The former England manager is not being considered for the senior role at Carrow Road; so which way should the Canaries turn?
General view of Norwich City's Carrow Road
It's not been the season Norwich City fans were hoping for. After being relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season, many expected Alex Neil's Canaries to be battling out for an immediate jump back to the top flight. Instead, Norwich have struggled with the demands of the division, and now the man that got them promoted originally has left the club, leaving the Canaries managerless.
The hunt for a new boss is well and truly on, and many famous names and faces are being touted for the role. Ex-England boss Roy Hodgson is someone who has been linked to Carrow Road, though, according to a report from the Norwich Evening News, he will not be coming on board as a sporting director.
In a recent interview with Norwich Evening News, the club's chairman Ed Balls confirmed that Hodgson had not held any formal talks about joining the club in any capacity, despite confirmation that the Canaries hierarchy had consulted Hodgson:
“Roy is a great coach with a great track record and someone with huge experience,” said Balls. “Michael and Delia know him very well and we have talked to a lot of people in the game, both inside and outside. Will Delia and Michael have spoken to Roy? Of course they will have done.
"They will talk to people who they respect. He is not a candidate for the sporting director. He has not played any formal role. He is not part of the consultative process.
Former England manager Roy Hodgson
“Roy is an old friend of Michael and Delia and I have known him for years as well. Roy is exactly the type of person you would expect us to consult but as of today there have been no interviews or even a list of candidates for the head coach role. On the sporting director side we are quite a long way down the track but that is not a job we have considered Roy."
So it appears Hodgson is not in the frame for a Sporting Director role at Norwich City, and though these comments don't rule him out completely for the managerial role, it would appear that, if conversations have already occurred between both parties, that this is not on the cards. So where could the Canaries turn to?
Former England manager Roy Hodgson
There are a number of managers currently out of the job, who may well provide a good option for the Canaries, but a stand-out candidate hasn't yet materialised. The Eastern Daily Press recently linked former Leicester City and Derby County manager Nigel Pearson with the role, whereas a report in The Telegraph had suggested that Alan Pardew was the man in contention for the Canaries. Are either men right for the role though?
Nigel Pearson certainly has Championship credentials, after leading Leicester City to the Premier League and then dramatically keeping them there, before being let go to make way for Claudio Ranieri. However, a spell at Derby County saw his stock fall after he dragged the Rams down towards the relegation zone.
Former Derby County manager Nigel Pearson
Alan Pardew also has proven success at Premier League level, enjoying great spells with West Ham United, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace. However, a lot of Pardew's venture seem to end in disaster, and this will weigh heavily on Norwich City fans' minds.
So where should Norwich City turn? Could Pearson and Pardew be the right option? Or could the Canaries look abroad for a more left-field option? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Former Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew