Norwich City make transfer head start with new signing as Hull City owner hits back at fan claim

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All the latest news surrounding Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday’s Championship rivals.

The chiefs at Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday will already be hard at work as they begin preparations for next season. There is plenty of work to do over the course of the summer, and particularly in the case of the Blades, who must make significant changes to their squad.

Chris Wilder has made it clear that he wants big changes, while across the Steel City, Danny Rohl, is likely to make more subtle adjustments as the Owls look to improve on a bruising season of last. In the meantime, we have rounded up all the latest news surrounding the Championship.

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Norwich complete signing

Norwich City have made an early start to the summer transfer window, which opens in nine days, by signing Panama international Jose Corboba. Cordoba arrives at Carrow Road following a spell with Levski Sofia in Bulgaria.

The 23-year-old defender said upon penning his deal: “I see Norwich is like a family, and I was looking for something like that. The idea of the club and the feeling went directly to me and I felt that I had to make this choice."

Hull owner hits back

Hull City owner Acun Ilicali has claimed he does not tell coaches which players to pick after clashing with and ultimately sacking Liam Rosenior. "I want our fans to understand something very clearly," he said at a Q and A with fans.

"Pandur played in the Dutch league for two seasons, all the games, and was so successful. The Dutch premier league is on the same level as the Championship. We are talking about an under-21 Croatian international who had two very successful seasons in the Dutch league. When we brought him I didn't say to Liam one time he should play. I never, never said, 'Liam, play Pandur.' No. "I imagined he is our first choice but who is the best will play. It's always the coach's decision and the coach's responsibility."

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He added: "Everybody has different ideas but the coach is going to make some decisions based on logical things and after the games explain that (to Ilicali). The players we are bringing to this club and the success we had in the last year especially shows us our football brains are so good at finding players, I really appreciate them and love them all.”

Walters on Stoke plans

Stoke City director of football Jon Walters has been speaking about his plans for the club going forward after a disappointing spell for the Potters. He said, as detailed by StokeLive: “From the outside you probably wouldn’t know what we’ve got here. You probably want to shout about it a little bit more. We’ve got to shout about what we’ve got here, the facilities are first class and they’re going to be state of the art.

“Let’s be honest, it’s been a graveyard for players, a graveyard for managers. We’ve not done well over the past few years, let’s be perfectly honest about it. We’ve underperformed with where we’ve finished over the past seven years. It’s been frustrating from the outside to watch. But now I’m inside the building it’s my job to change that, to raise the standards back to where they should be. It should be Premier League standards.

“We’ve got the best owners in the country and they will back it. But we’ve got to build it properly. You can’t just come in and click your fingers. You can’t just throw £10m at a player. That’d be great but what happens if that player gets injured or he goes in a year and you’ve sacrificed investment in other areas for it. You’ve got to lay the foundations properly. A cardboard house will fall down. We’ve got to get the right people, and you’ve got to get the hunger from the people who want to drive it. You need the right academy coaches, the right first team coaches, the right players and characters in the building and go from there. When I came in I thought that’s what had been lacking. I had to micromanage some situations and ultimately I don’t want to be doing that.

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“I want every position around me to be better than me (in their own jobs) and really learn from them. I have no ego or no qualms about doing that. It won’t just happen overnight and we won’t go from A to B and success straight away. There will be setbacks but as long as we’ve got the right environment and the right people across the club then we will be in a good position.”

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