The Gaffer-Go-Round - Thirty Months That Shook Norwich City Football Club 1993-1996

.    4th December 1993  
Howard Kendall resigns as manager of Everton

.    remainder of December 1993
Norwich City manager Mike Walker, fresh from leading the Canaries in an enterprising and impressive UEFA Cup campaign, emerges as a leading contender for the Goodison Park vacancy, as rumours emerge that he is unhappy with his remuneration package at Carrow Road

.    early January 1994
Everton ask for permission to talk to Walker, but this is refused by City chairman Robert Chase

.    6th January 1994
A disappointed Walker takes matters into his own hands, walks out on Norwich and straight into the hot seat at Everton. Whilst all this is happening, the Canaries are healthily placed in the Premier League, in 7th position.

.    7th January 1994
Walker's assistant John Deehan, a former goalscoring legend for City, is put in temporary charge and oversees a 2-0 FA Cup win at Wycombe Wanderers the following day

.    12th January 1994
Deehan is officially made manager. Norwich drop in the table but still achieve a creditable 12th place at the end of the campaign. In the summer of '94, midfielder Gary Megson retires from playing and becomes Deehan's assistant.

.    31st December 1994
City are in a nice 7th place in the Premier League following a 2-1 home win against Newcastle United. But mistrust is building as to how ambitious Robert Chase is towards the future of Norwich City. Stars from the European adventure have already gone - the Canaries look for all the world to be a selling club.

.    9th April 1995
John Deehan resigns after a run of just one win in fifteen league matches in 1995 - a performance that sees them drop to 14th in the table. No purchases have been authorised by Chase to aid a flagging squad. Gary Megson is installed as caretaker manager and has five matches to save the club from relegation. He fails, as City lose four and draw one. Nine seasons of consecutive top flight football at Carrow Road comes to a close.

.    13th June 1995
With mounting criticism heading in the direction of Chase, Megson is relieved of his duties. In a surprising move, former Canary player Martin O'Neill, who had very quickly built up a good reputation as a manager with Wycombe Wanderers, is brought in to replace him. In a piece of business that few had seen coming, optimism of a rapid return to the Premier League, is instantly restored.

.    26 November 1995
A bright start to the season is continued with a 2-0 win at Watford which moves City up to second in the Division One table. However things are clearly not right between O'Neill and Chase. Their ambitions are not compatible, as witnessed by the chairman dragging his feet over the transfer of Dean Windass from Hull City. He eventually goes to Aberdeen instead of Carrow Road.

.    6 December 1995
Mark McGhee leaves Leicester City to take over the managers job at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Mike Walker, who endured a torrid time on Merseyside with Everton, is available, and eventually emerges as hot favourite for the position at Filbert Street.

.    17 December 1995
Norwich visit Filbert Street to take on managerless Leicester City in a live television game. Tension is high in the days leading up to the game, with fans knowing that O'Neill is getting more and more disillusioned. The big news as the broadcast begins is that the Irishman has resigned as manager of Norwich City Football Club. The match is lost, 3-2.

.    21 December 1995
O'Neill gets the job at Leicester City, leaving Walker disappointed. Norwich meantime go back to Megson, stealing him from Bradford City where he had been working as assistant to Chris Kamara, in what their chairman considered an illegal approach.

.    early 1996
Battles in the boardroom. Mass protests by fans. Chase, who had steered Norwich City through many of their most glorious days in history, now finds himself under fire from all directions. More good players are sold, leaving Megson in a hopeless position to keep the Canaries in with a shout of promotion.

.    2nd May 1996
Geoffrey Watling, the man who had saved the club from financial ruin many years early, announces that he has struck a deal to buy Robert Chase's shareholding. New board members are brought in. Chase goes.

.    21st June 1996
The gaffer-go-round does a full circle. The new regime appoint their own man. Megson is sacked. The messiah returns. It's Mike Walker.

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