Terry Butcher admits Marley Watkins' Norwich City move a bitter pill to swallow

Hibernian manager Terry Butcher

Butcher, a former Ipswich Town defender, managed the new Norwich City recruit in Scotland.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle's manager Terry Butcher celebratesFormer Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Terry Butcher

Former Ipswich Town defender Terry Butcher admits Marley Watkins' Norwich City move is "a bitter pill to swallow".

Watkins became Norwich's first summer signing when he arrived on a free transfer from Barnsley last week, having scored 10 goals and created another nine this past Championship campaign.

Barnsley's Marley Watkins celebrates scoring his sides first goalFormer Barnsley winger Marley Watkins

The recent Wales call-up played under Butcher at Inverness Caledonian Thistle and the 58-year-old was hoping he would end up at Portman Road, after Ipswich saw a bid turned down by the Tykes in January.

He told the Green 'Un: "Marley Watkins going to Norwich is a bitter pill to swallow for me because I know him well and thought he would have been fantastic for Ipswich.

"Unfortunately he has gone to the enemy, so I’ll be having a few words with him about that move the next time I see him!"

Barnsley's Marley Watkins scores their second goalFormer Barnsley winger Marley Watkins [second left]

Norwich are wasting little time re-shaping their squad after their failure to gain promotion at the first attempt, having released seven first-teamers, appointed a new manager in Daniel Farke and added to Watkins' capture with England Under-21 goalkeeper Angus Gunn.

Gunn, the son of legendary former Canaries custodian, Bryan, arrived on a season-long loan from Manchester City on Tuesday.

Manchester City's Angus Gunn warms up before the matchNew Norwich City recruit Angus Gunn

Ipswich, meanwhile, are yet to make any new signings after ending the campaign in 16th place.

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