Webber joins from Huddersfield to lead City's football department
NORWICH City are delighted to confirm the appointment of Stuart Webber to the key role of Sporting Director.
Webber joins the Canaries from Huddersfield Town, where he has held the position of Head of Football Operations since June 2015.
The Sporting Director role has been introduced at Norwich as part of a new footballing and executive structure at the Club announced earlier last month, with Steve Stone taking on the position of Managing Director.
Webber will work with the Board to identify a new Head Coach, with Alan Irvine continuing to manage the team on a caretaker basis.
The Head Coach, Technical Director Ricky Martin and Academy Manager Richard Money will all report into Webber, who will be based at the Club’s Colney Training Centre.
As confirmed in the statement released on March 18, the Sporting Director will lead all aspects of the Club’s recruitment strategy, working with the Head Coach to identify the right players with the ability, commitment and hunger to improve the Club’s performance on the pitch.
Prior to joining the Terriers, Webber spent two years at Wolverhampton Wanderers as Head of Recruitment following previous stints at Queens Park Rangers, Liverpool and Wrexham.
City Chairman Ed Balls exclusively told canaries.co.uk: "We're delighted to have secured the services of Stuart as our new Sporting Director.
"With an excellent track record and growing reputation in the game, he was the man we wanted to bring in once we identified the role as a crucial part of our new structure. We're excited about the impact he will have as he leads all of our football operations and recruitment.
"Stuart will now work with us to make the next key appointment for the Club, a Head Coach to bring the very best out of our current and future players and help bring success back to Norwich City."
Webber added: "In terms of the next stage of my career, the opportunity to come to a club the size of Norwich was something which I couldn't turn down.
"The Club are embracing how things are done in Europe, where it's been successful for a number of years. The attraction of having the remit to come in and massively affect the football department, from the tip of the iceberg with the first team right down to the Academy, makes it an exciting challenge for myself.
"There's a real carte blanche to go and do it as I believe is right and you don't get many opportunities like that at big football clubs. To have that opportunity at a Club the size of Norwich City, with a Category One Academy, fantastic facilities already in place and a great fanbase is quite unique and I'm very appreciative of that.
"I can't wait to get started. We've got a big job on our hands, which everyone knows, so let's stick together and get on with it."