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Three-man shortlist sees Norwich City narrow search for manager; Neil Warnock an unlikely fit

06:14 07 January 2015

Mike Phelan is on Norwich City

Mike Phelan is on Norwich City's shortlist as the Canaries' search for their new manager. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Norwich City have only a narrow shortlist of candidates for their next manager – but it remains to be seen when their new man will be in place.

It is understood that just three names feature on the Canaries’ list of managerial contenders they are pursuing, in their search to replace Neil Adams, following his resignation on Monday.

City made a point of “scouring Europe” for their full-time successor to Chris Hughton in the aftermath of top-flight relegation in May.

This time, chief executive David McNally is believed to have been given the green light to lead the board’s search for the right man to fill Adams’ shoes – and steer City back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

And that may yet prove to be Mike Phelan, who is on the City shortlist and remains in temporary charge of first-team affairs while Norwich continue their search.

Check out part two of Monday’s Mustard News for Sport Extra – and our initial reaction to the news of Neil Adams’ resignation as Norwich City manager

The first-team coach is also still the considerable favourite for the job with bookmakers – and may yet be the man in charge for City’s crunch Championship clash at leaders Bournemouth on Saturday.

Reports have suggested the Canaries are keen on making their appointment in time for the weekend trip to the Cherries – however, it is a deadline the club is unlikely to stick too if it proves detrimental to their search.

Either way, while hoping Adams’ tenure would ultimately prove to be a success, it seems likely the Canaries’ board had been considering what would need to happen if things did not pan out as they had wanted.

One man understood not to be currently in the running for the Carrow Road vacancy is former Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock, pictured below, who has received no contact from the Canaries while at his home in Cornwall. Warnock was sacked by the Premier League strugglers just before the turn of the year.

Gianfranco Zola, who was spoken to by City over their summer vacancy, is also unlikely to feature in the running this time. He took charge of Italian Serie A side Cagliari on Christmas Eve.

Latest betting (as of Wednesday morning): Mike Phelan 1-2, Tim Sherwood 3-1, Oscar Garcia 8-1, Karl Robinson 12-1, Roy Keane 14-1, Uwe Rosler 16-1, Alan Stubbs 20-1, Brian McDermott 20-1, Nigel Adkins 25-1, Stuart McCall 25-1. Source: SkyBet. • Follow Michael Bailey on Twitter @michaeljbailey

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52 comments

  • I agree NICEONE but appointing a manager is such a lottery. I don't envy the board their task but I do question the urgency of an appointment without giving MP a chance.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • * Offices *

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    Bring on Foggo

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Archant never DID like people " Slashing " over their site ; - - - - Why else would they call their Norwich Prostate House ?

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    Bring on Foggo

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • I notice that this comment section cannot tolerate the forward slash symbol. My earlier remarks contained man - woman with that mark and it shows as one word. I hope my meaning was clear - employ a manager or a manageress... Also not sure where I submitted an identical comment!

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    Patrick

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • I've said it before and I will say it again........If we get the right man who can demonstrate management ability and take us forward then I don't care where he has come from or what his previous history is. The only problem with this is that it is not verifiable until long after the ink has dried on the contract si I will just put my trust in the board.

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    NICEONE

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Fans making sounds for M McCarthy want to look at his managing record and then they may think again. If Ipswich lose Murphy they will rapidly be in reverse. Asking for Murphy to be purchased might be a more sensible ask.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • City could do with a Manager from abroad who doesn't speak English then we could blame bad results on the players not understanding him. Or why not take the current trend in business and appoint a lady Manager. Seems the search is confined to a candidate that the Board could throw their cap over and can get a cheap day return ticket for the interview. Would like someone with footballing nous to be choosing the new Manager. By previous appointments no one in the hierarchy has any idea and just got Lambert by luck and he was just down the road at the time.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Simple principle: pick a manwoman with real leadership qualities. Confidence and belief - and a good squad - are paramount.

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    Patrick

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Short termism is OUT. Look ahead, way ahead and take the worst results together with the best. Who wrote that NCFC manager will have his hands tied by the Board committee? Don't let that happen. Time to take time and find someone who can and will do the job and will be allowed to do the job. What matters this season is that NCFC remain in the Championship - preferably top half. Any 'supporters' who bay for the Manager's blood should also be interviewed for the position!

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    Patrick

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Alex Neil it is then!

