Could it be fate?

TODAY Colchester United boss Aidy Boothroyd is plotting Norwich City's downfall, but had a meeting almost a year ago to the day gone differently it could well have been the other way round.

Stuart Watson

By Stuart Watson

COULD it be fate?

Today Colchester United boss Aidy Boothroyd is plotting Norwich City's downfall, but had a meeting almost a year ago to the day gone differently it could well have been the other way round.

The 38-year-old former Watford manager - a youth team coach at Norwich under Nigel Worthington - was one of the favourites to take over the City hot seat when Glenn Roeder was axed last January.

However, a deal foundered because the ambitious boss wanted more than the short-term agreement that was discussed.

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“I did go and meet the Norwich board,” revealed Boothroyd.

“I did have a chat with them and they were looking for somebody to the end of the season, and that's not me. I want to build something and that didn't really fit with me.”

Instead, City went for Bryan Gunn who, having failed to keep the club in the Championship, was sacked just days after the opening game of this season when his team slumped to a humiliating 7-1 home defeat to Colchester.

Boothroyd was lying on a beach in California during that game, blissfully unaware that it would spark a chain of events that would culminate in his next managerial job. Gunn's departure led to the controversial appointment of Paul Lambert from Colchester - and Boothroyd stepped into the vacancy in Essex.

“Every board knows what sort of manager they want and Norwich decided to go down the path of Bryan - and fine,” said Boothroyd.

Could it be fate that Boothroyd ended up in the Colchester rather than the Norwich dugout today? All he knows is that he is loving where he has ended up.

“I do have to say I couldn't be happier here,” said Boothroyd. “The reason that I came to Colchester is because it is progressive, it is not stuck in the past. It hasn't got much of a past, with the greatest of respect, the best we have ever done is 10th in the Championship which is phenomenal with the club as it was then.

“The chairman is progressive, the club is progressive, we have outcomes we want to reach, we want to be a sustainable Championship club and I think that's easily doable.”

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