Norwich City have appointed former Charlton and West Ham player Mark Robson as their new development coach to guide the club’s emerging talent.

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Academy chief Ricky Martin confirmed the appointment after Monday’s 3-1 development league win over Middlesbrough’s Under-21s at Colney - Josh Murphy scoring a brace and a setting up Cameron McGeehan for the other goal in a comfortable win over the Teesiders.

Robson has been working with the FA in the England junior set-up and has extensive coaching experience at all levels of the professional game inclduing Charlton and Barnet, where he was briefly joint boss alongside Edgar Davids last year. The 44-year-old will officially take over the post left vacant since Scott Marshall’s summer departure for next week’s latest development game against Manchester City’s under-21s at Carrow Road.

“We are looking forward to welcoming him on board,” said Martin. “He has a great wealth of experience at youth development level and senior level. He is coming from the FA where he currently works there and he has done some coach education work with the England set-up. Prior to that he had spells at Barnet before Edgar Davids came in and also Peterborough and Charlton where he helped bring through a lot of excellent young players. He had a great playing career as well before that and I know he will be a fantastic addition for us as an academy and help us achieve our objective of moving onto the next level.

“Manchester City will be Mark’s first game, so all the best with that one. If we win it will be all down to him, if we lose I’m sure it will be because he was sat watching in the stands but, no, on a serious note that will be his first chance to watch the boys and a great opportunity for the boys to play at Carrow Road again. I don’t expect we will get 21,000, like the last time we were there in the FA Youth Cup, but it will be great to get a good support for what looks like it will be an interesting game. Manchester City haven’t started as well as they might like and we are looking for another three points to get ourselves into the top half. It might just be a good time to take on a Manchester City side.”

Martin revealed some of City’s highly-rated youngsters could also be poised for loan spells to aid their development.

“There may be one or two go out on loan as part of their education,” he said. “It’s all part of tasting football in the real world and to feel what its like to play at stadiums where the majority of the fans are against you. I feel as a group we have lads with the potential to play first team football.

“I constantly talk to the manager and there is a balance to be struck. We don’t want to send players out for two or three months and leave ourselves short, but those who do go out will come bit a little bit wiser and a little bit stronger.”

• Norwich City’s development squad have been drawn at home to Arsenal’s under-21s in the last 32 of the inaugural Premier League under-21 cup. City will host the Gunners in late November following the draw conducted by former England striker Michael Owen. Norwich and Arsenal both enter the round of 32 at this stage along with all the category one academies following two regional qualifying rounds in category two and three football clubs. The under-21 Premier League Cup takes the form of one-off fixtures which are played on a regional basis until the round of 16, when the draw becomes national. The final will be played over two legs at the main stadium of both teams.

7 comments

  • Broadly, I am with you DC on Hughton. I am not completely convinced by him and his management team, but I am a long way from wanting to get rid. I think this appointment sounds a good one and is a sign that they are trying to get a strong structure in place. Hopefully, Josh will get a run out against Utd. OTBC

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, October 21, 2013

  • All we need now is a change in the management of the first team.

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    norman hall

    Monday, October 21, 2013

  • I think Josh was tried at Watford and did very well. Not sure if they want to thow him into the PL too soon. Can't see that they are going to change Chris Hughton any time soon Norman, it might be better to appreciate that we do actually have a very good manager and we could do well to get behind and suppot him. OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, October 21, 2013

  • so josh scored twice and set one up.think i would put him in against cardiff,hes the only wide player on form at the moment!

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    tonyb

    Monday, October 21, 2013

  • Young Josh is knocking loudly on the door. Cometh the hour, becometh the teenager a man? Why not have him on the bench vs Cardiff? He could provide a potential element of surprise - like shots on target! And assists for RvW & Hoops, I`m sure they would be appreciative. Opinions on Hoots are divided, but I go along largely with what Preston Canary says. I wonder if Hoots carries too much of the load himself; Lambo had the dynamism and guile of Culverhouse to back him. CC`s CV doesn`t exactly set anything alight, though his presence does seem to constitute an effective Holt repellent. Nothing new there. I`m backing Hoots but he needs a top first team coach to help him, specially on forward tactics and motivation. Neil, Sir Adams? PS. What we don`t need now is for talent like Josh to be sent out through that one-way door to Loansville to be clogged to bits in L1 or L2; get him closer to the first team here.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 22, 2013

  • I would give him a chance. I would put him on the bench against a team when we don't expect to win, like arsenal away from home, and throw him on for 20 minutes if we need a surprise. He is an unknown quantity in the premier league and defenders won't know how to handle him to start with. Sink or swim, worked for players like Rooney and Owen. We'll probably send him out on loan and he'll join a second rate championship side and come back to haunt us!!!!

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    Neil

    Monday, October 21, 2013

  • I still don't understand why you guys are still so optimistic when he's spent over 13 million on two strikers who aren't given barely a chance to score. Wolf's had six shots in seven games, he should have at least that many shots PER game. I know I'm pessimistic but I only want what's best for the team and to see us thrive! I've waited with Hughton but I can't see it in him. I think we'll come out strong against Cardiff and sneak a win and it'll keep the doubters down for a bit but I just can't see him making us a force in the division, not when we can't score enough as we need too.

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    Drossel

    Monday, October 21, 2013

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