Just when we thought things were settling down…
It says an awful lot about the tenure of Jez Moxey when we consider his time at Carrow Road to be less than that of Sergi Canós.
To quote the great Ollie Murs: “It was short. It was sweet. We tried”.
Well, it was short anyway, and I’m fairly sure, for all the failings of his short spell, both sides did try to make it work. But it didn’t. And I’ll concede it wasn’t sweet.
Quite how, why or what for remains for now a mystery (despite my best efforts) but it’s clear all wasn’t harmonious behind the scenes as the board hunkered down and pulled the coaches in close in support of Alex Neil.
What also became apparent quite quickly was that Moxey didn’t ‘get’ Norwich City – the most obvious and glaring example being the £25 tickets for the Southampton FA Cup game.
And, for all the bravado, he’ll not have enjoyed being on the receiving end as the faithful made known their views on the struggles and direction of their football club.
The Canary CEO was however understood to have led the negotiations that brought Wigan flier Yanic Wildschut to Norfolk ahead of Tuesday’s transfer deadline, but within 48 hours he was gone.
In an official club statement, released just before 9pm this evening the club confirmed that ‘Jez Moxey has resigned and left the Club by mutual consent.’
Chairman Ed Balls thanked Moxey for his efforts but conceded it hasn’t worked out as planned for either party: ‘However the role has not worked out satisfactorily for either Jez and his family or for the Football Club, and all parties have professionally and amicably agreed to move on. We wish Jez all the best in his future career and now our focus is on the next steps for Norwich City.’
Balls then went on to explain that Finance Director, Steve Stone – who has already acted as Interim CEO when the search to find a replacement for David McNally was ongoing – will again fill the breach ‘as the Board takes time to deliberate on a fresh approach to how we go about our business and secure the best future structure for the Club.’
All of which suggests a clean sheet of paper approach as the existing board look to make the club’s stewardship fit for purpose in the 21st century – something that has been at the forefront of the fans’ thoughts and voices of late, especially following the now infamous Henry Winter interview.
Few City fans will be sad to see Moxey depart, but it does throw another up another talking point in a season that’s been brimming full of them.
What happens next could be crucial.