Mike Phelan’s exit a surprise to Michael Turner – but Norwich City will move on

Michael Turner wins a header on his recall to the Norwich City side against Cardiff. Picture by Paul

Michael Turner wins a header on his recall to the Norwich City side against Cardiff. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Forget talk of Mike Phelan's body language and what role he was taking up – the man made an impact on his brief return to Norwich City.

In the end, it lasted just 56 days as Phelan decided the job he was leaving wasn't the same as the one he was recruited to do for Neil Adams.

'When Mike first came in, I think everyone was enjoying the sessions he was putting on,' said Michael Turner. 'He has got huge experience in coaching and everyone learned a lot from him. He put on very good sessions and everyone enjoyed them.

'With Neil Adams leaving, it rocks the boat a little bit and whoever's made the decision, Mike has gone which is a slight disappointment. But we move on as players and as a squad.

'It was a little bit (of a surprise). When he came in he brought in some good ideas and the lads really bought into him.


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'And with the change in management, everyone was half-guessing what might happen – and he's gone. So it's just one of those things and we wish him all the best.'

Where Phelan heads for next is a moot point. Hull remain a strongly rumoured destination, working alongside manager Steve Bruce – and at one of Turner's former clubs.

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'I did read that in the week,' added the City centre-back. 'There's a position there, he's got the capabilities to coach at top clubs and obviously Hull in the Premier League would be a good opportunity for him.'

We all wait and see what happens there, but what we do know is that City's current manager Alex Neil is bringing down Frankie McAvoy from Hamilton Academical, to be his right-hand man at Carrow Road.

'Eveyone's just got on with it really,' said Turner. 'I think that's all you can do as players, is train hard and work towards the games.

'Frank is coming in next week. No one has met him yet so we are all looking forward to working alongside him and the ideas he comes along with as well.'

Another of Turner's former clubs came up in conversation at Colney yesterday of course, given City welcome Brentford to Carrow Road.

The 31-year-old spent two years at the Bees from 2004-06, and has full respect for what his old club are doing under Mark Warburton – even if the incentive for a Canaries victory is extremely tempting.

'I'm a little surprised (they've done so well),' said Turner. 'They started the season really well and have kept that going. They've got a consistent team and they all know how each other plays, and how the team is going to function.

'So we know it's going to be a tough game. They're in the play-off positions at the moment and that's somewhere we need to be.

'I think everyone saw the results in the week and it's given us a bit of a lift. We know if we can beat Brentford then we go above them and into the top six. So it's a great goal for us.'

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