07:15 16th April 2014
by Norwich City Football Club
Coach to take charge until end of the season
JERRY Gill is embracing the responsibility that comes with being Under-21s manager after taking charge until the end of the season.
The Canaries’ Professional Development Coach has stepped into the role after Mark Robson joined Neil Adams’ first-team staff.
“It’s great for me. We’re all mucking in and doing extra bits around the Club because of Neil moving up,” said Gill when talking to canaries.co.uk.
“I like more responsibility and that’s what I’ve got at the moment. I’m going to grab it by the horns and really go for it, and hopefully put my style onto things too.
“They know what Mark expects of them, and me just stepping is a continuation of what Mark has done but it’s nice to be able to pick the team, do the presentations and make the substitutions when you want. I’m relishing it and really enjoying it.”
His team require a top half finish in the 22-team Barclays Under-21s Premier League in order to qualify for next season’s Elite Group, with two games left of the campaign.
Currently sitting on the cusp in 11th place, they make the trip to Old Trafford to play Manchester United this Thursday before bringing the curtain down on their season with another away day at Wolves on April 22.
“We need to get ourselves into that 11th spot, because that’s where the league’s split – if we stay there, that’s fantastic. We want to play against the best teams in the Under-21s league,” he commented.
“I’ll be doing everything I can, along with the rest of the coaching staff, to ensure that happens.
On facing United this week, he added: “Arguably it’s the toughest test going to Old Trafford midweek, but we’re going to have a bit of support – the PDC are doing some tours so there’s going to be 150 Norwich supporters going, which will be brilliant.
“We’ll have a right good go. We’ve watched some clips of Manchester United and understandably they’re at the Under-21s level. They’re very open and expansive but they work very hard as well.”