Norwich City’s net is being cast wide again, this time to appoint a new technical director – just don’t call it a director of football.

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The Canaries are hoping to name their chosen candidate in the role next week, with the technical director to be part of a new four-seat football board.

“In terms of the structure, we have got a football management board in place now that I will chair,” said City chief executive David McNally. “The manager is on that board alongside a head of recruitment responsible for identifying players, and then a technical director – who I stress is not a director of football.

“They will look after all the really important things that mean so much to preparing players, but that we don’t want our manager to be concerned with.

“We want him to be concerned with the first-team coaching, the final say on players in and players out. But the technical director will look after those other important areas like conditioning, fitness, medical, physio, sports science, sports analysis, academy, the infrastructure, the training ground, players’ rest, relaxation, wellbeing, nutrition, hydration – the list goes on.

“There are a lot of areas the technical director will be responsible for, which quite frankly we don’t think our manager’s attention should be focused on. Our first-team football manager just needs to worry about the first team and coaching of the first team.”

As for the person set to take the role, McNally added: “We’ve gone to the market and asked a recruiter to lead the process. There are internal candidates as well as a long list of people we are considering internationally and domestically. We’re really keen to ensure the people on the football board are complimentary, can work together and support one another. We have that in mind.”

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49 comments

  • I forward Katie Price aka Jordan, she like's playing with balls, and got a lot of front, and she knows how to score

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    OLDYELLA

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Are you a bit anorexic, el dingo? ;-) You need to join Hyacinth`s Dining Club - if Delia will have een geillustreerd man aan haar tafel. Have you tried that Baltic Brain-blaster yet? Thanks for the posh French lessons. Ist der Rot Loewe das Wirtshaus in der Naehe von die Bruecke aus Bischof? Cannot do Umlauts without recourse to consultation with Arthur Ascii. That was a combo of poor English, bad Dutch and even worse German!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • will this be another pan-european search?. sure that the manager of acle town will be available for interview

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    lordyfan

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Looking at this site lately I feel like a radar technician trying to find something sensible amongst the clutter. Lincs and Swiss have both posted some thought provoking comments.

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    cutty

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Just a thought, I wonder how many of the people complaining about the club being "too cheap" actually put their hands in their own pockets to contribute. I have seen posts from at least one about how it's much more comfortable to watch on TV from home. I do not say this disqualifies them from criticising the style of play, heaven knows there are many reasons, but the accusation of cheapness reminds me of a pot and a kettle.

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    PaulWho

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Actually I'm 5' 9" and 11.5 stone (true). That's why I couldn't join the Board. Wouldn't fit ha ha.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Any decent manager wouldn't need a football board to supervise him. This shambles gets wusser by the minute. Malaga talks sense as ever. I cannot look at Bowkett without feeling a certain element of, er people eating pies either, whoever said it. Privilege of wealth = look fat. Just like the Hogarth drawings. Not that I'm suggesting any of our Board members are overweight of course.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Like the concept of a "football board" but I do have a concern about the "Head of Recruitment" whose role, as I understand it, will be to recommend players to the manager before NA has the final say. Is there someone out who wants such a job? Sounds very continental to me. Are there Championship clubs already doing this? Where does the club look? Perhaps an ex manager looking for work? Hoddle? Kinnear (joke). Maybe abroad? Questions. I need answers. (Moody Blues?)

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Nelson, please don`t get me going on the (lack of) quality in local "journalism"! Of course, you are correct. My complementary compliments, old chap. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • It`s not what they`re called, it`s what they do that counts. How good they are at it? How intelligent are they? How insightful? How many teenagers sit down to take their Management Sciences Course at Walberswick Tech., and the first question is "Draw up a Management Structure for a ...... business?" Jobs will be created for some cronies here. Far too cosy, Carra. For far too long. And the end is not in sight. Nor is insight.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Lots of common sense in these comments. where do they get these journalists? The word should be COMPLEMENTARY!!!!!!!!

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    Nelson

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Given the Technical Director's job role outlined above, I wonder how many people out there in the footballing world actually have the experience to fill the roll. The nearest we may get is a current director of the BUPA hospital or perhaps a race horse Vet. On the other hand perhaps the current Head Groundsman can fill that roll. Mind you we have one Chicken Baron on board who could just satisfy at least one of the requirements.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Good point mardler. In fact there are various other examples of this in Spain - Espanol, Villareal etc. And we shouldn't forget that despite its size Barca is also a club which is very much fan driven. I welcome McNally's technical team initiative but trust the club does not take a parochial approach and make any further internal promotions because these are jobs for specialists and people with a broad knowledge of football and play availability. For me it is identifying and recruiting the right players that is the most vital of all the roles mentioned here. There has to be a clear path between Adams and those responsible for finding and recommending players. Clearly this didn't exist - or was not effective - during our 3 years tenure in the Premiership. And finally there needs to be a very close examination of the current squad to find out for sure who truly has the ability, character and determination to switch from a losers to a winners mentality. Next season we must start with a squad of players all of whom have one goal - to play better, more adventurous football, score goals and have a will to win. Also hope they will be encouraged to play with the proverbial smile on their faces.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • McNally understands what he is doing and this new managerial structure gives focus and attention to critical areas of running a football club.

