Alan Irvine waits for the call to stay at Norwich City after plotting a 4-0 final day Championship romp over QPR

John Ruddy played his final game for Norwich City.
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

John Ruddy played his final game for Norwich City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alan Irvine could be following John Ruddy out of the Norwich City exit after guiding the Canaries to a 4-0 final day Championship win over QPR.

Ruddy's farewell dominated proceedings at Carrow Road but Irvine is still waiting to hear if he is part of the new era following a 10-game stint in interim charge.

Newly-crowned player-of-the-year Wes Hoolahan grabbed a brace and Alex Pritchard and Josh Murphy were on target to help City finish eighth, 10 points outside the play-offs.

'I am at the end of season dinner on Monday and then I'm off home,' said Irvine. 'I will be waiting for a phone call at some point. I have not been told anything else. I don't know what the situation is about the new head coach. The first thing that has to happen is the new head coach has to want me to stay on. He may not. He may well want to bring in his own people. I fully understand that.

'Secondly, if he did consider me staying on no doubt he would want to sit down with me and have a chat and at the end of that he might not want me to stay on. Thirdly, if he does want me to still stay on then I might have a decision to make. I am at a stage of my career where I work for job satisfaction. If all I am doing is picking up balls, bibs and cones I am not going to be too keen on that. That is not how I see my future. I don't have a decision to make until I am told otherwise.'

Irvine admits it has been a difficult time for him and the rest of Alex Neil's former backroom staff.

'It is not just me, Dean (Kiely) or Frankie (McAvoy), it is other people who are waiting to find out as well,' he said. 'That is the thing I have been saying about the job people have been doing. They have had to do a thoroughly professional job without knowing if they are going to be here or not and they deserve huge amounts of credit for that as well. It is astonishing for me they haven't been told what is happening. I am not happy about it. Quite simply. It is a strange position. We should know by now. It is up to them to come to us and tell us.

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'To be a caretaker for 10 games is very unusual. At the beginning it was one game at a time and then the last five games as a block and when it became five games then it was easier because we knew the situation.'

Irvine paid his own tribute to Ruddy, who bowed out after 243 games.

'Really pleased for John and everybody. Fantastic for the other players, the staff and the fans,' he said. 'He has obviously seen some great times here. He has been a terrific servant for the club. He has seen some lows as well, but that is part and parcel of being at a club for such a length of time. John can certainly look back on his career here with a great deal of pride.

'It was a lovely gesture by Russell Martin to suggest John be the captain. Russell phoned me during the week and I went along with it straight away. We didn't tell John until just before the game. We wanted it to be a surprise and I think he appreciated it. I would have thought he'll get a club, no problem. For a goal keeper he certainly has a lot of time ahead of him.

'It certainly won't be the end of John's career. Where he goes next, I am not quite sure but there will be some phone calls and some options.'

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