‘Bring on derby day!’ – former Ipswich Town boss Joe Royle gives his first interview after joining Norwich City as a ‘football consultant’

Joe Royle Joe Royle

Monday, June 2, 2014
6:17 PM

Former Ipswich Town boss Joe Royle is already looking forward to East Anglian derby day after joining Norwich City as a ‘football consultant’.

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The 65-year-old has been out of the game since 2009 but was one of the first people that Neil Adams called when he was appointed full-time Canaries boss in April.

Adams was one of the star players in Royle’s Oldham team which won promotion to the top-flight in 1991 and he was keen to be reunited with his former mentor.

Everton legend Royle twice led Ipswich Town to the play-offs as manager (2004 and 2005), despite the club going into administration following their relegation from the Premiership. He finished his playing career at Norwich City, injuries limited his appearances for the Norfolk club.

In an exclusive interview with the EADT and Ipswich Star, Royle said: “I signed Neil as a player, he was a great servant during those halcyon days at Oldham, a major player, and we have always kept in touch.

“I congratulated him when he won the FA Youth Cup with Norwich a few years ago because that was such a great achievement when you consider who much money the big clubs spend on recruiting kids.

“He called me as soon as he got the job, asked me if I wanted to join him and I just said ‘I’m there’.

“I’ve been looking to get back into the game, but when you’re over 60 there is this perception that you are out of touch or have lost your marbles.

“There have been one or two possibilities in recent years, but it was nice that Neil and David McNally (Norwich chief executive) came to me.”

Asked if he was worried that the decision to join Norwich would taint his reputation among Ipswich fans, he quipped: “I don’t know about that, I seem to remember a few of them booed me when I first went there!

“Joking aside, I have great affection for both clubs. I never disrespected Norwich while I was Ipswich manager and I won’t be disrespecting Ipswich now I’m at Norwich.

“They are both fine clubs that are run by good people. There’s nothing I’d like more than for both clubs to go up next season and for the East Anglian derby to return to the Premier League.”

He continued: “I’m obviously looking forward to the derby games next season. I think both clubs should be up there challenging for promotion.

“Ipswich had a good season under Mick McCarthy and seem to be going in the right direction, while Norwich have the nucleus of a side that only went down by three points.”

On what his role as ‘football consultant’ will entail, Royle said: “Anything Neil wants me to help him with really. I’ve already met with him and some of the board to discuss transfer targets and few enquiries have already gone in.

“It’s important to say that the manager will always have the final say, as should always be the case.”

58 comments

  • goldie - if sacking your manager at the wrong time, being relegated, appointing an inexperienced manager and a pensioner all adds up to 'better and better' then I fear for your sanity.

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    blue tractor

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Lobbo. 5 attempts to reply blocked. Précis:- You have it wrong. I`m trying to help Mattias. I like him!! But, he`s becoming a bit headstrong and is in danger of letting himself down with ill-chosen invective. Nobody seemed to be concerned that `Cecil` wants me to die!! So be it.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Lobbo - I`m trying to help Mattias! He`s a very sincere chap, but he`s descending into the nether world of dogmatism. He`s enthusiastic, loves his footy, knows his facts. Sometimes a tad insightful. Trouble is, he`s started believing he can call people of different views "Numptys" (sic). If I really wanted to `stab him in the back`, I would have done it by now. I am his Mentor. He is my Apprentice. All will be well. Btw, a certain poster, who shall be nameless (Cecil) wished for my demise yesterday - and I`m being nasty to The Young Time Lord???

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • The good news is that Joe won't be putting in any claims for travelling expenses as he can use his Bus Pass!

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    blue tractor

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Things are getting better and better at City and at Town are getting bitter and bitter.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Personally as an ITFC supporter i would describe red hot as having a trophy cabinet with something of importance inside.red hot = English League Champions. F.A. and European Cup winners....... (off the ball city)

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    1961tractorboy

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • 3 years in the top divsion in the world = red hot. Umpteen years in the Chumpionship = broken down tractor Simple enough equation for you yokel? Or would you like me to post again using shorter words? " Oh I can't read + I can't write I just drive a tractor".....DOH !

