“My loyalty and love for NCFC will never change” – Darren Huckerby confirms his Norwich City academy exit
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Darren Huckerby has released a statement confirming his exit from the Norwich City academy coaching staff, as we exclusively revealed last night.
Huckerby has lost his under-23s coaching role as part of the latest changes to club staff being implemented by sporting director Stuart Webber.
Posting on his @Hucks6DH6 Twitter account, the Canaries legend said: “While obviously disappointed to be leaving my role within the academy, it’s something that happens every day in football.
“I’d like to thank all of the staff, coaches, and players I’ve worked with over the years, I hope my professionalism, dedication and will to win rubbed off on a few of them.
“My loyalty and love for NCFC will never change, my association with the club will hopefully last forever. I’d like to wish the first time and academy staff all the best for the rest of the season, starting with three points against Hull on Saturday.
“See you there, Hucks – On the Ball City!”
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U23s assistant Huckerby as well as first-team head physio Stuart Wardle are believed to have already left the club, alongside the academy’s head of recruitment Greg Broughton and head of coaching Phil Church.
The exits are yet to be confirmed by City but Webber spoke at length about his plans for improving the club’s academy last week, following the arrival of Steve Weaver as academy manager, who he worked with at Huddersfield.
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Huckerby is a member of the Canaries’ hall of fame having been an integral member of the Division One title-winning squad under Nigel Worthington in 2004.
He rejoined the club as a youth coach, following an acrimonious departure as a player under Glenn Roeder back in 2008, working his way through coaching the U16 and U18 squads at Colney, before taking on the role of assisting Matt Gill’s U23 development squad in the summer.
The 41-year-old former Newcastle United, Leeds United and Coventry City winger scored 48 goals in 203 games for Norwich, initially joining on loan from Manchester City in September 2003.