Matt Gill relishing his time in charge of Norwich City’s development squad

Matt Gill has taken charge of Norwich City Under-23s in recent months. Picture by Matthew Usher/Focu

Matt Gill has taken charge of Norwich City Under-23s in recent months. Picture by Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd

Interim under-23s coach Matt Gill is relishing his time in charge of Norwich City's development side.

The former Canaries midfielder has been overseeing the U23s squad alongside academy manager Richard Money since Dmitri Halajko left in February.

Gill finished his playing career with a spell in League Two with Tranmere Rovers in 2014/15 before returning to the Canaries, who he helped to win the League One title under Paul Lambert in 2010.

'It's been nine or 10 weeks now and I've absolutely loved it,' Gill said after Monday's 0-0 draw with Brighton U23s at Carrow Road.

'I've been at the club now 21 months and really enjoy being part of it and love doing this role. Working with them boys every day has been great.'

The former Peterborough and Exeter player could now be in the running to take on the role this summer and admits he has managerial ambitions.


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'One day, I'm not naïve to think that I'm ready now,' Gill said when asked if he would like to be involved in first team management in the future.

'It's obviously a very volatile industry and I'd want to make sure I was very much ready for an opportunity if one arose.

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'I'm really enjoying developing as a coach within the academy, I've been supported really well by the likes of Alan Irvine and Frankie McAvoy this season and since I've been doing the role.

'It's been a real opportunity to learn a lot in a short space of time so I've tried to take everything that I possibly can from it.'

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The draw with the Seagulls brought the young Canaries' Premier League Two campaign to a close, finishing bottom of Division Two, ahead of Sunday's Premier League Cup semi-final against Reading.

'It was a very scrappy game, especially second half and obviously the boys are fully aware of Sunday, it was another game at Carrow Road which always makes them a little bit excitable,' the 36-year-old continued.

'They always enjoy playing at Carrow Road, all the management staff were here so that may have had a little bit to do with it but they've played here enough this season to be a little bit more clean in what they did second half.

'So we're very disappointed with the quality that we showed but we showed some battling qualities to keep a clean sheet.'

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