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22 January 2014

Some ex-Canaries who have been involved in managerial changes

As part of a series of features looking at ex-Canaries, Steve Whitlam tracks the progress of former Norwich City players & staff who have recently been involved in managerial changes.

TIM Sherwood
(1989-92) was appointed head coach at Tottenham on December 23, 2013 following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas.

Sherwood made 88 appearances for Norwich, scoring 13 goals, after signing from Watford in July 1989 for a fee of £175,000. He became Kenny Dalglish’s first signing as Blackburn Rovers’ manager in February 1992. The £500,000 transfer fee proved worthwhile as Rovers won the Premier League in 1995. He joined Spurs as a player in February 1999 for £3m. He made 118 appearances before joining Portsmouth in January 2003.

Sherwood returned to White Hart Lane in November 2008, joining Harry Redknapp’s coaching team. He was working as Spurs’ technical co-ordinator when he was appointed as head coach, on a contract to the end of the 2014-15 season.

Another managerial appointment was that of Carl Robinson (2005-07) who became head coach at Major League Soccer (MLS) side Vancouver Whitecaps on December 16. Robinson had joined the Whitecaps as assistant coach in January 2012. Since leaving Norwich, the former Welsh international midfielder played for MLS sides Toronto FC and New York Red Bulls.

Other former Canaries managing in North America include Paul Dalglish (1999-2001), who has managed the Austin Aztex since November 2011. Toronto’s first team assistant coach Jim Brennan (2003-06) took charge for one game in September 2013 when manager Ryan Nelson was suspended. Toronto won 4-1 against D.C. United.

Former Norwich midfielder Steve Ball (1990-92) was appointed manager of Ryman League side Leiston on December 3. He had joined Leiston as first team coach in October but was placed in charge when manager Steve Pitt quit after six weeks. He is assisted by Rob Bate who trialled with Norwich’s reserves in July 2000.

Losing his job was Cardiff manager Malky Mackay (1998-2004) who was sacked on December 27 following a 3-0 home defeat to Southampton. Mackay had been appointed Cardiff manager in June 2011, joining from Watford. He led the Welsh side to the League Cup Final in 2012 and the nPower Championship title last season.

However he came under criticism this season from Cardiff owner Vincent Tan over his signings, transfer budget, results and style of play. Mackay was replaced by former Manchester United forward Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Former Norwich youth team coach Aidy Boothroyd (2001-03) left Northampton on December 22 after a 4-1 defeat by Wycombe left the Cobblers at the bottom of League Two. Boothroyd joined Northampton on November 30, 2011 after previously managing at Watford, Colchester and Coventry City.
Steve Lomas (2008) had a brief spell coaching with Norwich’s youth team. He was sacked after six months as Millwall manager after a 4-0 defeat to Watford on Boxing Day.

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