Gary Holt in talks over Norwich City return, despite Falkirk confusion

Gary Holt, left, and Neil Adams share the Carrow Road dug-out during Norwich City Under-18s' FA Youth Cup run two seasons ago. Picture: Denise Bradley Gary Holt, left, and Neil Adams share the Carrow Road dug-out during Norwich City Under-18s' FA Youth Cup run two seasons ago. Picture: Denise Bradley

Monday, June 2, 2014
4:41 PM

Former Norwich City favourite Gary Holt looks set for a return to Carrow Road – despite a confusing day over his position as manager at Falkirk.

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Gary Holt taking charge of Falkirk last season.Gary Holt taking charge of Falkirk last season.

The Scottish club released a statement Monday lunchtime confirming Holt’s departure for a coaching job at the Canaries, only to issue an apology by mid-afternoon clarifying the Scot is only in talks with Norwich. For now, Holt remains head coach at the Bairns.

“Falkirk can confirm head coach Gary Holt has accepted a coaching role at Norwich City after Falkirk, granted the Carrow Road side permission to speak to him over the weekend,” read Falkirk’s original statement, with chairman Martin Ritchie adding: “The club fully understands Gary’s wishes to return with his family to Norwich. We wish him every success in the future and to thank him for all his work over the last year.”

However, a posting titled “Apology – agreement awaited” appeared a matter of hours later.

“Falkirk would like to apologise for the previous incorrect posting on this website,” stated the club. “We have given Norwich City permission to speak to our head coach, Gary Holt.

“At this time, there is no update to that position and the club confirms that it has not received any formal communication regarding these talks.

“Gary Holt remains the club’s head coach until formal agreement is received.”

Holt is in discussions over a coaching role at City alongside manager Neil Adams, reported to be as assistant manager. The 41-year-old shared the City dugout with then-Under-18s manager Adams, including leading City to their FA Youth Cup success 13 months ago – before Holt departed to take over at Falkirk.

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.

He returned to Carrow Road as a youth coach, brought in by then-manager Paul Lambert from Colchester.

Monday’s confusing followed a similar path to that of former City coach Steve Foley, with Ryman League Needham Market posting on their website last month the coach would be returning to Carrow Road to work alongside Adams – only to retract the statement and offer an apology later the same day.

The City board also looking to recruit a new technical director, with the Scottish Football Association’s performance director Mark Wotte linked withe role. Current Academy manager at Colney, Ricky Martin, is also in the frame.

Meanwhile, Celtic chief scout John Park could be a target to fill the new director of football recruitment role, to be left by the impending departure of Ewan Chester.

34 comments

  • Mad, feminising my name is, I suppose, a puerile attempt at an insult. How utterly pathetic. You like to play the didact but, as usual, you are wrong. It is permissible to omit an apostrophe where the meaning is still clear without it. Miserable wretch though you are I don't wish you dead. It was a joke, dear boy; do lighten up as they say here.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Banter, Cecile? Wishing death upon somebody is banter?? I`m really impressed that you`ve eventually made a connection between `Barking` and `Mad`, though there is no connection, per se. Take a house-point. Your single synapse deserves it. Btw, it is "you`re" not "youre". I really enjoy banter, but you don`t do it, do you? Why not retire from `youre` living death? Have a res-erection. Hard as it may not be.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Barking\Mad take care, youre wearing out your shared brain cell. Actually my opinion on the appointment of Holt and Royle is, alarmingly, the same as yours, Barking. But listen boys, if you don't like the banter why engage in it?

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • It seems somebody wishes death upon me. A tad harsh? Fear not, it will happen, but I`ll be back. Again.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • By golly, Barking, youre so witty. Original too.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • In the old days this was called "jobs for the boys". Oh wait - it still is....

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    Indiabill

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • At least there are efforts going on to put together a management structure. Not too sure right now how it all fits together. Reminds me of that old American comedy series, "Soap", which used to begin by explaining the story so far and then concluded, "Confused? You will be."

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Well, at last some people with some optimism!! all I seem to have heard ever since N.A. was appointed is negativity, in fact so much so that I could have been in a photographer's dark room. For god's sake give the man a chance. After all when P.L. came here he was nowhere near as experienced as any of those who been appointed thus far. So who's to say that these guys can't do the same. I sincerely hope that they can prove all you doubters wrong and, I mean it not just somebody who says it hoping that they don't just so that they can say ''I told you so''

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    Egyptian canary

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • I am quite aware of that, Cecil. I felt the original was a tad harsh for young Mattias, so I softened it by paraphrase. I should have guessed a dull pedant might chose to pick that up, and indeed you did. A slave does not have to `think` slavishly. I wonder if he wrote that song for The Brotherhood of Man? Epic. Stoic. Must go and find some eggs to suck. Granny may have some.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • First Needham Market issue a statement saying Foley is coming, then issue a statement that he's not. Now Falkirk issue a statement saying Holt is coming, then another statement that he's not. The way it's starting, this Summer is set to be pretty complicated.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • What the!!!! Joe royal now technical director of football at Norwich! This is a joke mcnally

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    elmboy

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Get it right, Mad. The quote is 'two ears one mouth'; Epictetus.

