‘He’ll always be welcome back at Carrow Road’ – City director confirms legend’s exit

Darren Huckerby (centre) has left his post as Under-23s coach at Colney. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Fo

Darren Huckerby (centre) has left his post as Under-23s coach at Colney. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City have confirmed the departure of Under-23 coach and playing legend Darren Huckerby.

Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

As we reported first on Wednesday night, Huckerby is one of five exits at Colney, as City look to both improve the player production of their EPPP category one academy and chase making it more efficient.

“Firstly, I want to thank Darren for his professionalism throughout his time here,” said City sporting director Stuart Webber.

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“We have done an internal review of the Academy and this includes having to make difficult decisions. This was among those difficult decisions.

“Darren will always be considered a legend at this club and he leaves with not only our best wishes, but the knowledge that he will always be welcome at Carrow Road.”

Fans’ favourite Huckerby worked his way through coaching the under-16 and under-18 squads at Colney, before taking on the role of assisting Matt Gill’s under-23 development squad in the summer.

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His is the only exit confirmed so far – although we understand first-team head physio Stuart Wardle plus the academy’s head of recruitment Greg Broughton and head of coaching Phil Church have also left the club, along with a fifth position.

Up to 20 academy jobs have been reviewed by the club, a process which started before new academy head Steve Weaver’s arrival. It is believed there are plans to replace the five departures.

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