Mike Walker says it will be fantastic to return to the Carrow Road touchline for the upcoming Norwich City Legends v Inter Forever match later this month.
Walker moved to Cyprus after his second spell in charge of the club in 1998 and has resided there ever since.
But on Sunday, May 20, Walker will make a rare return to Norfolk to manage a number of ex-City players as they take on their Inter Milan counterparts in a match to raise funds for the Community Sports Foundation’s exciting new project, The Nest.
Speaking ahead of his return, Walker said: “To come back and be in charge once again on the touchline will be fantastic.
“It will be great to get a good crowd from the charitable point of view but also to remember the run and see lots of City heroes once again.
“It’s nice that Inter will be bringing a few of their legends over but it’s also great that we have managed to bring a lot of players who played in that run back together.
“I haven’t been back [to Norwich] recently. The last time was quite a while ago but I’m sure it hasn’t changed too much.
“It will be nice to see lots of the players once again as I haven’t seen any of them in quite a while.
“Any time you play Inter Milan is tough. They’ve announced some brilliant players – Klinsmann, Materazzi, Toldo and more – so it will be a very good test for us.
“It’s not just a charity match; I hope that everybody takes it quite seriously. Some of the players might be a bit past it but I’m sure our guys will give it their all because I know the Italians will not want to lose.”
Regarded as one of City’s greatest ever managers, Walker guided the Canaries to a third place finish in the 1992-93 Premier League season, the highest the club has ever finished in a top-flight campaign.
That league position ensured qualification to the 1993-94 UEFA Cup and Walker’s side produced a number of memorable performances, including beating Bayern Munich at the Olympic Stadium in Munich, to make it to the third round.
They were eventually knocked out by Inter after a 2-0 aggregate defeat but Walker said the whole European adventure is something he looks back on with great fondness.
“It shows what a huge effort it was from everybody involved because it was such a long time ago now and people still talk about it,” he added.
“It shows just how long-lasting a little bit of success like that can be.
“You still get stopped by people in the street if you’re in Norwich and the fans all remember it as one of the club’s greatest ever moments.”
Norwich City Legends v Inter Forever - Sunday May 20, 2018. Kick-off 2pm. Match lasts 80 minutes.
Standard tickets are priced at £9.93 for adults and £1.93 for U18s.
Hospitality packages are also available.
Tickets are available online: tickets.canaries.co.uk, by phone on 01603 721902 or from the ticket offices at Carrow Road, Castle Mall or Chapelfield.
Confirmed Norwich City Legends players
• Bryan Gunn
• Darren Huckerby
• Adam Drury
• Daryl Sutch
• Paul McVeigh
• Rob Ullathorne
• Chris Sutton
• Iwan Roberts
• Youssef Safri
• Grant Holt
• Mark Bowen
• Rob Newman
• Darren Eadie
• Gary Holt
• Lee Croft
• Spencer Prior
• John Polston
• Philip Mulryne
• Non-playing staff: Mike Walker, Ian Culverhouse, Terry Postle & Tim Sheppard.
Confirmed Inter Forever players
• Francesco Toldo
• Javier Zanetti
• Nicola Berti
• Marco Materazzi
• Giorgos Karagounis
• Jurgen Klinsmann
• Alessandro Bianchi
• Massimo Paganin
• Giuseppe Baresi
• Francesco Colonnese
Raising funds for The Nest
The proceeds from the match will go towards the development of the Community Sports Foundation’s new facility, which will be known as ‘The Nest’, after the Canaries’ former home.
To find out more, visit www.communitysportsfoundation.org.uk/build-the-nest/about-the-nest