By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

19th Nov, 2023 | 10:10am

Stuart Webber to Leeds United appointment could derail Daniel Farke after Norwich 'disarray' as Sky Sports pundit sounds alarm

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United …

Paul Robinson has cautioned the Leeds United owners to consult with Daniel Farke before looking to potentially appoint Stuart Webber as director of football.

The 39-year-old has just left [BBC, 11 November] a Norwich City side in “disarray” and has been linked with a job at Elland Road, as he is a Whites fan and would be reunited with the former Canaries manager.

But with Farke presiding over such a successful side right now Robinson doesn’t believe the hierarchy should do anything that could “rock the boat”, and shouldn’t risk importing any potential issues in the pair’s relationship from Carrow Road without discussing the matter with the German first.

Speaking exclusively to MOT Leeds News the Sky Sports pundit said: “I suspect they would speak with the manager. He’s doing an excellent job at the moment. The board and the owners, you don’t want to change that or disrupt that. 

“And if you’re going to bring in somebody above the manager in that capacity that the manager’s relationship may not be ideal with then why do it?

“I personally don’t know the relationship between the two of them. I’ve seen what’s gone on at Norwich. That’s a club are in disarray at the moment.

“There’s a lot of fans disgruntled about the way the Stuart Webber situation has been handled. He’s been there working his notice, left the club, the managerial situation with David Wagner nobody’s been in a position to hire and fire because of the situation with Stuart Webber.

“He’s not going to fire his own man if he’s leaving anyway so he’s going to leave him in charge so there’s nobody there to make footballing decisions. 

“I don’t know the situation between Farke and Webber or the relationship if indeed there is one. But from a completely neutral point of view, looking at Leeds United, a club I view very fondly, why mess with what the manager’s doing right now?

“Things are going right on the pitch, the manager’s got a great relationship with the players, finally there’s a togetherness with the playing staff and the results are there. 

There looks to be some kind of stability and from an ownership point of view I would be very much inclined to consult with the manager in charge and have a conversation as to what the next move was.

“The manager can’t tell [the owners] how to structure their business. He can’t tell them how to employ certain roles or what roles they make available. But I think if they were to employ somebody in that role that the manager didn’t get along with for argument’s sake then why rock the boat?

“Speaking from a completely neutral point of view, I’ve got no information, I don’t know the manager’s relationship with Stuart Webber, but I know there’s a sporting director in temporary charge at the moment. 

“It’s obviously a role that they want. But I think that the moment with the manager having the control that he does I think is a good thing.”

Paraag Marathe is surely smart enough to know not to parachute somebody in simply because they’ve worked with Farke before, without checking that it was a strong working relationship the first time.

With advisor Nick Hammond now staying until after next summer’s transfer window and Webber said to want time off before he makes his next move then there seems little need to make any major changes imminently.

A powerful appointment above Farke, Hammond and Gretar Steinsson has been predicted previously by Phil Hay, but while the situation at Elland Road doesn’t look broke, it doesn’t really need fixing.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are “not happy” about a permanent exit they don’t want to happen.