Stuart Webber 'believe it or not' update emerges amid Leeds United links after Norwich fans left 'unhappy'
Nothing is “firmed up” between Leeds United and Stuart Webber over an appointment at Elland Road because he wants to take time out to climb mountains, according to Ben Jacobs.
Speaking to GiveMeSport on 4 November the CBS journalist said that “believe it or not” the 39-year-old intends to take some “personal time” to tackle Mount Everest and others after his exit from Norwich City, where fans are said to have been left “unhappy” by changing plans.
Daniel Farke’s history with Webber at Carrow Road have made links to sporting director “inevitable” but Jacobs reports that no move is “imminent” at this stage.
Jacobs said: “There’s nothing imminent at the moment with Stuart Webber. He’s going to be in demand and he is a free agent, or very soon anyway, in the next fortnight. I believe he handed in his notice in June. He had the option to stay on for the year, but has chosen to go now.
“And from what I understand, Webber wants to take some personal time. He is looking, believe it or not, to climb a bunch of different mountains. I know the Norwich fans were not happy when he announced earlier that and it got aborted in the end this plan, but he wanted to go and climb Everest, for example.
“So Webber is looking for some time off in the same way that Michael Edwards wanted some time off. Which is why I don’t think that there’s necessarily anything imminent.
“As you say, he’s worked with Daniel Farke before, so the links are inevitable. But there’s nothing sort of firmed up between Leeds and Webber.”
The fact that he is a Leeds United fan and has worked with Farke previously is obviously going to make Webber an appointment that is worth looking at.
The club reportedly did discuss it back in the summer [Phil Hay, 13 June] before the German was even brought in as manager, but it feels like the situation has moved on significantly since then.
With the decision since made not to appoint a single replacement for Victor Orta the club currently have Gretar Steinsson and Nick Hammond as part of the management of the football operation.
While the latter was only brought to Elland Road on a temporary basis to help navigate a chaotic summer he is said to have impressed with his work since then and an extended stay is now on the cards.
A further appointment may well be made above them, but if Webber is more concerned with activities outside of football for now it doesn’t look like there is great urgency on either side to reach an agreement.
And therefore it may well be that the decision has already been tacitly made by both Leeds United and the ex-Canaries man that the fit isn’t right.
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