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • This is way past entertaining. Presumably Archant believes that by sticking a stale and uninteresting Naarwich story in the EADT it can sell twice as many papers.

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    Northstander

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • This just gets better and better,first they employ a man who has got no managerial experience whatsoever,apart from coaching a load of kids,only then to be followed by an appointment of a man who has been out the game for 10 years.Oh yes,and in answer to the simple question from the very simple person, we do remember when we were red hot, do you, no I didn`t think so because you never have been and never will be.Still you can dream,dream on little budgies dream on.........

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    1961tractorboy

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • What a joke. A kiddies coach now has a pensioner to assist on a consultancy basis. Off the ball city.

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    Sed Jott

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • "The ITFC mob are out in force today." ????? This is the East Anglian Daily Times. It's you low-flying budgies that are clogging it up, obsessed with our news stories

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    Ted Maul

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • The advantage of being a football club is that you can employ an inspirational and respected figure to assist the manager. The disadvantage of being an asset-stripped offshore investment is that you get lumbered with an oddball assortment of unwanted execs hanging around the place with meaningless titles whilst they are being encouraged to leave without the pay-offs they feel entitled to.

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    Ray Bidwolf

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • I'm not sure what pills are being taken up the A12 bu this is hilarious. First they appoint a non proven manager and then this. Joe Royle has an impressive CV but has been out of the game too long. The only thing that will save the budgies is if they keep hold of all of their players as off the pitch is looking like a bit of a circus.

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    fence sitter

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • He done a good job at small Town, I am sure he can do a good job for us. Never can forget the roar of the crowd when he used to come on for a corner, the ball would almost be blown into the net. Good luck Joe..

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    spark

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • No thanks joe, nothing personal, why we need a director of football I do not know, and from Ipswich !!!!!!!!! I sense a bad season looming, prove me wrong!!!!!!!!

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    dannyotbc

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • This is Norwich site pal, anything happening on yours???? It was nice to have a bit of success, not that you would know,unless of course you give us a history lesson

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    dannyotbc

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Liz, they're both Archant publications so the story id in the database is assigned to both sites and so we're getting a surreal situation where neither Ipswich nor Norwich support are trolling each other's site as such but we're getting a mix nevertheless. Personally I think it's quite amusing. :-)

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • The ITFC mob are out in force today......Ah bless!!! These are good progressive appointments with a mix of experience and ex players with a "can do" approach to the game. They are also great characters, individually, which is something the CH management team lacked and it certainly did not help to endear them to NCFC supporters when the going got tough. Another plus is that should it all go pear shaped for NA, and I don't believe it will, there is an experienced manager in JR who could take over.This is something that was not available to us at the end of CH's reign.

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    NICEONE

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Whats with the massive influx of scummers lately? Guess its a quiet time for Town at moment everyones on holiday. Where as the scummers seem to be scrabbling around desperately in a vain effort to secure automatic promotion next year. Neil Adams is out of his depth; he refused to accept they were in a relegation battle and that the Fulham game was not a relegation six pointer!! He is deluded and Norwich are destined for League One (again) i feel.

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    Staidtastic

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Agree with Joe Royle, it would be good if both clubs went up. Am reserving judgement on whether Norwich will succeed with their new set up. Many Ipswich supporters have laughed at Adams appointment, but bear in mind, presuming they don't lose too many players, they are in theory the best equipped team to go up, they will be financially sound, because of the parachute money, and of course that got more money for finishing third bottom, than Manchester United got, for winning the league the season before. So you would think, that even a half decent manager would have success, doesn't allways work like that, we shall have to wait and see

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    jungle boy

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Do we really need a "Football Consultant" and how much is Royle being paid. Never really shone as a manager did he

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • I think you'll find the most important question is what does Russell Martin think of all this? I expect we'll find out soon.

