A happy reunion at the Walker's?
CHRIS LAKEY There will be more than a slight whiff of familiarity in the air at the Walker's Stadium this weekend - and it won't be the smell of a packet of cheese and onion wafting around.
There will be more than a slight whiff of familiarity in the air at the Walker's Stadium this weekend - and it won't be the smell of a packet of cheese and onion wafting around.
Canaries striker-defender Dion Dublin knows all about the Foxes' den, having spent a season and a half there after leaving Aston Villa in the summer of 2004.
But it's definitely not one-way traffic, with the announcement this week that ex-City boss Nigel Worthington and former assistant Doug Livermore would be taking the reins until the end of the season simply adding to the Norwich City influence.
Midfielders Andy Johnson and Jason Jarrett, plus defenders Darren Kenton and striker Elvis Hammond have all worn the yellow and green shirt with varying degrees of success over the years.
Johnson's career began at Norwich but he left in the summer of 1997, sold by Mike Walker to Nottingham Forest for £2.2m.
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However, the others have all been in much closer contact with Worthington and Livermore.
Kenton was already at the club when Livermore came back for the third time, in 1999, as coach - followed in the summer of 2000 by Worthington as joint assistant manager.
Rumour has it that Kenton's relationship with Worthington wasn't the smoothest, although it appeared to have started well enough. Kenton did well in his first season under Worthington's stewardship and in early 2001 signed a contract extension. A year later he was helping City to the play-off final at Cardiff, but his performances began to attract the attention of bigger clubs and Kenton got itchy feet.
When City failed to reach the play-offs in 2003, Kenton failed to agree a new contract and the relationship was over. City terminated his contract in May, allowing him to sign for a new club on a Bosman deal - the new club turned out to be Southampton, where he stayed for three years before joining Leicester.
While Kenton's relationship with Worthington was a tad fractious, Jarrett's was much rockier. The midfielder - currently on loan from Preston - was brought in from Wigan as the first signing of the 2005 close season. Manager and player had worked together at Blackpool, but Jarrett was a disappointment, making just half a dozen starts in a troubled 12 months at Carrow Road which included loan spells at Plymouth and Preston.
He made the move to Preston a permanent one, signing off with a rebuke for his former manager.
“After the first two months it was obvious something was not right,” he said. “And there was always only going to be one winner.”
Jarrett was in Rob Kelly's last starting line-up - Monday's 3-0 defeat at Plymouth - but could have a question mark over his participation today.
Hammond spent a month on loan to Norwich in the summer of 2003 but while he showed bags of pace he displayed little else and, after four appearances as a sub and no goals, injury cut short his stay and he returned to Fulham.
He signed for Leicester on a permanent basis the summer of 2005, but might be lucky to make the bench.