Search for coach continues

Norwich City's search for a new coach is still unresolved - seven weeks after the departure of Martin Hunter. Manager Peter Grant insists the Canaries are still determined to bring their backroom team up to full strength, but admits it has been difficult to find the right man.

Norwich City's search for a new coach is still unresolved - seven weeks after the departure of Martin Hunter.

Manager Peter Grant insists the Canaries are still determined to bring their backroom team up to full strength, but admits it has been difficult to find the right man.

Hunter's sudden exit was announced when City were on tour in Holland in July, the former England Under-19 boss becoming first team coach at Watford alongside manager Adrian Boothroyd, the ex-Academy coach at Colney.

Grant and assistant boss Jim Duffy have since looked after first-team coaching duties without a number three, but they are still looking to bring in a new face.

Grant said it was important to get the right man and not be rushed into filling the vacancy.

He said: “We definitely need an extra body and we hope somebody will come in but we have to get the balance of the team right.

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“The timing wasn't perfect with the season just taking off.

“There are a few people interested but a few of the guys we'd like to speak to are in work and others are not 100 per cent sure family wise with kids and schools and things like that.”

Other than stating that the new appointment would almost certainly come from outside the club rather than promoting from within, there were few clues from Grant as to the likely candidates for the job.

There have been big changes to the coaching staff at Colney since he arrived as manager 11 months ago.

Reserve team boss Keith Webb moved to King's Lynn as manager in December, while former assistant boss Doug Livermore left the club when Duffy arrived in February after declining the liaison role now filled by Bryan Gunn.

David Williams' second spell with City ended in the summer when he stood down from his Academy post, and Hunter's move meant the departure of the last survivor from former boss Nigel Worthington's top team.