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.”