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    Admiral F

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Strange days indeed... if my old 1p5wich mucker Colin Haddock reads this hello mate - hope you still enjoy a lunchtime pint. Youknowhoo from the Hadleigh days.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • If he could make 1p5wich look half decent then the man is surely a miracle worker! Good luck Mr Royle. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • archant trolls at it again I see. ....."copy and paste" the n0rw7ch comments (to JR appointment )made on edp and try to raise "discussions" (loose term) on eadt. sad sad day.

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    Liz Knott

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • If we have a bad season then the board need to go.

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    boy

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • This story is of marginal relevance on IPSWICH's board.

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    Richard Gardiner

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • LYB - it had to happen sometime, and today is the day! Completely agree with everything you said below - POTD as far as I am concerned!

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    Cape Town Canary

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • I was a bit surprised by the number of Norwich supporters on our site before realising that they are responding to the same article in the Eastern Daily Press.

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    tel

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • I really hope this all comes together and works, but do not have a good feeling. It feels too much like keeping the family employed at the corner shop. There is no-one here with experience of recent success near the top of English football, and the management structure feels "a bit theoretical on paper". Did one of the board just get an MBA?

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • What is happening? Surely this appointment is a late April Fools joke? 65, been out of the game for an age, used to be the Ipswich boss? Crazy!

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    Brycland

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Good man is Joe, great appointment. Now let's get a decent goalkeeping coach. Chris Woods.

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Well he'll sort out who we should buy and sell in the striking dept. I like the idea of a Football Board with Chief Exec in the Chair - should help to join things up better. In a business it would be like an Operations Board focussing on delivery of the organisations product, in this case effective football.

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • He did a good job for us 10 years ago on a very tight budget and I wish him well at NCFC.

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    blue tractor

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Love watching u budgies trying to have a coherent argument! Welcome back to the Championship! Don't get to comfortable as Div 1 is calling....remember you were only there a few seasons ago! Lower league experts!!

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    Dean Garnham

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Apparently 1p5wich Town are under investigation by the Inland Revenue for tax evasion. They've been claiming for silver polish for the past 36 years.

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • 'Brew' leave 'Mattias' alone, he's a good man and a fellow poster. You either seem to suck up to people or st ab them in the back!

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    Lobbo

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Good memories of Joe Royle at Portman Road & wish him well now. Must admit to being a bit surprised that Malkay Mackay didn't get the Norwich job though.

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    Richard Gardiner

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • What a great signings

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    Woodbridge Canary

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Well said, Peter Jones! We've all been saying how we need a complete clear out as regards coaching teams in order to get back to playing the Norwich way. Well, we're having a clear out. At worst, nothing can be as bad as the last lot in charge so let's see how the new combination works. We need a good start to build the confidence then we could be flying. I'm feeling a lot more optimistic than I was at 4.45pm on 11th May.

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    Flying Canary

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Actually folks, I've just heard on the grapevine that it's no coincidence that Norwich has recruited a former Ipswich manager and is now targeting Ipswich academy product Jordan Rhodes. This is all a precursor to a proposed merger of the two East Anglia rivals. Things are just being finalised as a name for the new merged team has finally been agreed and will use the first part of Norwich's name (Nor) and the last part of Ipswich's name (wich).

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Darren Currie, Sam Parkin, yep he's great with money to spend. A dinosaur even 10 years ago so good luck on your continual slide back to where you came from you yellow 'participants'.

