Russell Martin believes Norwich City fans will like what they hear when the Canaries unveil their new structure behind the scenes at Carrow Road later this week
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Norwich City’s present was a frustrating Carrow Road affair – but the fans will like what’s in store for the future, according to Russell Martin.
The first game of the post-Alex Neil era saw City’s 10 men earn a draw with struggling Blackburn, but it’s the future direction of the club that City supporters’ attention is focusing on.
City have already teased a major announcement this week over the new structure at Carrow Road, which looks set to share the chief executive responsibilities between other positions while introducing a director of football role.
“We just want a clear identity, philosophy, DNA, whatever you want to call it nowadays – whatever’s fashionable; you just want a clear plan of where we’re going to go, the values of the football club,” said Martin.
“It’s been difficult and there’s been a lot of change at the club, and it’s not always easy to have continuity with that. What you need going forward is regardless who the manager is, that nothing else changes because you’ve got everything else right and as good as you possibly can off the pitch, which makes it easier for everyone to succeed on it.
“Listen, after speaking to certain people, they have got an idea of where they want it to go and it’s something the fans will want to see, I think, the change.
“It’s going to be a summer of transition. But what we’ve got is a board that cares about the club, they know what they want from it. They see the detached nature at the minute between the fans and the players, and it shouldn’t be like that. That’s down to us.
“Like the chairman said, we have failed at this minute in time because we’re nowhere near where we want to be. But it gives people a chance to reassess and some time to decide where they want to go.
“It’s a huge process but it’s about the bigger picture, not just the next manager. It’s about the whole club – structure, values, beliefs… so that if we ever lose a manager for any reason, you don’t need to change so much.
“There’s going to be some upheaval with that, but the club will have a direction come the summer and we trust them to make the right decision.
“It will be someone who comes in and impresses them enough to get the job. Whoever gets it will feel lucky to have it and the players should feel the same.”
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