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Last Updated: Tuesday, 4 May, 2004, 21:14 GMT 22:14 UK
Worthy cause for a party
By Lewis Wiltshire

Norwich boss Nigel Worthington
Norwich City manager Nigel Worthington is already planning for life back in the big time after leading the club to the Division One title.

Worthington saw his side claim the First Division crown despite slipping to a 1-0 defeat at Sunderland.

The Canaries are back in the Premiership after a nine-year absence.

Worthington told BBC Radio Norfolk: "We don't like getting beaten, but at the end of the day we are champions and it is a wonderful feeling.

"The medals are for the players and the trophy is for the supporters. I am absolutely delighted."

Although the Canaries are in party mood at the moment, the hard work starts now for Worthington as he looks for a way to help the club survive in the Premiership.

The 43-year-old former Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds and Northern Ireland defender has worked wonders at Carrow Road.

Worthington was happy to pip his old Wednesday colleague, and West Brom boss, Gary Megson to the Division One title after the Baggies lost 4-1 at Stoke.

The job started in December 2000 when Worthington - despite only a brief spell in charge of Blackpool previously - saved Norwich from relegation in his first half season.

I'm delighted for the supporters and the directors. Everyone has worked together
Nigel Worthington

In his first full campaign he took them to the First Division play-off final, where they lost on penalties to Birmingham, and after missing out on the top six last term, it has been wall-to-wall success this time around.

Being given 1m to spend on three strikers - Darren Huckerby, Mathias Svensson and Leon McKenzie - at the turn of the year by a board that includes millionaire chef Delia Smith clearly helped.

But Norwich had been in the Division One doldrums for four-and-a-half years before Worthington took over, and under much more experienced managers who could never quite get them even into the play-offs.

So what else has he done that others before him did not?

"The one thing I've tried to achieve and put into the football club is team spirit - people working together, wanting to be successful and working towards that," he said.

"It's not 'I', it's 'we' at this football club. It's teamwork. We've all worked very, very hard together.

"When I've gone to the board because I felt we needed to add to the group that we had, they have been very, very supportive.

"I think they could see there was something happening early on this season. We've done it stage by stage and eventually we have secured promotion which is great.

"I'm delighted for the supporters and the directors. Everyone has worked together.

"The people who have put time and money into this football club have had some reward and hopefully some great memories from it as well."

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