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Robins dismisses link to City job

PUBLISHED: 07:30 09 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:28 06 July 2010

Mark Robins has dismissed growing speculation linking him with the Norwich City manager's job.

The post is vacant now that Bryan Gunn's short-term tenure is over, although the City legend was allowed to present his case for a new deal when he met the board of directors on Wednesday.

Mark Robins has dismissed growing speculation linking him with the Norwich City manager's job.

The post is vacant now that Bryan Gunn's short-term tenure is over, although the City legend was allowed to present his case for a new deal when he met the board of directors on Wednesday.

However, it is not yet clear whether the club's hierarchy will stick with Gunn, assistant Ian Butterworth and coach Ian Crook, or whether they will invite new applications.

Robins has been linked with the City job before, when the club parted company with Peter Grant in October, 2007, and his name resurfaced this week following City's relegation to League One, which immediately put a question mark over Gunn's credentials.

The 39-year-old played for City - alongside Gunn - in the early 1990s, scoring 20 goals in almost 70 appearances, and has gone on to carve out a managerial reputation for himself at cash-strapped Rotherham, where he maintained their League Two status despite starting the season with 17 points deducted.

However, Robins was yesterday refusing to become embroiled in the speculation linking him with a return.

“The last time I looked Norwich had a manager and it's unfair to talk about such things while there's a man in the post,” he said.

“If you are doing well and you get good results then people do take notice and that's okay, because the consequence of not doing well is that you are out of a job.

“I've not thought about Norwich at all. I'm concentrating on the job in hand because we have a big season ahead of us. My focus, at the moment, is to get players in to make us better.”

Jim Gannon is also being mentioned, having lost his job at League One Stockport County after the Hatters went into administration.

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