Battle is on for head coach role at Norwich City

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom- set for a Carrow Road return? Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Im

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom- set for a Carrow Road return? Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Uwe Rosler is the latest name touted with the Norwich City head coach vacancy.

Reports over the weekend, in the Sun on Sunday, claimed the Fleetwood boss is the first choice of prospective new sporting director Stuart Webber. The head of football operations at Huddersfield has been identified as the man City's board want to drive forward the football side at Carrow Road. His first task will be to find Alex Neil's long term replacement and Webber reportedly wanted Rosler to take charge of the Terriers prior to opting for his compatriot David Wagner in 2015.

The duo have guided Huddersfield to the fringes of the top two in the battle for promotion from the Championship, but Rosler has Fleetwood challenging to reach the second tier, with the ambitious Lancashire outfit third in League One.

Alan Irvine and Paul Heckingbottom have headed the betting lists in recent days, after the pair were on opposite sides of the tunnel prior to the international break – Irvine in his role as interim boss of the Canaries and Heckingbottom as manager of Barnsley.

It was Irvine who came out on top that day as City won 2-0 – but will he come out top when it comes to the new City job?

Irvine says he doesn't want the job, even though the City board of directors have enough faith in him at this crucial period of the season to extend his interim role to a third game – this weekend's trip to Aston Villa.

The Scot recently said: 'If the club wanted to speak to me about the job I would offer them the courtesy of listening to what they had to say.

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'It is not something I have thought will happen.'

The bookies think the 58-year-old is firmly in the picture, but it is here that Heckingbottom's name muddies the waters.

The former Canaries defender took Barnsley into the Championship through the play-offs last season and is seen as one of the game's up-and-coming young coaches.

The bookies agree – the odds on Heckingbottom being appointed have been slashed to 8/13 with SkyBet and 11/10 with BetVictor.

Irvine, meanwhile, is close behind at 9/2 with SkyBet and 5-1 with BetVictor.

Heckingbottom's odds represent plenty of interest in the 39-year-old – could they have been slashed in response to his comments about the challenge he faces at Oakwell this summer.

The Tykes boss lost key players in January with the departures of Conor Hourihane, Sam Winnall and James Bree – and this summer could see more go, with a number of his top players out of contract and several others, on loan, returning to their parent clubs.

There's a clear-out needed at Norwich, but not necessarily on such a grand scale.

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