Date: 13th April 2017 at 1:53pm
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As reported on Wednesday, Norwich City Football Club have today formally announced the departures of Technical Director Ricky Martin, Head of Football Recruitment Tony Spearing and Head of Scouting, Lee Darnborough.

You can read the club statements by clicking the links below:

Darnborough & Spearing Statement

Ricky Martin Statement

This was an outcome first suggested by Vital Norwich a week ago and one that most City fans will no doubt welcome.

The club`s new Sporting Director, Stuart Webber has hit the ground running and wasted no time in clearing out those that he doesn`t feel can help him in his rather large re-building job at Carrow Road. The bottom line here is that if Mr Webber rated Martin, Darnborough and Spearing then he wouldn`t have sacked them and let`s be clear – that`s basically what has happened. Failure cannot be rewarded in any line of work, unless you`re a politician of course, and the terrible legacy of the failed recruitment of the past two years tells it`s own story.

Darnborough should never have been appointed in the first place after rather publically failing in a similar role at Burnley. In early 2015, an email, supposedly sent by Darnborough was made public. It showed his failure to recruit for Sean Dyche`s relegation battle in which he pretty much begged for any available players with numerous agents as the January deadline approached.

Former player, Spearing re-joined the club to work with Darnborough in April 2016 and presided over the last two appalling transfer windows. Martin meanwhile has held a number of different roles and had a somewhat meteoric rise to “Technical Director” in the summer of 2014.

This is very good news and a promising, decisive start to his new job by Stuart Webber. He will probably appoint his own staff in the very near future, let`s hope that the new staff have more of a positive impact than the last lot.


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