Gunn To Shoot Canaries To Top


By Alexander Lawrie

THE TEENAGE daughter of a former Scottish internationalist has been credited for getting her dad the job as manager of Norwich City.

Melissa Gunn – daughter of Canaries legend Bryan Gunn – launched a Facebook campaign last week in an attempt to drum up support for her dad.

The campaign – “Bryan Gunn for manager” – had, at the last count, gathered the support of over 2000 fans.

And yesterday (Wed) the East Anglian club announced the full-time appointment of her dad as their team manager.

Gunn, 45, took temporary charge of the English Championship side on Saturday following the sacking of Glenn Roeder.

And the former Aberdeen goalie watched as his team thrashed Barnsley 4-0 in his first game in charge.

But some Canaries fans are not convinced by the bald stopper’s managerial credentials – as a group of Norwich fans have also set up an opposing campaign called “Bryan Gunn NOT for Norwich Manager”.

Daughter Melissa, 17, said: “I would just like to outline that it [the site] was created before Saturday’s match, as a way to support my dad, and show how much I believe he is right for the job.

“He loves this club, and being manager would be the icing on the cake of an extraordinary career at Norwich City, and would fulfill many of the ambitions and dreams which he has always kept close to him.

“I never expected to get so many hits, so I would like to sincerely thank everyone for their support.

“Whatever way it goes, it’s nice to know how much he is respected among the fans, and wish the team all the best for the future.”

Gunn has enjoyed a prestigious career playing 477 games over 22 years for Norwich City, he played under Sir Alex Ferguson at Aberdeen and also had a stint late in his career at Hibernian.

After his spell at Easter Road Gunn hung up his boots and headed back to Norwich to work behind the scenes as the club’s Sponsorship Sales Manager.

Gunn also accumulated six international caps playing in goal for Scotland, and was an unused substitute when Aberdeen famously beat Real Madrid to win the Cup Winner’s Cup in 1983.

On his appointment Gunn said: “I’m a very proud man. I have been very fortunate during my 22-year long association with this Club to have held a variety of roles – but this is the pinnacle.”