Russell Martin has his say on Norwich City’s head coach quest

Russell Martin is waiting to see who will be Norwich City's new head coach. Picture: Paul Chesterton

Russell Martin is waiting to see who will be Norwich City's new head coach. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Russell Martin is not getting caught up in the hype around Norwich City's proposed new head coach.

Stuart Webber, right -Norwich City's new sporting director - along with Terriers' boss David Wagner.

Stuart Webber, right -Norwich City's new sporting director - along with Terriers' boss David Wagner. Picture: Julian Hughes/Huddersfield Examiner - Credit: Huddersfield Examiner

Michael O'Neill was the latest name added to the likes of Garry Monk, Uwe Rosler and David Wagner earlier this week with sporting director Stuart Webber pledging to find his man this month.

'You hear so many rumours in football and most are started on social media with no actual source or credibility,' said City's captain, when asked if Monk could be a perfect fit at Carrow Road. 'I have no opinion until they walk in the door. Garry Monk has done a brilliant job at Leeds and before that Swansea. If his career carries on in that way he would be a good fit for this club but that is for Stuart and the board. I don't get involved.'

Webber's success at Huddersfield has led to inevitable speculation Wagner could follow him to Norfolk if the Terriers miss out in the Championship play-offs.

Martin is in no doubt the duo's work in West Yorkshire will form the template for the new way forward at Carrow Road.

'It is not going to be all plain sailing, you can't expect that with a new style of football but look at what Stuart did at Huddersfield. It was gradual and people could see what was coming and stuck with it,' he said. 'We are a different sized club to Huddersfield, with our fan base, the stadium, the people around the club but I believe we can emulate that and then it can be positive. Get back to what we were five years ago. I know for a fact other teams hated coming here to play us. If we get the fans onside it is not a nice place to come and play. I understand the cynicism this season and the scepticism for what could happen next year. Regardless of what you think buy into it and give the club, the board, Stuart and the players, new and old, a chance. If we do that and stick together we have a chance to create something special. Again.'

Martin is keen to heal the divisions inside and outside the club.

'When it was good, everyone was together,' he said. 'I don't even know if social media was about when we had those good times in the past. What I would say is this season is done now. I hope we finish on a high for the fans on Sunday, for the boys leaving, we thank everyone and then come July it is a clean slate and everyone has to buy in to the new way. Otherwise it falls down on day one.

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'The club have decided to make a change, now we need the supporters to back us from the start and from the first game at Carrow Road, whatever date, against whoever, let's be together. Whether I am playing or not, here or not, that is what the club need. It is not about any individual because it is going to be really important next year.'