It was all change at Carrow Road today after former City hero Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa made the short trip north to be confirmed as members of Paul Lambert's backroom staff.
Culverhouse joins as the Scot's assistant and Karsa will take up a new role as 'head of football operations' as 'Team Paul' begins to take shape.
But despite Ian Butterworth's resignation yesterday and chief scout John 'Dixie' Deehan also leaving the club, current coach Ian Crook will be kept on as reserves boss whilst assisting with the first-team.
Lambert, Culverhouse and Karsa have worked alongside each other since the former Celtic captain took over the reins at this weekend's opponents Wycombe.
And after the three got Colchester motoring last year after Geraint Williams' departure, City fans will be hoping they can do a similar � if not better – job with the Canaries.
“It's absolutely vital to have a good team around you as manager,” said Lambert today, speaking to the club's official website.
“Ian and Gary have been with me since Wycombe Wanderers and we have worked well together and all of us can't wait to get started with our first game against Wycombe on Saturday.”
Culverhouse, of course, will be no stranger to the Canary nation after 297 appearances in the yellow and green and after the departure of a City legend in Bryan Gunn, it will be of some consolation that another Norwich favourite forms a key part of the coaching team.
His consistent performances at full-back led him to being a very popular figure with the Canary faithful and in 1991, he was voted Norwich City player of the year.
And in 2002 – in a poll amongst supporters to mark the club's centenary – he was also chosen to don the number two shirt in an all-time City XI. For the record, he's also a member of the Norwich City hall of fame.
He is no coaching novice either after spells at Brighton where he worked with the youth setup. He has subsequently been youth team coach at Barnet, Leyton Orient and Wanderers, prior to becoming Lambert's assistant down the A12.
Karsa, on the other hand, is more of an unknown but his background seems to be of a youth development nature so it will be interesting to see how he fits into the current setup.
More importantly, will current Academy boss Ricky Martin still have a role to play?
Karsa first came to prominence at Charlton Athletic as head of academy recruitment; he then teamed up with Culverhouse at Leyton Orient as head of youth before being reunited with 'Cully' at Adams Park, taking up a youth team coach role.
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