Rob Green backs old club Norwich City to stay in the hunt for Championship promotion
Former Norwich City keeper Rob Green expects the Canaries to emerge from their blip and launch a strong Championship promotion push.
The Leeds United number one will aim to prolong their recent winless run on Saturday at Carrow Road, but the 36-year-old is backing Alex Neil's squad to prove their worth over the long haul.
The Canaries aim to get back to winning ways after league defeats to Preston and Brighton.
'Norwich have a strong squad,' he said. 'They have that strength in depth with a fantastic academy system, that is continually producing players. They should be up there challenging. They are and there is only thing they would be looking to target and that is promotion.
'It is always the clubs that came down who you look at and feel they are going to be strong on paper and have a squad and a unit that is a lot stronger, but sometimes that doesn't work in the Championship and you see a team who comes down and might struggle. I was at QPR last season and for one reason or another it proved a real struggle. Yes, we lost a lot of players, but by the same token we were still one of the favourites.'
Green retains plenty of affection for the club that gave him his big break in the game.
'I had a wonderful time moving up there when I was 16. I basically grew up there, found my feet in life,' he said, speaking to BBC Radio Leeds. 'They really cherished bringing through youth products, what they call the academy now. That was one of the reasons I went to Norwich. I remember making my debut against Ipswich in a local derby, that was a good memory, and then in my first full season we got to the play-off final. There are a lot of good memories, getting promoted, getting my first cap for England was another highlight.
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'I was there 20 years ago and football has changed massively, but they have a really loyal support, they sell out pretty much every week and that is fantastic.'