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Championship: Five managerial candidates for Norwich City job

Following the sacking of Alex Neil earlier this month, Norwich City are searching for a new man in charge and It’s Round and It’s White have identified five managers who may be tempted to make the move to East Anglia.

Nigel Pearson

Nigel Pearson has expressed an interest in the Carrow Road vacancy

The former Southampton and Hull manager has been without a job since leaving Derby County at the start of the season.

Being an experienced Championship boss there’s no doubt that Pearson will be in the minds of the Norwich City board.

He was most successful as Leicester City boss in his second spell at the King Power stadium, where he lead the Foxes to the Premier League before keeping them up when it seemed certain that they were on course to be relegated.

If he is appointed, I’m sure Norwich fans will feel secure that they can enjoy a decent campaign under Pearson next season.

Martin Jol

A forgotten man in English football, but one shout for the job at Carrow Road is Martin Jol.

The Dutchman quit his job at Al-Ahly in Egypt last year due to security fears and has not been in charge of a European side since 2013, where he was Fulham boss for two years.

Nonetheless, the work the former West Brom midfielder achieved at Tottenham and Ajax is an indication of how Jol is a very good manager and would be a decent selection for the Norwich City job.

Aitor Karanka

The Spaniard will be likely to be keen to return to management as quickly as possible after being sacked as Middlesbrough boss last week.

The 43-year-old managed to achieve promotion with Boro last season in the Championship and with his experience as assistant to Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, Karanka is someone who will be targeted by a lot of clubs as the year progresses.

For that reason alone, the former Athletic Bilbao defender should be on the minds of the Norwich board.

Jaap Stam

Jaap Stam has had an excellent first season at Reading

The former Manchester United defender has done an excellent job in his first managerial role at the Madejski Stadium in charge of Reading.

The 44-year-old has lead the Royals to the play-off spots in a tough and competitive league, earning results that has meant sides like Norwich and Derby have not been able to break into the top-six despite superior budgets.

If Stam fails to achieve promotion with Reading then he might be tempted by an approach by Norwich if it comes calling later in the season or at the start of the next campaign.

Alan Irvine

The current interim manager of the Canaries is an alternative option for the chairman Ed Balls if he continues to do well at Carrow Road.

The 58-year-old has previous management experience with Preston North End, Sheffield Wednesday and West Brom, plus he was an assistant at both Blackburn and Everton during his coaching career.

Since being in charge of Norwich, Irvine has managed to gain a 2-2 draw as well as an impressive 2-0 home victory against Barnsley.

Do not rule the Scotsman out of a potential permanent role in East Anglia.

About Greg Stubley

Greg graduated with a first in Sports Journalism from the University of Brighton in Summer 2016 and has already managed to gain experience in the industry, working for companies such as Charlton Athletic and talkSPORT. Greg is currently the regular commentator on Charlton's "CAFCPlayerHD" service, bringing full-match live commentary along with Terry Smith of Addicks' games up and down the country for subscribers to listen.
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