doesn’t I would suspect Adams will be moved somewhere else in the club and Phelan left in charge. Jas the Barclay King
Curious. A good appointment on the face of it. But I do wonder why hasn’t he had a job before now after coaching at one of the biggest clubs in the world. Lake District Canary
Excellent news, a CV that’s hard to fault. Perhaps he was waiting for a job that didn’t ultimately come his way back in the summer or, perhaps, he’d taken the Mail Ship to St Helena and wasn’t in Europe and wasn’t contactable either. Onward and upward. Bury Green
It looks a very good appointment, not only because of the previous relationship Phelan has had with Norwich, but also with Adams is certainly a good sign. Hopefully onwards and upwards. Personally I didn’t think this would happen, having been SAF’s right hand man at Man U, but am very pleased and pleasantly surprised. Mrs Miggins
A new and successful Norwich dynasty, who knows, but certainly a great ambition IMO. Jenkins
Pleased to see Phelan back at the club. It would be nice to think Norwich can get back to playing successful football with this set-up. However, it’s hard not to view it as a gentle way of easing Adams out as manager, should results continue to be disappointing. Pyro Pete
Do you think Phelan will inspire an upturn in form for the Canaries? Leave you comments below.