Frankie flies off as he gets ready to join the Canaries

Frankie McAvoy
Frankie McAvoy

Frankie McAvoy will sign his contract tomorrow (Thursday) to become to become assistant manager of Championship side Norwich City.

After ten years together at Hamilton Accies McAvoy, from Bellshill, will be reunited with Alex Neil who was appointed manager of the Carrow Road club earlier this month.

He bowed out at New Douglas Park on Saturday following the match against Inverness Caley Thistle, having been assisting the manager in addition to his main job as Academy Director.

McAvoy said: “Saturday was a bit emotional, it was my last game after being here for ten years, the last three in the first team environment.

“Hamilton has been really good to me and having so many people come out to say thanks very much left me humbled and I will miss the place.”

Accies defied all expectations at the start of the season, which included a victory at Parkhead, and Norwich soon came calling for Neil to solidify their promotion push.

McAvoy said: “We had a whirlwind start and found ourselves top of the league after nine matches which was fantastic.

“We went through a wee spell where we weren’t picking up wins, but managed to turn it around again and are in the top six.

“I didn’t know Norwich had been in touch about Alex, he even told me he was sick when he went to talk to them, but once a deal was done he asked if I would go with him and it was an opportunity and a chance I couldn’t turn down.”

While the lure of a club with millions to spend was tempting McAvoy had to weigh up his domestic situation first.

He said: “I’m a family man, I stay in Bellshill with my wife and four kids, the youngest of whom has just started high school so I had to think about them.

“However, I asked Alex what the plan would be as he has two young kids and stays in Coatbridge and we decided just to go down ourselves and see how things progress, if they go well then we’ll look at bringing the families down in the summer.

“I don’t think I’ve been away from my family for more than a few days so that along with how long I’d been at Accies was a big wrench.

“However, in footballing terms I’m going to another world so I’m really looking forward to it, it’s something I have to try and fingers crossed it works out, but time will tell.”

McAvoy has backed new Accies boss Martin Canning to be a success.

He said: “Alex and Martin are different kinds of characters, but they are both winners.

“Martin is lovely guy, has been a great servant to Hamilton and is an excellent coach.

“The only thing he has lacked so far is a result, but I’m 100 per cent sure that will turn shortly.”