Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Who's in the running to be the next Norwich City manager?

Gary Rowett, Roy Hodgson and Alan Pardew have all been linked with the role. Credit: PA

After a season of underachievement, Norwich City have finally lost patience with Alex Neil who has failed to replicate the success he had in The Championship following his arrival two years ago.

On that occasion he led the Canaries to the Premier League by memorably beating Middlesbrough at Wembley in the play-off final, but his team were immediately relegated the season after.

Norwich were expected to be among the favourites for promotion this time out, but have struggled to live up to the hype and currently find themselves nine points outside the play-offs with only 10 games left to play.

Despite their struggles, Norwich is sure to be an attractive job and Neil's successor will inherit a club with a big fanbase and a squad packed full of quality at Championship level.

Here are some of the men who are likely to be in the frame...

  • Gary Rowett (6/4)
Gary Rowett has done good jobs at both Burton Albion and Birmingham City. Credit: PA

Former Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett is the current joint-favourite with the bookies, and you'd imagine that he would be a popular choice among Norwich fans.

He rightly received a lot of praise for the job he did at Birmingham, leading them to the brink of The Championship play-offs on a shoestring budget, and the football world was shocked when he was dismissed in December.

The fact that the Blues have struggled so much since his departure is testament to his ability, and on paper he seems the perfect choice to take over at Carrow Road where he will have better players at his disposal and more money to spend.

  • Alan Pardew (6/4)
Alan Pardew has plenty of Premier League and Championship experience. Credit: PA

The other early frontrunner is Alan Pardew who is also out of work after leaving Premier League club Crystal Palace earlier this season.

Although he has previously made it clear he would prefer to jump straight back into another top flight job, it's understood he would be keen on the vacancy at Norwich due to the potential of the club.

The 55-year-old has plenty of experience of both the Premier League and Championship, having also managed the likes of Reading and Newcastle United, and would be the type of high profile appointment that could certainly help attract quality signings in the summer.

Sorry, this content isn't available on your device.

  • Roy Hodgson (4/1)
Roy Hodgson is a friend of Delia Smith. Credit: PA

If Norwich are looking for an old head, they don't come any more experienced than Roy Hodgson.

The former England boss is a close friend of Norwich majority shareholder Delia Smith and has even been a guest at some games this season.

Whether he would be willing to drop down to The Championship is debatable, but if the Canaries could pull it off, his appointment would represent something of a coup.

  • Mark Warburton (14/1)
Warburton was recently in charge of Rangers. Credit: PA

Mark Warburton was close to landing the Norwich job in 2015, but on that occasion they decided to give it to Alex Neil instead.

You would suspect that he will be interested in applying again, having just left Rangers, and he is bound to have a good chance of finally securing the role.

The 54-year-old's Brentford side were hugely impressive in The Championship in 2015 where midfielder Alex Pritchard was their talisman - a player that has failed to set the world alight under Neil at Norwich, but one that Warburton clearly knows how to get a tune out of.

  • The outsiders
Danny Cowley has worked wonders at Lincoln City. Credit: PA

Interim manager Alan Irvine (7/1) will take charge of the club for the time being, but it would be a brave move to give him the job on a permanent basis having been brought in as part of Alex Neil's backroom staff last summer.

Former Norwich player Tim Sherwood is another who may be interested in the job (20/1), while another former Canary in the shape of Paul Heckingbottom has been doing a good job at Barnsley (20/1).

Outside of them, former Premier League superstars Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Ryan Giggs are all 40/1 shots and hugely impressive Lincoln City manager and former Braintree Town boss Danny Cowley is at 33/1.

Another person to keep an eye on could be Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill who has done a fine job in charge of his country (33/1).

All odds courtesy of Sky Bet

More on this story