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Norwich sign Huddersfield's Webber as sporting director

Norwich City are in need of a revamp after relegation and sacking their manager Credit: PA

Norwich and Huddersfield have reached an agreement for Stuart Webber to become the Canaries' new sporting director.

The Terriers had put their head of football operations on gardening leave after he expressed an interest to leave and the clubs have now struck a compensation deal.

Huddersfield played hardball over the move, despite Webber's desire to move to Carrow Road, having been chosen by the Norwich board over two weeks ago.

The teams play each other at the John Smith's Stadium in the Championship on Wednesday.

The former director of recruitment at Liverpool was Norwich's first choice, although they also considered Celtic's head of development scouting David Moss.

Webber revamped Huddersfield's scouting set-up and helped appoint boss David Wagner in 2015, the man who has turned the third-placed Terriers into promotion contenders in under two years.

Webber will move to Carrow Road in the newly created position as the Canaries change their hierarchy following a disastrous season after relegation from the Premier League last year.

He will be tasked with leading the hunt for a new manager after Norwich sacked Alex Neil last month.

Alan Irvine has been in temporary charge for the last three games, but Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa left them seven points adrift of the Championship play-offs.

Fleetwood manager Uwe Rosler has been linked with the post, although distanced himself at the weekend, while former Derby and Leicester boss Nigel Pearson has applied.

Ex-England manager Roy Hodgson has been acting as an adviser to majority shareholder Delia Smith with the pair long-term friends.


Alan Pardew in frame to get Norwich City job

Alan Pardew. Credit: PA

Alan Pardew is in the frame to become Norwich City's new manager.

The former Crystal Palace boss could replace Alex Neil at Carrow Road after the Scot was sacked on Friday, Press Association Sport understands.

Pardew is available after he was dismissed by Palace in December with the Eagles 17th in the Premier League.

They won six of their 36 games under Pardew in 2016 but the former West Ham chief has promotion pedigree in the Sky Bet Championship having guided the Hammers to the Premier League via the play-offs in 2005.

Former Birmingham manager Gary Rowett is also interested in the job having failed to land the Rangers role with Al-Gharafa boss Pedro Caixinha expected to move to Ibrox.

Neil was axed following five games without a win but the Canaries had already slipped off the promotion pace in the Championship after a disastrous pre-Christmas run, losing seven games in nine matches.

Burnley break club transfer record to sign international

Burnley have confirmed the club record signing of Robbie Brady from Norwich.

The Republic of Ireland international has signed a three-and-a-half year deal at Turf Moor to become their second signing on transfer deadline day.

Brady follows Ashley Westwood to the Clarets having spent the last 18-months at Carrow Road following a £7million move from Hull in 2015.

Hendrick wants Norwich star to make Burnley move

Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick has admitted he would love to entice childhood friend and fellow Republic of Ireland international Robbie Brady to Turf Moor.

The Clarets have reportedly upped their bid for the unsettled Norwich winger to £13million - a fee which would eclipse the current club record paid to Derby for Hendrick this summer.

Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick have known each other for a while. Credit: PA

Hendrick, who has known Brady since their junior days at St Kevin's Boys' Club in Dublin, said: "For me personally it would be brilliant to have another friend here and I think he would help the squad as well.

"I text him a lot and talk to him every few days - we grew up together and I have known him since the age of seven - so we have a lot of different conversations.

"He is a great player and everyone is saying how well he's done over the previous few years. But at the end of the day the decision is his - hopefully he will see this [interview] and see how much I want him to come."

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