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    Watton Warrior

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • every thing on the cheap.what worries me is that old saying.you only get what you are paying for.

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    bluelight

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • el dingo

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Just to put the record straight on this, it would be gracious if the club could publish the job descriptions and responsibilities each member of the new four-seat football board. It sounds like the board will consist of :- CEO, Manager, Head of Recruitment & Technical Director. What is not so clear is exactly WHAT are the roles and areas of responsibilities going to be in each position.

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • @ Kent. A very good point. I said the same a few days ago. I groaned years back when I heard Mike Walker was being appointed. How wrong I was. Hope I'm "wrong" again !

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    Timbo

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Surely a head of recruitment whose decisions can be vetoed by the coach is a chief scout? Surely the technical director was previously called a general manager? reminds me of politics - change the name and leave everything else the same. - Oh not quite - DM will chair the football board. - Does that mean he is actually the manager now as well as chief exec? Sounds very similar to the role sir Alex F had at Man U!

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    JDDons

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • It would appear that Ian Culverhouse was dismissed by Villa over bullying of members of the staff, not exactly sure what that means, perhaps accusing a player of swinging the lead over a toe injury for example. In this PC world we have now created along with Health and Safety rules, the new technical directors job could well be the poison chalice few want to take.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Culverhouse has now been `dismissed` by Villa. Not heard whether the same fate has yet befallen Karsa. It seems Lambo is staying there, so he must be busy washing his hands in the executioners` wash room. It`s probably a Pilate scheme. I cannot see NCFC reappointing either IC or GK, but you never know.. As for what Alan Mason said, I`ve spoken to lots of Norwich fans, and many, if not most, admit to being a tad embarrassed - whether that`s justified or not, that`s how they feel. At least the Steve Foley business has gone away... I think\hope.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • There are Internal candidates. .. going cheap again I guess. ..

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    el dingo

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • What David McNally is talking about makes sense to me. The level of fitness required today is incredible and can only be achieved and maintained under the guidance of cutting edge medical and sports scientists. I think that it is the right way forward to have this specifically managed and leave the first team training skills and tactics training to the manger and assitants. I have great expectations and hope that they will be met. The last two seasons have made me miserable. On a separate note, does anyone actually know what Culverhouse and Karsa did that got Aston Villa so angry?

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • New job for that Ricky Martin fella. Double internal appointments. I'm not sure this cheapskate business is going to be getting us back up.

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    DT

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Niceone, perhaps youre right. I hope you are. I prefer NA to Hughton any day, but thats not saying much. NA can give a pretty good account of himself off the field, lets see if he can on it.

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    Cecil

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Technical director? From what Mac "the knife" Nally has to say, nursemaid may be a better title. Surely the players fitness etc., would be a major concern of the manager. So in future will NA have to have the Tech., Dir., report to him or visa versa. Cannot see anything but conflict of interest in the new appointment.

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    norman hall

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Agree with the comments by mardler and Kent Anglian. Wasn't too sure about the appointment of NA to start with but the more I think about it the more I think it could be a very astute appointment. NA has shown that he can set up a team in an attacking way and change it if need be. The Championship is the perfect place for him to cut his teeth. He's young, hungry and his blood flows yellow and green. Other managers won't know quite what to expect from him. He could be the perfect package but he needs us fans 100% behind him. Reading the posts on this board over the last few days makes me think it's some of the fans that could let the club down. Give him a chance then make a judgement, not before. OTBC!

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    Flying Canary

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • I think it's called hedging your bets. Many of the negative comments are made by people who will of course be delighted if NA is a fantastic success. However if he is not so successful, our 'Eeyore' friends will be quite happy to say I told you so. Bets fully hedged. I wonder if Gary Karsa is an option for tech director and Culverhouse for coach or assistant manager? I'm certain that they we're the secret of Lambert's success at Norwich.

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    Double D

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Brycyland...... Most clubs don't have one of these as Managers don't like them. CH wouldn't have coped with one as he was not up to this level!!!

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    NICEONE

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Alan Mason.......Wake up and smell the roses!!!

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    NICEONE

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Kent Anglia.......Got it in one. Hang on in there!!! OTBC.

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    NICEONE

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Cecil........Only JC could turn around the situation in 5 games with what we had!!!

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    NICEONE

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Cecil.......Is NA better than CH you bet your @rse he is!!!

