The chase is on for new Canaries boss

PUBLISHED: 07:30 17 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:32 06 July 2010

Chris Lakey

Norwich City fans have been assured that the club's “dire” financial situation won't force them to shop in football's bargain basement for a new manager.

Norwich City fans have been assured that the club's “dire” financial situation won't force them to shop in football's bargain basement for a new manager.

“I believe that the most important position at the football club is that of football manager,” said chief executive David McNally.

“He's the person who can best influence our success. The more success you have the more money you will earn and so I think it would be wise to spend our money properly and effectively in bringing in the right football manager and so you have to pay market rates.

“We clearly will have to shop sensibly - we can't afford some of the superstar managers who are in the Premier League but we have ambitions for this football club.

“If the new man wants to bring one or two people with him then that will be something we will consider and it's normal. We won't be bringing in somebody that has 12, 14 people to bring in - our backroom staff are very good quality, good people, skilled at what they do and so there is certainly no plan to change completely the backroom team. But if the new guy has one or two trusted lieutenants, and they do hunt in packs, and providing it's a small pack that's fine.”

McNally - who gave the dire financial warning at a supporters' group meeting last week - is in the market for a manager after sacking Bryan Gunn on Friday, setting the managerial rumour mill into full swing for the fourth time in less than three years.

Reports that he had lined up former Chelsea star Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink have been strongly denied, but McNally's previous association with Celtic and Fulham have had immediate side-effects, with both Gordon Strachan and Lawrie Sanchez tipped to take the helm.

Adrian Boothroyd remains a favourite with many fans, while Alan Curbishley, Iain Dowie, Thailand coach Peter Reid, Steve Tilson, Mark Robins.

It's likely the tendency to appoint someone with yellow and green in their blood will end, with McNally saying past links were “totally irrelevant”.

“I definitely have got names in mind,” he said. “It's a short short-list. And I do have a pecking order, but I can't share those names for obvious reasons and I will do everything in my power to land the number one target.

“I will attempt to land my number one target and we will be persistent, determined and tenacious in our pursuit of our number one target.”

City are at Brentford tomorrow, at home to Wycombe on Saturday and then face Premier League Sunderland in front of the Sky cameras in a week's time. Caretaker boss Ian Butterworth has been asked to prepare tomorrow's team, but there is a clear need to get the right man in, and quickly.

“It's as soon as possible,” McNally added. “I can't commit to a timetable because these things take time. What I can say is that we will bring in the person who in our opinion is the best equipped to take this great club forward.”

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