Canaries name Grant as new boss

STEVE DOWNES Norwich City's 12 day search for a new boss ended this evening as they announced the appointment of West Ham's assistant manager Peter Grant.Grant, 41, who played in the midfield for City after a long spell with Celtic, will take over as manager on Monday - subject to a compensation package being agreed with the Hammers.

STEVE DOWNES

Norwich City's 12 day search for a new boss ended this evening as they announced the appointment of West Ham's assistant manager Peter Grant.

Grant, 41, who played in the midfield for City after a long spell with Celtic, will take over as manager on Monday - subject to a compensation package being agreed with the Hammers.

The appointment is something of a gamble for Norwich, with Grant having never managed a club.


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More fancied names like Alan Curbishley, Bryan Robson, Kevin Blackwell and former City favourite Mark Bowen have all either ruled themselves out of the race or been overlooked in recent days.

The announcement, made on the club's website, came on a day when bookies suspended all betting on the managerial vacancy in the wake of “higher than usual” interest in Grant.

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The flurry of bets on Grant was sparked by reports last night that he had not travelled with the West Ham squad for Saturday's Premiership game at Portsmouth.

The Scotsman takes over from Nigel Worthington, who was sacked on October 1 after six years in the hotseat, following a 4-1 home defeat to Burnley.

Grant made 68 appearances for City in the late 90s.

Caretaker boss Martin Hunter will take charge of the team for the first and only time tomorrow at Queens Park Rangers.

Grant said: "I'm absolutely delighted at the opportunity to manage a great club like Norwich. I can't wait to get started - I'm raring to go and looking forward to getting stuck into the challenge of getting the Club back up the table and challenging for promotion.

"Norwich were the first Club to bring me to England as a player and I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Carrow Road. It's the fantastic people around the place as well as the massive potential of the Club that's combined to tempt me away from the Premiership."

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