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    ScotCan

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Not sure Mc Nally could cope with directness let alone the the players of Tim Sherwood...but maybe what we need as time scales are short....Phelan is a relative unknown in terms of people management...tactic's should be Wow!! So that leaves Mc Nally who has more opportunity to evaluate and select the best person to deliver what's needed...far better than any supporter. It has to be said the managers appointed by Mc Nally before now... show a very poor record...Ho Hum!!

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    Chirpy 'Yellow'

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • We all know it's going to be given to Phelan so why all the delay? Or are the board waiting to see who applies. why not give it to MP on a temporary basis until the end of the season and re-consider then? then if he's not up to it we wont have to pay a fortune to sack him? Think we need an experienced manager but not too much available.

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    Chilly62

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • I think Mick McCarthy has far too much respect for the Ipswich fans to jump ship to us now. If I am right then good for him.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • I'm slightly surprised by all those against Phelan due to his Norwich connections and a lack of experience. He's not a one club man and has achieved a huge amount away from Norwich. And as a manager yes he does have a lack of experience but as much as i like Sherwood he's only managed for 6 months. Scholes recently wrote an article about how Phelan more or less ran Manchester United. He may not be the right man, and he certainly wont be able to replicate that success but i'd be happy to see what he could do.

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    Norfolk boy in Hackney

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Hey Orwell troll Snott, least we have a pot. You don't even have one to Pi$$ in.

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    B Inners

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • I cant really go with they have all been sacked routine. Have a look at the Prem and Chump and see how many are working and doing ok after being sacked, some several times. I make it 8 in the Prem alone, and most of the chump. Its just a merry go round, same old names.

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    spanishcanary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • No Mick McCarthy on the list - strange ? The last time we appointed a manager from one of our neighbours, it worked out very well. I am sure MM would be very glad to hightail it out of a bankrupt club relic of a club with as many empty seats as full ones and come to a club with PL credentials. Having said that, the downside is the board dither on this important appointment for a couple of weeks before naming Phelan as manager. This will smack of the same-old same-old we saw before NA's appointment. I have to say at this stage it must be 50-50 between Phelan and an outsider. Let us hope that DMcN gets this one right, otherwise we will be looking for a new CEO too in the summer !

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Somebody mentioned at some point about Phelan bringing discipline. He always seemed the "good cop" in the relationship with Fergie - messing about (balloon), joking in interviews, the players' friend. I don't know what the solution is but it seems crazy to make a decision before Saturday and upset the plans Phelan presumably already has in place. No rush, there is nobody on the list that is going to get another job any minute. Why not wait and see what happens over next three games? If Phelan cracks it, give him the job, if not we won't have wasted any more money.

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    jigs69

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • I've read accounts that Alex Neil is a young, ambitious and feisty manager. Bit of a step up coming to us in a crucial part of the season though? It could be a masterstroke but who knows, I hope he would be able to navigate past the ''are we supposed to know who you are'' situation...

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    GossVolley

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • ...mind you, back in January last year I said to give Hughton the boot and get Koeman who'd just resigned from Feyenoord. We'd still be a Premier League club and not in this mess if we'd done that - but then what do I know...

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    Crazy canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Alex Neil, Tim Sherwood and Mike Phelan is not a list that fills me with joy. I like the look of Alex Neil though - young and hungry is a good combination as our best manager of recent times always said...

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    Crazy canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • alex neil - hamilton manager cut from 331 to 118 on skybet - thats a market surge that needs consideration. McN knows the scottish game and he got the accies promoted last year against the odds

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    cda1982

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Leftfield might be better than this wretched list of names. Looks like the last chicken in the shop to me. Still think Phelan. Anyone but Colin W. Great article by Rick Waghorn on MFW if anyone's got the time.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Go away Sid Snot

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • A name coming from leftfield that has started cropping up on betting lists is Alex Neil, whom I believe is a young manager doing well at Hamilton in the SPL

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    GossVolley

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Liz Knott you need to be careful because Ipsiit list of managers doesn't read too nicely over the few years either. Glasshouse and stones springs to mind. Some might want a change of board members but, at least we know who they are!!!

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    Egyptian canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • There has been a relative quiet time of late from the Prancing Donkey trolls from Portaloo Road but sadly no doubt tired of her new toys Liz Snott has reappeared, time to spare to look at what real football clubs get up to but rather than respond to her it is better to ignore and she will slink back under her stone again. Maybe she is worried that Mick McCarthy might want to come here!

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    blackdog2

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • NO! No Colin (Neil Warnock)! Not Colin! Not possible! Colin can NOT be on that list! He would have no shame nor spine if he applied for the job, and the Board would have no shame nor spine if hiring him. Might as well take Roy Keane then!

