Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber expects a summer of major changes at Carrow Road
Norwich City’s new sporting director Stuart Webber said he only expects “12-15” of the current squad to be at Carrow Road at the start of next season.
Webber, who has been in his new role for about two weeks, predicted “major changes” during the summer.
Speaking during a question and answer with former Canary full-back Adam Drury in the Legends Lounge before Friday night’s 2-0 win over Brighton, Webber gave an insight into what he sees are the main problems at Norwich, what some of the solutions are and what lured him to Carrow Road.
Answering a question about how many of the current squad he expects to be at the club in August, Webber said: “I’d say 12-15 of those in the programme from tonight.”
He told guests he felt some players were “not good enough and not hungry enough” and also highlighted the average age of the squad having to be reduced.
Webber spoke about the team needing to play with more intensity and more tempo.
He was asked whether a new head coach had been identified and not surprisingly gave a wry smile - but did reveal that the new man would “have the final say but not the only say” on players and tactics.
The sporting director talked about “massive mistakes” which have been made at the club and certainly caused many eyebrows to be raised when he added: “That is why Alex Neil is in the commentary box rather than the dug out,” referring to the former manager being a Sky TV pundit at the match.
He also said he “wanted the club to have an identity” which everyone would recognise and “a plan which we will stick to.”
Webber used the example of the national media’s reaction to England’s lack of success at tournaments and the calls which come for knee-jerk changes.
He showed he has a dry sense of humour as he spoke about his own short playing career and then described how he went into coaching before moving into recruitment and going to QPR, which he branded “a car crash of a club.”
Webber spoke more fondly about his three years at Wolves and two years at Huddersfield, where he left earlier this month for the Canaries.
Asked why he had chosen Norwich, he said the club was bigger than Huddersfield and he had doubts about the Yorkshire club’s future plans,
Webber also said Norfolk suited his family situation. “My wife is very happy to come here,” he added.