So who next then?
No doubt the next few days will throw up a whole host of names as possible candidates to replace the departing Peter Grant, and no doubt many of them will be little more than names plucked completely at random as they often are in situations like this.
People tend to forget the small matter of the necessary qualifications that are required to manage a Championship club for example, so half of the runners and riders can be discounted for a start.
The club has also said – just like they did a year ago – that they will only consider potential new managers of the team provided that they possess the attributes that the board deem necessary. Of course, just like last year, they frustratingly refrain from actually revealing exactly just what those particular attributes are.
So from the plethora of names linked with the vacant position at Carrow Road, it will basically boil down to probably only a handful of candidates who will be in with a genuine chance of becoming the new City boss. And this is where the selection committee need to decide precisely what type of man they want.
Will they consider appointing another “rookie” like Peter Grant with little or no previous managerial experience, someone who might fit the bill based on their achievements as a coach or what they did many moons ago on the pitch, maybe even a fans' favourite, but someone basically untested in the job that he would be tasked with?
I'd hazard a guess that it would be very doubtful indeed that the board would run that risk again considering how events have panned out over the past 12 months. Grant himself has since more or less admitted that the step up from coach to manager entails a little bit more than he possibly expected.
“I know that I'm a good coach,” he stated. “But I 've found that the management of players is something else altogether.”
Or will the board go for someone who is tried and tested, been there and done it and got the record to prove it this time? More than likely? and he's even more likely to be currently out of work as well considering that the club is hardly awash with money these days.
Whoever does come in has the primary task of instilling some confidence and self-belief into the players before he even contemplates anything else. City seem frightened to death when they take to the field at the moment, and the fact that no goals have been scored in six games needs no further comment.
Well, Mike Newell, Martin Allen and Steve Bruce (soon to be out of work if circumstances change at St Andrews, his words, not mine!) are a few early names that have cropped up, and names you feel would certainly be capable of shaking things up here, as would the apparent favourite, Paul Jewell.
Jewell enjoyed great achievements with Bradford and especially Wigan in the Premiership over the past few seasons, and I doubt that many City fans would baulk at his name being affixed to the door of the manager's office, that's for sure.
I think that the smart money will be placed on an experienced head, someone with the know-how and who would be perfect for a situation like the one the Canaries have placed themselves in at present.
? And ideally he'll be introduced to a full house before the next game against Bristol City on Saturday week.
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