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Norwich City target Huddersfield man for new role

Norwich City are reportedly hoping to appoint Huddersfield Town's Head of Football Operations Stuart Webber as their new Sporting Director.

The Canaries announced a revamp of their management structure over the weekend, following the resignations of two Chief Executives in the space of just six months.

Press Association Sport understands that 33-year-old Webber is the man the Norwich board want to take on the newly created role following the Terriers' hugely impressive campaign in The Championship this season.

Webber, who previously worked as director of recruitment at Liverpool, was instrumental in bringing manager David Wagner to Yorkshire and has overseen a number of quality signings from both the German Leagues and the domestic market.

If Webber does move to Carrow Road, one of his first duties would be to help choose a new Head Coach to work alongside.

Norwich Youngster Glenn Middleton's Goal Sees Scotland U-17s To Victory

Scot Gemill hailed his talented kids after another fine win left them on the brink of qualifying for the Euro Under 17s Finals in Croatia.

A brilliant first half goal from Norwich City’s Glenn Middleton – his third goal of the Elite Group – was enough to see off the dogged Serbs in Paisley, who launched a second half comeback.

But the young Scots – watched by former Rangers caretaker manager Graeme Murty and SFA chief executive Stewart Regan – deservedly hung on and now need just a point to qualify for the May Finals in Croatia when they face Switzerland on Wednesday, with today’s win following up a 6-1 opening game thumping of Montenegro.

Gemmill said: “To come through a game like that where there was so much at stake was fantastic.

“They showed resilience and maturity and there were a lot of excellent performances.

“They found a win to win and deserve great credit. I’m delighted for Glenn Middleton, who was excellent again.

“When you looked at the other teams in the group, we knew we would be in for hard games and we’ve put ourselves in a great position. We just need to finish the job against the Swiss now.”


Manager Rumour: Giggs Latest To Be Linked To Norwich Role

Not sure how I feel about the story starting to emerge, but former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has reportedly emerged as a contender for the vacant Norwich City post.

Norwich sacked manager Alex Neil on March 10 after just over two years in charge of the club and assistant Alan Irvine has been placed in temporary charge since.

The former West Bromwich Albion boss has recorded a draw and a win from his two games at the helm and there are suggestions he could be given the job until the end of the season. However, the Glaswegian has already stated he doesn't want the job on a full-time basis whilst he also expects an appointment to be made before the clash at Aston Villa on April 1.

Several names have been linked with the job, including both Alan Pardew and Roy Hodgson, but it is Giggs who is said to be leading the race. The Welshman has been out of work since leaving Manchester United last summer but he could be given the opportunity to help the Canaries make a late push for a play-off position.


New Club Structure At Norwich City Confirmed

Norwich City have confirmed three new roles as part of a wide-ranging structural revamp first announced last weekend after the sacking of first team manager Alex Neil, which will see a sporting director working in tandem with a head coach as they plot the future direction of the Canaries.

Interim chief executive Steve Stone has been confirmed as the new managing director to lead the business and the search will now continue for a sporting director to oversee all football operations, including recruitment, and a head coach to take charge of the first team squad.

Alex Neil’s dismissal last week has sparked a new direction, with interim boss Alan Irvine in charge again for Saturday’s Championship home game againsst Blackburn.

City released a statement outlining they plan to announce the sporting director in the near future, with that search at an ‘advanced stage’, who will then work with the club’s top brass to recruit a head coach.

It read: “We are delighted to confirm that director of finance Steve Stone, who has been recently serving in a second stint as interim chief executive, takes up the full-time role of managing director with immediate effect.

“The process of recruiting a sporting director is at an advanced stage and the club will make a further announcement to confirm this appointment in the near future.

“The sporting director will work with the board to identify a new head coach, with Alan Irvine managing the team on a caretaker basis for Saturday’s Championship match against Barnsley before the international break.

“The new head coach, technical director Ricky Martin and academy manager Richard Money will all report into the sporting director in a revamped footballing structure.

“The head coach will work together with the Sporting Director on recruitment, to identify the right players with the ability, commitment and hunger to improve the club’s performance on the pitch.”

