Norwich City’s Sporting Director, Stuart Webber has signed a new long-term deal, the club have announced.
Sporting Director Stuart Webber has signed a new three-year deal at #ncfc! ????
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Webber is widely acknowledged as being the man responsible for turning a mid-table, ageing Canaries squad into 2018/19 Championship winners under the coaching of Daniel Farke.
It was Webber who enticed Farke away from Borussia Dortmund II in the summer of 2017 and after a transition season in 2017/18, it all came together last season.
“I’m obviously thrilled to sign,” Webber said.
“I’m very grateful to be in this position at what is a special club.
“I’m looking forward to overcoming the hurdles that await and to continuing to build on what we’ve achieved so far.
“I’m extremely thankful to have the support and trust of our majority shareholders, Delia and Michael, and the rest of the board, as well as to be working alongside Ben Kensell and Zoe Ward on the Executive Committee.”
“When we first sat down to talk about the new contract it took all of ten minutes to sort out. It was a really simple and quick conversation.
“I’m fortunate to have a special relationship with Daniel (Farke), which is very much based on complete trust. I’m looking forward to another three years of working closely with him, as we attempt to achieve our objectives and targets.
“The players and staff have been amazing during my time with the club so far and we wouldn’t be in this position without their hard work and commitment.
“I’m excited to see how far our current group of players and staff can go. It’s important we don’t stand still. We must now continue to strive to improve and better ourselves in all areas. Whether we’re successful or not, win or lose, we must continue to be together.”
This is excellent news.
It means that the pairing of Webber and Farke will be together (in theory) for another three years, at least, and I’m extremely optimistic about what the club can achieve with these key members of the team signed up for the long-term.
There is a part of me that is also wary of the future, should City maintain their current levels of play and should that translate to further success on the pitch.
Daniel Farke already had a good reputation in Germany and he was linked with the Schalke job this summer.
If one of the big Bundesliga clubs came knocking in a year or two’s time, say, a Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund, then I imagine it would be very hard to say “no” to that type of offer.
We’re a way off that sort of situation yet though and who knows, Norwich City becoming an established Premier League club could well bring plenty of rewards for all concerned in the short team.
I’m getting ahead of myself though, we need to make sure we stay up first!