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Fans’ reaction to Ed Balls’ appointment as Norwich City chairman

16:37 27 December 2015

Ed Balls and chef Delia Smith. Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Ed Balls and chef Delia Smith. Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Norwich City raised the eyebrows of their supporters on Sunday as they announced former shadow chancellor Ed Balls would replace Alan Bowkett as chairman of the club.

The news was met by a mixed reaction from City supporters, who joined the discussion on social media.

Welcoming Mr Balls to the Board, city’s joint majority shareholders Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones said his vast economic knowledge and extensive experience with both the public and private sectors would be a huge asset for the club.

They said: “We’re absolutely delighted to confirm that Ed Balls is the new chairman of Norwich City.”

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120 comments

  • Well billy smith; you have to remember that unlike Mr Osborne, Mr Balls didn't double the national debt. And as a matter of record Mr Osborne borrowed more in 5 years at the treasury than all labour chancellors combined. Why is it you don't want to understand that small point?

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    Rob44

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • Um...politics and military are quite different. You "took" early retirement. Balls lost his seat in a general election. As such, he's entitled to an annual pension. No lump sum. No provisos. If he goes back, he stops getting his pension...but I don't believe there's any requirement to pay anything back. And even if there is (which there isn't), for some people (generally those who go in to politics), power is more important than money...!

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    PutneyCanary

    Tuesday, December 29, 2015

  • Interesting posts but can I point out one thing? As an ex serviceman of 38 years, I took early retirement on the previsso that I wouldn't return to my job within 5 years. Had I 'gone back' within this period I would have to pay back my lump sum and defer my pension. Believe me, Balls won't be going back to politics.

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    canarytrev

    Tuesday, December 29, 2015

  • Cityman, you're returning our season ticket and won't be coming to Carrow Road any more, is that a promise? Thank you Santa!

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    PaulWho

    Tuesday, December 29, 2015

  • And incidentally, I don't see how you being a director of various companies in your career makes you any more qualified to comment on this appointment than anyone else. And before you try to backtrack on that, it was clearly your intention in doing so, so to suggest otherwise now would surpass even your own levels of being disingenuous.

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    PutneyCanary

    Tuesday, December 29, 2015

  • Quote: "sorry to destroy the argument of young putney,but, eddie,having joined the labour party at 16 he regretfully is no longer a member of the commons but retired on 88,000 per annum pension in october..."...not sure really what you were saying at all that destroyed my argument - I took a guess based on your gibberish that you could only have been talking about him going back to parliament. If it was something else, I'm even more confused. How about this: set out some reasoned thoughts and don't try to elevate your intellect by suggesting (erroneously) that it somehow detracts from someone else's thoughts.

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    PutneyCanary

    Tuesday, December 29, 2015

  • dear putney, your assumption regarding my thoughts concerning pension are incorrect, ,not for a moment did i believe that ed could not return,but if and when and how ,so many imponderables to base a premise upon.a by election ? if favoured by the party,the next general? and then would he win. I seem to recall that his loss to a conservative was considered shocking. Meanwhile your further assumption that i was restricted to private limited companies is incorrect,experience 3 fold, one public ..1 initial public offering.. and, subsequently several privates. Your suggestion that i appear to be a sales director ,also only partially correct ,latterly in my career i was and am ,chairman. The irony here is that we are arguing about an event that we agree upon. We both agree that we could have been better served by another selection,differing only insofar that you are comfortable with what appears to be an increased control for Mcnally ,and ,given the current remaining board, Smith,lancaster,Fry etc i feel that almost certainly mcnally himself and the club would have benefited from a more relevant selection,enjoyed the discussion however,good night

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    dis dressed

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • Dis - I have made one assumption (in fact, an assertion) that Balls will look to go back to parliament sooner rather than later. You seemed to think that was destroyed by him currently taking a pension as an ex-MP (which is a non sequitur). Indeed, him not currently being an mp is, of course, a prerequisite to him "going back"...! I have no problem being corrected, provided the person correcting is correct. You were not, so give it up. On the main points, we clearly disagree. I have no problem with a figurehead appointments of chairman - and in my experience of boards of public companies, that sort of role is more common than not. My guess is that your role(s) as sale director was in private companies - which is a different kettle of fish. Don't get me wrong, I'm not overly pleased with this appointment, but seems to me people are jumping to all sorts of negative conclusions without having much basis for them. Standard on these boards, unfortunately.

