Coach steps up from U16s roleGRAEME Murty is relishing the opportunity of taking on a 'talented group' after being named as Norwich City's new Under-18s manager ahead of the 2015-16 season.
The former Reading defender moves into the position as part of an Academy restructure, having spent the past year in charge of the Club's Under-16s side.
Following his confirmation to the role, Murty exclusively told canaries.co.uk: "I’ve really enjoyed my time here and it’s a marvellous honour to be asked to take the Under-18s group forward.
"There’s some fantastic talent in the squad, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can do this year. I know a lot of the players and their capabilities really well, but I also know the Under-18s from last year.
"They matured throughout the year, so I’m excited to work with that level of talent and see how far they can push themselves. Our pre-season will be an opportunity to work together as a group and get to know each other socially.
"That will hopefully form the relationships needed for us to have a good season."
The restructure also sees City icon Darren Huckerby take primary responsibility for the Under-16s team, having previously assisted Murty during the 2014-15 campaign.
Murty believes a pre-existing positive relationship between the pair has clear benefits, and said: "Hopefully myself and Darren can work together to suit both groups, because we're here to help the players and ensure they have access to the best support available.
"We want them to express their talent every day we work with them, then impress on a Saturday. I’ve always prepared teams to develop and for individuals to get better, but the Under-18s is a little bit more about results.
"Obviously we will work within the curriculum of trying to develop players, but we need to see how they use that development on a weekly basis. We’ve made numerous changes to the programme off the pitch to give them more responsibility, so I’m interested in how they respond to that.
"It's really important to create an environment full of leaders, and we’ll see different styles of that leadership coming out. Those changes will provide a good opportunity for personal growth, while also looking at the holistic development of the group."