Mike Phelan has left his role as first-team coach of Huddersfield Town’s Championship rivals Norwich City by mutual consent.
The 52-year-old former Canaries midfielder, who returned to Carrow Road two months ago, was among the favourites to become the club’s new manager after Neil Adams quit earlier this month.
But the Canaries instead made a surprise appointment by bringing in Alex Neil from Hamilton Academical.
A statement on City’s official website read: “Following an approach by Mike to the club, City can confirm first-team coach Mike Phelan has left the club after his contract was terminated by mutual consent.
“Mike, a Canary hall of fame member and former captain of Norwich City, leaves with the very best wishes of everyone at the club for the future.
“Gary Holt will continue as first-team coach, with new boss Alex Neil recently confirming his backroom team will be further boosted by the arrival of Frankie McAvoy from Hamilton Academical at the end of the month.”
Phelan was assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United between 2008-13.
United won the Champions League and three Premier League tile during that time.
Norwich are at home to Brentford on Saturday.