Norwich City appoint David Wright to under-18 post

David Wright made five loan appearances for Norwich City in 2005. Photo: Nick Butcher

David Wright made five loan appearances for Norwich City in 2005. Photo: Nick Butcher - Credit: EDP pics © 2005

Former Norwich City loanee David Wright has replaced Graeme Murty as the club's under-18 coach.

The 36-year-old made five appearances for the Canaries in 2005 during a one-month stint and has been confirmed as City's professional development phase coach after leaving a similar post at League One Colchester United.

Wright also had spells with Colchester's under-21s and as first team assistant manager after previously working in Ipswich Town's academy following his retirement as a player in 2014.

'We are delighted to welcome David back to the club as the new coach of our Under-18s,' said Ricky Martin, City's technical director. 'David joins our academy with a growing reputation as a young coach, and this is also a great opportunity for him to work in a 'Category One' environment.'

Wright started work with his new club on Tuesday.

Colchester director of football Tony Humes said: 'We would like to thank David for all that he has done at the football club. He has helped us set things up within the academy and we wish him well with the next step in his career. Liam Bailey will take the U18s in the meantime, supported by the likes of Jon De Souza and Richard Hall.

'We are fortunate to have some excellent coaches within the academy at the moment, and this will allow us to take our time to make sure we get the right person in to replace David in the coming weeks. We have already had a number of applications for the role, so we will make a decision in due course.'

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Former Norwich under-18 coach Murty left the club in August to take up the position of head development squad coach at Rangers.