Alan Irvine will pull no punches in Norwich City talks

Norwich interim manager Alan Irvine is poised for talks with Stuart Webber.
Picture: Paul Chesterto

Norwich interim manager Alan Irvine is poised for talks with Stuart Webber. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alan Irvine will pull no punches when he holds talks with new sporting director Stuart Webber over the futures of Norwich City's first team squad.

Norwich interim manager Alan Irvine plans talks with Stuart Webber. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus I

Norwich interim manager Alan Irvine plans talks with Stuart Webber. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The Canaries' aim to have a head coach in place by the start of a major summer overhaul, but Irvine will deliver his verdict after the club's Easter Championship double header.

'We have had some brief chats but Stuart has things he needs to do. My focus is on the preparation for Fulham. There hasn't been a great deal of contact,' said Irvine. 'The plan is once things have settled just a little bit Stuart and I will sit down and talk through the squad and he can ask me whatever he wants about all the players and I will give him my honest opinion. That hasn't happened yet. I am sure we will have that chat next week or the week after. Certainly before the end of the season.

'We have discussed things in terms of a general overview but not in any depth or detail. That is a conversation we will probably have after these first couple of weeks of his time at the club are out of the way because clearly he has other things to focus on.

'In terms of the players here right now that might not be top of his list. It will become more important as we move forward, in respect of making decisions on who stays and who goes.'

Irvine is aiming to plot Fulham's downfall on Friday at Carrow Road after an historic 7-1 win last time out over Reading.

'The lads have gone about their jobs as I would expect this week. It has not been all jolly and light-hearted,' he said. 'Which it shouldn't be, just as off the back of a bad result you can't be all doom and gloom. You have to move on. One of the things about this league is you have to move on fairly quickly a lot of times. We have to put the last one to bed and get on with the next one.

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'It was a day that will last in the memory of the fans who were present forever. Certainly it will last in my memory.

'They are similar to Reading in how they want to play. They want to control possession and play out from the back and they want to play through those midfield areas. We just happened to be outstanding against Reading and they had a bad day. Essentially you must be well-organised without the ball. Our lads are capable but whether they produce the same type of result or not, we'll see.'