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    PutneyCanary

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • putney i am aware of the function of non executive directors ,and your expression of their role as part of corporate governence strategy,is a wonderful stretch,actually in many cases they are tolerated as ex ministers merely to be able to have their name on the board list ,many take a fee ,yes,but many rarely attend board meetings,i am only commenting within my personal experience and my attendance at board level of companies who for some reason were seeking my advice,,,have a nice day,happy new year and well done city

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    dis dressed

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • putney old boy you now appear to be making a lot of assumptions to justify your argument the fact is that he is not a member,who knows whats on his mind,lets draw the line with...whatever, You may personally be happy to assume mcnally will be in complete control ,i however feel that the position of a chairman should be someone who will add and contribute not as you opine a figurehead,opportunity missed and disregarded by smith,,shame

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    dis dressed

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • Another Chummy joining that elite Social Club known as Norwich City Boardroom ?

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    irongloves

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • Distressed - not sure you've ever destroyed any argument, never mind that one...just because he's currently taking an ex-ministers takes his pension, doesn't preclude him from standing for parliament again. I'm sure Yvette will be needing his support there soon enough. For those that don't know, and without wishing to sound patronising, as a non executive chairman, he will only have a supervisory role. Which means all he can really bring to the table is advice for DMcN and some contacts for the business side of the club. As I posted before, this really seems to me to centre power with DMcN - and for me, that's a great thing. And frankly, who knows if he will be able to bring any valuable contacts to the table. What I do know is that is a well trodden path. Myriad FTSEE companies employ ex ministers to non exec director roles as part of their corporate governance strategy. Less often to chairman, but the principle is the same. And those are mainly paid roles - so you never know, this may end up being a good "free" signing...! (The dot dot dot exclamation is especially for Stew-pid).

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    PutneyCanary

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • So much wisdom in almost everything you wrote, Putney.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • City man, agree about the golf having played all over the world. F1 (yawn) Bahrain 2010 Never again. Boring. No, I'll stick to Carra Rd.

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    canarytrev

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • ed balls is still telling everybody that labour did a good job while in power and did nothing wrong? . The back room jobs are just as important as frontline line jobs and many a club has been ruined by fools behind the scenes

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    billy smith

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • Jeremy Corbin is another one that got away. Can you imagine the headlines if that had happened? Mind you, the clackers would've got banned. Health and safety. Even better, Tony and Cherie Blair. I remember years ago watching City at Stamford Bridge and they had that toe sucking MP on their board. Didn't do Chelsea any harm now did it?

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    canarytrev

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • CanaryTrev , not you idiot I not interested any of them I have a business to run and I am interested in other sports golf F1 raceing.

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    City man

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • Could have been worse u could have calamity Cameron or gidieon Osbourne

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    mickthedig

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • City man. Perhaps you can take up your time playing tiddlywinks or chess or watching films. Or what about stamp collecting? What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. It's entirely your decision. Hope you enjoy yourself. I think I'll stick to watching Norwich City. Win lose or draw. I absolutely love this football club, dodgy decisions or not.

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    canarytrev

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • I have been told I have come to my censored about This clubs board and owners you may be glad to here I will not be going to today's game or any more come to that I will be returning my ticket to the board with a frank letter about what I think of them .And never return until this board members and owner are gone .

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    City man

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • @ city man: "out of his death" ? Is this to say that he is immortal? Or risen from the ashes ..

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    Patrick

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • 94 comments and they are still coming . Who cares , he won't be playing.

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    Larson Whipsnade

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • So long as he is allowed nowhere near the purse strings I see no harm. The only problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people's money.

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    MikelSA

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • city man, you forgot the 'hey hoo, hey hoo', bit.

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    cutty

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • Ed Balls is just another muppet sitting on the board that know nothing about running a premiership club Norwich city have sunk to a new low what next get a monkey as manager to run the first team to save money . I'll be glad I won't be there after more than 30 years supporting city I have other interested apart from football I have no doubt that this board will send this club back no matter who they buy . Take a look at AN coments in the even news about spurs game that gives me no doubt he's out of his death at this level of football yes he's learning and new at the job if you want to stay in the top flight you can't wet nurse a beginner learning to be a manager back to the championship city will go.

