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Russell Martin: Excited for the future

13 May 2017

RUSSELL Martin says he's had the opportunity to share his views with Sporting Director Stuart Webber as the Club prepares for a busy off-season.

The Canaries are currently without a Head Coach and look set for a key summer transfer window with seven senior players to leave at the end of their contracts.

Martin said he has been encouraged by the ideas put forward by Webber, who joined from Huddersfield Town in April to assume the newly-created role.

"We’ve had quite a few chats. I’ve got his opinion on things and he’s got mine," City's captain told reporters on Thursday.

"Obviously I’ve been here a long time and seen the club when it was really good and then I’ve been with it through difficult times as well.

"He just wanted to know a bit more about it and what he thinks are the weaknesses and strengths from the outside.
 
"We’ve spoken about what direction he wants to go in and that’s why I’m excited about it. He’s got a really good idea and vision for the football club. He wants to change the culture and it needs changing."

Martin, 30, revealed that Webber had consulted both himself and veteran midfielder Wes Hoolahan for their views on forging the right path forward.

He added: "You have to respect the tradition of the football club.

"Obviously at the moment it’s all about where we are now and the future, but you have to respect what’s happened before.

"I think you need experienced people in the dressing room who know how it works, who know the expectation of the football club, the fans and the people in and around it.

"That’s part of my role as club captain to try and bring people together on the football side of things. I think he appreciates that. Wes will be the same. He wants to have our influence in there and us to help him out.

"We’re more than willing to do it. I’m more than willing to buy into it and so is Wes."


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