Phelan returns to football for the first time since the end of Sir Alex Ferguson's reign at Manchester United, where he was the Scot's assistant.
Canaries' boss Neil Adams has spoken of his delight of having Phelan as part of his coaching staff, and the appointment seems to have gone down well with the fans as they felt the coaching staff some experience and pedigree added to it.
Phelan is more well-known for his time as Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant at Manchester United - who ended his 27-year trophy packed reign in 2013, with Phelan leaving the club at the same time after not being approached by successor David Moyes.
But the appointment seems to be exciting the Norwich fans on the whole but there has been the inevitable speculation on twitter that Phelan could be a long term prospect for the manager's job at Carrow Road - but Neil Adams will hope that's a while off yet as he seeks to take the club back into the Premier League straight away after being relegated from the top flight last season.
Here is what a few fans had to say;
Good appointment of Mike Phelan as Adams assistant. Question is has he taken this with a view to becoming manager if Adams fails? #ncfc— Ben Aldous (@Ben_Aldous) November 20, 2014
Very happy with the appointment of Mike Phelan.. Adds that bit of experience we were lacking! #ncfc— Adam Hunt (@AdamHunt_) November 20, 2014
Mike Phelan in as coach at #ncfc. Good appointment. At last some experience which has been sadly lacking this season. Onwards and upwards.— Neville Townsend (@nevtownsend) November 20, 2014
To be fair, Mike Phelan is an exciting appointment for #NCFC! Wouldn't bet against him taking Neil's job in the next month, though...— Shaun Gibbs (@NCFCShaun) November 20, 2014
I don't think we could have made a better appointment than Mike Phelan. Top stuff— Klobo (@Klobo15) November 20, 2014
Great appointment for #NCFC. Welcome back Mike Phelan, upwards we go again. Can't help thinking a manager in waiting!! Adams must deliver— Gerard Orland (@GerardOrland) November 20, 2014