Senior role at Norwich United for former Wroxham assistant Kaine Challen

Kaine Challen is the new head coach at Norwich United. Picture: Ian Burt

Kaine Challen is the new head coach at Norwich United. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

The coaching structure at Norwich United will have a new look next season, after former Wroxham assistant Kaine Challen was handed a senior position by the Planters.

Challen has been appointed as head coach but Steve Eastaugh remains first team manager, with the new arrival taking on first team coaching duties but match-day management of the Blofield-based club's newly established under-21 team.

United's U21s have been accepted into the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties First Division, where they will compete with teams including Spixworth, Swaffham, Diss and King's Lynn Town Reserves.

Challen's contract was not renewed as Wroxham were relegated from Ryman League Division One North, having worked alongside David Coyle since the departure of manager Damian Hilton in February with the Yachtsmen already facing the drop.

He will also be responsible for all player recruitment and development between the ages of 18 and 21 years for the Planters, supported by recently appointed youth development officer Harry Diggens.

First team boss Eastaugh said: 'We are so pleased to have Kaine join the staff team here at Plantation Park, he had a number of options to manage senior sides, but felt the role here was the right next step for him.

'This new position will help the football club continue to develop young talent and give players opportunities. He has empathy, patience, a winning mentality and his track record is excellent.'

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