Former England boss Roy Hodgson set to turn down top role at Norwich City

Delia Smith talks to Roy Hodgson after a match at Carrow Road.
Picture: by Paul Chesterton/Focus Im

Delia Smith talks to Roy Hodgson after a match at Carrow Road. Picture: by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Roy Hodgson is understood to be advising Norwich City of their next move in the managerial merry-go-round which has struck the Championship – but is reluctant to take fill the club's vacancy himself.

The former England manager is known to be a friend of the club's owners, Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones, who sacked manager Alex Neil on Friday as the Championship play-off bid faltered again.

And it is understood they turned to the veteran football man recently as they work out a way forward for the club.

It appears the owners want Hodgson involved but the 69-year-old may need persuading to take on the job himself. However, there is possibility of Hodgson being a football consultant or advisor or even a non-executive board director.

The club are expected to announce details of structural reorganisation off the field this week, with the expectation being that the chief executive role will not be reprised in its previous form, and that a director of football role will be created. That's the role many had 'earmarked' for Hodgson – leaving either a manager or head coach to be appointed.

Two men considered among the candidates for the Carrow Road vacancy – Gary Rowett and Mark Warburton – joined Derby County and Nottingham Forest respectively yesterday morning.

And they both took with them senior members of their tried and trusted backroom teams.

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While the future of the likes of coaching staff Alan Irvine – who is expected to be in charge for this weekend's home game against Barnsley – and Frankie McAvoy is unclear, it is other members of staff, away from the touchline whose presence may be off-putting for prospective managers who come with their own sizeable teams.

When Warburton joined Forest yesterday, along with him went Frank McParland, who is a highly-rated talent spotter and is now Forest's director of football.

It means if City want the best, then it may mean taking on a bigger package than just a manager and a team for the dug-out on a Saturday afternoon.

That would, in turn, mean, sacrificing some current members of staff, which the owners may be reluctant to do.

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