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    Cecil

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • GREAT appointment and step in the right direction...if he coaches like he used to play he'll instill some fight in the team...he obviously likes what he see's at Norwich to give up a managers job, and he works well with Adams...thumbs up to this appointment...lets get this backroom team sorted out and then get started on the ins and out on the playing side...OTBC

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    YarcoYella

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Anyway, is it done & dusted yet? Insiders will know. pubmandave? Gedro? Matt? Davitt??

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • soulwaxer - so very perceptive. Respect. ;-) To dear young Matt I`d suggest "Two ears, one voice".

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Btbtw, from Falkirk in the Scottish Championship to any English Championship side is hardly a step backwards. Or even sideways. It is at least a step and a half up. You cannot always believe what it says on the label, young Who.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Mattias, as much as I endeavour to be your mentor, you were culpable, quite recently, of describing those that were at odds with your views as "Numptys"(sic). You are in danger of becoming a monster of your own making - I`m just trying to help you, young man. Btw, it should be "numpties", anyway, according to the English Dictionary. The Scottish one may differ.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Welcome back 3 lungs!! Who better to help banish the defensive minded shackles imposed by CH. You can bet your bottom dollar Norwich won't be defending the edge of their 18 yard box with 9 men behind the ball. Expect to see high tempo pressing the ball in the opposition half and players getting stuck in. I love this style of football (it did wonders for Leeds when O'Leary was in charge. An unskillful team pushed Barca to the brink in the Champions League semi-final I recall, all based on 100% effort and work-rate). This season we'll be one of the favourites, and we'll have a solid engine room to base it off. Nicely done NA, nicely done.

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    MontrealYella

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Obviously money does play a role, but his family all stayed in Norfolk when he went to Scotland so it makes sense that he'd want to move closer eventually - I remember a similar situation in reverse with Paul Lambert's family being up in Scotland. Also the Scottish Championship will be a one-horse race next season with Rangers in it, so limited opportunity for promotion, whereas Norwich will (rightly or wrongly) be considered one of the favourites for promotion.

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    soulwaxer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Likely the answer timbo. Not knocking the holt appointment. Im actually really happy with it, even more so because hes actually left the club and gone on to taste success with a club as an actually manager. Just surprised me as you dont often see people go back to being a no2 once they've tasted life as a manager. I know this appointment may disappoint some people who wanted Ian Culverhouse back but im happy with Holty. Culverhouse was never going to return after how he left with Lambert. Holty comes in as someone who Adams has worked with, trusts and respects. Fact hes been a loyal NCFC man helps as well.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Now that IS good news. 3 lungs is back. The Scottish ex-chef also does a mean tatty-hash in the kitchen I'm told. This is great.PS: As to your question Matt the answer is " Money, Money, Money" !!!

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    Timbo

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • You have got to like this.

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Excellent appointment. Good solid coach, and did well last season. Bodes well for both NA's ability to get in the people he wants, and the support he will receive from the board - obviously there was compensation to pay to Falkirk, when plenty of other candidates are available for free. Now let's see what happens on the 'Football Board' front. Need to start moving it along quickly now please, Mr. McNally, so we can start our player recruitment ASAP.

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    Ghanawintheleague

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Now that's the appointment I've been waiting for. When the manager merry go round was in full swing I did allude to this possibiilty. Hurrah, things are getting better.

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Well there is another piece of the jigsaw. Problem is the fans have no idea how big this jigsaw is. Whilst others commence team strengthening, we are still sorting out the job titles and the desk name plates. I'm not worried yet about the deafening lack of news but ....

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    kpg24uk

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Matt isn't it a case of natural progression with one man trying to better himself and believe it or not moving to a better club, also one he knows. Seems promising perhaps the board are slowly getting things right. Slowly, slowly catchee monkey as the saying goes.

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    Gibbo

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Its a done deal according to the Falkirk website. Obviously I wont call anyone an idiot like someone did previously. No need for that on here guys.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Not manny teams that got 2 Holts in there Hall Of Fame! :)

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    Motala79

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • A sound common sense appointment. He can obviously work with Adams and I echo the sentiments of Wicksy - Holt will indeed bring discipline to the squad and a good work ethic that was missing in some quarters last season. Can't wait to see the effect the manager and his number two have on the squad.

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    VictorM

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Hope it is true and he comes in as no 2 would instill some work ethic and discipline into the squad. excellent work by Adams . fingers crossed.

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    WICKSY

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Sound move if confirmed

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    mardler

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Johnstonpickle

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • .....Matt!...Could be that some men are born to lead!.....Other men are more influential when supporting a leader....others turn up for work and get on with the job...others just turn up!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Why would Holt go from being a manager to being a no2? Holt did superb last season by all accounts, especially for a rookie manager. Odd. Not against it obviously but surprises me why he'd give that up for a step backwards as a no2.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, June 2, 2014

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