Ex-Canaries coach wants team to leave legacy in Rio as Paralympics countdown begins

Keith Webb and his England players in training. Picture: FA/GETTY IMAGES

Keith Webb and his England players in training. Picture: FA/GETTY IMAGES - Credit: The FA via Getty Images

Ex-Norwich City coach Keith Webb is heading for the Rio Paralympics determined to help leave a legacy for future generations.

The Paralympics begin in 100 days time and the 54-year-old is gunning for gold as head coach of the Great Britain cerebral palsy team gold.

'We are capable of causing a lot of damage,' said Webb. 'In the past we had the privilege of going to something like the London Olympics where we finished eighth. However, my goal is to make sure we go to Rio and earn even more respect.

'I'm really looking forward to Rio in September and I have challenged the players to leave a legacy for every CP player who plays the sport.'

Webb became manager of the England cerebral palsy side at the beginning of 2014 and led them to the European Championships and, last June, to fifth in the world championship, their highest ever finish.

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Webb was at Norwich City for 26 years, initially on the playing staff but then, in 1986, managing a youth side that included the likes Chris Sutton, Craig Bellamy, Ruel Fox and Darren Eadie. He later became reserve team manager under manager Nigel Worthington before a successful spell as boss at King's Lynn.

Those experiences have helped him add a higher level of professionalism with his current players.

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'It is about being professional and by that I mean they have to look out of the house on a wet and windy night and they have to do that extra run,' he explained. 'They have to go do that extra run come rain or shine because that's what being a professional is about. I can only guide them and let them know what needs to be done. They have to do some of it themselves – which they are doing.

'The lads put in a lot of hard work and try their very best, which is great to see. They do everything we ask of them.'

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