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Norwich City confirm raft of youth academy appointments, including Gregg Broughton as academy manager

19:00 14 July 2014

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Norwich City's new technical director Ricky Martin was a key part of the 2013 FA Youth Cup success. Picture: Denise Bradley


Norwich City have confirmed a raft of appointments for the club’s youth academy – following the elevation of Neil Adams, Ricky Martin and Mark Robson to first-team duties earlier this summer.

Norwich City Football Club's under 18's training at Colney training ground. Jerry Gill centre. Photo: Steve AdamsNorwich City Football Club's under 18's training at Colney training ground. Jerry Gill centre. Photo: Steve Adams

Jerry Gill, who took over as Under-21s manager when Adams was appointed as caretaker first-team manager towards the end of last season, taking Robson with him as first-team coach, will take on the role permanently and assumes the role of professional development phase lead coach,

Gregg Broughton succeeds Martin as academy manager, stepping up from his role as the academy’s head of recruitment following Martin’s appointment as technical director on the club’s football board, alongside Adams, chief executive David McNally and newly appointed chief of scouting and recruitment Barry Simmonds.

Gill will be assisted by Dmitri Halajko, who rejoins the club as professional development coach after a short spell with the Football Association.

Former Reading captain Graeme Murty also joins from Southampton as youth development phase lead coach, taking control of City’s Under-16s.

Graeme Murty, pictured lifting the Coca Cola Championship League trophy with Reading in 2006, has joined Norwich City's academy from Southampton. Picture: PAGraeme Murty, pictured lifting the Coca Cola Championship League trophy with Reading in 2006, has joined Norwich City's academy from Southampton. Picture: PA

City legend Darren Huckerby, who is this week studying for his UEFA A Licence at the FA’s St George’s Park headquarters, will work alongside Murty with the club’s under-16s and David Coyle with the under-15s.

Chief executive David McNally told his club’s website: “We’re delighted to confirm the promotion of Gregg Broughton to lead our academy through the next exciting and critical phase in its development.

“Gregg will be ably assisted by Jerry Gill, Dmitri Halajko and Graeme Murty in their key roles and everyone at the club looks forward to working hard with them to ensure the Academy builds on the major strides it has taken in recent years.”

The appointments follow hot on the heels of another appointment earlier in the day, of former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeping coach Tony Parks.

Changes at NCFC training ground at Colney. Dmitri Halajko with the Academy players in the classroom. Picture: Denise BradleyChanges at NCFC training ground at Colney. Dmitri Halajko with the Academy players in the classroom. Picture: Denise Bradley

Broughton held the position of academy manager during a six-year spell at Luton Town prior to linking up with the Canaries.

He added: “I feel incredibly privileged to be given the opportunity. We want to continue with the progress that has been made, and to keep moving forward. I don’t think changes are needed, I just think we need to keep progressing.

“We have a group of boys on the fringes of the first team now, but we have to ensure that isn’t a one-off and that we have a consistent group coming through over the next five to 10 years.

“That’s the only thing that matters and that’s ultimately what the academy and I will be judged on.”

Former Birmingham City full-back Gill take over the reins of the Canaries’ Under-18s from Adams on a permanent basis.

“It’s something I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into,” Gill said, speaking to

“I thoroughly enjoyed my spell with the Under-21s and having the responsibility of running the team, and that’s what I’m going to have in my new role with the Under-18s.

“I’m excited to be working with the group, developing myself with them too and moving along. I’m really thankful that I’ve been given this opportunity by the club.”

Norwich city have confirmed their 2014-15 academy staff as follows:

Academy Manager – Gregg Broughton

Head of Coaching - Paul Nevin

Senior Professional Development Coach - TBC

Professional Development Phase Lead Coach – Jerry Gill

Professional Development Coach – Dmitri Halajko

Youth Development Phase (15-16) Lead Coach – Graeme Murty

Youth Development Phase (13-14) Lead Coach & Support Staff for Education – Jimmy Unwin

Foundation Phase Lead Coach (9-12) - Matthew Wright

Lead Goalkeeping Coach – TBC

Operations Manager & Foundation (11-12) Coach – Ali Colman

Operations - James Bemment

Administrator - Lesley Williams

Head of Education – TBC

Head of Recruitment – TBC

Youth Development Officer - Colin Watts

Local Recruitment Officer – Scott Smith

Intern – Sam Gisborne

Head of Sports Science and Medicine - Ross Hollinworth

Lead Sports Scientist - Andrew Johnson

Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach - Dominic Walsh

Strength & Conditioning Coach - Jay Eastoe-Smith

Senior Physiotherapist - Damien Bowyer

Physiotherapist - Chris Hedges

Lead Match Analyst - Jason Todd

Match Analyst - David Read

Interns – Jake Griffin & Emily Hodson

Kit Assistant - Pete Dye


U16 – Graeme Murty & Darren Huckerby

U15 - Darren Huckerby & David Coyle

U14 – Jimmy Unwin & Adam Watkinson/John Revell

U13 – Greg Crane & Adam Watkinson/John Revell

U12 - Ali Colman & Matthew Wright

U11- Adrian Forbes & Darren Bloodworth

U10 – Dan Goffin & Chris Brazell

U9 – Matthew Wright & Ryan Elton

GK – Kai Algar

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • The days of a bootboy, a gammy leg kit man and Vera the tea lady, oh and not forgetting someone to empty the ash trays, have passed into history.

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    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • I can scarcely bring myself to tell you chaps this:- I AM on that list. I`ll open the door to all my cronies and sycophants now. Promise.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • This isn't 40 full-time positions though - most of the coaches on the list (from U15's downwards) will only be working a few hours a week, and the structure will be necessary to maintain Academy 'A' status. Wouldn't want us sinking to the lower levels of that lot down the road, would we? Gordon Bennett, who knew a thing or two about youth development, always maintained that we should go for the highest possible standard of academy and indeed continued to fund the youth set-up when he was Chief Exec whilst viciously cost-cutting elsewhere. I'd trust any judgment Gordon made, but especially on something where his expertise was unsurpassed.

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    Rob Emery

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Seems rather a lot of staff, is it really necessary to have all that staff?, some wage bill, considering that most positions have two people

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • You're not on there yet Steely but there's still some vacancies. I bagsy goalkeeper coach. That's unless the kids need a disco each week then us oldies can bring our 45's and a crate of Tizer to Lowestoft pier each week in exchange for free cup tickets. (I can play the records on my Dansette).

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Good God, that's around 40 staff.....and how many youngsters are getting through to the first team, exactly? Surely it would take more than Loza, Rudd and the Murphys to justify what must be a massive wage bill?

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    Huge Hairy Canary

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • And that is why you need a Technical Director I guess. Good to see Hucks in there as well. Roeder would be jumping up the wall!

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Had to read through all those names to make sure that I wasn't on there. Can the club afford all this ?

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Btw: "Raft". Another bit of classic Managementspeak from yesteryear, recrafted for now. Freezer`s catching up Divot very quickly..

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Chief Executive, David McNally told HIS Club`s website.....". No cutting & pasting from Freezer, then? No mention of who becomes Head of the Half-Time Silly Forkers. S0d`s Law?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Am starting to feel the academy is getting a lot more attention than the first team. That might be good for 2020, but what about 2014-15?

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    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • And uncle Tom Cobley and all !

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    mervyn Lambert

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • one less chief now royles gone!

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    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • It's like counting sheep, I fell asleep half way through. God bless em all.

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    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • My God-----is this normal ??????

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    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • more chiefs than indians.

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