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Technical director Ricky Martin and recruitment chiefs Lee Darnbrough and Tony Spearing reportedly set to leave Norwich City

PUBLISHED: 14:41 12 April 2017 | UPDATED: 16:57 12 April 2017

Norwich City's new sporting director Stuart Webber watched Saturday's 7-1 win over Reading at Carrow Road alongside technical director Ricky Martin.  Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City's new sporting director Stuart Webber watched Saturday's 7-1 win over Reading at Carrow Road alongside technical director Ricky Martin. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City are to continue their backroom shake-up with the departures of three key staff members following the appointment of sporting director Stuart Webber.

Former Canaries defender Tony Spearing returned to the club as head of recruitment last summer. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYFormer Canaries defender Tony Spearing returned to the club as head of recruitment last summer. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Technical director Ricky Martin, head of football recruitment Tony Spearing and head of scouting Lee Darnbrough are set to leave the Canaries, Press Association Sport understands.

Webber was confirmed at the club last week after leaving Huddersfield and has wasted no time in changing the set-up at Carrow Road. He is also looking to appoint heads of recruitment for the UK and Europe.

Martin was appointed technical director in 2014 having previously been academy manager, while Darnbrough joined in 2015 after working at Burnley.

Former Norwich player Spearing returned to the club a year ago, leaving his role as Reading’s head of scouting.

Technical director Ricky Martin has left Norwich City. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdTechnical director Ricky Martin has left Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The Canaries, who beat Reading 7-1 in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday, are without a manager after sacking Alex Neil last month, with Alan Irvine in charge until the end of the season as Webber leads the search for a new head coach.

The former Huddersfield head of football operations has two preferred candidates, who are both currently in work.

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Ricky Martin

Appointed to the role of technical director in July 2014, joining City’s football executive board alongside chief executive David McNally, manager Neil Adams and head of recruitment and scouting Barry Simmonds.

Arrived at the club in 2001 as assistant academy director and was appointed academy manager in May 2004, continuing in the role until his elevation to the senior set-up 10 years later.

Played for the Canaries as a schoolboy and was in the youth team at Cambridge United before playing for several local clubs, including Diss, Great Yarmouth and Wroxham.

Lee Darnbrough

Appointed head of scouting in July 2015, following the exit of head of recruitment and scouting Barry Simmonds four months earlier.

City said at the time he would head up scouting and match analysis, having recently finished a similar role with Burnley. Prior to joining the Clarets in 2012, Darnbrough worked as a technical scout at West Bromwich Albion.

Former Oldham Athletic goalkeeper had also worked previously in player analysis for Bolton Wanderers and Aston Villa.

Tony Spearing

Former Canaries defender returned to the club as head of recruitment last summer, leaving his role as head of scouting and recruitment at Reading to return to the club he helped to win the FA Youth Cup in 1983.

Played as a left-back for clubs including Leicester City, Plymouth Argyle and Peterborough United after leaving Norwich in 1988, having made 82 appearances.

After finishing his career locally with the likes of King’s Lynn and Great Yarmouth, he had two spells as Lynn manager before moving on to scouting roles with Blackburn Rovers and West Brom, where he held the position of head of European recruitment during an eight-year spell, working alongside Lee Darnbrough.

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