Norwich City are considering an approach to appoint Russell Martin as the club’s next manager.
That’s according to a report by The Telegraph which claims that City’s sporting director Stuart Webber is contemplating a move for the Swansea City coach in his search to appoint Daniel Farke’s successor at Carrow Road.
However, it is then stated that the 37-year-old is also interested in a number of managers in the European market, something which could see the former MK Dons boss overlooked for the role.
While it is true that the 35-year-old Swansea manager does not have much experience behind him in football management, let alone to the standard the Premier League – with Martin’s 100 fixtures as a boss all coming in League One and the Championship – stylistically, it would be difficult to argue that the former Scotland international would not be a perfect fit for the Canaries.
Indeed, during his time at MK Dons, the young coach transformed his side into a possession-based team, continuously looking to dominate the ball regardless of their opponent, while they also topped the possession x progressive passes per 90 minutes chart last season – demonstrating their highly efficient use of the ball.
Furthermore, the 35-year-old’s side also pressed extremely aggressively, allowing their opposition a minimal number of passes before triggering a defensive action, with their PPDA (passes per defensive action) ranking as the fifth-lowest in the league last term.
However, not only did he successfully impose his “attractive, attacking style” in the words of CEO Julian Winter at MK Dons, Martin also achieved results, taking over a side that occupied 21st in the League One standings and guiding them to safety with a 19th place finish in his first season in charge, before leading the Dons to a highly impressive 13th place finish last season.
As such, considering that almost all of Martin’s traits as a manager align with Daniel Farke’s own philosophies, it would indeed appear that the 35-year-old would fit Webber’s brief for his next appointment perfectly.
Having said that, whether or not the Swansea boss possesses the experience the sporting director would like in his next manager is another matter entirely, although, considering the fact the man who Pete Winkelman dubbed a “serious manager” played 309 games for Norwich during his career, perhaps this is all the experience of the club Martin would require.