Norwich City to appoint technical director to assist Neil Adams

Norwich City will recruit a technical director to assist boss Neil Adams as part of a new-look backroom staff.

Adams, who was in interim charge as the Canaries were relegated from the Premier League, was appointed permanently last week.

"Our technical director is not a director of football," chief executive David McNally told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"We want the manager to concentrate on the first team and the coaching of the first team."

Other technical directors

Franco Baldini
  • Alan Curbishley at Fulham: Was appointed in December 2013 and lasted two months
  • Franco Baldini (pictured) at Tottenham: Appointed in June 2013 and stayed on beyond manager Andre Villas-Boas's departure in December
  • Terry Burton at West Brom: Will replace Richard Garlick in the role this summer at the managerless club

The club are keen to emphasise that the technical director role will be different to that of a director of football, a position which usually involves overseeing the signing of players.

Instead Adams, a former Norwich player and youth-team coach, will be given full control over transfers in the Championship next season.

And there will be a football management board in place, which will include McNally, the technical director and a director of recruitment, who is also yet to be appointed.

"The technical director will deal with all the things important for preparing players, but will allow the manager to concentrate on the coaching of the first team," said McNally.

"The manager will still have final say over players in and players out.

"The technical director will look after a whole host of things. It will include, and this is by no means a comprehensive list: the academy, the training ground, the infrastructure, medical, physiotherapy, conditioning, fitness, nutrition, hydration, rest, well being, behavioural standards."

Norwich interviewed a number of candidates for the managerial position, but McNally insisted none of them were put off by the prospect of working with a technical director.

"Every candidate bought into the structure. I'm not sure they would have felt the same way about a director of football," he said.

"And I don't think I would be supportive of a director of football for a number of reasons."