Gary Holt and Joe Royle to join Norwich City

Joe Royle (left) talks to Dave Stringer at Carrow Road during Norwich City's centenary celebrations. Joe Royle (left) talks to Dave Stringer at Carrow Road during Norwich City's centenary celebrations.

Monday, June 2, 2014
5:25 PM

Norwich City have confirmed that Gary Holt will return to the club as first-team coach, with former City player and Ipswich Town boss Joe Royle appointed as a ‘football consultant’.

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Joe Royle is awarded the Barry Butler Memorial Trophy by Geoffrey Watling at Carrow Road, Norwich, May 2 1981. Norwich played Leicester on this day. Picture: Archant library.Joe Royle is awarded the Barry Butler Memorial Trophy by Geoffrey Watling at Carrow Road, Norwich, May 2 1981. Norwich played Leicester on this day. Picture: Archant library.

Holt and Royle are both former winners of the club’s player of the season award and are among the first major announcements of the club’s backroom staff since Neil Adams was confirmed as the club’s permanent manager following relegation from the Premier League.

Royle was Adams’ manager at Oldham Athletic between 1989 and 1994, when Adams moved to Carrow Road.

Mark Robson, who assisted Adams for the final five games of last season following Chris Hughton’s dismissal, has also been confirmed as a first-team coach.

“Mark (Robson) and Gary (Holt) are two people I’ve worked with closely and both will bring enthusiasm, hunger and experience to the coaching team. They have also played at the highest levels in this country,” Adams told Norwich City’s official website.

Gary Holt battles with Birmingham City's Stan Lazaridis during the 2002 Division One play-off final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Picture: Archant library.Gary Holt battles with Birmingham City's Stan Lazaridis during the 2002 Division One play-off final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Picture: Archant library.

“Joe is someone who I have played for at both Championship and Premier League level, and he has amassed a vast amount of knowledge during his time in the game.

“He has been there, seen it and done it so to speak, and has also been very successful during his time as both a player and a manager.”

The trio’s confirmation was also accompanied with further news of the club’s plans to complete its ‘football management board’, which is currently made up of Adams and chief executive David McNally.

The statement concluded: “The club plan to announce the new technical director shortly and are currently interviewing a number of candidates for the position of director of recruitment.”

Mark Robson, pictured exchanging views with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho during City's 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge at the end of last season, has been appointed as first-team coach at Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdMark Robson, pictured exchanging views with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho during City's 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge at the end of last season, has been appointed as first-team coach at Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Holt leaves his position as manager of Falkirk to take up the role of first-team coach at Carrow Road.

The 41-year-old previously assisted Adams in the management of the club’s Under-18s, including winning the FA Youth Cup 13 months ago.

Player of the season in 2002 at Carrow Road, Holt made more than 160 playing appearances for Norwich during a four-year spell, in which he helped the Canaries to the second-tier play-off final in 2002 – and then the Division One title two years later.

The Scot figured in City’s brief Premier League stay before departing for Nottingham Forest in 2005.

The statement said that former Everton and Manchester City striker Royle, now aged 65, ‘will support and advise Adams’ football management team’ in his new role.

Royle went on to manage Oldham for 10 years, guiding the north-west club to the top flight, a League Cup final and two FA Cup semi-finals.

He went on to guide Everton to FA Cup glory in 1995 but resigned in 1997 and took over at Manchester City in 1998, guiding the club out of the third tier and back to the top flight.

But after relegation in 2001 Royle was sacked, before returning to management in November 2002 with Ipswich Town.

Royle managed to guide the Tractor Boys to the play-off in 2004 and 2005 but couldn’t guide City’s rivals back to the Premiership and left the club at the end of the 2006 season.

He has since worked in the media and made a brief return to Oldham as caretaker manager at the end of the 2008/09 season.

What do you think of the appointments? Leave your comments below.

27 comments

  • And I so agree with Outside The Box (2nd item). Hi, Fagen!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • oldtimer. - Vitriol? Like `Mickey Mouse`, `Dross`, `Prima Donna`, `glad to see him out of here` and `ruining`. All I said was `A nightmare scenario wind-up from Archant`s EADT` (That was a paraphrase, in case Cecile is lurking in wait). Sadly, it is not a wind-up. It is true. And I wish it were not. Sh!t happens. Again.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • The last approach was "experienced man in charge of everything" and it crashed and burned. Now we have a committee. What a committee is good for is to mke sure that the normal stuff works smoothly and that big mistakes are not made. What it is not good at is the radlcal and unexpected. I think that we need a more solid foundation to prosper at the PL level, may be this is the start. As for the unexpected, I would be happy with some solid and effective performances just for a while, a good contrast to the majority of last season.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • in the paper to-day we have been linked with jordan rhodes.i suppose we will let them have winkle,hooper& little hooli in part exchange.

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    bluelight

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • In terms of Gary Holt, im more than happy. Good model pro as a player, very good coach, passion & has a genuinely desire to do well for this club hence leaving a job as a full time manager to be first team coach at NCFC. Royle im not overly worried about either. certainly not going to over react like some have. The way I read it, he's more of a advisor to the club & Neil Adams. Not like he's going to be on the touchline or making the subs etc. Wouldn't surprise me if it was Royle who does the picking up the phone calling clubs tasks, as surely he has more contacts that Adams does. Could be helpful to be fair and fits in with what the board said, in that they want Adams focusing on the coaching and match day managing etc. If Adams has a target, Royle can do the talking and discussing etc. Makes sense, but maybe im just trying to see the positives. What I am wondering is who the assistant Manager is or will be as they've worded Gary Holt as 1st team coach & also Mark Robson as 1st team coach. Obviously still require the technical director and head of recruitment.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Malaga, I am with you all the way on this. I gues that the only way of knowing is if it pays off. A lot will depend on the relationships between those concerned and how well defined the structure and roles of the individuals concerned are. I think what confuses me most is that we are having a football consultant and a technical director. Can the journalists please do an article at some point setting out how it is all supposed to work??

