Give Stuart Webber time to get it right at Norwich City, warns Alan Irvine
PUBLISHED: 06:30 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:41 02 May 2017
Stuart Webber faces a major task to overhaul Norwich City’s squad this summer, warns Alan Irvine.
The club’s new sporting director has already shaken up the club’s under-performing recruitment department. Ricky Martin headed a trio of departures with Chris Badlan and Kieran Scott poised to link up again with Webber after working together at Wolves.
Webber’s next priority is unveiling a head coach later this month before continuing his close season turnover of the Canaries’ first team pool. The 33-year-old announced the departure of seven first teamers on Tuesday afternoon, after publicly stating only 12 to 15 of the current roster have a longer term future at Carrow Road, but interim chief Irvine knows a testing summer lies ahead.
“You can’t just say that lot needs to go and this lot need to come in. That is a difficult thing to control,” said Irvine. “You can only force that with the ones out of contract. I am sure Stuart would like to have a bit of a turnaround to freshen up the squad but we’ll see how he is able to do that as time goes on.
“I do believe it takes time to rebuild a squad. Nowadays it takes longer with the transfer window system because you have to wait from window to window to do business, whereas before you could buy and sell at any stage.
“This next window will close at the end of the summer and that will be it until the winter in terms of what players the head coach has to work with.”
Webber has taken up options on Declan Rudd and Harry Toffolo as well as sanctioning the exit of a senior core as he looks to refresh the squad for the challenge of competing again in the Championship.
“I think everyone feels there needs to be some changes,” said Irvine, who must wait to find out whether he has a role within the new model. “It is all very well believing you can turn a squad around but you can only really control that with the players who are out of contract or who have options. Getting movement in players who are under contract, especially on good contracts, which a lot of the players here will be on, is more difficult. Somebody has to want them and be prepared to pay the fees or wages that are acceptable to the club and the player involved.”
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