...........keeping a beady eye on ex Canaries and those out on loan
With the 2010-11 English club season now finished, here is a round up of latest news on some of the people who have been mentioned in previous Life After City articles, or elsewhere on Sing Up the River End!
Cody McDonald has returned to Carrow Road after his highly successful loan season at League Two Gillingham. Though the Kent club ultimately missed out on promotion, Cody found the net 25 times in 43 appearances and won a house full of trophies in the process - ESPN PFA Fans' Player of the Year for League Two, and Gillingham's Player of the Year, Players' Player of the Year, Sponsor's Player of the Year, and Goal of the Season ! After making vibes that they would like to sign him permanently for next season, both Gillingham and the player himself appear now to have ruled that out. Most Canary fans believe an exit from Norwich City during the summer is likely, with a League One or Championship club being the ideal final destination for McDonald.
The other Canary we have kept track on throughout the season is Jamie Cureton, who finished the year with 20 goals in all competitions from 47 appearances, helping Exeter City to a highly creditable final position of 8th in League One. Jamie will be thirty six in August, but not surprisingly has been offered a new contract by the Grecians for next season.
Former loanee Michael Rose suffered relegation with Swindon Town from League One, but will personally stay in that division for 2011-12 after signing for Colchester United. Another ex loanee, Alan Gow has been released by Notts County, as has Garry Brady by St Mirren and Rossi Jarvis and ex youth Canary Danny Kelly by Barnet. Michael Nelson's switch to Scunthorpe United was not enough to prevent the Irons dropping out of the Championship. The Admiral played twenty league games for them. Relegation also hit Chris Brown, Darel Russell and Paul Hayes, with Preston North End.
Gary Megson has had a difficult start to his tenure as manager of Sheffield Wednesday, losing half of his twenty games in charge, and winning only six times. Mark Robins has parted company with Barnsley after failing to secure agreement with his Directors regarding playing budgets for next year. Stuart McCall, who had been working as a scout for Norwich before his appointment to manager of Motherwell, led his new club to the Scottish Cup Final, where they lost 3-0 to Celtic, who had former loanee Fraser Forster in goal. Malky Mackay had a good season with Watford in the Championship, and continues to be linked with many a vacancy..........including relegated West Ham United, where Robert Green and Scott Parker lost their Premier League status. Parker though had the consolation of being voted FWA Footballer of the Year. Former Norwich manager Peter Grant had a mixed campaign - winning the League Cup in his position of assistant manager of Birmingham City before losing his Premier League place on the final day of the season. And Jim Duffy's Clyde finished bottom of Scottish Division Three.
A few season statistics for players with recent Norwich City connections : Stephen Elliott - Hearts 31 appearances 8 goals, David Mooney - Colchester United 44 appearances 14 goals, David Stephens - Hibernian 10 appearances 0 goals, Leroy Lita - Middlesbrough 41 appearances 12 goals, Robert Eagle - Grimsby Town 39 appearances 9 goals Craig Bellamy - Cardiff City 36 appearances 11 goals, Robert Earnshaw - Nottingham Forest 38 appearances 9 goals Rhoys Wiggins - Bournemouth 40 appearances 2 goals, Damon Lathrope - Torquay United 24 appearances 0 goals, Alan Lee - Huddersfield 37 appearances 1 goal. The last five players listed all suffered end of season play-off misery with their respective clubs. Although he missed their play-off final through injury, goalkeeper Joe Lewis made a significant contribution to Peterborough United's promotion to the Championship, with 54 appearances.
and finally...........after short term deals with Doncaster Rovers and Burton Albion, Simon Whaley again appears to be without a club. Ashley Ward's attempt to purchase Wrexham FC did not work out, Zesh Rehman has so far played eight games for Thailand's Muanthong United, Colin Woodthorpe's first season as assistant manager at Colwyn Bay FC ended in success as they secured promotion to the Conference North, and Elvis Hammond, who was mentioned in the first ever Life After City feature, scored ten Conference South goals for Woking in 21 games. Lee Croft remains at Derby County but played no games for them last season.