About the new boss

Peter Grant made his name at Scottish giants Celtic, for whom he made 495 league and cup appearances between 1982 and 1997.

Peter Grant made his name at Scottish giants Celtic, for whom he made 495 league and cup appearances between 1982 and 1997.

The 41-year-old hails from the Bellshill area of Glasgow - the birthplace of former Canaries defender Malky Mackay, who played with Grant during his time at Celtic Park.

Grant came close to signing for City in the 1991-92 season for £350,000, but it wasn't until August, 1997, when then manager Mike Walker was at the helm, that he found his way south.

A Scotland international, Grant made 37 appearances in his first season at Carrow Road and deputised for skipper Matt Jackson. He went on to make a total of 75 appearances, including five as a sub, for the Canaries before Bruce Rioch began to rebuild his squad - without Grant.


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His contract was ripped up in July, 1999, and he moved to Reading, where he made 29 appearances, before taking up a role as player-coach at Bournemouth.

He became first-team coach at Dean Court under manager Sean O'Driscoll as the Cherries shot up the old Division Three table and thrashed Lincoln 5-2 in the 2003 play-off final.

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That alerted West Ham boss Alan Pardew, who took Grant to Upton Park as first team coach, replacing Paul Goddard in January, 2004.

The Hammers reached the play-off final a few months later, losing to Crystal Palace, but the following year beat Preston 1-0 to return to the Premiership, finishing ninth in their first season and reaching the FA Cup final, only to lose to Liverpool on penalties.

FACTFILE

Peter Grant

Born: Bellshill, Scotland August 30, 1965

Playing position: Midfield

Nationality: Scottish

Celtic: 27 July 1982 to 22 August 1997 - Youth player. Appearances: League 361 (1) 15 goals, FA Cup 34 (4) 1 goal, League Cup 40 (3) 3 goals other 27 (0) 1 goal.

Norwich: 22 August 1997 to 20 August 1999 - fee £200,000 Appearances: League 64 (4) 3 goals, FA Cup 2 (0) League Cup: 4 (1).

Reading: 20 August 1999 to 01 July 2000 - Free transfer. Appearances: League 27 (2) 1goal, FA Cup 0 (4), League Cup 3 (0) and other 2 (0)

Bournemouth: 1 July 2000 to 1 July 2002 - Free transfer. Appearances: League: 14 (1) 0 League Cup: 2 (0) other: 1 (0)

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