Norwich City academy head Ricky Martin joins Canaries’ new football executive board

Norwich City's academy chief Ricky Martin has been appointed to the club's new football executive board. Picture: Denise Bradley Norwich City's academy chief Ricky Martin has been appointed to the club's new football executive board. Picture: Denise Bradley

Friday, July 4, 2014
7:24 PM

Norwich’s academy head Ricky Martin and ex-Fulham recruitment chief Barry Simmonds have been confirmed as part of Norwich’s new football executive board alongside manager Neil Adams and chief executive David McNally.

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Martin will take on the technical director role with Simmonds focused on the club’s player recruitment and scouting operations and McNally believes the two appointments are all part of ensuring Adams has the best support network in place to guide the club back to the Premier League.

“We will be working very closely together on the football executive board to achieve our objective of getting Norwich City back to the Premier League,” the chief executive told the club’s official site. “Ricky fully deserves his promotion to the key role of technical director and Barry brings invaluable experience in the field of scouting and recruitment into the mix. It’s all about doing everything we can to ensure Neil Adams, his staff and the squad have dynamic and effective support in all they do and that all they need is provided to the highest professional standards.”

Martin has been a key part of the club’s academy set-up since joining as assistant academy director in 2001 and will oversee a wide range of responsibilities to allow Adams to focus fully on coaching and preparing the first team squad.

“I really am excited about moving into my new position as technical director,” he said. “The new football executive board is a team that I’m really looking forward to working alongside as we plot our success hopefully back into the Premier League. It’s a new opportunity now and it’s a blank piece of paper in some ways too, so I’ve got a chance to shape the role.”

Simmonds was Fulham’s head of scouting and player recruitment since 2008 and has worked with the likes of current England boss Roy Hodgson during his time at Craven Cottage. He has also worked previously at Darlington, Cardiff City, Queen’s Park Rangers and Crystal Palace in a variety of roles.

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22 comments

  • I am surprised by this appointment, but not against it. To me, the critical thing will be how well the club have defined the roles and that is something that I don't think has been made clear to supporters. If everybody understands their jobs and lines of communication are clear then there is every chance it will work. If not then it will be a shambles. I just hope that Adams gets the support that he does need to bbe a success.

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • I said it be Ricky Martin on here weeks ago and everyone told me how wrong I was. Really hope all these internal\NCFC related appointments work out. Just as much reason they could work out as they couldn't so will be an interesting season im sure. Got to make sure we get it right first time though.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Will be good for Neil to have someone with the right contacts and a good insider knowledge to help with this side of the business Lincs. Some managers who cover all the bases only get to see the players on match day. But you're right he will be keeper of the list.

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    cutty

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • In these days of pampered footballers the role of Technical Director is significant and the appointment from within is a sound one. Still not sure about what is going on with the Head of Recruitment. What has Barry simmonds achieved at Fulham, one of the teams that came down with us? We have already signed players without his input and Joe Royle, soon after coming on board, announced the club has a shopping list of potential signings. Presumably Barry will be given custody of that list. Or not.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • A great appointment, though he will need to scale back his singing career to make room for the new responsibilities.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • .....As predicted!....All comments on the'Tweeting Nun' story have been removed!...Must be down to me, saying "Snodgrass had moved from Heaven to Hull"!.....e.mail awaited!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • .....and I can't even spell that right!...apologies!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • .....Thats better Cutty..or ...Mr.....Cuzens...Horse hair weavers eh?...Mine were publicans in the upmarket part of Barrack Street!...but had a huge connection to Horses and market gardening!....we had lots of horsemuck on our rhubarb....others had to make do with custard!......

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • You're ok Stew, a bit of silly banter is fine by me although Archie some times gives me a yellow card. I think he's actually a she. The name is Cozens, but no relationship to the Cozens Hardy mob. My lot were horse-hair weavers from Oak street.

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    cutty

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • .....There you go cutty!....It's easy when you set your mind to it!....maybe you should stick with 'cutty' after all...unless your surname is Cutgrass or something similar?.....Roll on August..and let sanity return!.....PS..I used to answer to the name of 'Rory'...a long time ago though!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • Kylie must be a lot older than she looks ;-)

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • I am the acknowledged offspring of Federico Lorca and Kylie Minogue.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • Ok Stew I'll start the ball rolling, my real name is Rumplestilkson, Cutty is a nickname that I inherited from my dad.

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    cutty

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • I think for the first time since the Lambert days the club is again focusing on what Norwich City the club is and has. Next season will be fun and a damn site better than what we have suffered for the past two seasons. Lets not forget the slump started at the end of that unbeaten spell and in fact if you look at the whole of CHs reign that was the only successful spell they had. The club is slowly moving back to its roots and everyone will be better off.

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    Retep

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • ….I cannot for the life of me understand why grown men and -women, have to hide behind some of these silly screen names....It's all so pointless to me!....I made it clear many months ago that my real name was 'Little Big Stewpydsodd...'Big' was my grandfathers name, so I was christened 'Little Big' after him!...Stewpydsodd is my surname.... For ease of reading , I dropped the 'Little Big' and split my surname!....So come on together why not start your comments with your real name!...I'll bet there are hundreds of John Browns out there...and I know for a fact that I am not the only Stewpydsodd to grace these columns!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • Yes Coldharbour Canary I totally agree with all of your comments. After the toxic atmosphere after the West Brom game there does seem to be a whole different feel about the place. Outside the box I just don't understand why you are being so negative, I know we have to wait and see how things pan out, and there are some who are hoping that NA will fail but, I think these people are fair weather fans or from those along the A 140.

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    Egyptian canary

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • Sensible appointments these two, welcome aboard.

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    cutty

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • Actually, yes I am looking forward to us playing Brentford, Millwall & Rotherham, just as much as any Premier League. This has nothing to do with lack of ambition or blind faith, football is football, sport is sport and it matters the same to the supporters wherever it's played. It sounds like it matters more to our players this season as well, obviously we'll have to wait and see. I never felt comfortable with Lambo, he was bought in under unpleasant circumstances, and left in the same manner - doing a great job in the meantime I should add. Hughton didn't work out, and divided the supporters - not his intention, but that's how it ended. The club has been under a heavy cloud, relegation was hopefully the storm that broke it - and it's time we played in the sunshine with hope, without being fractious, and respecting - but not being scared of our opponents. Obviously we want to be back in the Prem really, but let's go and earn it together as good club that are a credit to the Championship, and not denigrate other teams in it.

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • "Looking forward to this season, more than I have for a long time"? Well, Coldharbour, were you not excited about the prospect of Premier League football just three years ago? No, much better to be looking forward to going to Brentford, Millwall and Rotherham. And now we have an executive board that looks like the bland leading the blind.

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    Outside The Box

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • I'm looking forward to this season, more than I have for a long time. Somehow it feels fresher and brighter than it has for a while. Players like Russell Martin and Redmond are making the right noises, and I hope Adams really makes a go of it.

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • I agree Egyptian. It all looks very hopeful. looking like the club really means business and if everyone pulls together it should be a season to celebrate.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Well now that's backroom and off-field staff sorted. Excellent appointment in my humble opinion. Now all we need to do is get the season underway and take the Championship by storm, which we look as though we are very well capable of. OTBC come on you Yellows!!!

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    Egyptian canary

    Friday, July 4, 2014

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