Norwich City revamp gets Ian Culverhouse’s vote

Ian Culverhouse during his time as assistant to Paul Lambert at Norwich City. Picture: Paul Chestert

Ian Culverhouse during his time as assistant to Paul Lambert at Norwich City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Ian Culverhouse predicts 'exciting times' ahead for former club Norwich City after embarking on a radical new strategy.

The Hall of Famer, and Paul Lambert's number two during a successful era at Carrow Road, believes City can reap the rewards from a bold approach with a sporting director and head coach.

Huddersfield's head of football operations, Stuart Webber, is set to become City's sporting director and King's Lynn manager Culverhouse can see why the club's top brass have gone for a revamp.

'It is very continental, probably the German model they have looked at there, and feel that is how they can be successful,' he said. 'They clearly want a head coach to focus completely on the first team squad and the coaching and the sporting director to take care of everything else, in terms of transfers and off the field. It will be interesting to see who they get. I think it could be exciting times to see if the model can work because it has had success in the past. The modern-day boss now has to have a bit of everything. Most of the top managers take the majority of the coaching sessions and the man-management of these high profile players now is fantastic. In my day you had a manager and a separate coach.'

Culverhouse is plotting a similar revolution at the Linnets, after striking out on his own. The 52-year-old has forged a reputation as an innovative coach but cut his ties with National League Dagenham & Redbridge to take over the ambitious Southern League, Premier Division club.

Ian Culverhouse thinks Norwich City's new model can work. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Ian Culverhouse thinks Norwich City's new model can work. Picture: Matthew Usher.


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'It's a big club, a very big club and it is going to take some sorting out but we'll get there,' he said. 'We are trying to build momentum for next year and give it a right good go. On the whole it has been very, very good. We have some very good youngsters at the football so I am giving them a chance to go into the first team set-up for next year. I want young, hungry players who can drive us forward and can handle the pressure. I have always been a number two for a long, long time without putting my head above the parapet. I made decisions for a long time without having that pressure that comes with being the one who has made the final call and carries the can. Now I am standing up on my own two feet, this is me, can I go and do it? I have good contacts in the game and plenty of confidence. I believe I can do it, so do others.'

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