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Norwich City: Canaries appoint Dane Thorup as new head coach

35-year-old moves to Carrow Road after leading FC Nordsjaelland into Europa Conference League

Norwich City have appointed FC Nordsjaelland manager Johannes Hoff Thorup as their new head coach after the clubs agreed a compensation package.

The 35-year-old Dane has signed a three-year deal to replace David Wagner, who was sacked less than 24 hours after the Canaries were humbled 4-0 at Leeds in the Championship play-off semi-final at Elland Road.

Thorup told the City website: “I’m excited, I hope that the supporters are excited as well. I hope that we can create something together, it’s so important that they are proud of the team.

“I feel the connection with the people, the club and the city. Everyone I have met with so far is so humble, nice and easy-going.

“I have my ideas and I have my principles in the way that we are going to play, but I am also here to listen to some of the good stuff that has already been done.

“I have to make sure that I am very clear that this is something that we do together and everyone has to have that feeling.”

Thorup will be assisted at Carrow Road by Glen Riddersholm, previously head coach of Swedish top-flight side Norkkoping.

City finished sixth in their second season back in the second tier after relegation from the Premier League but have appointed a coach known for developing young players – something the Canaries have flagged as a key aim of theirs going forward.

Thorup stepped up from assistant coach to take charge of Danish top-flight side Nordsjaelland in January 2023. He began as a youth coach at the club in 2015.

They finished second to qualify for the Europa Conference League qualifiers in his first term and this season they reached the group stage of the competition and secured another top-four finish in the Danish Superliga.

Canaries sporting director Ben Knapper said: “After a thorough and robust process, Johannes stood out amongst an incredible shortlist of candidates.

“Through all of our interactions, it was clear that Johannes aligns perfectly with our vision and values. He is a proven developer, with a clear and demonstrable playing style.

“We believe that Johannes will be the perfect fit for the next stage of our new and exciting journey.”

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Alex Hoad

Alex has more than 15 years' experience in sports journalism and has reported on multiple Olympics, World Cups and European Championships in additional to Champions League, Europa League and domestic football.