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John Faulkner

Norwich Career: 1992-1995, 1996-1998 (various management roles)
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Date of Birth: 10/03/1948
Nationality: English

Biography

John Faulkner spent two spells at Carrow Road assisting Mike Walker. He joined the club originally in July 1992 as reserve team coach, a post he held for three seasons before enjoying a brief spell as the club's under-21 coach. When Walker returned to Carrow Road in 1996, he appointed Faulkner as his Assistant Manager. Taking responsibility for the player's physical fitness and mental preparation, Faulkner came under attack from the supporters as Norwich flirted with relegation during the 1997/98 campaign. Many games were lost due to late goals. After Walker's departure in April 1998, Faulkner acted as caretaker manager for the final game of the season, a 1-0 victory at Reading. However the arrival of Bruce Rioch and Bryan Hamilton meant that there was no place for Faulkner in the new City management / coaching structure and so John left Carrow Road in June 1998.

John came to prominence as a ball-playing central defender with non-league Sutton during their giantkilling cup run of 1970. He was signed by Don Revie for Leeds but made just two appearances before transferring to Luton. After making over 200 appearances for the Hatters, John played for four years in the USA before rejoining Luton's backroom staff where he was Youth Coach for five years and First Team Coach to Jim Ryan for two seasons. After Ryan's sacking, John scouted for Everton briefly before joining the Canaries.

John has returned to scouting, performing this role for Danny Wilson at Sheffield Wednesday even though he has retained a home in Norwich.

Applying the lessons learned from football, Faulkner now lectures on high performance leadership at Cranfield University and has been involved with Glenn Hoddle's Football Academy in Spain.


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