Stuart Webber poised to become Norwich City’s new sporting director
PUBLISHED: 10:26 04 April 2017
Stuart Webber’s protracted move from Huddersfield to become the Canaries’ new sporting director will be confirmed later this week.
Alan Irvine’s squad head to Huddersfield in the Championship on Wednesday but the two clubs have finally concluded a compensation deal paving the way for the 33-year-old to head up City’s new football structure.
The Terriers had put their head of football operations on gardening leave after he expressed an interest to leave. Huddersfield played hardball over the move, despite Webber’s desire to move to Carrow Road, having been chosen by the Norwich board over two weeks ago.
The former director of recruitment at Liverpool was Norwich’s first choice, although they also considered Celtic’s head of development scouting David Moss.
Webber revamped Huddersfield’s scouting set-up and helped appoint boss David Wagner in 2015, the man who has turned the third-placed Terriers into promotion contenders in under two years.
Webber will move to Carrow Road in the newly created position as the Canaries change their hierarchy following a disastrous season after relegation from the Premier League last year.
He will be tasked with leading the hunt for a new manager after Norwich sacked Alex Neil last month.
Irvine has been in temporary charge for the last three games, but Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa left them seven points adrift of the Sky Bet Championship play-offs.
Fleetwood manager Uwe Rosler has been linked with the post, although distanced himself at the weekend.
Ex-England manager Roy Hodgson has been acting as an adviser to majority shareholder Delia Smith with the pair long-term friends.