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6 February 2017

Connections between City and their midweek opponents

THERE are number of links, both past and present, between Norwich City and Tuesday's hosts Wigan Athletic.

Yanic Wildschut moved from the DW Stadium to Carrow Road during the recent January transfer window, making his debut in Saturday's 1-0 win over Cardiff City.

The Dutch winger made 65 appearances while on loan and then as a permanent member of the Latics' squad between October 2015 and last month.

Warren Joyce signed a number of players on deadline day including goalkeeper Matthew Gilks, who joined the Canaries in 2007 but failed to make a senior appearance.

Off the pitch, the role of Head of Football Operations at Wigan is filled by Matt Jackson, the stalwart defender who made over 150 league appearances for both clubs.

In the Canaries' Academy, meanwhile, the Under-18s are managed by David Wright, who played for Tuesday's opponents between 2004 and 2007 for a spell that included a loan stint with City.

Josh Murphy has notched 46 games for City's first-team since graduating from the Academy; he spent a month on loan at the DW Stadium in 2015, appearing five times.

Canaries legend Grant Holt left the Club to join Wigan in July 2013 after winning a hat-trick of Player of the Season awards at Carrow Road thanks to his contribution of 78 goals in 168 matches.

He struggled to make an impact with the Latics, however, going out on loan to four different clubs before his contract came to end last summer.

Midfielder Damien Francis had completed the same switch eight years earlier but he spent just one season with Wigan before completing a £1.5m transfer to Watford.

Four ex-City players went on to manage Wigan, including current Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce.

Malky Mackay, John Deehan and John Benson also had spells in the hotseat with the Greater Manchester club, while Bryan Hamilton managed both teams.

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