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Allan Russell

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Norwich Career: 2022-23 (Set Piece Coach)
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Date of Birth: 13/12/1980 (Glasgow, Scotland)
Nationality: Scottish


Former Scottish midfielder Allan Russell joined Norwich City as a set piece coach on 8th June 2022. He had previously performed that role with England, joining Gareth Southgate's team ahead of the 2018 World Cup where he was in charge of attacking play, set pieces and penalties. He was instrumental in the Three Lions scoring more goals than at any other World Cup, with 75 per cent of them coming from set pieces. He later combined the England role with that of Assistant First Team Coach at Aberdeen In April 2021. He left the England role the following month after letting his brother drive his car whilst uninsured.

Russell was a youth team player at Rangers before joining Hibs in 1997. Two years later he moved to Hamilton Academical where he made his debut. He played 65 times for Hamilton, scoring 13 goals, before joining St Mirren in 2003. After 51 games and 9 goals, he moved to England playing for Macclesfield (2005, 13 games), Mansfield (2005-6, 18 games) and Forest Green Rovers (2006-07, 19 games).

He returned to Scotland in January 2007 playing for Partick Thistle, Airdrie United and Kilmarnock.

He moved to the USA playing for the Carolina Railhawks in July 2011 winning two North American Soccer League championships. He then moved to the Los Angeles Blues, who changed their name to the Orange County Blues.

When Dean Smith was sacked by Norwich on 27th December 2022, Russell and Steve Weaver were placed in temproary charge of the first team for the games against Reading and Watford.

Russell left Norwich on 11th March 2023 on a mutual termination of his contract to enable Allan to pursue alternative opportunities.

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