Roed cull all down to Glenn

Michael Bailey Norwich City chief executive Neil Doncaster today confirmed the club are fully behind Glenn Roeder's Carrow Road revolution by backing his restructuring plans.

Michael Bailey

Norwich City chief executive Neil Doncaster today confirmed the club are fully behind Glenn Roeder's Carrow Road revolution by backing his restructuring plans.

And Doncaster was quick to deny the recent exodus of backroom staff at the club was instigated by a need to cut costs, as City search for a way to turn round three seasons of stuttering form on the pitch.

It has been a hot topic among fans whether the considerable list of backroom exits has been a symptom of financial pressures at the Canaries, with assistant physio Peter Shaw, academy physio Rod Dyer, academy education and welfare officer Darren Bloodworth and under-14 coach Neil Adams all leaving the club, as well as kit-man Terry Postle.


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And despite the club labelling as inaccurate reports chief scout Alan Wood and sports scientist Dave Carolan were also heading for the exit door, Wood left last Friday and Carolan's future is expected to follow the same way.

The Norwich chief, said: “The situation is that the restructuring is entirely to do with Glenn's desire to restructure his backroom team at Colney.

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“While the club remains totally focused on achieving cost savings where they can - because any money saved goes directly to the manager's budget - the recent changes are not cost originated.”

The latest staff member to leave is physio Neal Reynolds, who has clinched a job as assistant to Gary Lewin at Arsenal, while Bryan Gunn has been handed his newest title - head of player recruitment - and one new body has arrived in the shape of Tommy Wright as City's new goalkeeping coach.

However, it took five months to fill that vacancy and the Canaries will need to work much quicker if they are to be ready for the return of City's players for pre-season in early July.

Roeder is currently down the bare bones as far as senior professionals go and is continuing to wait on a decision from out of contract centre-back Gary Doherty. Nine professionals were released at the end of last season and City's squad for next season will also see them without the retired Dion Dublin and the handful of loan players who performed well for Roeder during the second half of the season, including Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand and Manchester City's Ched Evans.

Roeder has said he will be dipping into the loan market once again next season, but only after he has tied up his permanent targets.

“I will remind Neil and the directors of the last thing they said to me at my second interview. That 'if you keep us up Glenn, you can have as much money as you want in the summer',” said Roeder at a fans' forum during Norwich's open day earlier this month.

The transfer budget available to Roeder remains another talking point among fans, as the City boss looks to start bringing in new blood.

First team coach Paul Stephenson has already confirmed the City management have identified and been in touch with some of their summer targets, but these discussions are yet to bare fruit.

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