Scunthorpe hoping to face Norwich City with new boss

Norwich City's next opponents are hoping to have a new manager in place when they arrive at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Scunthorpe United, second from bottom of the Championship, have drawn up a short list of four possible replacements for Ian Baraclough, sacked 10 days ago.

Bury boss Alan Knill, a former Scunthorpe captain, and Kilmarnock manager Mixu Paatelainen, are among the names linked with the vacancy.

Knill, whose Shakers currently sit in third place in League Two, said: 'It's flattering as they're a Championship team and there are eight games left in the Championship to stay in it.

'Unfortunately, sometimes opportunities come along and you have to make decisions that aren't easy or popular.'


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Knill who has been in charge at Gigg Lane since February 2008, added: 'Right now I've got eight games left to have a great season with my players here.

'I obviously hear a lot of talk but right now I'm Bury's manager and happy to be Bury's manager and if that changes, it changes.'

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The Shakers have been amongst the promotion chasers all season but have stumbled lately, taking just two points from their last four matches.

The former Rotherham manager concluded: 'I don't think you can rule anything out in football, there is nothing that surprises anybody anymore. If I'm going to be totally honest I haven't got a clue and we'll have to wait and see.'

The Iron are also understood to have been given permission to talk to Paatelainen, but it is unclear whether the Finn can be lured away from Kilmarnock after taking them to fifth in the Scottish Premier League.

The initial favourite, former Glanford Park boss Brian Laws, is understood not to have been among the 40 applicants the club considered at a board meeting. Scunthorpe chairman Steve Wharton is hoping the new man will be appointed in time to take charge against a City side in second place in the Championship and beaten just twice in the past 24 league games.

• On-loan Norwich City midfielder Tom Adeyemi's fifth league goal of the season counted for nothing as Bradford City lost 2-1 at home to Shrewsbury. A late double from Town substitute Tom Bradshaw ended the Bantams' three-match unbeaten run and sent them tumbling to their first home defeat under Peter Jackson.

Meanwhile on-loan Canary striker Cody McDonald scored twice in Gillingham 's 2-1 League Two win at Cheltenham to take his tally for the season to 22.

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