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Much as I like Joe Royle, his arrival merely underlines that City have appointed a manager with no experience who needs someone to hold his hand. Why not just appoint an experienced manager in the first place? I hope this isn't going to be another Gunn-Deehan-Butterworth-Crook fiasco. The whole thing seems completely muddle-headed. City have got it into their heads that the management structure was wrong and needs an overhaul. Nobody questioned the management structure when Lambert had three brilliant years. It's about appointing the right manager in the first place, then signing the right players!

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    Outside The Box

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Let's not forget, Phil H, that City played their best attacking football under John Bond (full-back), Ken Brown (centre-half), Dave Stringer (defender) and Mike Walker (goalkeeper). You don't need ex-forwards in charge to play positive football.

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    Outside The Box

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • The new managerial and coaching set-up seems incestuous and unadventurous to me. It's not just because you know someone well that they are the best for the job. Moreover, having played for the club before is no advantage - outside people can be just as passionate about success.

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    TheProf

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Bringing Holt IN I can understand as he was with NA on U-18 run so they have worked together and I would hope will give the kick needed to some. Royale as football consultant I do not get if they are still looking for Director of Football! Being on the pessimistic end of the looking glass for a moment is this the boards way of spread betting so if it goes wrong then more people to blame. Whoever else comes in and how ever much the board goo on about the football management team NA has to stand-up and show us he is the manager of this club and all the others are in a supporting role otherwise as per la barbe I hope we do not end up with a camel! OTBC

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    Jakarta (ex-Singapore) Canary

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Oh dear, Brew is having an off day and spitting vitriol again. Can't say that I am overwhelmed by the appointments, but I'm not totally dispirited either. Royle is well respected in the game and has been around the block a time or two, Holt was doing a half decent job as a manager in the Mickey Mouse Scottish league, Now let's move onward and upward get rid of the dross that doesn't want to play for this club (if the Hooper rumour is true, I for one will be only too glad to see him out of here, like one or two more of the prima donnas, he hasn't done anything to show that he is as good as he thinks he is). Let's get players that want to put right the wrongs of last season, find another Captain Marvel a la the other Holt, and win back the support that Hughton succeeded in ruining.

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    oldtimer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Let's be positive. The coaching staff is now three ex-midfileders and an ex Centre Foward instead of 3 ex defenders. As they say the best means of defence is attack and lets hope we see that next season. If Hooper wants to go let him go and we can spend the money on a forward who will score 20+ goals a season.

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    PhilH

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • The saying goes that the camel was a horse created by a committee. Let's hope that the ever-growing NCFC Football BoardCommittee don't cause confusion and become counter productive to the main aim of immediate promotion.

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    la barbe

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Wise words Brew. When I read of Holt joining Adams my first thought was nice men but doomed to failure. I must admit I didn't have the nerve to print it at the time.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Two G Holts would be much better than one. How about a player\attacking coach role?

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    waclor

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Am I alone in finding this confusing? We have a manager, whose stated job is to be responsible for the Championship team and not be sidetracked with other matters. As such I would consider Adams to be the first team coach. Now we have appointed a first team coach and another as well. What will be the roles of the "football consultant" and also the technical director, yet to be appointed? I am not as such knocking this new boardroom setup. Just wondering how it will all fit together with one aim - to get Norwich City playing football again, scoring goals and winning games?

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    malaga flier

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • i am having a bit of a job getting my head round this.didnt see it coming.

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    bluelight

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • So is it going to be the Adams Family or the Royle Family?

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    Outside The Box

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • If I'm honest then I'm slightly underwhelmed. However that's based on Gary Holt's limited ability as a player and not by his effort which was never in doubt! Obviously I wish them well and really hope that they prove to be a great partnership. If the whole team can reach old Three Lungs' level of fitness then we will be half way there! IAWT!

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    baguio

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • All good news, now lets just get rid of any players who don't really fancy playing for us in the Championship and move on - there has to be more than just 'surviving' in the Prem to aim for - playing football that people want to watch would be a good starting point!

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    LR Series 2A

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • I sometimes think people of the `positive` (aka naive) persuasion would welcome anything. A couple of years ago, this would have been seen as a nightmare scenario. It still is. Is it a wind-up from the EADT arm of Archant??

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Falkirk to Norwich City ... Isn't that a bit of a step down for Gary Holt???

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    Northstander

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Yes, lets get back to Norwich Ways... A Dream Team, really don't think Joe will cause a problem at all (like most Directors of Football do), they have all got NCFC at heart, bring it on.

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    OLDYELLA

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Royal is a good appointment. But a "football consultant", as well as a Technical Director suggests to me that the Board think that Adams and Holt need their hands held.

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    DT

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Let's see NO negativity...Forget the Joe Royle NorwichIpswich connection...he's been there, seen it, got the t-shirt (a few times)...We can ill afford negativity Adams, Holt and Robson...let's get RIGHT behind them from the off...Royle will obviously report to the board and liase with the backroom team...I think we're in good hands...COME ON YOU YELLOWS...Let's just get the team sorted now who's in, who's out. who we want to buy in...OTBC!!!

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    YarcoYella

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Sounds interesting - now as Dave Stringer said the other day "the proof of the pudding etc,

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    mardler

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • This is the most proactive shakeup of NCFC since the summer before the L1 campaign. This is what CH needed: a good support team around him. The board were happy to sanction it, remember they were happy to keep Lambert's back room staffs in addition to CH brining in his own. Hughton chose not to and it cost him and the club ultimately.

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    Dan

    Monday, June 2, 2014

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