No regrets for Canaries legend Gunn

Keiron PimNorwich City legend Bryan Gunn has no regrets about becoming the football club's manager and 'would not change a thing' about his time in charge, he has told the EDP.Keiron Pim

Norwich City legend Bryan Gunn has no regrets about becoming the football club's manager and 'would not change a thing' about his time in charge, he has told the EDP.

In tomorrow's EDP Mr Gunn gives his first in-depth interview since being sacked from the club in the early stages of this season.

The former Sheriff of Norwich describes his feelings about the club's handling of his departure and tells of his optimism for the future in his new job at the Great Yarmouth-based Digital Phone Company.

Mr Gunn, aged 46, said: 'I don't have any regrets at all, definitely not. A lot of people said to me at the time when I took on the job, 'Did you not feel it could harm your reputation with the fans?', and I feel there's been a little dent put in that reputation but a year on from taking that job, and five months after what happened in August, I've still got a lot of feelings for the football club.'

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But he added that he felt 'badly let down' by the way his departure was handled and was disappointed when chief executive David McNally blamed inadequate pre-season preparations for the club's opening day 7-1 defeat to Colchester United.

Mr Gunn was installed as Norwich City manager last season after the sacking of Glenn Roeder but was unable to stop the club being relegated to football's third tier for the first time in half a century.

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After being given a renewed contract in the summer, he was sacked in the aftermath of Colchester United defeat.

In the interview he maintains that he had prepared properly and dismisses the idea that his lack of prior managerial experience was a factor, as he had an experienced team including fellow ex-Canaries Ian Crook and Ian Butterworth.

'A lot of people mentioned previous experience but I don't believe that at all,' he said. 'I felt that in the staff I had… we had enough experience and qualifications in terms of what we needed.'

He also tells of how the football community rallied round him after his sacking, with figures such as Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson quick to lend their support.

Mr Gunn, who lives at Framingham Pigot with his wife Susan, a successful artist, and their children Melissa and Angus, now works as director of business development with OneStream, the business division of the Digital Phone Company.

The new role includes arranging corporate events for new and existing customers, with future plans involving a track day at Lotus in the next couple of months and a golf day in July.

See tomorrow's EDP2 supplement for the full interview with Bryan Gunn.

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