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    City man

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • At least Mr Balls knows enough about football to know who Norwich City are. As we all found out the Prime Minister could not differentiate between Aston Villa or West Ham although he knew enought o hand out considerable sums of taxpayers money to the East London club -

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    Rob44

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • My judgement is not based on his politics (even though they're poles apart from my beliefs), but on his abject failures, both as a minister and as a politician. Like many here, I have little knowledge of what takes place at board meetings, but that is not very relevant. We do know that he is replacing Alan Bowkett, a successful businessman, who is generally credited with managing our financial recovery. Even if, as PutneyCanary says, "This is a nothing appointment with no harm done," overall we have lost a very able chairperson, who actually did things! BTW... Schopenhauer, didn't he create a whole philosophy from being the original MOG? :)

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    Reg Breeze

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • Guys, I am like you in that he would not have been my choice, I was hoping for somebody "special" to come in and move the club on and upwards. I am not sure what he has to offer as I have never met the man but I can only presume that those that made the selection done so for a good reason. The choice however was not ours to make and all we can do is support the club. I was part of a committee that ran a Southern League club many years back when that was considered the 5th level of English football but I am sure running a Premiership club is a million miles away from what that used to be. As a long standing season ticket holder I shall be there supporting the club today as always and wait in anticipation as to what effect this new appointment has on progressing the football team.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • trevor i understand but our point is that we are able to see his previous experience his potential to raise funds,and likely football contacts,answer none,,,would you appoint a chairman to run your corporation who has no previous experience or personal funds to offer ? for the record he joined the labour party at 16 studied at harvard and had a short job as journalist at the financial times ,and,subsequently ,has been a politician since the age of 28 more or less,never.like cameron.has he experienced a "proper "job {pls note my comments apolitical],Given the current job could we not have chosen better,or is smith indulging herself with names and personalties out of egotism, as best choices,irrespective??

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    dis dressed

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • Don't put people into 'classes'. I have sat in a boardroom for many yearsbut the important thing is that I now sit in the Barclay stand and am a true NCFC fan, everyone is entitled to an opinion.

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    Jim

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • Jim, I am just like you, an ordinary working class man, every fan has the right to an opinion that is for sure. My point however is that too many people are trying to judge the man for a job few of us have any experience in doing. We may or may not like the man or the political party he represented but how many of us can really judge what he can or cannot offer our club. He has been given the job so lets give him and the club as a whole our full support.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • Trevor Keith, you're probably right that most of us don't know what goes on behind closed doors at Carra Rd. Few of us are lucky enough to be company Chairmen. We're mostly just fans of Norwich City. So are you so get off your high horse.

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    canarytrev

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • somewhat of a surprise when I read this post yesterday, so left it overnight to see whether it was the wine playing tricks.... Now that I have come to terms with it I think Put es has mentioned some extremely constructive points. However I would like to see him use his contacts here and abroad to bring in a potential but suitable buyer. It is obvious that we will struggle in the premier unless we are injected some cash and can substantially improve our squad to become an established side without having to keep looking over our shoulders. Let's hope he can add some much needed value...

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    JB

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • TrevorKeith - how bl---y condescending - are you assuming that all football supporters are too common to ever grace a directors meeting? Do business people or ex.business people not belong to football clubs?

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    Jim

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • sorry add post

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    dis dressed

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • trevor keith,of course your premise that few posters have board experience must be true ,and such a premise, would apply anywhere in any area of business, given that there are many more indians than chiefs,i was first appointed to a board as sales director in 1969 and subsequently owner and chairman of corporations up to the present,normally i insisted on the minutes of all meetings to be properly recorded,thus no need for closed doors. Having said that i dont believe that my opinions CARRY ANYMORE WEIGHT NOR MERIT THAN ANYBODY ELSE EXPRESSING OPINIONS ON A SUPPORTERS FOOTBALL CLUB

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    dis dressed

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • ED. BALLS. appointment seems like grasping at straws. Some of you out there either have short memories or dont care about politics. When Labour lost, Balls was one of those who laughed and said "the kitty is empty". If he cares so little for the country,how can we trust him to care for our great club, just because he proclaims to be a supporter.

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    61canarie

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • Complete tother - forgive the lisp!!

