Norwich City’s newish sporting director has certainly impressed many upon his arrival in Norfolk. Stuart Webber’s work at Huddersfield Town, coupled with his footballing brain suggest he is an astute football businessman.
So, when I found out he had done another interview with ‘Along Come Norwich’ recently, I jumped at the chance to read it. What impresses me even more about this guy is that this interview was supposed to be a ten minute chat, but turned in to a full discussion that took me 15 minuted to read (granted, I am a slow reader).
Webber basically talked about how the Norwich City squad needs to be streamlined and how the wage bill needs to be cut, i.e. Getting rid of the Turners and Bassongs. I completely agree with him and I am sure every Norwich fan will too. I will also say that Steven Naismith is another who is probably on hefty wages and could possibly be shipped out in the summer, especially considering he is an attacking midfielder, and we all know that City have enough of those.
Also, Webber began to speak about the need for a better atmosphere at Carrow Road. In his words he said that he has been unimpressed with the support for the team and that it has been cr*p.
He doesn’t hold back does he?
He spoke about how we need to integrate the academy along with the main squad, touching on the James Maddison situation, after being asked whether he will go on loan again.
He talked about there being quality players in front of him and that, if there is no place in the first team for James next season, then we will have to find the right club for him to progress at. I know I shouldn’t get too excited but it’s hard not to when this guy is speaking more sense about our club than anyone has in the last few years.
I feel Stuart Webber is really hitting the nail on the head with the problems that have occurred at Norwich City and the ways in which the club can move forward after what has been a disastrous year and a half for the club.
Let’s just hope that he can get the right head coach in place for next season and that we can trim the deadwood, whilst still buying quality players that are the right fit and have the right work ethic in order to see us improve next season.
With clubs such as Sunderland and Middlesbrough coming down along with the play off losers from this season and a surprise package, there’s always one, it will be tough.
But who said the Championship was easy?
You can read the full interview with Jon Punt of ‘Along Come Norwich’ Here