Stringer's tribute to 'honourable' Grant

One former Norwich City manager has offered words of sympathy to another over his "honourable" exit from Carrow Road.

One former Norwich City manager has offered words of sympathy to another over his "honourable" exit from Carrow Road.

Dave Stringer, a member of the panel that interviewed Peter Grant before his appointment a year ago, said he was saddened by the departure of the latest occupant of the hot seat.

"I am sad to see it turned out this way. I had high hopes for Peter to do well," said Stringer.

"He was trying to work in the right direction. He is an honest, hard-working individual.

"He put everything into the job. He was in the process of forming his own team and trying to get things moving when he was hit by a catalogue of different problems, including injuries and suspensions.

"I don't think he ever really fielded the team he would have wanted to field.

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"That leads to a lack of confidence in the side because they were not able to get used to each other's play."

Stringer, who was City boss from 1987 to 1992 and took them to fourth place in the former Division One, said Grant had put the club first in his talks with the board after Monday's 1-0 defeat at Queen's Park Rangers, before leaving by mutual consent.

"Looking from the outside, because I haven't spoken to Peter, I think he made the decision in the best interests of the football club and he thought it would give somebody else the chance to invigorate the side," said Stringer.

"There is a lot of time left. A new manager has three quarters of the season and an opportunity to turn things round, similar to when I was given the job.

"No one could ask anything more from Peter in terms of application and dedication. But you have to have results to go alongside that.

"If the players are not performing they have to look at themselves, too.

"Peter is an honourable man and I think we should recognise that."