Alan Irvine in no doubt Stuart Webber must oversee a major rebuild at Norwich City
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Norwich City's new sporting director Stuart Webber has a major rebuilding job on his hands, according to Alan Irvine.
The Scot will continue in caretaker charge for this weekend's Championship test against Reading, after Webber was yesterday finally confirmed as the club's football tzar.
Irvine revealed, following a 12th away league defeat at Huddersfield, he does not expect to be part of the longer term set-up but his interim spell has convinced him of the need for radical change.
'It is a big job. I thought that even before,' he said. 'There are going to be changes here. Without a doubt. Whether these are the same players or not moving forward I don't know but it needs to change. What happened (at Huddersfield) has happened far too often this season and it shows a weakness in the character of these players. Alex (Neil) made changes in the hope it was individuals but unfortunately it appears to be right through the team. You can not be successful with those traits. It is something we have talked about, in terms of playing away, and in the future this group of players have to sort that out.'
Relegated Rotherham is the only Championship team to have shipped more goals on the road than Norwich's current 43-goal tally. Irvine admitted prior to City's latest Terriers' mauling the Canaries have been too open.
'I would suspect Norwich fans want to see an attacking style and if you went about it in a different way they might not like it,' he said. 'Each club has a different culture which dictates how they are going to play. Might we have had more points if we had gone about it differently and had a defensive four, then a five and leave one up top and we sit back and defend? The way the games have gone this season we might have. I am not sure how happy everyone would have been. Perhaps if the points kept coming, but when you stop picking up points playing that way it is a different scenario. Everybody goes ballistic. We have a lot of creative players who want to do their work in possession rather than out of it. Alex was very much a coach who believed he wanted to attack, to be open and expansive. He did much more in terms of going forward than the defensive side of things. There are times when that worked extremely well and other times when you get left open and exposed.'