Two former Norwich City players have had spells as caretaker managers with the Potters. Graham Paddon was assistant to Alan Ball and took over in 1991 after Ball was sacked. He was in charge for 18 games through to the end of the season in the old Third Division, winning a third of the matches. Asa Hartford, scorer of Norwich's League Cup winning goal in 1985, took over for four games in 1994 after manager Joe Jordan had left the club.
Two former Norwich managers played for Stoke. Nigel Worthington was with them for the 1996-97 season, playing twelve league matches. He left in the summer and was appointed player manager at Blackpool. John Bowman, manager of Norwich in 1905 when the club first turned professional, had played for Stoke (before 'City' was added to their name) at the turn of the century. He made four appearances in the First Division of the Football League and had joined the Potters from nearby rivals Burslem Port Vale.