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4 July 2014

Key roles to support Neil Adams and the City squad.

CITY are pleased to confirm the new football executive board has now been finalised as the Club's busy preparations for the 2014-15 Sky Bet Championship campaign continue.

Working together with Manager Neil Adams and Chief Executive David McNally on the football executive board will be Ricky Martin, who is promoted to Technical Director from his previous position as Academy

Manager, and Barry Simmonds, who has been brought in to lead the Club's player recruitment and scouting operation.

Ricky Martin joined the Canaries in July 2001 as Assistant Academy Director before being promoted to Academy Manager in May 2004. He has played a pivotal role in helping the Club to secure and then develop its vital Elite Performance Plan (EPP) Category One status.

In recent seasons the Academy has enjoyed national success, with the Under-18s - coached by Neil Adams - winning the FA Youth Cup in 2013 in stunning fashion with victory over Chelsea in the final.

Last season City's Under-21s secured their Barclays U-21 Academy Premier League status for a third successive season, ensuring the Canaries' youngsters will continue to compete at the highest level in this vital age group.

In his new role as the Club's Technical Director, Martin will be responsible for overseeing a wide range of vital responsibilities to support the first team squad, including:

- Operations
- Colney facilities
- Academy
- Under-21s
- Medical/Physiotherapy
- Sports Science
- Conditioning
- Well-being

Martin commented: "I really am excited about moving into my new position as Technical Director.

"The new football executive board is a team that I'm really looking forward to working alongside as we plot our success hopefully back into the Premier League.

"It's a new opportunity now and it's a blank piece of paper in some ways too, so I've got a chance to shape the role."

Meanwhile the Club is delighted to confirm Barry Simmonds has joined us from Fulham, where he has been Head of Scouting and Player Recruitment since March 2008. Simmonds brings a wealth of top-level experience in scouting and recruitment, having worked closely with current England boss Roy Hodgson during his time at Craven Cottage.

He was previously Managing Director at Darlington FC and worked in management, coaching, scouting and recruitment at several other clubs including Cardiff City, Queen's Park Rangers, Crystal Palace and Viking FK in Norway, as well as having a spell as manager of New Zealand Knights in the Australian A League.

City Chief Executive David McNally said the Board of Directors were delighted to have secured the services of Martin and Simmonds in these key roles and that the new football executive board would provide an invaluable blend of ambition and experience as the Club builds for the future.

He commented: "We will be working very closely together on the football executive board to achieve our objective of getting Norwich City back to the Barclays Premier League.

"Ricky fully deserves his promotion to the key role of Technical Director and Barry brings invaluable experience in the field of scouting and recruitment into the mix.

"It's all about doing everything we can to ensure Neil Adams, his staff and the squad have dynamic and effective support in all they do and that all they need is provided to the highest professional standards."

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