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Norwich City top 100 appearances: Mike Phelan (74)

Mike Phelan in action for Norwich against Liverpool at Carrow Road during the late 1980s. Picture: Archant library

Mike Phelan in action for Norwich against Liverpool at Carrow Road during the late 1980s. Picture: Archant library

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194 appearances/10 goals

Mike Phelan, back row, fourth from left, with his City team-mates and the Second Division trophy after beating Leeds 4-0 at Carrow Road on the final day of the 1985-86 season. Picture: Archant libraryMike Phelan, back row, fourth from left, with his City team-mates and the Second Division trophy after beating Leeds 4-0 at Carrow Road on the final day of the 1985-86 season. Picture: Archant library

An integral member of the Canaries’ Division Two title winning team in 1986, Phelan went on to enjoy success with Manchester United before becoming a well respected coach.

The central midfielder represented England as a youth international and won the Third Division title with hometown club Burnley to attract the attentions of City boss Ken Brown who was looking to strengthen following relegation from the top flight.

Micky, as he was widely known, started every league match and scored three goals as the Second Division title was won in 1986 and missed just two games as Norwich finished fifth in the First Division in 1987.

Only missed a handful of games in the next two seasons before joining Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford in 1989, winning the FA Cup and European Cup Winners Cup, later returning as assistant manager.

Mike Phelan pictured in 1995 when he returned to Norwich to be Gary Megson's assistant. Picture: Archant libraryMike Phelan pictured in 1995 when he returned to Norwich to be Gary Megson's assistant. Picture: Archant library

Returned to Norfolk briefly during a difficult time for City during 1995-96, as Gary Megson’s assistant, and then as first-team coach under Neil Adams in 2014-15 before leaving soon after the arrival of Alex Neil.

Most recently assisted Steve Bruce in guiding Hull to the Premier League in 2016 and then took over as manager at the start of this season after a bright spell as caretaker but was sacked in January with relegation looming large.

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