Stuart Webber confirmed as Norwich City’s new sporting director

Norwich City managing director Steve Stone welcomes new sporting director Stuart Webber to the club.

Norwich City managing director Steve Stone welcomes new sporting director Stuart Webber to the club. Picture: Jasonpix - Credit: Jason Dawson/JASONPIX

Norwich City have confirmed Stuart Webber as their new sporting director.

Webber joins the Canaries from Huddersfield Town where he was the head of football operations since June 2015.

The 33-year-old is seen as a key part of City's new footballing and executive structure, which was announced last month, with Steve Stone taking the position of managing director.

Webber's first job will be to work with the board in identifying a new head coach although Alan Irvine will continue to manage the team on a caretaker basis until Saturday's game at home to Reading at least.

The head coach, technical director Ricky Martin and academy manager Richard Money will all report into Webber, who will be based at the club's Colney Training Centre.

Webber will lead all aspects of the City's recruitment strategy, working with the head coach to identify players with the ability, commitment and hunger to improve City's floundering fortunes.

Webber told the official club website: 'In terms of the next stage of my career, the opportunity to come to a club the size of Norwich was something which I couldn't turn down.

'The club are embracing how things are done in Europe, where it's been successful for a number of years. The attraction of having the remit to come in and massively affect the football department, from the tip of the iceberg with the first team right down to the academy, makes it an exciting challenge for myself.

'There's a real carte blanche to go and do it as I believe is right and you don't get many opportunities like that at big football clubs. To have that opportunity at a club the size of Norwich City, with a Category One Academy, fantastic facilities already in place and a great fanbase is quite unique and I'm very appreciative of that.

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'I can't wait to get started. We've got a big job on our hands, which everyone knows, so let's stick together and get on with it.'

Chairman Ed Balls added: 'We're delighted to have secured the services of Stuart as our new sporting director.

'With an excellent track record and growing reputation in the game, he was the man we wanted to bring in once we identified the role as a crucial part of our new structure. We're excited about the impact he will have as he leads all of our football operations and recruitment.

'Stuart will now work with us to make the next key appointment for the Club, a Head Coach to bring the very best out of our current and future players and help bring success back to Norwich City.'