Poll: Who would you like to be appointed as Norwich City’s new manager?

Norwich City chief executive David McNally and the Norwich City board have a tough decision ahead of

Norwich City chief executive David McNally and the Norwich City board have a tough decision ahead of them. Picture: Paul Chesterton - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Caretaker manager Mike Phelan has been made the early favourite to be named as the next permanent Norwich City manager.

First-team coach Phelan has been placed in caretaker charge following the resignation of Neil Adams yesterday, ahead of this Saturday's trip to league leaders Bournemouth.

The former Manchester United assistant manager, who worked alongside legendary Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson, joined City's coaching team in late November.

The Canaries won three and drew one of their first five games with Adams and Phelan in tandem, before a disappointing 2-1 loss at Reading and a shock loss at League One side Preston in the third round of the FA Cup.

Now Phelan has the chance to prove he can go it alone and be the manager, but there are other options for the City board if they decide against appointing the 52-year-old.


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Tim Sherwood is yet to find a new club since being replaced at Tottenham by Mauricio Pochettino in the summer and was thought to be under consideration by West Brom before Tony Pulis was appointed last week.

Sherwood played for the Canaries and guided Spurs to sixth place in the Premier League last season, but only has five months' experience as a manager.

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Other names in the frame with bookmakers include Ian Culverhouse, who was assistant to Paul Lambert at Carrow Road and also played for the club. The 50-year-old is out of work after being sacked by Aston Villa last season because of a disciplinary issue.

Former Brighton and Watford boss Oscar Garcia is another available manager. The Spaniard quit after just 27 days in charge of Watford at the start of this season due to doctors encouraging him to step down following chest pains.

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson, former manager of German top-flight side Schalke, Ralf Rangnick, and Real Madrid's English assistant manager Paul Clement are all also options put forward.

Experienced managers Nigel Clough, Alan Curbishley, Neil Warnock and Nigel Adkins are all being suggested as well, but it seems that Phelan will be the front-runner.

City chief executive David McNally said the club had looked at options across Europe before appointing Neil Adams this summer. McNally also made it clear that anything less than promotion this season would be unacceptable.

Now the pressure is on for the City board to make sure that can still happen.

Who would you like to be appointed as the new Norwich City manager? Cast your vote in the poll above and leave your comments below.

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