Super fan Spud to take over as Norwich manager

David Spud Thornhill

Norwich City super fan David Spud Thornhill is now being lined up to replace bungling Daniel Farke as the club’s manager.

Delia Smith was so impressed with how Spud stepped in as the emergency fourth official yesterday that she is ready to give him a bigger role.

Spud, wearing his jeans, sprang into action when one of the linesmen got injured.

The existing fourth official took up the linesman’s flag, and Spud went from the stands to standing between the two dugouts for the remainder of the second half.

He expertly held up the board to show 10 minutes of added on time – as well displaying the player numbers for a late Preston substitution.

The Norwich board were impressed with his calm manner and skills under pressure, and have instantly put him at the top of their wish list to replace Farke.

Carrow Road has become increasingly frustrated in recent weeks as the German head coach has failed to make the most of his expensive squad.

Yesterday’s draw with Preston – managed by former Norwich boss Alex Neil – means Norwich have now not won since beating Ipswich last month, a dismal run of four losses and two draws.

And with the team now slumped in 14th place, Delia Smith’s trigger finger is getting twitchy.

Step forward Spud, who is now also the fans’ favourite to take over.

“Frankly we don’t care if he has any managerial experience or not,” said Norwich fan Liz Berkly, from Downham Market. “He raised the spirits of the ground when he took over on the sideline and would be an ideal choice to lift the team as well.”

A Norwich club insider said: “Delia Smith was mightily impressed with how Spud performed his fourth official duties.

“She is keen to make him the Head Coach should Mr Farke not turn things around on the pitch sharpish.”

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