Leeds United: Rival Stuart Webber approach already amid confirmed Norwich City exit Tuesday - Sky Sports
Stuart Webber has already been approached by an unnamed La Liga side amid links to the sporting director job at Leeds United, Sky Sports reports.
Norwich confirmed on Tuesday (13 June) that the 39-year-old Whites supporter was leaving Carrow Road, having informed the club at the turn of the year.
The Athletic’s Phil Hay then reported via Twitter that Webber has been discussed at Elland Road as a potential replacement for Victor Orta, who left as Javi Gracia was sacked four games from the end of the season, but there is reportedly concrete competition already.
Sky Sports reported in their midday update: “Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber has decided to leave the club.
“Webber made the decision several months ago and Norwich’s search for his successor is ongoing.
“Webber – whose notice period runs until March – was planning to take a break from football, but several options have started to appear.
“He has been approached by a club in La Liga and Leeds, the club he supported, are looking for a sporting director.
“Webber has told Norwich he will respect the terms of his contract and stay for a handover period if required.”
If the Welshman is currently serving a lengthy notice period and has already informed the Canaries that he will stay if required to ease the transition it may be a moot point for now.
But if Leeds United were planning to pair Webber with former Norwich City boss Daniel Farke to make a run for Championship promotion they may have to be decisive about it if other club’s have got a head start.
The draw of working for the club you support may tip the balance in the Whites’ favour all else being equal, but approaches will be made thick and fast for managerial and sporting director targets if they don’t ensure they are well placed in the race
The Webber-Farke combination twice won the Championship title, and with it the promotion that Leeds United crave as soon as possible, so there is certainly some logic to putting that team in place at Elland Road.
That both are now available after Farke left Borussia Monchengladbach at the end of the season, and Webber has been on the way out of the Norfolk club for some months provides an inviting opportunity for a club that needs to install virtually an entire hierarchy.
Webber’s ongoing commitments with Norwich may complicate matters but if Angus Kinnear and the new 49ers regime feel they could last until March without the sporting director in place, they may be able to agree a future deal for Webber and try to secure Farke now.
With so many moving pieces it is sure to be a delicate operation, but if there has been an approach from Spain already it is clear that time is of the essence whether the Elland Road supporter is available immediately or not.
In other Leeds United news, a “here we go” update from Fabrizio Romano looks to have seen the Whites miss out on much-needed millions.