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    russell mariner

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • …..Joe Royle!...... I remember him well!....The last time Ipswich FC looked half decent was when he was in charge!...He left and they have gone downhill ever since! They have had 'la Creme de la Creme' to guide them....Roy Keene - Jim Magilton - Paul Jewel and the mighty Mick!....Neil you have hit the Bulls Eye!....Although some would much prefer to see the return of Hugh and Co!...I feel we are at last on the road to recovery and have the right Medical Staff in place to make that happen!!!.....Now let's get rid of those Powder Blue track suits and Goalkeeping jersey!.....!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • I don't know about anyone else but after being decidedly underwhelmed by NA's appointment, I'm starting to get a good feeling. One of the main criticisms of the NA appointment was his lack of experience as a Manager at any level apart from youth. So what does he do? He gets in someone in Joe Royle who has an abundance of both experience and success. Also they clearly have respect for each other and presumably share the same footballing ethos. Royle remains a 'big' name in football and won't do us any harm in keeping what we have as well as attracting new talent. He will be a big plus too in bringing on the younger players. I also think Gary Holt could prove a masterstroke. He's done very well at Falkirk by all accounts and, again, he and NA share the same beliefs. Nothing is guaranteed of course and, come Christmas, it could all be going pear shaped but, for the moment, I am definitely feeling more optimistic than I did a week or so ago. Good luck Neil, welcome back Gary and Joe. Come on you Yella's.

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    Peter Jones

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • To quote the old China Crisis single ,is Joe, 'King in a catholic style'. Well he is from Liverpool.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Just out of interest is anyone on here old enough to remember when 1p5wich Town were red hot?

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    B Inners

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • We have entered the fantasy world of Alice In Wonderland, when the Mad Hatter is appointed as director of football {which surely must follow) can start the tea party.- "curiouser and curiouser" said Alice!

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    mervyn Lambert

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • In what way are 1p5wich Down "red hot" LOL ??? Is that based on your tenure of the Chumpionship unbroken since the Norman invasion..? You're certainly experts @ lower division football I'll grant you that !

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    Timbo

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • I will forever be grateful for the job Joe Royle done at Ipswich! We couldn't defend but boy could we score a hat full of goals during his time in charge! He so nearly completed the miracle of getting us promoted in 2005 against all odds but that injury to Shefki proved to costly when the board wouldn't release funds to get us over the line! All the best Joe.

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    Stat-Matt

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • What do you think Liz?

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    waclor

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Taking on the Ipswich cast offs. Great way to... get relegated again.

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    redhotitfc

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • What a pity that some of the derogatory postings by people who normally do not frequent these site are so biased without any possible foundation or knowledge, far better to keep one's powder dry! Wait patiently to see how it will turn out, so far it all looks very good and positive although a little slow for the supporters. I am sure that it appears nothing is happening but sure that Adams knows what he is about and has in all probability got lots happening as todays two signings have proved.

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    blackdog2

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • joe Royle is well respected in the football world,He's not just ex ip5wich but ex everton and city too and has managed at a high level.Good appointment.

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    tonyb

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • When I first read about Royle coming in I was concerned Adams might fear he may be being slightly sidelined, but it turns out it was his baby in the first place. Insecure and inadequate people employ people who they don't think will threaten them. The people who are worth anything surround themselves with people that add things that complement their own abilities. Martinez at Everton was keen on bringing in Royle there as Development Director, but he came to little ole Norwich. Really chuffed with the appointments today. Regarding Ipswich, return of the derby is the silver lining to the dark cloud of relegation. However, as Joe points out, my preference would be to continue the rivalry in the top tier rather than the second tier!

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Joe is a class act who knows his way around football and has probably forgotten more about the game than most of those commenting on here will ever know in the first place.

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    LR Series 2A

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Romans in the gloomin`.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • OMG. I`m nearly dumbstruck! How will Mattias handle this?? Is Steve Foley back on the agenda? Is this an Archant attempt at a wind-up? Interview in the .... EADT. What`s the (un) ecumenical angle?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • WTF Is going on at Carrow Rd!!!! Employing this ex 1p5wich man!!! He's been out of the game for 5 years!!!! Another disgusting and clueless decision from a disgusting clueless Board!. What potential transfers could our club possibly attract now!?!?!

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    Michael Merrill

    Monday, June 2, 2014

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