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Bryan gunning his way to glory
Bryan Gunn in his first game as manager of Norwich City against Barnsley (Photo: EDP)

Bryan Gunn, goalkeeping legend of Norwich City FC, was announced as the club's manager in January 2009.

Prior to his permanent appointment, Bryan's first game in temporary charge saw the Canaries win 4-0 over Barnsley.

With advice from Sir Alex Ferguson, his first Saturday in charge was something he will never forget.

"Just standing on the touchline for the first time in the dugout and technical area, with the huge support from the crowd, was simply amazing," he said.

On Saturday, 17 January, 2009, Bryan Gunn received one of the greatest honours of his football career to date.

At 3pm, in a packed Carrow Road stadium, he took temporary charge of the Canaries as manager.

Calm and collected

Bryan tried to stay as calm and collected as possible before his first game in charge by leading a normal day.

"I took my son for his haircut at 8 o'clock in the morning before taking him to football training at the training ground at Colney, which is where my office is," he said.

"I then got the opportunity to sit down and get final team in my head, go over the crucial set plays and let the players know their job. It was just a normal build up to a normal coaching team," he added.

Support from Sir Alex

Bryan Gunn in his first game as manager of Norwich City against Barnsley (Photo: EDP)
Bryan had a call of confidence from Sir Alex before the game

One of the best pieces of support on Bryan's famous Saturday came in the form of a phone call from Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of Manchester United FC and one of the most successful managers of all time.

Bryan has been a friend of Sir Alex's since his foot-balling career began in Aberdeen, where the fellow Scotsman was his manager.

"It was very exciting. Sir Alex Ferguson, as I probably thought he would, contacted me. I asked him, 'What do I say to my players?' and he mentioned togetherness and playing as a team," said Bryan.

"If the best manager in the world is telling that to his players, I thought I would pass it on to our lads. It obviously worked as I really thought they played as a team and they were together," he added.

Thrashing the Tykes

The moment Bryan stepped out onto the sideline, he had achieved one of his greatest ambitions.

"It was a fantastic atmosphere and one that the players responded to," he said.

"It's a great club Norwich City and I've been very fortunate to be a part of it for 22 years. That privilege I was given on Saturday will live with me forever, nobody can take that away from me now," he added.

A goalkeeping legend

Bryan Gunn during his days as a Norwich City goalkeeper
Bryan was a goalkeeping legend for City

During his tenure as a player, Bryan made 477 first team appearances for Norwich City FC.

The Scotsman, having also played for Aberdeen, Hibernian and the Scottish national team, retired from football back in his home country in 1999.

Bryan, who lives in south Norfolk, was awarded Norwich City Player Of The Year in 1988 and 1993, where in the latter he helped The Canaries achieve their highest ever Premiership finish of third place.

In 2000 he was made Sheriff of the City of Norwich.

Outside of football, Bryan has been actively fundraising medical research to cure Leukaemia after his daughter Francesca was diagnosed with the disease. She died in the early 1990s.

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