Barry Simmonds ready to help Neil Adams with his Norwich City recruitment drive

Norwich City's new head of recruitment and scouting, Barry Simmonds. Photo: canaries.co.uk Norwich City's new head of recruitment and scouting, Barry Simmonds. Photo: canaries.co.uk

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
2:32 PM

New chief of scouting and recruitment Barry Simmonds is looking forward to finding the right men for Norwich City manager Neil Adams.

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Following the departure of chief scout Ewan Chester, Simmonds has left Fulham after seven years at Craven Cottage to take one of four seats on the Canaries’ new football board – alongside chief executive and former Fulham colleague, David McNally.

And Simmonds is already clear on how he can help City’s new permanent manager to ensure he has a squad fit for a promotion push come the start of the new Championship season.

“It all happened very quickly and it is exciting,” said Simmonds. “All new positions are fresh challenges and bring with them their own excitement and things to throw yourself into.

“I’ve been here several times before for games, and it’s just a very nice atmosphere. Everybody has been very welcoming.

“We’ve got the added thing of having a manager who is new to that position as well, so it’s very exciting to be part of Neil’s staff. For me it was a very easy decision.”

City have signed two strikers this season and seen one major departure, with the £7m loss of winger Robert Snodgrass to Hull.

But should interest intensify in the Canaries’ remaining squad, then Simmonds will be on hand to help Adams’ search for replacements.

“They need to be hard-working, honest, athletic, able to cope with the demands of playing 46 games through a season but with the technical ability to be able to fit in with the programme that Neil wants to adopt,” he said.

“I think the important thing is to give Neil the opportunity to look at players as potential targets who will add to the squad. There’s no point in bringing in players who will just fill the squad, they’ve got to add to it.”

On searching both at home and abroad, Simmonds added: “It certainly gives you an insight into the character of different nationalities, without being too general with that.

“Contacts too, of course – there’s always someone you know who you can call with regards to players in particular countries, so it’s good in that respect.”

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25 comments

  • as I said on the 9 july that we should buy up and coming central defender harry Maguire from Sheffield utd. I now read in daily mail that Fulham are in terested. how about asking our new scout from FULHAM whats the story?

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    humphrey

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • “They need to be hard-working, honest, athletic, able to cope with the demands of playing 46 games through a season but with the technical ability to be able to fit in with the programme that Neil wants to adopt,” he said. I think lots of players have lots of those attributes, very few have all of them, and the ones that do, are usually very expensive. Good Luck!

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    i8allthepies

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • Lincs Canary - I don't follow old boy. You've spent so much time over there in the flat lands lobbing cabbages onto a trailer that you've forgotten how to construct a meaningful sentence.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Friday, July 11, 2014

  • So how many back room staff have we signed then malaga flier? As far as I can see all we've done is replace those that have leftbeen sacked - Joe Royles role being the exception.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Friday, July 11, 2014

  • Great idea Paul. Let`s all complain about the size and cost of the backroom staff. Keep the board members on their toes in case they fall asleep again, like last season. I wonder where the necessary cost-savings\revenue improvements will be made, other than players` salaries? Increased prices for merchandise, programmes etc? Smaller Tepid-Dogs & pies. Cooler tea. Recycling teabags, Chrissy style? Reduce the hordes of half-time silly forkers? Give Stevie F, et al, bully-beef sarnies instead of caviare. As for you, Malaga Flier, a Big "Tut" for daring to ask impertinent questions. Join the ranks of detractors and dissenters on the periphery ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 11, 2014

  • I have a great idea, let's all complain about the size and cost of the back room staff before the season starts. It's totally reasonable to make witty condemnations of the board and staff before we see any results whatsoever. Personally if I wanted to be a real misery guts I'd do down to Suffolk and support that mob with cart horses on the strip. Mind you, they have so many good reasons to be miserable.

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    PaulWho

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Malaga Flier. This month`s Paradox of the Year. Our trough is smaller, yet there are more snouts dipping into it. Before parachute payments cease. Animal Farm. Orwell and Bad.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • There speaks the voice of experience tractor boy OTBC.