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    What a Hoot

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • I think we should use the flat line gesture Balls used to use in the Houseof Commons regarding Smiths appointment.

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    PaulH

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • Putney, I was all set to put in my two pennith re non exec appointment, when I read your piece. An excellent post, and I agree with you entirely. My only disappointment is that I was looking forward to calling Tetley 'Golden Balls' and now it will get confusing, takes the shine off.

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    cutty

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • In retrospect, don't other clubs have 'celebrity' directorschairmen. Ed Balls the man must have some clout in the business world and after all, as much as I hate it, these days, football is BIG business. He's a die hard Yella to boot though I've never seen him in the Barclay stand or Snake pit. So let's give Ed our full support. You never know, he might be able to use his business and political acumen to get us a bargain or two. COYY.

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    canarytrev

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • Now that's interesting: I hadn't realised that he is of that school that thinks state education is best for others - yet he went to private school!!

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    Patrick

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • "retired", dis tressed? Wasn't he 'sacked' by the electorate in his constituency?

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    Patrick

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • I suspect most if not all of the posters here have never sat on a Board of Directors and therefore have little knowledge of what actually goes on behind closed doors. I have to admit that when my son told me, I thought he was pulling my leg, mainly because I would expect Ed to be fighting the next by-election so would not have time to give our club the attention it needs. However, we now have him at the helm so lets get behind the man rather that try to sink him before he has even attended a single board meeting. The club was here before him and will still be here when he resigns so let all enjoy the ride.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • sorry to destroy the argument of young putney,but, eddie,having joined the labour party at 16 he regretfully is no longer a member of the commons but retired on 88,000 per annum pension in october,but as he has only been appointed to advisory positions since, here and there, he can bring all his experience and funds, to bear in helping norwich to survive

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    dis dressed

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • Ed Ball will be the owners pupet to take the blame for owners further own mishandling of this club since we got debt free

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    City man

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • And the fourth director she appointed almost brought the EDP to its knees, she has lost the plot big time. Everyone knows that you do not bring your politics into your business. It is devisive. None of the directors are successful in their own careers, we are a laughing stock. She has lost the plot.

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    Jim

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • Ed Balls , appointed as chairman is not going to change anything or how this club is run or will It take city in a new direction. Only a sellout to a billionaire owners will change that , city will never move forward under the present owners and board will go back to the championship either this season or next the board can't learn from past mistakes from previous stays in the premiership.

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    City man

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • leicester,currently top of the PL ,interesting board,cant pronounce the names but must be an assortment of celebrities,cooks,politicians and unknowns,thats who city are trying to emulate obviously,,,silly me

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    dis dressed

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • That's an interesting perspective Putney. It would be wonderful if you are right.

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    el dingo

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • A Chairman is there to hold the Chief Executive and the Board to account. He should be in a position to review the clubs business planning. A risk of having a Board composed of people who support the club and is ideals, rather than with the required experience to do the job was what dragged co-op bank down.

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • Putney - like you I am not bothered about his political leanings. I just ask again: what was the logic behind his appointment and what is he going to bring to the table? Without knowing the answers to such questions I find it hard to form any logical judgement.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • regretfully some of us were expecting a something appointment

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    dis dressed

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • Leaving aside all the rubbish about him being a politician and his politics, there were two things that jumped out at me about this appointment. First, he's come in unpaid. Second, it's a non exec position (without portfolio, you might say...). So this is a "figurehead" appointment. From his side, he'll be donating some of his time to the club he loves. And as (he is) a fan, one has to assume it will be a Labour of love. Seems to me that the real winner here is David McNally. It's like he's performed a coup and now holds all of the real decision making power at the club. Balls and the rest of the politburo will offer some advice from time to time, but make no mistake that DMcN is now properly running the show. I maintain what I've said a hundred times before, DMcN is the best signing we've made in many a year and I truly believe in his hands we are safe. So I don't really care about Balls. I don't see he'll bring much, but crucially, I don't see he'll take anything either. Just let am an and AN get on with what they do best. And it will be short lived. Balls will be looking to get back to Westminster I reckon as soon as he can. So, in short, chill everyone. This is a nothing appointment with no harm done.

