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2 June 2014

Neil Adams joined by Mark Robson and Gary Holt as first-team coaches, Joe Royle as football consultant.

NORWICH City can today confirm the appointments of Mark Robson and former Canary Gary Holt as first-team coaches, with former striker Joe Royle joining the Club as football consultant.

Robson retains his first-team role having stepped up from coaching the Canaries' Under-21s to assist manager Neil Adams in the final stages of last season. While Holt returns to City after a year away managing Scottish Championship side Falkirk.

Royle will support and advise Adams' football management team having initially worked with City's new boss when he was manager of Oldham Athletic and Adams was on his playing staff between 1989 and 1994.

City boss Neil Adams told "Mark and Gary are two people I've worked with closely and both will bring enthusiasm, hunger and experience to the coaching team. They have also played at the highest levels in this country.

"Joe is someone who I have played for at both Championship and Premier League level, and he has amassed a vast amount of knowledge during his time in the game. He has been there, seen it and done it so to speak, and has also been very successful during his time as both a player and a manager."

Former England international Joe Royle, who had lengthy spells as a player at Everton and Manchester City, joined Norwich from Bristol City for £60,000 in August 1980. He scored 10 goals during his first season with the Club, lifting the Barry Butler Memorial Trophy as the fans' choice of player of the season.

He began a distinguished managerial career at Oldham, whom he took into the top flight and reached a League Cup final and two FA Cup semi-finals, before further spells at Everton, Manchester City and Ipswich Town. He also had a short spell as caretaker manager back at Oldham in 2009.

Mark Robson joined the Canaries as Senior Professional Development Coach in November 2013 to look after the Under-21 squad, but was promoted to assist Adams when he took over first-team duties initially on a temporary basis at the beginning of April.

Robson had previously been Head Coach at Barnet in 2012 before joining The FA and working with England's Under-17s team. He has also worked as a coach at Peterborough United and Gillingham in recent years, and had a significant spell at Charlton Athletic working for their Academy under Alan Curbishley. A midfielder in his playing days, Robson spent the majority of his career at The Valley too, with spells at Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Notts County.

Former Player of the Season and Hall of Famer Holt returns to the Club where he made 182 appearance in all competitions. He scored three goals in a spell between 2001 and 2005, where he was an integral part of Nigel Worthington's Play-Off Final squad in 2002 and promotion-winning team in 2004. The Scottish international also enjoyed spells at Kilmarnock, Nottingham Forest, Wycombe Wanderers and Colchester United before joining City's Academy set-up as a coach. There he worked with Adams at Under-18s level, helping coach the team towards eventual FA Youth Cup winning glory, before joining Falkirk in April 2013. His first role in management saw him take The Bairns to third in the Scottish Championship, reaching the Scottish Premiership Play-Off Semi-Finals where they were narrowly beaten by Hamilton.

The Club plan to announce the new technical director shortly and are currently interviewing a number of candidates for the position of director of recruitment.

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