Roy Hodgson Not On Norwich's Carrow Road Shortlist

The Canaries’ top directors are at an ‘advanced stage’ in recruiting a sporting director, but Hodgson is not on that shortlist according to Canaries’ chairman Ed Balls, he confirmed prior to the Championship home game against Barnsley on Saturday afternoon Hodgson had been consulted by majority shareholders Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones as City’s board look to make two football key appointments.

The club announced earlier in the day a new model that includes a sporting director and a separate head coach, working in tandem with Steve Stone as the new managing director.

“Roy is a great coach with a great track record and someone with huge experience,” said Balls. “Michael and Delia know him very well and we have talked to a lot of people in the game, both inside and outside. Will Delia and Michael have spoken to Roy? Of course they will have done. They will talk to people who they respect. He is not in any way different to the five or 10 people we have spoken to during this process in the past few weeks. He is not a candidate for the sporting director.

“Roy is an old friend of Michael and Delia and I have known him for years as well. Roy is exactly the type of person you would expect us to consult but as of today there have been no interviews or even a list of candidates for the head coach role. On the sporting director side we are quite a long way down the track but that is not a job we have considered Roy.

“The head coach appointment is tied into the sporting director appointment. You want a head coach who can inspire and motivate the first team but as part of the overall football strategy. That is why if we can get the sporting director appointment done first it is the better way around.

“We have been thinking hard for a number of weeks about who is out there in the sporting director role. Since last weekend we have had a deluge of people wanting the job, or agents and senior figures touting people for both jobs. We are going to move as quickly as we can. We have not made a decision and got it down to one candidate but we are a long way down the road. We have had a lot of discussions and people have been met. We are not at the final interview stage.”

Norwich 2-0 Barnsley ~ Are the playoffs back on?

Norwich City got back on track with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Barnsley today at Carrow Road.

Goals from Murphy, and an own goal in the second half from MacDonald gave the Canaries all three points.

The win puts them within five points of a playoff spot, and their fans will be confident that they can now put a run together and make a late push for those all important top six places in the Championship, with a number of teams around the in the league having dropped points today enabling the Canaries to close the gap.

It was not a vintage display by any means from Norwich, but they had enough to beat a Barnsley side short on goals of late, and the win will no doubt give them confidence heading into the end of season run in.


Norwich City Vs Barnsley - Confirmed Team Line Up

TEAM: McGovern; Pinto, Bennett, Martin (c), Whittaker; Tettey, Howson; Ja. Murphy, Pritchard, Hoolahan; Jerome.

SUBS: Ruddy (GK), Dorrans, Naismith, Oliveira, Klose, Wildschut, Jo. Murphy.

Norwich City: Nelson Oliveira & Graham Dorrans Fit To Face Barnsley

As a bit of timely good news for the club's long suffering supporters at present fit-again Norwich City duo Nelson Oliveira and Graham Dorrans are both in contention for Barnsley’s Championship visit.

Caretaker Norwich manager Alan Irvine delivered the positive injury news on Friday afternoon at Colney, with Oliveira recovering from a foot injury and Dorrans also back following a long term knee problem.

Both have trained all week and Irvine believes they are ready to be brought back in the first team fold to face the Reds. Oliveira had scored 12 goals in 23 outings season, including a thumping long range strike at Oakwell prior to Christmas, before damaging his foot against former loan club Nottingham Forest.

Dorrans has not played since suffering a freak knee ligament injury at Reading on Boxing Day.

“Nelson and Graham are both back in the squad,” confirmed Irvine. “That is great news on both fronts because they are important players for us. They have trained all week, and trained well all week. Dozzer has been out since December and Nelson had the suspension followed fairly soon by the injury. Prior to that they were playing well. The feeling was we would have a look at them over the course of this week and make a decision. Graham has done a lot of rehab work.

“We have a couple of injury and illness issues that we hope will be resolved by matchday. Unfortunately I have not been able to name the team, which I would normally do by this stage of the week, but I am waiting for confirmation on a couple of players really.