Pulis tipped for City hot seat

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has reportedly emerged as a shock contender for the vacant Norwich City hot seat.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has reportedly emerged as a shock contender for the vacant Norwich City hot seat.

National media speculation over the weekend suggested City were poised to launch an official approach as they step up their hunt for Peter Grant's permanent successor.

The City board could be ready to act ahead of an expected bumpy ride from shareholders at the club's annual meeting scheduled later this week.

Norwich chief executive Neil Doncaster initially refused to put any timeline on the managerial search after Grant left by mutual consent following City's televised defeat at QPR seven days ago.

The Scot's former assistant Jim Duffy was placed in caretaker control with Norwich's first team squad due to report back on Monday for training after the international break.

Duffy's immediate priority is to prepare the Canaries for Bristol City's testing Carrow Road Championship visit on Saturday.

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Doncaster revealed the club had already received a number of 'high profile' applications in the days after Grant's exit. City's chief executive hinted previous managerial experience would feature highly on Norwich's checklist of prospective candidates.

No nonsense Potters' boss Pulis has guided Norwich's Championship rivals to fifth spot in the early standings after last season narrowly missing the play offs.

Pulis' canny dealings in the loan market saw Stoke eventually finish eighth after Southampton edged them out of the play off picture on the final day.

The 49-year-old managed to entice Premiership trio Lee Hendrie, Salif Diao and Patrik Berger to the Britannia after a poor start to his second spell back in the Potteries.

Pulis' man management skills previously helped stabilise Plymouth Argyle on a tight budget following brief stints at Portsmouth and Bristol City. The Pilgrims were mired in the relegation zone when Pulis arrived at Home Park but finished in mid table in his only full season.

The Welshman forged his early managerial reputation at Gillingham - piloting the Gills to promotion from the bottom tier and a memorable losing League One play off final penalty defeat to Man City at Wembley.

Pulis has never been relegated in his 15-year managerial career which started at Bournemouth after becoming one of the youngest-ever coaches to clinch a UEFA 'A' licence.

Meanwhile, early front runner Martin Allen again found himself heavily linked with managerless Milwall over the weekend.

Allen is desperate to return to the game after his aborted three month spell at Leicester was ended by Foxes' chairman Milan Mandaric.

The Lions have also reportedly targeted Charlton assistant boss Phil Parkinson. Glenn Hoddle and Peter Taylor were mooted for a potential Carrow Road switch in the national press although Taylor is believed to be awaiting a financial settlement after his recent departure from Crystal Palace.