Mike Phelan needed 'time out' after Manchester United

Phelan sees Norwich 'eagerness'

New Norwich City first-team coach Mike Phelan has said he needed a break from football after leaving Manchester United last year.

Phelan, 52, has spent 19 years in coaching roles but has not worked since May 2013, when he left Old Trafford after Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.

"I thought I deserved a bit of time out to reflect," he told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"But after a little while people are asking 'what are you waiting for?' And really it's an opportunity."

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Mike Phelan worked as Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant at Manchester United between 2008 and 2013

Phelan, a former Norwich and Manchester United player, started his coaching career at Carrow Road in 1995, before spells working at Blackpool and Stockport, and has returned to the Canaries to assist manager Neil Adams.

He became Sir Alex's number two in 2008 and went on to help the Old Trafford side win three Premier League titles and the Champions League.

But he faces a very different challenge with the Canaries, who are targeting an immediate return to the top flight after last season's relegation.

"My expectations are I want to win. I've been brought up on winning," he said. "It's what I hope to do with the experience I've got.

"But there's no magic formula. Players are still the number one part of any club and they know what their expectations are."

Phelan, who played more than 150 times for Norwich in the 1980s, says he has blended aspects of Sir Alex's coaching style with those of others.

"It would be foolish to not take certain elements out of everyone you have worked with," he said.

"It was a fantastic ride with Sir Alex. It was special. But there are also people like [former Norwich boss] Ken Brown who guided me here, and you bring that all together to get where you are today."