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Norwich City rule out a move for Roy Hodgson as sporting director

PUBLISHED: 13:56 18 March 2017 | UPDATED: 22:51 18 March 2017

Ex-England manager Roy Hodgson is not in the running for the new sporting director role at Norwich City. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

Ex-England manager Roy Hodgson is not in the running for the new sporting director role at Norwich City. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

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Roy Hodgson is not in the running for Norwich City’s new sporting director role.

The Canaries’ top brass is at an ‘advanced stage’ in recruiting a sporting director, but Hodgson is not on that shortlist.

Canaries’ chairman Ed Balls confirmed prior to the Championship home game against Barnsley on Saturday afternoon Hodgson had been consulted by majority shareholders Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones as City’s board look to make two football key appointments.

The club announced earlier in the day a new model that includes a sporting director and a separate head coach, working in tandem with Steve Stone as the new managing director.

“Roy is a great coach with a great track record and someone with huge experience,” said Balls. “Michael and Delia know him very well and we have talked to a lot of people in the game, both inside and outside. Will Delia and Michael have spoken to Roy? Of course they will have done. They will talk to people who they respect. He is not in any way different to the five or 10 people we have spoken to during this process in the past few weeks. He is not a candidate for the sporting director. He has not played any formal role. He is not part of the consultative process.

“Roy is an old friend of Michael and Delia and I have known him for years as well. Roy is exactly the type of person you would expect us to consult but as of today there have been no interviews or even a list of candidates for the head coach role. On the sporting director side we are quite a long way down the track but that is not a job we have considered Roy.

“The head coach appointment is tied into the sporting director appointment. You want a head coach who can inspire and motivate the first team but as part of the overall football strategy. That is why if we can get the sporting director appointment done first it is the better way around.

“We have been thinking hard for a number of weeks about who is out there in the sporting director role. Since last weekend we have had a deluge of people wanting the job, or agents and senior figures touting people for both jobs. We are going to move as quickly as we can. We have not made a decision and got it down to one candidate but we are a long way down the road. We have had a lot of discussions and people have been met. We are not at the final interview stage.”

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  • Can someone please enlighten me as to what is the role of a "technical director." Surely the two new roles would cover that base? What is so technical about football? I am not against the restructuring per se. But the actual key to it is not the structure but who is given these roles. It will all depend on their ability to work together, creative input, contacts and clear objectives. If the right people are appointed then it could work well for the benefits of the club as a whole. If not then it could prove to be a further and expensive step back. As I say it all depends on the appointments and that falls on the shoulders of a Board which hasn't't exactly been stupendously good at decisions!

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, March 19, 2017

  • Given the money involved in football these days, it makes sense to split the control as has been suggested. I suspect the Sporting Director's post was offer to Woy during the week but he turned it down, that does not however, make it a bad way forward. Given the shear number of teams and players involved, coupled with the fact that many managers soon get hounded out by the supporters, it makes sense to have somebody else dealing with the longer term future of the club. Had that been the case already, would we have ended up with only Whittaker to cover the full back position for three games, I would hope not. For me, the new Head Coach should now be given just a short term results based contract. If by next Christmas, for example, we are not in the top 6, then he should be replaced.

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    Sunday, March 19, 2017

  • Remember the good old days when football clubs had a Manager (who made ALL the football) decisions. The assistant manager and coaching staff were appointed by the manager so on the playing side, everyone was pulling in the same direction. What is a Sporting Director ? I thought NCFC was a football club, not a (general) sports club. What does the Sporting Director do ? Is he really the manager ? If so, why don't they just call him 'The Manager' ? They really are over-complicating things. Only ONE appointment should count and that is finding a top manager. Then he should be allowed to bring his own people in. For the rest of this season, let's see what Alan Irvine does. If by some miracle he achieves a play-off spot, and promotion then he earns the job ! He does the best post match interviews from a Norwich manager for a long time, but on the playing side, he should be given a little time. The team have made a solid start under him so far.

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    Sunday, March 19, 2017

  • "as of today there have been no interviews or even a list of candidates for the head coach role. " Give me strength. What do they do down there all day? At one end of the spectrum we have clubs like Derby and Forest that have a plan in place and act decisively to get the manager they want.....Then at the other end, there's us. Dithering, dozy, indecisive. It's almost as if we're making it up as we go along.

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    Saturday, March 18, 2017

  • It isn't rocket science is it, change a workload for one guy and create a new position . can't see what the fans will be pleased with as Martin forecast. there will still be problems even bigger if coach and Director don't work out. will there still be delay in sacking if sacking is needed. But as with anything , pudding and proof spring to mind

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    Saturday, March 18, 2017

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