Norwich City have confirmed former Ipswich Town manager Joe Royle as their new football consultant.
Royle was Oldham Athletic boss when recently-appointed Norwich manager Neil Adams played at Boundary Park between 1989 and 1994, but from 2002 to 2006 was also at the helm of City’s bitter rivals, twice leading Ipswich to the Championship play-offs.
However, the 65-year-old finished his playing career with The Canaries, winning the club’s player of the year award in 1981 as well as being inducted into their hall of fame by supporters in 2002, and Adams believes the experience of his one-time coach will prove invaluable.
“Joe is someone who I have played for at both Championship and Premier League level, and he has amassed a vast amount of knowledge during his time in the game,” Adams told Norwich’s official website.
“He has been there, seen it and done it, so to speak, and has also been very successful during his time as both a player and a manager.”
In addition to his work on both sides of the East Anglian divide, Royle guided Oldham to the League Cup final in 1990 and took The Latics into the top flight a year later – keeping them there for three seasons – and won the 1995 FA Cup when his Everton side defeated Manchester United.
The ex-England international dramatically won the Division Two (now League One) play-off final in 1999 as Manchester City boss, with two last-minute goals against Gillingham forcing extra-time before The Citizens won the subsequent penalty shootout, and secured promotion to the Premier League 12 months afterwards.
He becomes the third Carrow Road appointment of the day, with first-team coaches Gary Holt and Mark Robson also added to the backroom staff.