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Iwan Roberts: Norwich City ‘will struggle to appoint a top-class manager’

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Ex-Norwich City striker, Iwan Roberts, thinks that the clubs current management structure will impede attempts to find a top manager to fill the position.

Adams resigned from his post at Norwich

Adams resigned from his post at Norwich

The Canaries employed a football executive board when they appointed Neil Adams in May, and Roberts believes this will stand in the clubs way when trying to find a successor for Adams, who resigned on Monday.

The board is made up of chief executive David McNally, technical director Ricky Martin and Barry Simmonds, heads of recruitment and scouting.

Speaking to BBC Radio Norfolk Roberts stated the issues with the current system.

“If they won’t let that next manager have free reign where he can do what he pleases, they will struggle to get a top-class manager at the club,” he said.

He continued, “There is this footballing board that overlooks everything – transfers, footballing matters. That’s the manager’s job, let him get on with it.

“Any manager worth his salt will not work under that situation.”

“Whoever you go for, you have to let him manage,” said Roberts.

The striker also highlighted how it can interfere with managerial decision making, and that any potential manager would probably refuse to work under such a system, including Tim Sherwood.

“Other people have influenced Neil in making decisions and I think that’s why Norwich are just outside of the play-offs.

“I don’t think [former Tottenham boss] Tim Sherwood would work under that situation.”

As well as Sherwood, current caretaker manager Mike Phelan, MK Dons manager Karl Robinson and ex-Norwich defender Ian Culverhouse are in the running for the job.

Sky Bet also have Oscar Garcia and ex-Ipswich Town boss Roy Keane in the running at 8/1 and 14/1 respectively.

The Canaries currently sit in seventh place in the Sky Bet Championship, and lie three points outside of the play-off places in the division, in what has been a somewhat inconsistent season for the club.


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