Duffy's future in the balance

CHRIS LAKEY Jim Duffy's tenure as Norwich City caretaker manager stretches to a third game today, with the Scot admitting he has little idea of what the future holds.

CHRIS LAKEY

Jim Duffy's tenure as Norwich City caretaker manager stretches to a third game today, with the Scot admitting he has little idea of what the future holds.

Duffy's original two-game role was extended on Wednesday, the day after City were beaten for a second game in a row - 2-1 at Burnley.

Victory, or even a point, at West Brom today would go a long way to helping City in their current crisis, although whether or not it helps Duffy remains to be seen.

It could prove to be his last game, particularly after the last two results.

"I don't know, I really don't know," he said. "I really can't answer those questions. Even off the record, what can I say? They said to me I would have two games, and then I got a phone call on Wednesday saying I would definitely be in charge for the West Brom game. I said fine.

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"That is what I will do - it is not ideal circumstances for anybody, I think more so for the supporters. The supporters are more concerned than me. I am in here and preparing the players anyway so it is not a great difference to me, I will go and do the job. It would be nice to have one or two easier teams to play against."

Duffy would appear to be in a difficult position: his period as caretaker has so far done him few favours as far as his aspirations are concerned, while the fact that he was brought in by Grant may see him proven guilty by association in a regime that failed so miserably.

But, despite the problems, the former Hibs and Dundee manager says he is relishing the challenge.

"I love it, love it," he said. "Of course I am totally frustrated by the results, and angry and disappointed," he said.

"We know those emotions come into play when you don't win, but it's a strange thing you get when you are involved - the more difficulties that come up the more you just seem you have to bat them away one at a time.

"That's what you have to try and do and if you manage to turn things around there is a sweeter taste.

"But you have to still turn them around, that's the thing."

Duffy's cause wasn't helped by an interruption to the training schedule this week, thanks to the coach breaking down on the return journey from Burnley.

"We had to bring some players in who didn't play, we brought them in at 1pm - the rest of the guys we gave a day off," he said. "We normally bring them in, but because of the time they got back they'd just be shattered.

"It's been quite a baptism of fire."