At least this morning's national newspapers were treading a similar path to MyFootballWriter with regard to Glenn Roder's immediate successor – that the answer, even if only in the short-term, lay close to City's Norfolk home.
Nigel Worthington and Bruce Rioch were the two names on the lips of both the Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror this morning; even if the bookies still appear set on ex-Watford chief Aidy Boothroyd and Millers manager Mark Robins.
This morning club sources merely suggested that they were making “good progress” in their quest to have a new managerial team in place for the visit of a now Cureton-less Barnsley at Carrow Road this weekend.
It should be one of those pumped-up Norfolk occasions – now, of course, free from the potential potential poison and acrimony that marked Worthington's own last game in charge, that bitter home defeat by Burnley in the divided autumn of 2006.
It was the memory of that particular day that is, in part, understood to have hastened City's hand this week.
Before the Charlton replay and the powers-that-be probably felt that the under-fire Roeder had at least two games left in him; a ticket to the fourth round and three points from the Tykes game and – maybe – the ship would have steadied enough to move forward into that crucial home clash with fellow relegation strugglers Southampton with an element of greater confidence and unity.
As events transpired, however, any hope of the Canary 'family' finding common cause with the manager was shattered by both the performance and the result on Tuesday night. And, indeed, the level of protest that followed both during and after Charlton's 1-0 win.
Whether Worthington's potential return would merely rekindle old animosities or whether time has been enough of a healer to make his return that much more palatable some two years on, is just one of a number of big decisions facing the board.
Equally the attitude of the Northern Ireland FA to Worthington's position as a possible interim City caretaker boss will be key; the Canaries can ill-afford to waste time in a tug-of-war with the powers-that-be in Belfast.
On the plus side, Worthington does have one big 'escape act' on his CV that has nothing to do with his spell at Carrow Road; he spared the Foxes from the drop in the spring of 2007 after he and his former City No2 Doug Livermore were parachuted into the Walkers Stadium at the last minute.
It was an escape act that, of course, included a potentially devastating defeat by Norwich themselves; a classic Peter Grant shambles kicked that 2-1 win off with tooth injury victim Adam Drury lasting little more than six minutes. By when Darren Kenton had already run half the length of the pitch to put Leicester ahead.
Robert Earnshaw and a Gareth McAuley own goal appeared to have banged a big, old nail in the Foxes' coffin, only for Leicester to survive. Just. And then for one season.
It is equally clear that, behind the scenes, staff at both Colney and Carrow Road are desperate for a little warmth to return to their respective daily lives. Much fun was had at the expense of Worthington's 'togetherness' speeches. But right now, that particular quality is needed by the bucketload if the Norfolk club are not to slump ever further into the mire.
That 'togetherness' could rapidly translate into action as the Canary family is drawn back together again; Cureton was the first to walk back through the door at Colney; both Craig Fleming and Darren Huckerby could, in theory, follow if the board decided that their best policy – albeit only in the shape of a short-term, emergency fix – was to pull as many of their Norfolk wagons together as they could find.
Again, the fact that Sammy Clingan is Worthington's Northern Ireland skipper helps; ditto, his relationship with Huckerby.
Rioch is the other elder statesman with time on his hands after his latest foray into Scandinavian football ended in the autumn.
Sources close to the former Norwich boss insist that he still firmly believes that he has at least one more big job in him. And at 61 time remains on his side.
It was a claim he himself confirmed in an interview with The Times in September as his spell at Aalborg started to draw to a close.
“If something came up back home, that would be great,” he told the paper. “I don't need to prove anything, but I feel better equipped to go into a big job like Arsenal again now.
“That's where the competition is, at the top end, and it appeals to me. It doesn't faze me at all. It's an adrenalin buzz, and you miss it when you're out.”
He has, he said, mellowed with age; that he is now wiser and calmer for his time out and abroad.
“We change,” he said.
“I can be firm when I want to be, but I'm better and wiser. I've seen all the problems before, I deal with people better, and I have no worry about getting fired.
“As long as you retain your drive and your enthusiasm, those are the two big things. That's why Fergie is still so successful.”
Whether or not, he gets a second bite at the City cherry having become the victim of the internal politics of the Cooper-Hamilton era may well depend on the attitude of the Northern Ireland FA – and, indeed, that of Canary owners Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones. Was there too much said and done in that period of division for Rioch to be welcomed back now?
He remains a regular visitor to the City directors box; his popularity among the staff at Carrow Road was at least on a par with that of Worthington's.
And these points matter. Norwich remain a tightly-knit, family club for whom warmth and respect are big, big factors; that if everyone from the tea-lady to a 32-year-old Carl Cort feels part of a happy ship, then they can start to sail again in the right direction.
The same logic, of course, would apply to Bryan Gunn and Ricky Martin; both of whom could yet have a caretaker role to play in the next 48 hours ahead of the Barnsley clash.
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