Now it's Huckerby the host
Chris LakeyDarren Huckerby is back at Carrow Road - suited, but not quite booted. The Canaries legend, whose career at the club he grew to be a major part of ended in acrimony in the summer of 2008, has joined forces to launch the Darren Huckerby Matchday Club in the Jarrold Stand.Chris Lakey
Darren Huckerby is back at Carrow Road - suited, but not quite booted.
The Canaries legend, whose career at the club he grew to be a major part of ended in acrimony in the summer of 2008, has joined forces to launch the Darren Huckerby Matchday Club in the Jarrold Stand.
The new venture will replace The Business in the 2010-11 campaign and offer 120 season ticket holders a matchday experience - complete with the great man himself.
'This is something new for me and it's the best way I can work with the people at Carrow Road to help the club at the moment.' he said.
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Huckerby might well have returned from his stay in the United States as a player again, but a hip injury finally ended those hopes - although the flying winger clearly fancies donning more than a suit and a tie in future: the tracksuit beckons.
'After I came back I think they knew I was at the games anyway and at the present time while I have other things on the go it makes sense to be at games and helping the club as best I can,' he said. 'At this present time that's the best way I can help in the difficulties they have got.'
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Brand Huckerby is clearly a seller and there is likely to be no shortage of takers wanting to press the flesh with a genuine Norwich City legend.
'We all know what problems the club has got and this is the best way I can help. It is convenient for the minute - I have given myself two years to get the coaching badges I need. I am not saying I won't be involved with the club corporately down the line, but that's not my main aim or goal, to be honest. Now, it just suits everybody and I want to help and until I have the necessary badges this is the best way. It will be a bit different, but obviously I like talking football and I like talking Norwich.
'But while I get in the papers a lot I am kind of a private person, so it will be different and difficult, but I'm sure I will warm to it.'
Huckerby was arguably THE talking point just 20 months ago as his relationship with manager Glenn Roeder ground to a halt. Roeder claimed it was purely business and there was no animosity between the two; many fans were furious at the treatment of their hero - but Huckerby has never taken up various opportunities to dish the dirt, instead opting to play in America rather than face the prospect of playing against City.
'I made the decision not to play against Norwich and I know I made the right decision,' he said.
'The decision was made just so I could feel the bond was still there - and it still is. It still means something that I played for the club, even nearly two years later.
'I knew it wasn't down to the fans or the people at the top, it was more down to one person, so it is not like the fans turned on me.
'I didn't have a pop at anybody because it would have come across as me having sour grapes for not getting another contract.'
Huckerby's immediate ambition as far as his new venture is concerned is to have a matchday experience higher up the footballing ladder.
'That's the hope,' he said. 'We all want to see the club playing in the Premier League and let's not beat about the bush, we are, as a club, too good for League One, possibly too good for the Championship.
'Whatever we say about winning lots of games this season, we are playing well, but the quality of the teams we are playing against isn't great. We are a better club than near enough every club in league, with the exception of maybe Leeds on their day and Southampton on their day. '