Norwich City academy head Ricky Martin joins Canaries’ new football executive board
PUBLISHED: 19:24 04 July 2014 | UPDATED: 12:12 07 July 2014
Norwich’s academy head Ricky Martin and ex-Fulham recruitment chief Barry Simmonds have been confirmed as part of Norwich’s new football executive board alongside manager Neil Adams and chief executive David McNally.
Martin will take on the technical director role with Simmonds focused on the club’s player recruitment and scouting operations and McNally believes the two appointments are all part of ensuring Adams has the best support network in place to guide the club back to the Premier League.
“We will be working very closely together on the football executive board to achieve our objective of getting Norwich City back to the Premier League,” the chief executive told the club’s official site. “Ricky fully deserves his promotion to the key role of technical director and Barry brings invaluable experience in the field of scouting and recruitment into the mix. It’s all about doing everything we can to ensure Neil Adams, his staff and the squad have dynamic and effective support in all they do and that all they need is provided to the highest professional standards.”
Martin has been a key part of the club’s academy set-up since joining as assistant academy director in 2001 and will oversee a wide range of responsibilities to allow Adams to focus fully on coaching and preparing the first team squad.
“I really am excited about moving into my new position as technical director,” he said. “The new football executive board is a team that I’m really looking forward to working alongside as we plot our success hopefully back into the Premier League. It’s a new opportunity now and it’s a blank piece of paper in some ways too, so I’ve got a chance to shape the role.”
Simmonds was Fulham’s head of scouting and player recruitment since 2008 and has worked with the likes of current England boss Roy Hodgson during his time at Craven Cottage. He has also worked previously at Darlington, Cardiff City, Queen’s Park Rangers and Crystal Palace in a variety of roles.