Norwich City announce changes to senior academy roles as Ben Strang joins Cambridge

Gregg Broughton will become head of academy recruitment at Norwich City. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Gregg Broughton will become head of academy recruitment at Norwich City. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

Norwich City have announced that Gregg Broughton is set to return to his former role as head of academy recruitment.

Broughton took over as academy manager in July 2014, a role he had held at Luton Town for six years, when Ricky Martin was elevated to the role of technical director

However Broughton is now returning to his former role as Ben Strang is leaving the head of academy recruitment role to join League Two club Cambridge United as their head of football operations.

'Gregg has played a key part in recruiting some exciting players at academy level recently and his new role will allow him to focus fully on this vital area for the club,' Martin, who previously operated as academy manager for 10 years, told City's website.

The club's statement concluded: 'Norwich City are now actively seeking a new academy manager and will update supporters once an appointment has been made.'

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Strang returns to Cambridge, whom he left in December 2014 having helped to build the squad which gained promotion back to the Football League and won the FA Trophy, where he will work closely with first-team boss Shaun Derry.

'This role will help us to enhance the football operations so that we can achieve our ambition of success for this club,' Derry said of Strang's appointment, speaking to his club's website.

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'This system works well for a lot of football clubs at a higher level and I'm delighted to have Ben joining us. It is impossible, as a manager, to oversee everything and my main focus must always be the players within our first team squad.

'Ben will come in to take responsibility for the recruitment processes and take that legwork away from me. He will also look at ways of developing all other areas of the operation. I see that he's here to help me.

'I have met Ben on several occasions and we see football in a similar way. Jez (chief executive Jez George) and I will work with him closely and we both feel that Ben is the perfect man for the role. It's a great appointment by the club and I am looking forward to him coming on board.'

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