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Norwich City target Huddersfield Town’s Stuart Webber in search for sporting director

PUBLISHED: 16:43 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:43 20 March 2017

Huddersfield Town's head of Football Operations Stuart Webber has emerged as a leading contender for the sporting director role at Carrow Road. Picture: Julian Hughes/Huddersfield Examiner

Huddersfield Town's head of Football Operations Stuart Webber has emerged as a leading contender for the sporting director role at Carrow Road. Picture: Julian Hughes/Huddersfield Examiner

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Norwich City have targeted Huddersfield’s Stuart Webber in their search for a new sporting director.

The Terriers’ head of football operations is the frontrunner for the newly created role, although Huddersfield insist they have not heard anything from the Canaries.

Norwich have considered Celtic’s head of development scouting David Moss but Webber is the favourite of the board.

Webber, who was linked with the Rangers director of football role this month, has transformed Huddersfield’s scouting operation and was instrumental in their appointment of boss David Wagner in 2015.

Wagner and Webber have overseen the club’s rise from 18th to third in the Sky Bet Championship having exploited the foreign market and taken Chelsea’s Isaiah Brown and Manchester City’s Aaron Mooy on loan.

Webber was previously head of recruitment at Wolves and, before that, spent three years as director of recruitment at Liverpool, helping sign a 15-year-old Raheem Sterling.

Chairman Ed Balls wants a new sporting director in place to help in the search for a new head coach but doesn’t expect both positions to be filled during the international break.

“What we don’t want to be is in a position where these roles are not filled by June or July,” said Balls.

“It makes sense to bring in a sporting director who is then heavily involved in a head coach appointment.

“That is the way around we want do this.”

Should Webber be confirmed as the club’s new sporting director he will work with Steve Stone, who was named managing director on Saturday.

It was an appointment which had already been agreed days before in a shake up of the structure at Carrow Road.

The board is happy for Alan Irvine to continue in temporary charge of the first team following City’s 2-0 win over Barnsley at the weekend, which revitalised talk of a late dash for the Championship play-offs.

Norwich’s win took them just five points outside the top six as their rivals faltered and, if Irvine can continue the Canaries’ upturn, it could be difficult to look elsewhere from the former Preston and West Brom boss.

16 comments

  • I would rather have a strong manager than a mediocre Sporting Director with a mediocre coach under him. Mediocre + Mediocre does not add up to good.

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    scousecanary

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Wiven, me thinks you're a bit early that statement, on another board they claim to be looking at the possibility of an overseas appointment. ;-)

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    cutty

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • At least we haven't had the phrase implying we are scouring all of Europe to get the right person for the job, yet. A small feeling of deja vu.

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    wiven

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • No! Beard. Young poser. Tyro. We've already had a young bald poser. Enough of pretenders. How many hundred miles are we expected to walk? Or was that The Proclaimers? I just dunnae know, Jimmys. It's a Riddle...

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • I'm not a gambling man, but was advised this evening to have a small wager on Ryan Giggs for Canaries Coach as he is reported to be staying in Sprowston Manor. I explained to the informant that there would be several names in the frame before someone is chosen, but he was insistent. Now everyone needs a chance in life and I'm sure Ryan will get his, but I kind of hope that it is not his name that comes out on the day of reckoning, not because of marital affairs or training experience and abilities, but because the most memorable game for me with Ryan Giggs involved was back in 2012. It always gives me a head ache when I remember him scoring. We were working offshore, must've been Australia as that was the only place we were able to watch Premiere League matches onboard our dive vessel. Anyway it was getting late and I had to get up early next morning so I'd climbed onto the bed to watch the last few minutes of a great match. It was 1-1 and we looked good for the draw after a classic Grant Holt equaliser against a decent Man Utd when Ryan stepped up, scoring a goal in the 90th minute and relegating the Canaries to nil point. When the goal went in I jumped up and banged my head on the top bunk, descent tap in goal on his 900th game, but I’ll never forget. My problem is, if he gets the job, will that ache come back every time I see him standing on the touchline ;-

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    canaryonaboat

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Get the man. Be paying his componsation money to smaller club Huddersfield FC. Not waiting. Or may wait for post season matches to show who will not join EPL. Some clubs will change employees more often after May. Should NC FC wait or roll dice?

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    Lleje_Master

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • A lot of people on here haven't twigged yet that after the director of sport, the next appointment will be a head coach. Not a traditional manager. This Head coach should have all the day to day burdens except for training, coaching, choosing, tactics of the first team. All the rest - you know the player who has developed back strain carrying his weekly wage in pound coins to the bank, the one who's pet snail eloped with a butterfly, the I need my driving licence so I can drive around chasing players in secrecy will become the domain of the sporting director. As will hiring and firing players and no doubt coaches. I'm sure that the Head coach will have all the input they need on who they want and who they don't, but it will be different. Most of the names being bandied around I suspect aren't interested in that - which is a shame as it takes up a whole heap of time - which brings us back to Irvine. In his second interview, what he had to say was very interesting in that he implied that under AN, he actually did little coaching or training and was more or less a ball boy. With his past experience and the freedom of being a coach - the job he likes and I suspect if he leaves he will end up as else where - NC could do a lot worse then keep him on and possibly much better than with some of the names being bandied around. Judge him if you must, but only if he is still here for the AV game. two weeks is a long time in football and he will still have most of the side here for training and coaching. We might be surprised at AV.

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    manbythesea

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • There must be a lot a new manager can learn from having the team for the last 4 or 5 games, why does there not seem to be ANY urgency. The players won't have a clue where they stand and will be looking to get away, including the one's we want to keep. Hiding behind we want to take our time and appoint the right manager is not good enough, they should have planned better and have been in the position to have someone in by early April. mistake after mistake after mistake..................................................

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    BT

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Diss man, under the new structure there's no way an arrogant knowall like Pardew would be tempted to come and work with or under a sporting director, he'd want the freedom to make a complete mess of things of his own accord, just as he's done at every club he's ever managed.

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Good headline. How do you know????

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    Winger63

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Irvine in charge until the end of the season seems a real possibility. After all who are we expecting to tempt away from an existing job before May ? Failing that,Pardew anyone ?

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    Diss man

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • We are being softened up to accept Alan 'oh no I couldn't possibly, oh well if you insist' Irvine as manager. We need proper change at NCFC not a rearranging of the deck chairs.

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    suffolkcanary

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • I'd like to know your definition of an upturn. Playing two poor teams at home and not losing to them?? That is a low bar by any standard.

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    suffolkcanary

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Here we go again....Alan Irvine asked to take over for 2 matches initially but the board obviously in no position to appoint a new manager for longer than that. They are taking Alan Irvine for granted because of their lack of forward planning....

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    BT

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • With the success he is experiencing at Huddersfield why would he want to come to Norwich? OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Seems sporting directors, unlike directors of football, need less football management or playing experience. Was expecting a wise old footballing head, but i guess that's not what it is about.

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, March 20, 2017

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