England man to join coaching staff

Last updated : 17 June 2006 By Rick Lamb
Nigel Worthington has secured a real coup by tempting highly-rated England coach Martin Hunter back into club football as his new First Team coach.

Hunter, who has helped nurture generations of young England stars during his 13 years with the Football Association, will step into the role vacated by Steve Foley on the 26th June.

The former Bradford and Stoke assistant manager has coached England's under-15, under-16 and, most recently, under-19 sides, working with some of the biggest names in the game as well as some young Canaries like Ryan Jarvis, Joe Lewis and Ian Henderson.

Hunter has recently worked as a scout for England manager Sven Goran Eriksson, and not only holds a UEFA Pro licence, but also runs the courses that Premiership managers like Glenn Roeder and Gareth Southgate have not yet taken.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for me," Hunter told the club's official website. "Norwich City is a very ambitious club and I was very impressed with the way things are run. I very much enjoy the day-to-day element of working with the players so I'm very much looking forward to taking my first session with the club on June 26.

"I've had two or three other offers to return to club football, but this offer was too good an opportunity to turn down."

Nigel Worthington trumpeted the arrival of a man who may not be a household name but is very well respected in the game.

"We're delighted we've been able to secure the services of Martin Hunter," said the Canaries boss. "He is a person I have admired for a long time and somebody who will be of great value to myself and Norwich City. He will bring a wealth of ideas and lots of enthusiasm."