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Gunn outlines plans for Norwich


Bryan Gunn, Ian Crook and Ian Butterworth answer fans' questions on the future of Norwich City on BBC Radio Norfolk

Bryan Gunn, Ian Butterworth and Ian Crook have outlined how they plan to revive Norwich City's fortunes.

The trio took part in a BBC Radio Norfolk phone-in just hours before being confirmed as the club's new management team.

Gunn said that following relegation from the Championship it was now time to build a long-term legacy.

"Opportunities will probably develop now for younger players at the club to come into the squad," he said.

Having a settled squad is crucial, in Gunn's opinion, if the club is to bounce back from relegation at the first attempt.

"We'd like a commitment to having more contracted players on the books.

"The loan system will work in small numbers, we feel, but certainly not in the numbers we had this season.

Ian Butterworth
Ian Butterworth coached in League One at Hartlepool and Cardiff

"I think we had 17 players, at different stages of the season, in on loan, it affects things like team spirit, team selection, the affect it has in the dressing room, all of those things put together haven't helped the season's outcome," he said.

Butterworth described having 17 players on loan as "preposterous" and said that a "key thing" when assessing future signings was that they "have to want to play for Norwich City".

Gunn has already had one-to-one meetings with every player and said he now knew which were willing to stay and help the club fight back after losing their Championship status.

"I had those meetings last Tuesday with each individual player, and a team meeting, I know which players want to play for Norwich City in League One," he added

But Norwich will have to manage without goalkeeper David Marshall, who has left for Cardiff, and also have a number of players out of contract including Lee Croft, who has been linked with a move to Derby.

Crook, who left a successful coaching career in Australia to re-join Norwich, told listeners he did not think the team had worked hard enough to avoid the drop, especially on the final day of the season when they lost 4-2 at Charlton.

"You don't want to go down at any time, but if you go down with a fight I think people would look and say 'at least we put some effort in.'

"I don't believe we did fight for the cause that day, we knew that Plymouth had gone in front [against relegation rivals Barnsley], the supporters started singing, that's the time we expected a reaction and we certainly never got that," he said.

Former goalkeeper Gunn, defender Butterworth and midfielder Crook made up the spine of the successful Norwich team of the early 1990s, amassing over 1000 appearances between them.

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Caretaker Gunn handed Norwich job
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Bryan Gunn on BBC Radio Norfolk
13 May 09 |  TV and Radio
Bryan Gunn in radio hot-seat
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Pair step down from Norwich board
12 May 09 |  Norwich
Cardiff capture keeper Marshall
12 May 09 |  Cardiff
Promotion a big ask - Butterworth
10 May 09 |  Norwich
Norwich board in talks on future
06 May 09 |  Norwich
In Pictures: Charlton 4-2 Norwich
03 May 09 |  Norwich
Norwich drop down to League One
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