My Norwich City programme note, 10th September 2016

Four weeks into the new season, and it already feels like we are on another Norwich City rollercoaster ride. For me, the high so far has been the imperious way the team over-ran Blackburn on the opening day of the season. And the low, that hugely frustrating afternoon in Birmingham. As a club we know that the championship is a tough league, and we’ve already seen first-hand how unforgiving it can be.

For most of the players, the summer offered a good break after a tough and frustrating season. But for all the staff at Carrow Road and Colney, the preparations for the next season started straight away. For me, it was a particularly busy period as I supported our then interim chief executive, Steve Stone, and managed the process of hiring a new chief executive to replace David McNally.

We had a great field of applicants for the job who all wanted to come to Norwich because of our reputation and values.  I am delighted that our first choice said yes and was able to start before the new season began. Jez Moxey has huge experience and football knowledge and I am delighted to welcome him on to the board. And big thanks to Steve for doing a great job in the interim.

Some fans have asked me how we run things at Norwich these days and how I see my role as chairman. Jez is the hands-on executive in charge of everything that happens day to day at the club, including all the transfer business. My job as a non-executive is to chair board meetings and make sure we have a sound long-term financial and wider strategy in place which protects the interests of shareholders and supporters. Jez and I speak regularly about what is happening at the club and I am always there when he needs me.

So while I will be a bit busy for the next few weeks with my Strictly commitments, I am also making sure I perform all my duties at the club to the best of my abilities. I promise that no corners will be cut.

I know some fans were frustrated that we didn’t manage to complete a couple of deals on the final day of the transfer window, but I can tell you Jez, Alex and the recruitment team worked flat out to get things over the line, and shared your frustration when those deals fell short. But as a board, we are really pleased that we both retained our key players from the last Premier League campaign, and strengthened the team with some good acquisitions – all while making sure our financial position stays sound as we adjust to championship revenues this season.

What matters most, of course, is what happens on the pitch. I know our brilliant Carrow Road support will be cheering along with all of us on the board today and in the coming weeks. We are determined to do everything we can to back Alex and the squad as we aim to get back to the Premier League.

On The Ball City!

Posted September 10th, 2016 by Ed