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    PutneyCanary

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • ergo no threat to the pie queen

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    dis dressed

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • never were so many disparaging remarks so worthy. Whilst its doubtful he will contribute funds,and any contacts other than political its doubtful whether he has any idea of running a club,the main current problem is the january transfer window We all know that the fans the manager and shareholders are of little consequence the daily control is in the hands of directors. Let us consider that any player considering a move will ask questions as to the capability of the board to drive things forward,the manager he knows is enthusiastic but on a learning curb,so where is the experienced hand ? no problem,we have a pie queen,a risque entertainer,rarely present,and of course balls with ego and all .hmmmmm perhaps this is why we can at best get players,generally speaking ,on the way down or ,championship standard ,but not players on the way up ? of course i could ignore the obvious and side with what is hopefully custards last stand,,,,

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    dis dressed

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • Yes those damn Leftie politicians, if they had not stood in the way and let the bankers deregulate as much as they wanted so they could have lent even more of other people's money to even more people who couldn't pay it back, then we would never have had a banking crisis! Damn they have no idea how Capitalism works!

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    Cyril the Canary

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • Good luck, Mr Balls. Bear in mind only 30% of the population were dumb enough to vote Tory at the general election so you will be well received at the Villa game. OTBC!

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    NorwichAbs

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • and the business reasons for the appointment are ...?

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    Surrey Canary

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Please stop all of your negative comments. This man achieved much during his political career; the highlight being his award of Grade 3 Piano.

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    One Horse Town

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • billionair at the local championship side down the a140 and still in dept ,this City F an may or may not be good for our club ,only time will tell .but should be given a chance . J.I.C.T.

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    Joe Mckenzie

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • You too Ole Tommy

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    Canaryboy65

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • It'll be interesting to see how he deals with the job - let's be fair there's never much credit given to a chairman. One thing he could do is to persuade one of the last appointed board members - mr.fry - to attend a board meeting occasionally. Perhaps we could be reminded as to why he was elected to the board.

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    VictorM

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • ҉ ̡ ۫ Ձ٥۫١Ƽ ̡*۰ Ձ٥۫١6 ۪ ҉ ۫۰̡´ Have a read of ᗰY ᖴOOTᗷᗩᒪᒪ ᗯᖇITᕮᖇ and get your lives into perspective MOG's. Perhaps Mick Dennis should be on the board too. Oh NO, not a journalist, they're the lowest of the low ! Knee jerc, band wagon muppetry of the highest order. (ღ˘⌣˘)♥ ℒ♡ⓥℯ ㄚ♡ⓤ Canaryboy65 and ted are exactly the type of supports we need at this very moment. (̲̅O̲̅)(̲̅T̲̅)(̲̅B̲̅)(̲̅C̲̅)

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • not at all cboy65, while i cannot agree his political views i am sure he will make a good chairman for a football club, better that than in government bankrupting us again.

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    ted

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Note to Baz. It wasn't the Government that nearly bankrupted the country but the bankers. And despite the Tory propaganda, they didn't make as much of a Balls of things as Osborne is currently making.

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    Outside The Box

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Oh dear. This appointment has got the true blue,Tory voting members upset. . Boo Hoo! Ed Balls appears to be highly qualified for the role (check his CV) and is a true fan to boot. Calling for new owners when the present ones saved us from extinction demonstrates the narrow minded attitudes some posters reveal on a near weekly basis. I for one will judge him on how he performs the role and not on his politics. Alex Fergurson is a socialist but he wasn't half bad footballing wise! I remember a similar clamour when AN was appointed. That didn't end up too badly.

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    Canaryboy65

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Anyone for stuffing Balls?

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    OTFBC

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Be interested to see how much clout he has in terms of bringing investment and sponsorship into the club - this is what the chairperson needs to be able to do in the case on NCFC. He does not appear to have any big financial or industrial links, just political, so do wonder how this is going to benefit NCFC. I read he is a violinist, so hope he won't be "fiddling while Rome is burning", or in our case being a typical politician while we are floundering in the bottom three. We need a go-ahead dynamic chairman who will work hard for the continual improvement of the club. Bringing in 50-100M pounds right now for the Jan transfer window would be a good way to endear himself to the fans. Trying to look at the appointment positively, he cannot be as bad as one of the clowns we have trying to get nominated for president over here!

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    MichiganCanary

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Richard Balls, I could have understood.but Ed Balls?