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    NICEONE

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • tom the taxi...... right on but sadly it always happens on here, people it seems always want to be right regardless of their protestations to the contrary. Lets keep real and back the judgement of our board and I think in the end we won't be far away. Mardler.... good point as we can always learn from others experience. I personally can't believe how negative people are as they all know that the situation has to change as previously it patently wasn't working but it seems that we can't agree on the nature of that change. Technical Director.... well if it adds to the competency of the club then go for it as we need all the help we can get at the moment.... It can't hurt can it??? OTBC.

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    NICEONE

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • We wanted NA because we thought he'd be better than Hughton, not because we thought he'd be better than anyone. Unfortunately NA did not do as well as we'd hoped. But the Board have made him our permanent manager anyway. Was it an astute decision? I doubt it, but time will tell.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Over the past years, and I have supported the Canaries for over 50 of them, our best managerial appointments have either come from internal or relatively inexperienced candidates (Stringer, Walker, Saunders, Brown, Lambert). Our poorest decisions have come from what would be considered experienced ones (Hughton, Roeder, Rioch). Now which category does Neil Adams fall into. I wonder? Right behind you, Neil, old son. 'Never mind the danger'.

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    Kent Anglian

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • What a complete shower of .....! We are a laughing stock, to say all Norwich fans should be embarrassed by the actions of the board is an understatement!

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    Alan Mason

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • There are some sad two faced b@stards on our site..I can remember loads of " supporters" calling for Neil Adams to be given the job earlier in the year.....now many of the same crew are giving the doom and gloom.....the bloke is NCFC from his heart....give the bloke a chance and get behind him...better than some Jocko who's never seen the sky over our fine city.....

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    tom the taxi

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Technical Director - as a professional Premier League club I had naively thought that we would already have had one of these. But no! Too cheap to do the things considered essential at other clubs. Another example of the Board doing things DOWN to a cost rather than UPTO a required standard. There are costs involved in success, costs which must be recognised and accepted IF McNally is telling the truth about his ambition for the Club.

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    Brycland

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • The technical director post makes a lot of sense but not much in the article about this "Head of recruitment" whose job is to identify players. That surely has to be an experienced outsider with good contacts who can help NA in finding the players to fit the new managers mould. I do not believe there is anyone internally who can do that job. Also, I do not think anyone is taking cheap shots at DM. Everyone recognises what was achieved under Lambert and few questioned Hughton's appointment. However we have been relegated and having admitted to making mistakes DM is setting up a football board to make sure those mistakes are not repeated. My concern at this stage is who will be on that board.

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Oh these supporters taking cheap shots at DM! Did not hear them when Chris Hughton was appointed - things can go wrong and they did! But please look at our appointments record before DM arrived it was simply off the radar! - they appear to be merely seeking a scapegoat for the present situation of the club. Firstly we wanted a manager who put Norwich FIRST not as a secondthird choice - and now we have one, also one who will field & recruit players who have enough about them to actually be proud to wear the shirt. Now is the time for unity!

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    mardler

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Here we go with that market again. Snetterton or Sunday. Internal and underwhelming it will be.

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    B Inners

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • …..imac!.. New name to me!...but your short and sweet comment rings true apart from the timing of Hughton's departure....He should have been removed 12months earlier than you suggest - Christmas 2012 – and replaced with a more adventurous person....Crumbs!... Has Norwich City suffered for hanging on to him?.....Adams may be the man to put things right...he has to be supported by one and all!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • In DM I trust , apart from not making a managerial change at xmas he got it right so far. Next season will be the time to finally decide

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    iMac

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Ok Neil, you sit in the front. Delia and Stephen in the back, and I'll drive. Seat belts on everyone and we're off. [engine revs furiously but vehicle stays mysteriously still] Er, I'll just release the handbrake and we should be on the move shortly. Did anyone remember to put some petrol in the tank? Right, where are we going? Oh yes, Brentford. Its on the way to Wales isn't it. We can pop in at Loftus road to offer our congratulations.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • As outlined by DM it all sounds very practical and a necessary move forward by the football club.It may take a little time to feel the full effect of these reforms so fellow supporters - patience! Only one suggestion - open up communicaton with Athletic Bilbao who like us occupy a 'remote' region intensely loyal to them and have 'grown' the club over many years. They have had a lot of problems to overcome but now have a secure position in the Spanish Premier League.Furthermore as they evolved they have became communally owned preventing 'outsiders' from exploiting their club in the future. Our club is unique - keep it that way for those who come after us!

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    mardler

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • I'm having serious doubts about our chief exc now. Smart move axing Gunn and hiring Lambert. Beginning to think it was a one off and he got lucky. Now seems to be going from bad to worse. In McNally we trust no more.

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    Paul Davidson

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Internal candidates?! Give me strength. Please not another cheapskate solution.

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    Paul Davidson

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Internal it'll be then

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    Croydonary

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

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