'There's still a bit to do in terms of stabilising the club' – City legend to boost Wroxham recovery
Community Sports Foundation
Bringing in Norwich City legend Adam Drury alongside new manager Jordan Southgate is the next step in the rebuilding process at Wroxham.
The former Canaries captain will assist 25-year-old Southgate, who he coaches alongside at the Community Sports Foundation and recently worked with as they achieved their Uefa B licences.
Appointing a former Premier League left-back represents something of a coup for the Yachtsmen, who stabilised with 13th place this season after relegation to step five of the non-league pyramid.
“There are some really good sides in the division, I just want us to be in the mix at the end of the season,” Wroxham chairman Lee Robson said. “To be in and around it, and a couple of good cup runs would lift the place as well.
“That’s pretty much where we are, there’s still a bit to do in terms of stabilising the club and building foundations for the future, and this is hopefully a long-term appointment.”
Southgate picks up the reins at the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties Premier Division side just days after Jamie Godbold and assistant Andy Reynolds left for Lowestoft Town, stepping up from his role as reserves boss at Trafford Park.
“It’s probably the hardest job at the club, being in charge of the reserves, because you don’t know who you’ve got until two hours before the game!” Robson added.
“It’s playing against proper blokes in the Anglian Combination and he did really well, played some good football. Jordan’s a lovely fella, very mature for his age – he’s 25 going on 45 – and loves the club because he’s been here for six years. He played for the under-18s before his knee injury, so he’s very well regarded at the club.”
Drury made 361 appearances for Norwich between 2001 and 2012, including two promotions to the top flight.
“His record speaks for itself: 500 games, Premier League, captain at Norwich,” Robson continued. “He’s another lovely fella, really down to earth, no airs and graces about him – but he’s a very steely character as well.
“He knows his mind and what he wants to do. He’ll have high standards that professionals would look for and he won’t take any nonsense, and that’s what it’s all about, treating people properly on and off the pitch.”
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