Stuart Webber to leave Norwich City in November amid Leeds United speculation, hire lined up
Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber is set to leave the club next month amid his links to Leeds United, according to The Athletic.
The outlet reported (20 October) that Arsenal’s Ben Knapper is set to replace Webber at Norwich and is “technically available” for employment, allowing the Canaries’ chief to move on to a new club.
Webber had worked with Daniel Farke when the pair were at Carrow Road but was missing from Leeds’ shortlist of potential new sporting directors after Victor Orta’s departure.
Having Webber at the club could prove a smart move from Leeds United. As a fan of the club himself, his decisions would be in the best interest of the club and the football on the pitch, so fans may feel like they’re in safe hands.
The club’s summer business suggests that they are operating very well without a sporting director at the club. The majority of the summer signings have proved their value to the club on the pitch, including Joel Piroe and Ethan Amadu while others have yet to have much of a chance, like Ilia Gruev.
Either way, no new addition can be considered a flop, so the 49ers Enterprises have got life at Elland Road off to a good start. Leeds were hampered over the summer by the huge amount of loan exits – a hangover from the previous administration. Fans will be eager for a shrewder person in charge and Webber could be the answer.
BBC Radio Leeds journalist Adam Pope noted (18 October) Farke’s influence in the summer business, with the German “having the last say”, suggesting the temporary appointment of Nick Hammond as a football advisor truly is just temporary.
Webber had plenty of recruitment success at Carrow Road despite their relegations, but linking up with his beloved Leeds could provide some backroom stability.
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