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David Wright

David Wright
Norwich Career: 2005 (6 appearances) (on loan from Wigan Athletic), 2016-21 (Under-18s Manager)
Current Club:
Date of Birth: 01/05/1980 (Warrington) 
Nationality: English


Wigan Athletic's 25year old right-back David Wright joined Norwich on loan from the Latics on Thursday 17th November 2005 for initially one month. The former Crewe defender had been displaced at Wigan by former Norwich target Ryan Taylor whom the Latics had signed from Tranmere in the summer of 2005. David made his debut for City in the 2-0 home win against Luton on 19th November 2005. David has since returned to Wigan.

David returned to East Anglia in January 2007 joining Ipswich Town on 11th January 2007 for a fee rumoured to be around £200,000

At the end of April 2010, Ipswich announced that David would not be receiving a new contract and that he was free to find a new club. He signed for Crystal Palace on 1st July 2010

In September 2012, David was loaned to Gillingham for one month and played seven games for the Kent side

He did not play for Palace after his return and was released by Palace in January 2013, joining Colchester on a free transfer on 25th January 2013. He had played 57 times for Palace.

He retired from playing in November 2014 and had a spell coaching at Ipswich's academy. In June 2015, he was appointed manager of non-league Maldon & Tiptree United who have a partnership with Colchester United, whose Under-21s he would help coach.

Wright became Assistant Manager to Kevin Keen at Colchester at the beginning of December 2015. He was replaced at Maldon by Steve Ball. Colchester were relegated on April 23rd 2016 from League One. Keen resigned on April 26 with Wright taking charge for the remaining two games of the season.

He then became manager of Colchester's Under-18s.

Wright left Colchester on 8th November 2016 to become Norwich;s Under-18s boss, replacing Graham Murty.

Wright left Norwich on 17th August 2021 to become Assistant First Team coach to Head Coach Liam Manning. Manning said “I go back some time with David from our time together coaching at Ipswich Town. His values align with me and Chris. First and foremost, he’s trustworthy, open and honest but he’s also somebody who analyses the game and looks to improve those around him. As well as that he has terrific knowledge of the EFL from his experiences as a player, where he played in every division and enjoyed promotions. He is certainly a positive addition to the Football Club.”

Manning and Wright guided the Dons to a third-place finish and the League One play-offs in 2021/22 but they missed out on the chance of promotion after losing to Wycombe Wanderers over two legs.The squad had to be rebuilt following a number of subsequent departures and they lost their first three league games of the 2022/23 season without scoring a goal. Two wins in the next three pushed them up to 13th in the table by the end of August but they were in the relegation places since a 2-1 defeat at Shrewsbury on 8 October. They were sacked by the Dons on 11th Deeember 2022.

It was then speculated that Wright would rejoin Ipswich as their Assitant Under-21s coach.

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