Ex-Manchester United man Mike Phelan making a big impact at Norwich

John Ruddy says former Manchester United coach Mike Phelan has had 'a real influence' at Norwich City since joining as assistant to Neil Adams.

Mike Phelan spent five years working alongside a managerial legend at Manchester United, with Sir Alex Ferguson deeming him worthy of an assistant coaching role at Old Trafford.

He helped to oversee the end of a glittering era in the club’s history, before being moved on when David Moyes inherited the reins.

A spell away from the dugout saw him linked with various posts, with it expected that he would return to the game in a top job.

Phelan has, however, accepted an offer from another of his former employers from his playing days, Norwich City.

Once again he is working as a right-hand man, to Neil Adams.

His vast experience is already being put to good use at Carrow Road, with Canaries goalkeeper John Ruddy revealing that Phelan’s presence is helping to push the club forward in their bid to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

He told Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday: “He’s been there for two or three weeks now and had a real influence. The sessions are good and the way that he and the gaffer work together. It’s good to see that we’re going in the right direction.

“I think there is a lot more structure about the place now. Mike, coming from where he has come from and working with Sir Alex Ferguson for a number of years, has brought that aura about him and he demands respect, rightly so.

“I think they complement each other very well and that’s showing not just in the results, but the performances as well. We look more solid as a unit all over the pitch and we’re reaping the rewards. Long may it continue.”

Norwich, following a bit of a wobble, crushed Huddersfield Town 5-0 on Saturday on to make it back-to-back wins for Adams’ men in the Championship.

They are now back to within touching distance of the top six, with only two points separating them from the play-off places.

The challenge now is to ensure that they break into that pack and give Phelan, Ruddy and everyone connected with the club an opportunity to grace places like Old Trafford again next season.

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