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    cutty

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Well so far we have "signed" more backroom staff than players! Is all this really justifiable especially for a Championship side? I just hope this big football entourage hasn't eaten up cash that needs and should be spent on strengthening the actual playing side. After all none of these suits can kick a ball for us, much less score a goal! While I accept Neil does need some support I really do question the wisdom of such a large group.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Lets be honest here NA is gonna need all the help he can get this season,it`s more like the blind leading the blind...................COYB

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    1961tractorboy

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Mellow = soft, not harsh. Kindhearted. Remind you of anyone? No, me neither.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Give Baz a chance! Just because he's head of recruitment doesn't mean that he'll be personally selecting the players we buy - therefore why the references to the players Fulham bought? Same old inane comments from the same boring people....YAWN.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Dunno, they signed a lot of flops but got a few gems here and there. Just like NCFC last season they had managers who didnt know how to use them. Look at Ruiz, had a brilliant World Cup but was shipped out on loan to PSV I believe as they couldnt fit him in. Remind me of someone at NCFC. Anyway not looking to start that debate again! Im not going to destroy this head of recruitment before hes started. Yes the signs are there that he could just be another pal of McNally from his time working at Fulham....but the last 'pal' of McNallys we appointed didnt turn out too bad....infact he was likely one of our greatest managers of all time for what he achieved in such a short time, so I wouldnt destroy this chap before hes even wrote his first report.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • The only information I could find online about him was someone on his linked in saying something along the lines of him having an in depth knowledge of the Scandinavian market. Probably one of his mates that wrote it. Not sure I have an impression of Fulham signing lots of unknown gems that have proven successful, but it's not exactly clear to me what his role involves, as Joe Royle, Adams and McNally seem to already be running with the recruitment process between them

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    canary can-can

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • As we've commented before ,Fulham's financial results will make interesting reading.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Just had a quick look at Fulhams current squad and they've a whole host of overseas players. Not the end of the world I know depending on your stance on overseas players over english etc but there is a whole host of players sure to be on BIG money and further more, more than likely to leave. Just as a quick guide I can see Maarten Stekelenburg is still listed who flopped due to injury and changing of manager. Lost his place in the holland squad as a result as well. Sure to be on big money and cant imagine he will still be there come August. They've got a whole host of players who played at the world cup like Konstantinos Mitroglou, Bryan Ruiz & Ashkan Dejagah. Will Scott Parker stick around and continue to pick up his big wages or will someone like QPR come sniffing? They've already lost Pajtim Kasami. I wonder how much their free spending chairman will 'really' spend to get them back up. Or have they already used 99% of their budget on McCormack? Im hoping they self implode, making it 1 less team for us to try beat in the race for promotion. Another side note, I noticed ex NCFC manager Peter Grant is oddly 1st team coach at Fulham in amoungst all the German coaches Magath brought in with him. I thought he just followed McLeish round but guess he saw the light and hes gone out on his own ;)

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Agree with bluelight that the Fulham\relegation connection is a concern. Can't find much about Barry on the web. Anyone know who he was reponsible for signing in the last few years, eg his successes, his failures. His delayed arrival is also odd because because surely Head of Recruitment needs to be installed early on in the arrival\departure of players process otherwise, as with us, movement has begun before he can input his ideas, which could be different.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • For a start we need a decent centre back to control our leaky defence - Fulham have just offloaded one so for a start he could get on the phone and see what the score is there. He must know the bloke quite well, but then again perhaps it was Barry who shoved him out of the door.

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    VictorM

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • I wonder if Joachim Löw has a "Football Board" for Germany?

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • bit worried about the fulham connection.didnt they get relegated with us.?

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    bluelight

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • The "committee" just needs to get on with strengthening defense and midfield, and ensuring that along with the forwards we have a balanced cohesive squad. This is the time of year to do it at a reasonable price, as January prices are stupid for those who are desperate. Let's see some action and decisiveness.

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Was he found in the St. Stephen`s underp*ss? Nice suit. Bit crumpled. Yet another crony appointment? Lashings of "Neils". You cannot beat a bit of good, old fashioned lickspittlery.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Ha! liked that one lincs!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Welcome on board Barry. Hope you approve of the signings made so far. FYI Big Joe has the shopping list and Mr McN controls the purse strings. Glad you enjoyed your previous visits to Carrow Road. (I suppose that would apply to anyone from Fulham). Very profound interview. I never realised contacts were an important part of the Head of Recruitment's armoury.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Go get us the next rising star Barry ......... enthusiastic, talented, hungry with blistering pace should do for starters ........ OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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