22 year old Spanish striker Nacho Novo had a week's trial at
Carrow Road at the end of November 2001. His 15 goals so far that
season for Raith Rovers had brought him to the attention of Nigel
Worthington. Nacho joined Raith from Spanish side Huesca in
the summer of 2001.
Nacho returned to Raith after a good week at Carrow Road with
Worthington vowing to keep his eye on the situation. Dundee United,
Dunfermline and Luton were also said to be keen on the £400000
rated striker. On 26th March 2002, the media reported that Dundee
were looking to sign Novo, possibly thwarting any of Norwich's
plans. This rumour resurfaced in May 2002 on the Scottish
Football website and came true in the first week of July 2002,
just days before the departure of Dundee's Italian manager Ivano
On 24th November 2003, Nacho was charged with assault by Dundee
Police. This may be a sympton of the stress caused by Dundee's
perilous financial situation which saw them go into administration
and release 15 players including Fabrizio Ravanelli, Craig Burley
and Juan Sara. Rumours in Scotland have since linked Nacho with
a move to Rangers.In January 2004, Aberdeen were the next side
to make an enquiry but were put off by Dundee's insistence on
a £500k transfer fee. Rumours then surfaced that Spanish
giants Valencia had been keeping an eye on Nacho's form
In May 2004, the Scottish media again reported Rangers' interest
in Dundee's Spanish ace but suggested that Celtic were also eyeing
up a move as were two English sides. Leicester were the next club
to be linked when the media suggested on June 7th 2004 that they
had made a £400,000 bid. In the end, Nacho signed for Rangers
in a deal worth £450,000in early July 2004.
According to the Football
Rumours website, Nacho was linked with a move away from Rangers
in January 2006 with him being linked to Aberdeen (loan), Blackburn
Rovers, Real Zaragoza and Leicester City. Rumours in May 2007
linked him with a transfer to Russian side Zenit St Petersburg.
On 10th August 2008, the Mail on Sunday suggested that
Premiership newboys Hull City were preparing a bid for Rangers
forward Nacho Novo.
At the end of December 2008, Novo's agent Jorge Lera suggested
that a number of Spanish sides were interested in Novo after he
scored twice and was man of the match as a Galician select defeated
Iran 3-2. He was linked with Deportivo La Coruna and it has also
been reported that Novo, who has yet to play in the Spanish top
flight, is among right-sided players being monitored by La Liga
rivals Real Madrid.
Novo came off the bench in the 2009 Scottish Cup Final against
Falkirk to score the winning goal after only being on the field
for 28 seconds
Following Rangers' Scottish Premier title win in 2009/10, nacho
admitted that his stay at Ibrox might be over considering that
he was out of contract. He admitted that "it's more chance
that I will be leaving" and that there has been interest
from clubs in Spain and Greece, his agent Jorge Lera insists nothing
has been agreed yet. Lera said: "The final decision will
be Nacho's. We are in contact with clubs in several countries
but the issue is not closed either way." Nacho was also
linked with a move to Middlesbrough but ended up returning
to Spain to sign for Sporting Gijon
In July 2011, Novo was linked with a return to England with both
Bolton and Aberdeen linked with him
On 16th February 2012, Novo signed a 6-month contract with Legia
Warsaw. He made his debut on 26th February 2012 against Slask
Wroclaw and was substituted in the 59th minute after scoring.
He returned to SD Huesca, playing in the Spanish Second Division,
on 15th July 2012.
In the summer of 2013, he trialled with Rangers and Kilmarnock
before joining Morton on a short term contract. He was released
on 24th December 2013 after scoring once in 10 appearances. He
signed for Carlisle on a short-term contract on 12th February
2014, subject to international clearance.
On 11th September 2014, Nacho joined the Carolina Railhawks who
play in the NASL, the second tier of soccer in the USA. He made
8 appearances, scoring three goals in his first season. He then joined Northern Irish side Glentoran in July 2016 for whom he scored 3 goals in 23 appearances.
Retiring from the game, he opened NN10, a Rangers themed bar in December 2017 but quit in February 2020 vowing to get into coaching.
In September 2020 the Non-League Paper reported that Nacho had signed for Biggleswade United of the Spartan South Midlands League Premier division managed by Spanish football journalist and pundit Guillem Balague.