Gunn’s delight for Norwich City

Bryan Gunn insists that nobody is more pleased than him to see Norwich City back in the big time after his ill-fated spell as manager.

Gunn was sacked by the Canaries after the 7-1 thrashing against Colchester United at the start of City's League One campaign in 2009 – a result which sparked a sequence of events that has led to successive promotions under Paul Lambert.

Many eyebrows were raised at the decisive nature of his dismissal but, after the club had sunk to its lowest ebb, drastic changes needed to be made and Gunn was the new regime's first victim.

The former Scotland international, who served the club so well as a player and later as an ambassador, does not bear any grudge against the Canaries but does regret a series of results, which cost him his job.

'I look back at probably four results that turned my time there at the end of one season and the start of another,' said Gunn, who was speaking at the filming of the video for Norwich-based band, The Colour's Who Are Ya song, which the 47-year-old features in.


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'It was disappointing that it hinged on that but Norwich City are back where they deserve to be. I had an opportunity to take a job on but it didn't quite work out right.

'But no-one is more delighted than me to see Paul Lambert, Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa doing so well and taking the club back to the next level.

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'People like Delia (Smith), Michael (Wynn-Jones) and Michael Foulger, have put a lot of time and money into the club.

'For them to be repaid is very important. Hopefully with the right results next season they can sustain that and make Norwich City even stronger.'

Gunn admitted to taking some satisfaction from bringing fans' hero Grant Holt to the club with the �400,000 buy from Shrewsbury playing a pivotal role in the club's successive promotions.

But he believes the supporters who decided not to take up the option of the season ticket rebate deserve more credit as it was that money, along with Michael Foulger's contribution, that allowed the Canaries to bring the striker to Norfolk.

'Grant was always going to be a top player,' he added. 'His wholeheartedness, attitude and ability to go through the pain barrier was one of the reasons we brought him in.

'That was down to the fans and the rebate that they didn't take back and Michael Foulger added money to it. Grant turned up on the back of that so the supporters played their part in that as well. It's great to see him doing well.'

Gunn believes Norwich's home form will be the key to extending their stay in the top flight and hopes they can keep the momentum going they have established over the last two years.

'Home games are going to be very important and to win what some people call the mini league within the Premier League,' he said. 'They will certainly look to win the home games against the clubs that they could be up against at the end of the season.

'A good start and who knows what could happen though? The fans have backed the club through thick and thin and they deserve to enjoy it.'

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