Bryan Gunn's new Great Yarmouth job
Former Norwich City manager Bryan Gunn has a new job - with a mobile phone company.The Canaries legend started this week as director of business development for the Digital Phone Company, which once sponsored the football club's shirt.
Former Norwich City manager Bryan Gunn has a new job - with a mobile phone company.
The Canaries legend started this week as director of business development for the Digital Phone Company, which once sponsored the football club's shirt.
The 45-year-old former goalkeeper is now working with the company's business customers, putting together voice and data communications packages.
Phil Rider, chairman of the Great Yarmouth-based company, said he headhunted the ex-Scottish international football player because he was well-respected and well-connected to help expand their business.
Mr Rider said: “Bryan is extremely well respected and liked within the business community. He knows a lot of people and I believe he can help us achieve the objectives for our business.
“We are delighted to have him on board. He's got a lot of excellent qualities and has a very high profile.”
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Following the sacking of Glen Roeder in January, Gunn was asked to take temporary charge of the Canaries, and was taken on until the end of the season.
Despite relegation to League One, he was reappointed as manager for the next season.
He was sacked after just two league games, including the embarrassing 7-1 defeat to Colchester at Carrow Road on the first day of the season.
Mr Rider said: “I spoke to him about three years ago about joining us. At the time he was offered an ambassadorial role with the club and he decided to stay there.
“I rang him back when that all suddenly ended and he has come on board as director of business development for OneStream, which is the business arm of the Digital Phone Company.”
Mr Rider said Gunn's first few days had gone well and it was the company's intention to allow him to settle into his new role and not “put him on the spot” during his first week.
In summer 2001 the Digital Phone Company was unveiled as City's new sponsor for the next two seasons in what was, at the time, the biggest shirt sponsorship deal in the club's 99-year history.
The mobile phone retailer used the deal to offer fans customised Norwich City mobile phone in home and away colours, complete with a ring tone chiming the tune of “On the Ball City”.