Mike Phelan has no magic wand to transform Norwich City

Mike Phelan gets down to work at Norwich City's Colney Training Centre with manager Neil Adams (cent

Mike Phelan gets down to work at Norwich City's Colney Training Centre with manager Neil Adams (centre) and Gary Holt. Picture: canaries.co.uk - Credit: Archant

Norwich City's new first team coach Mike Phelan does not possess a magic wand but he is promising to make a difference.

Phelan was officially unveiled on the eve of Reading's Championship visit and the former Manchester United assistant boss insists the focus must now return to the players ahead of his Carrow Road return.

'They all want to be winners, they all want to progress, you can tell that in the training sessions,' he said. 'They are a nice, lively bunch. They seem keen and eager and if you have good players they take things on board. You just need turning points.

'Norwich is no different to a few other teams. Everyone wants results and most want it yesterday; that is the pressure that comes with the job.

'It is down to the players, the quality and determination of those players determines what direction you take as a coach and a manager. Of course there are certain things you can influence and I can bring experience to what is already here but there is no secret to it. There is no magic wand. For me it is about looking forward and what I can add.


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'There might be things that are really good here so you want to maintain them and push forward and other things we have to introduce to get results. My season starts this weekend.'

Phelan's first campaign as a Norwich player ended with the Second Division title success and the parallels were not lost on the Hall of Famer as he sat alongside manager Neil Adams at Colney this week.

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'I came in just after they had won the cup but got relegated and the club managed to keep hold of everybody then, which is a little bit similar to now,' he said. 'You think of people like (Steve) Bruce, (Chris) Woods and (Dave) Watson. We added a few and gradually progressed. I was talking to some people at the hotel about players from that generation who stayed in the area and who love being down here and I could have been one of them, like Gunny and all those people.

'I know what it means to people here. There is tradition. It is a club moving forward and you want to be a part of it. There aren't many clubs out there in this position and we can achieve things.

'You have to bring the crowd along with you and to be fair the Norwich City crowd have always been there. I can relate to my days here as a captain, they are passionate about their football team. Sometimes they are disappointed but that is football, it is an emotional game, but we won the title in my first season and got promoted which was great.'

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