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Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber’s deadline looms in head coach search

PUBLISHED: 10:46 22 May 2017 | UPDATED: 22:10 22 May 2017

Uwe Rosler, Jens Keller and David Wagner have all been linked with the head coach vacancy at Norwich City. Pictures: PA

Uwe Rosler, Jens Keller and David Wagner have all been linked with the head coach vacancy at Norwich City. Pictures: PA

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Is this the week that Norwich City finally unveil their new head coach?

Jens Keller was the latest name strongly linked with the role last week after leading Union Berlin to the brink of promotion in Budesliga 2 and, if the bookies are to be believed, then it’s between him and Fleetwood boss Uwe Rosler.

Union Berlin completed their season with a 2-1 win over Greuther Fürth at the weekend so it will be interesting to see if there is any movement this week.

Rosler and Fleetwood’s season of course ended a couple of weeks ago after they were knocked out in the League One play-off semi-finals. However, Norwich are yet to make their move for the former Brentford and Wigan boss, who was set for talks with the Fleetwood hierarchy about his future.

The majority of Norwich City fans would prefer another German to be leading the Canaries fightback next season but he’s rather busy at the moment.

David Wagner is plotting Huddersfield’s bid for glory next weekend when they take on Reading in the play-off final at Wembley.

Webber insisted soon after his arrival at sporting director that he wouldn’t be going back to the Terriers for their highly-rated head coach. Stranger things have happened though.

Webber will be acutely aware that the clock is ticking for the Canaries and the sooner he can get his man in place the better. It does have to be the right man though.

In an interview published just a couple of days after City’s Championship season had finished Webber admitted he hoped to have his man in place by the end of May.

“I fully expect in two to three weeks we will be in a position to do something,” said Webber. “That is the timeframe we gave ourselves and that is what we are working towards. It allows us to speak to people more formally now. We have to respect the fact European leagues are still going, domestic leagues, in terms of play-offs, are still going, and although it would be nice to crack on with it we had to respect the fact there are clubs out there who are now at key stages of their seasons. I don’t think we can overlook leagues abroad.”

Latest managerial odds for next Norwich City head coach (Skybet)

Uwe Rosler 6/5

Jens Keller 5/2

David Wagner 9/2

Paul Lambert 7/1

Carlos Carvalhal 11/1

Garry Monk 11/1

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