Joe says no to Norwich City job

JOE Royle has been ruled out of the running for the Norwich City hot-seat.The former Ipswich manager has been among the bookies' favourite to take over the role vacated by Peter Grant last week.

JOE Royle has been ruled out of the running for the Norwich City hot-seat.

The former Ipswich manager has been among the bookies' favourite to take over the role vacated by Peter Grant last week.

But sources close to Royle yesterday said the 58-year-old would not be returning to Carrow Road, where he spent two years as a player in the early 1980s.

The rumour mill that has been in full swing since Grant's departure eight days ago suggested Royle had been approached by club officials, but apparently that is not the case.

“There has been no contact between Joe and the club at all,” said the source. Royle has been out of work since May last year when he parted company with Ipswich after four years at the helm.

He was linked to the Carrow Road vacancy last year when Nigel Worthington was sacked, and this week's interest was inevitable, particularly after former assistant Willie Donachie became available after being sacked by Millwall.

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Royle's decision to stay away from the game means City's options have been reduced further, with Glenn Hoddle yesterday joining Paul Ince as non-runners in the race to succeed Grant.

A spokesman for the Sport Entertainment & Media Group, who also represent former Wigan boss Paul Jewell - still rated the bookies' favourite for the job - said there was no truth in the story.

“I must tell you that what you read in the News of the World was nonsense and I don't know how it got there,” said the SEM representative. “I am telling you it's a load of rubbish.”

Jewell, reportedly, has his sights set higher, with many pundits believing he could take over at struggling Bolton should Sammy Lee be sacked.

Kevin Keegan was a rank outsider but says he won't return to management, while Martin Allen has been linked with City, Port Vale and Gillingham.

Latest odds: Paul Jewell 11-4, Ian Crook 5-1, Steve Bruce 13-2, Dion Dublin 7-1, Martin Allen 8-1, Joe Royle 8-1, Mark Bowen 9-1, Jim Duffy 12-1, Mike Newell 14-1, Glenn Hoddle 14-1, Peter Reid 16-1, Peter Taylor 16-1, Malky Mackay 16-1, Dave Penney 16-1, Nigel Pearson 25-1, Geraint Williams 25-1, Stuart Pearce 33-1, Steve Tilson 33-1, Paul Ince 33-1, Kevin Keegan 33-1, George Graham 50-1.

Odds from bet365.

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