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    Norwegian Canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Looking at the list of potential managers doesnt bode to well for NCFC.The vast majority of them have all been sacked and doesnt fill me with much hope.Whoever the board pick will be in for a rough ride because as has been stated by DM,promotion is an absolute priority this season and if it looks unlikely, the supporters will give the new manager just as much flack as they have previous managers.Prising a relatively successful manager from another club would seem a safer bet but even that is no guarantee he would achieve promotion and judging by post and quotes in the EDP nothing else would seem acceptable.No pressure there then.

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    Trevor Sadd

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Well the pathetic board at carrow road headed by cinderella McNally have just shot themselves in the foot again, no Mr Warnock, the only person left to give them a chance this season for promotion, and the reason is that he will tell them what he thinks and we dont like that down here do we ? well appoint another YES man who agrees with everythng that the board wants , which will be Mr Phelan , the worlds worst kept secret , the pressure is on pal , if you fail the fans will eat you for breakfast and the board will be the desert !!

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    thefox77

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • The club need to get this appointment right,after the last two disasters,otherwise this club will going nowhere.

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    Robbo

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Having looked at the list of potential managers, there is not one on the list I would go for, apart from Robinson, the rest have all been sacked before at some stage, so they could not get it right then

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    Derek McDonald

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Interesting suggestion Blackdog, do we need somebody on the left? Trouble is, it would probably lead to a huge increase in the number of own goals.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • That "Rising star" Ed Milliband will be looking for a job shortly!!!!!

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    blackdog2

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • How about giving Mike Phelan a chance?

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Indecent and totally unnecessary haste.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • How about Mark Cooper at Swindon?

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    Colin

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • MP must have had some bite to have been respected by Fergie. OK, previously he may not have been successful, but who is to begin with? Whoever it is, they have to have experience of managinghandling highly paid footballers (with all that that brings with it). I don't know who's best for the job, but maybe they have to let Phelan lead on the next couple of games and then decide?

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    Surrey Canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Perfect analysis Malaga, we have to trust the board and accept they'll appoint 'on paper' the best suited candidate. After that, as you say, execute the responsibilities and bring the nucleus of a squad and club together and tickety boo we should be on the right tracks .......... that's football eh? All exciting times though OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • That old bag Liz Snotts reappeared!!

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    dave123

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • This club needs a manager not a coach like Mike Phelan ......how many more times before Norwich learn....Gunn,Adams,Phelan!

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    dave123

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Last time McNally "scoured Europe" for three weeks he ended up appointing a man from Norwich. On which basis perhaps we should re-writet he map of Europe as far as the River Wensum?! On a serious note, I know the Board gets its knocks but we have to accept that appointing a manager is always a gamble to say the least. Providing they do actually scour the market properly, do their homework and due diligence, we ought then to get the right man, on paper anyway. After that we then have to hope he executes his responsibilities at the club and can develop a lasting change for the better. Very often the "new broom" starts well but fades - and then a club is back into the revolving door situation. That's football, eh?

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Careful normanh, having a go at the board will rouse the "mind what you wish for" brigade. I note however that McNally has been given green light to lead the search. As he is widely credited for head hunting Lambert is that cause for optimism? No! Shame, just a thought.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Mrs s...bag, where have you been? We've missed your poisonous anecdotes, knott!

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    JOROBIT

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Love the phrase about City "scouring Europe " before appointing N Adams, a good man but a Youth team coach with absolutely no experience. The " scouring of Europe "must have been a day trip to Calais. N City board have little ambition other than keeping the money in the bank and wallowing in the Championship. If only they had the desire of the supporters.

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    norman hall

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • ncfc =Tin Pot club. No decent manager would give it a second look. Hence your horrendus hire and fire record. 30 managers and counting!!

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    Liz Knott

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • It has to be Sherwood,who would give the players a kick up the backside which is needed .

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    Robbo

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Why would you want to install a manager before the weekends game v Bournemouth, what benefit is there in that? Surely it would just be to parade a figure for the media. All the hard work is being done by MP at Colney, so leave Saturday's game down to MP and his team. Announce the manager after the weekend ......... unless it is MP of course ........ fancy a fiver on that Mrs Danger ........ only £2.50 plus your stake back though !

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    nevermindthedanger

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Phelan or Sherwood. None of the rest on that list inspire me

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    Dave T

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Headline lured me on to discover who the other candidates are. Instead it only tells me who it's not. Anyway, has to be Phelan, any other result would prove too costly.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Captain Mainwaring as manager for NCFC dad's army

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    alec

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Enjoy Cornnwall. You would not like it in Norwich.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

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