‘Three Lungs’ Gary Holt on return to Norwich City

Gary Holt would be interested in a role at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Gary Holt would be interested in a role at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Gary Holt says he would be interested in a return to Carrow Road under the new management structure – but wants to be judged on his coaching ability not his playing past.

Alex Neil guided Norwich City to the Premier League. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil guided Norwich City to the Premier League. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The 44-year-old Scot has been out of the frontline since leaving City last summer, during former boss Alex Neil's tenure.

Holt, who has also been linked with a return to Kilmarnock, was nicknamed Three Lungs during his Canaries playing career, but says it is all about the future.

'Being an ex-player has nothing to do with it,' said Holt. 'I want people to judge me on the merits of my coaching and management and I think at the moment what I have management-wise at Falkirk and coaching-wise at Norwich when I was there stands me in good enough stead that people would be interested in me.

'I do think we need to get away from this thing about not wanting ex-players. I want to forge my own career in coaching and management, whether it is at Norwich or somewhere else, fine, but people know that I care for the club.

'It would be silly or me to say no I am not interested, because I am interested in the capacity of what I want to do and what I want to achieve, not just because I am an ex-player.

'That is not what I am about and I think everyone in Norwich knows that – but, yes the club holds a place in my heart so yes I would be interested.'

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City have yet to announce details of the restructuring which looks likely to see a director of football role created along with one of head coach.

'I think you have got to be open to ideas,' said Holt. 'In this day and age clubs have shown that director of football and a head coach can work, but it has to be the right set-up, the right schematics as such. At other clubs it hasn't worked because the head coach hasn't got on with the director of football, so there are plusses and minuses in both camps.

'I would be interested to sit down and talk to the club if they wanted. At the end of the day I could come out and scream from the rooftops that I am interested, but I am interested in any job going. I would be interested to see where they want to go and what their plans are and if I can be a part of it, then great. If not, I am not going to stop supporting the club – that won't stop.'