Stuart Webber opens up on Norwich City's dire season

Sporting director Stuart Webber has spoken after Norwich City's relegation from the Premier League

Sporting director Stuart Webber has spoken after Norwich City's relegation from the Premier League - Credit: Tony Thrussell/Archant

Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber has spoken for the first time publicly about the Canaries' Premier League relegation.

Webber was interviewed by Alice Piper for the club's own channels following City's second top flight demotion on his watch. No other media were present.

That absence was perhaps explained by the Welshman's feelings around external coverage of the club this season.

He said: “Some of the national media went after us at the start of the season (and said) we haven’t had a go. That was a lie. Maybe their standard of having a go is different to ours, but by our standards we had a go.

"Some of the local stuff recently, I don’t read it but some of it has been flagged to me because it’s been quite personal. Some of that is lies. We have to do what we can to ignore it.”

Webber also discussed fan discontent following the Canaries' last-placed, 22-point relegation, claiming that the club was still together. "A lot has been made of 20 people with a bed sheet," he said.

"If you're not that happy, you don't renew your season ticket. It's the easiest get out ever if you're not happy.

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"We haven't got a squad of players who are demanding to leave, we haven't got a manager who's sulking or wants to move, so I think the togetherness is a lot more than we get credit for.

"Even at the end of the game against Spurs (a 5-0 defeat on the final day of the season), the majority stayed and applauded the team off. The majority of supporters respect that everyone's trying their hardest."

You can watch the 33 minute interview, conducted by Piper for the club's own channels right here.

And analysis from Canaries correspondents Paddy Davitt and Connor Southwell is available to watch below.