Pulis and Holloway out, Roeder in. Still no closer.

Glenn Roeder has jumped forward in the running to replace Peter Grant as manager of Norwich, while the incumbents at two other Championship clubs have distanced themselves from a move to Carrow Road.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has again ruled himself out of a switch from the Britannia to East Anglia, reiterating his desire to push on with the Potteries side.

Ian Holloway, meanwhile, has also stated that he is focussed on his current position at Plymouth Argyle.

Former West Ham and Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder is a surprise name to come into the reckoning. Roeder is said to have been interviewed for the position, althougb Paul Jewell remains the favourite. The Canaries are facing stiff competition for the ex-Wigan gaffer from Milan Mandaric's Leicester, who are seeking their third manager of the season.

Martin Allen, who left Leicester just four games into the season, is also heavily in contention for the Norwich job.

Jim Duffy, who is perhaps the most reluctant manager a side will ever see in his caretaker capacity, bemoaned the lack of quality in the side that he and Grant built, and a new man cannot come sooner for the Scot, who saw his charges beaten out of sight in Saturday's match with West Brom and the Hawthorns.