Iwan Roberts - Stuart Webber is a perfect fit for Norwich City

Iwan Roberts is a big fan of Stuart Webber. Picture: Nick Butcher

Iwan Roberts is a big fan of Stuart Webber. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Huddersfield's head of football operations, Stuart Webber, would transform Norwich City's transfer strategy, insists former Terrier Iwan Roberts.

The Canaries' cult hero played for both clubs and has been hugely impressed by Webber's work behind-the-scenes at Town. The 33-year-old has been targeted by City to take on the newly-created sporting director role, before driving the search for a head coach.

Webber is credited with enticing David Wagner to West Yorkshire and helping build a squad who are still in the race for automatic promotion from the Championship.

'The one thing Norwich City have struggled with in the last four or five transfer windows is the recruitment side of the club,' Roberts told the Huddersfield Daily Examiner. 'They've spent a lot of money, the players haven't been good enough, they've lost a lot of money selling the players on – it's all down to lazy scouting.

'Stuart would bring new ideas and a better scouting system which will improve the squad by the signings they make.


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'He did a good job at Wolves, moved to Huddersfield Town and was so important in bringing David Wagner to the club and that appointment alone proves what a good judge of character he is. Then again, the recruitment at the club last summer, it's been up there with the best in the Championship.'

Webber has reportedly been placed on gardening leave by the Terriers, who have yet to confirm an approach from Norwich. Alan Irvine will remain in temporary charge for this weekend's trip to Aston Villa and City then travel to Huddersfield four days later.

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'It's been a magnificent season – they've caught everyone by surprise,' said Roberts. 'When I saw them at Carrow Road earlier in the season they were the best, if not the best, side in the division.

'They've got a magnificent manager who has turned the club's fortunes around and they've just got to keep believing.

'There's still plenty of points to play for – it's going to be tough to catch either Brighton & Hove Albion or Newcastle United but they might start cracking and dropping points. Town have that game in hand which is vital they win to keep the pressure on those top two. Pressure can do strange things but Huddersfield Town have got a real belief and togetherness in the club so you never know.'

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