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Stuart Webber on what promotion means to the Club

29 April 2019

Sporting Director Stuart Webber said City’s return to the Premier League will be a fantastic opportunity for players and staff to test themselves at the top level.

Webber, who said he felt a sense of relief at the final whistle on Saturday night, spoke to about what promotion means for the Club.

He said: “It’s a strange emotion and I’ve been thinking for the last couple of weeks how it would feel and I’m relieved to get over the line and looking forward to moving the Club on.

“What’s nice is that on the back of this it will pay for the training ground work that we have done, and we will have something to really show for this Premier League promotion and that’s a pretty special feeling.

“It has been a real big challenge to work with the financial constraints that we’ve had trying to develop a new culture and a new way of playing without the benefit of finance but still with the pressure of a big Club expecting promotion and we should have high expectations.

“There has been so much hard work done from so many people and so many people who won’t get the recognition they deserve because it’s impossible to name everybody. We’ve got a special set of staff here and we are lucky to have them. Daniel and I are unbelievably grateful, and it just shows what you can achieve if you work together.

“In any walk of life you want to challenge yourself against the best and the Premier League is the best league in the world. So, for our staff and players to get the opportunity to test themselves at that level is amazing.

“Some of the boys when we signed them probably couldn’t have dreamt of playing in the Premier League, so I think for them it’s really special. Let’s not look too far forward, let’s enjoy the now because now disappears too quickly, but we will be ready, and I know when we get there we will give it a good go.”

Webber added that promotion at Carrow Road was the perfect end to a special season.

“To do it here in front of 27,000 people and for all the players and staff to have their families here is pretty special, and if we would have done it away somewhere it would have been such a smaller amount of people,” he said.

“The atmosphere at the end was special and it will live with me for a long time as well as the appreciation that the supporters quite rightly showed the players and Daniel, it’s special for them and hopefully now everyone will enjoy the week. We will go again at Aston Villa and hopefully the Wes and Russ game will be pretty special as well now.”

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