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Paul Williams named as new Under-18s Head Coach

21 January 2019

Norwich City are delighted to confirm Paul Williams as the new Head Coach of the Club's Under-18s side.

Williams enjoyed a long player career which spanned over 15 years and 450+ appearances, before he retired in 2005.

He has taken on a number of first-team and youth coaching roles since hanging up his boots, having enjoyed spells with England, Southampton, Swansea City and Birmingham City, among others.

Williams takes over from David Wright who recently moved up the age groups to coach the Club's Under-23s.

"I met Steve Weaver [Academy Manager] when I was at Southampton and he was at Wolves a few years ago and we've got on ever since," said Williams.

"We've spoken a few times over the last few years and when this opportunity came up, it didn't take much for me to accept the position. 

"Once I got here, I could see that everything is in place for it to be a very successful academy. The challenge to be a part of that is something I couldn't really turn down."

Williams was an integral part of the academy during a period at Southampton when they produced players like Luke Shaw, Callum Chambers, Harrison Reed and James Ward-Prowse. 

And the new Canaries youth coach spots similarities between that setup and the current one at Colney.

"It's very similar [to Southampton]. The location is similar in the fact that at Southampton, you had Bournemouth and Portsmouth nearby, but they weren't prominent academies.

"Norwich is the same, there's not another academy for miles. In terms of that, it's very similar to Southampton.

"I had six really good years at Southampton and was fortunate to be a part of the academy that was very successful at that time. 

"Academies always need a pathway into the first-team. Max [Aarons] has grabbed that with both hands, and players in the Under-18s and Under-23s can see that vision of how they're going to get to first-team football."

Williams will lead the youth team in their FA Youth Cup fourth round tie away at Preston North End on Tuesday (7pm kick-off). 

"Preston aren't a category one academy, so their intentions are going to be a lot higher in the game in terms of wanting to beat a category one academy.

"Our lads could get complacent so it's important we turn up and put in a performance."

"The emphasis is on going up there and performing. The bigger picture is that they can then show they've been to an away stadium and handled that environment."

"We have a good team here and we can make sure we'll give a good account of ourselves."

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