Norwich’s new Mr. Moxey: A smooth operator? A villain of the piece? Or the victim of City’s financial limits?Wed 7 Sep 16 by Russell Saunders
The last week or so has been the ‘perfect storm’ – bad performance and defeat at Birmingham leading into the two week international break which included transfer deadline day.
The lack of action on the pitch has allowed any fans’ dissatisfaction with players, manager and board members to fester and spread.
Yes the 3-0 loss was a stinker. If that turns into two or three stinkers in a row, then there is a genuine problem.
If it turns out to be an isolated ‘aberration’ (partly mitigated by the absence of three/four key first choice picks through injury), then it should be forgotten with lessons learned.
Every club in the land will have such an off day. Six points from the next two games will make everyone feel better.
I won’t rake over the transfer ground again – it’s done, the club moves forward to the end of the year when the next damn window opens and we go through it all again.
One reader comment from last week was that the ‘CV’ of the new CEO Jez Moxey hadn’t been discussed here – an indication that myself and others at MyFootballWriter are too close to the official club line and unwilling to be critical of its actions.
While strongly refuting this accusation, it was a fair point that the MFW spotlight hadn’t been directed in any detail at the new CEO even though the CV in question is no top secret document unavailable to find online:
Jeremy Derek Moxey, 53, born in Hemel Hempstead, is married with children and has the look of a ‘Soprano’ about him. You sense he can handle himself in a sticky situation. I’d say that’s the kind of CEO any club would seek.
I don’t know what his hobbies are – none of us care presumably.
After a club background apprenticeship served in Scotland, he spent the last sixteen years as CEO of Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Anyone in such a position for such a length of time must, (a) know what they are doing, (b) be generally competent at it, but (c) make some mistakes along the way.
What CEO in the history of football has a 100 per cent spotless record? At any point during those sixteen years, the owner could have dismissed him if thought to be doing a poor job.
His former club saw ups and downs very similar to our own over the past decade. Premier League ecstasy mixed with League One misery with Championship battles in between.
He also oversaw big (and ongoing) re-developments of Molineux. It looks like a wonderful 21st century football stadium to me.
Along the way, he inevitably rubbed up some fans with other decisions that weren’t so popular. He’s clearly never been forgiven for those by a section (almost certainly small minority) of the Wolves faithful.
It all sounds terribly familiar to us Norwich fans doesn’t it?
Some of his old club’s fans have delighted in taunting his new club’s fans that we’ve hired a bad ‘un who is a tightwad that will hold our club back in its development.
That claim of course is put into context of their new super-rich Chinese owners (for which Moxey presumably was pivotal and worked very hard to bring in) who have changed the financial landscape in the West Midlands.
Let’s see how things develop at Molineux post Moxey.
He’s been here one month, has overseen one transfer window and already brought accusations of a variety of crimes from some fans and media spokespeople.
Some watched his interviews after the transfer window saga and immediately concluded those naughty Wolves fans were right – he’s a tightwad with no interest in taking Norwich City to the ‘next level’.
Others, including myself, watched the same interviews and concluded he came across as a very sensible and shrewd businessman, unwilling to gamble the club’s comparatively limited finances in the face of Newcastle and Villa’s unprecedented Championship spending.
“The club is not for sale” caused outrage amongst some. This of course is not Moxey’s decision.
He is an employee of the current owners who have every right to continue until someone else expresses an interest in the club and is prepared to put their money where their mouth is.
In the current climate of the game, it seems only a matter of time before that situation arises and the next epoch of the club takes place.
Until that day, I have no doubt that our life-long supporting current owners will do their utmost to aid the club and try to allow Jez Moxey to bring in the players we crave.
Most seem to crave a guaranteed 20+ striker. Middlesbrough, with a top scorer of eight goals, showed last season that such an entity is not a necessity for automatic promotion from this division. Note: We already have a 20+ striker in the squad.
I have no further background on the new CEO. I’m happy to give him the time to prove himself in Norfolk over the coming season and beyond and the transfer windows they include.
While that means working with a smaller budget than some of the clubs around us, Moxey may well be “a leopard who doesn’t change his spots”.
I for one don’t think that’s such a bad thing in this case.
Now, blow your whistle ref and get our minds back onto matters on the pitch.
PS: I did a Twitter straw poll (@Saund65) to answer the question posed in this piece’s title – the winner was “a bit of all of them” at 55%.