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    outbacker

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • This is the man who was part of the Government that nearly bankrupted the country. Let's hope his influence does not ruin Norwich City football club in a similar manner.

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    Baz

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Surely this is a poorly timed April Fools joke? A failed politician as Chairman, a celebrity cook as owner and a comedianactormedia lovey as a director? What next? Perhaps appoint Mr Blobby as club physio? You couldn't make this stuff up.

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    kenfoggo

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Actually I really don't know enough about the guy nor the Chairman role to pass any sort of judgement. I have never heard him say anything that I agreed with and it would appear that the electors were of similar mind. In fairness, just because someone is rubbish at their job does not mean they won't be any good at some other field of endeavour. For example I hate most of Delia's ultrahigh fat recipes but that doesn't reflect on her achievements for Norwich City does it?

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    waclor

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • OK. See what I did there? I pressed the "O" key and then the "K" key.

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    waclor

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • A diaster of disasters ! the left with the left! spineless decisions will continue ! we need new owners

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    Albert Cooper

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Well Ed the Red . A man with a spend the cash political philosophy even if we ain't got the money , and a man that publicly states how proud he is to support Quote ( Premiership Norwich ) , I'm sure he will have a more open approach to splash the cash , definitely a fan and hopefully puts player purchase top priority and that would be a first at our club , and yes I can hear it now the usual posts . We ain't got the money . Look what happened to this club and that club when they overspent . We've need to build slowly . You get what you pay for, we are paying for a championship outfit , next season minimum payment to premier league club 120 mill . Do we need to be there the hell we do

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    5th generation

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • I don't actually know what a chairman does but if 'Ballsy' has got anything to do with transfers, maybe he can use his 'red influence' to get us a few cut price players from the old Soviet Bloc countries. The likes of Robert Lowendowski or one of the Icskis or that ilk would do at Carra Road. They'd integrate quite well in Norfolk seeing as half the population of Poland seems to be living here anyway. If they don't make the grade they could always work on the land. Ballsy's missus is not a bad bit of stuff either. Not that they're married because she's got a different name. Mind you, he's not an MP anymore because he made such a 'Balls up' with his maths before the last general election that Milliband asked him to leave to save further embarrassment. Apart from that, a damn good egg and a true Yellow. Hear hear Mr Speaker.

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    canarytrev

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Always a good idea to keep an open mind about less-than-successful ex-politicians in new roles; Jimmy Carter as one example. Dingo, most Camus quotes are pretty forgettable; go instead for Voltaire....

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    Pierre

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Some very good comments here but also some strange remarks by so called fans . Forget about his political background , he is a very knowledgeable man who will only be good for the club with his contacts. Wellcome aboard MR Ed

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    iMac

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • I knew that he was a NCFC fan . Trouble is , I don`t think that he`s sat on the board of any PLC . He`s just a failed Labour ex MP . Friend of Delia`s , just an emotional appointment on her part . The last one she made , was a Canary Club presenter as first team manager .

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    dragonfly

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Pierre: I would quote Albert Camus if I could remember his stuff properly:-)

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    el dingo

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • I'm glad most of you think it's funny (which I do too in a morbid kinda way) but we're fecked, Disgraceful appointment.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Apparently he's going to get his own seat in the newly opened Nepotism stand.

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    One Horse Town

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • A total disaster ! Delia is a confirmed lefty! it underpins my view that the club needs new owners

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    Albert Cooper

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Nice to see the usual knee jerk hysteria seemingly based on political leanings. Forget his political life, the Westminster bubble has nothing to do with it. His financial and business experience in other fields suggests we have someone eminently qualified to act as chairman. Time will tell but I'd rather have a bone fide fan working for nothing as opposed to a mercenary coming in to line his pockets.I recall similar bile from the usual suspects on Alex Neil appointment and turned out OK OTBC.

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    Canaryboy65

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Best laugh I've had for years!! Hope they don't let him near the clubs chequebook.

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    Labratone

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • has she gone mad?

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    riversofblood

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Laughing Stock!

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    JOROBIT

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Slight health warning on quoting Schopenhauer, Brew; often done with approval by misogynist, fascist and anti-semitic fringe groups.

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    Pierre

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • It's official..... NCFC have BALLS !!! Now lets go out and bash Villa with over the head with them.

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Labour politician...looking forward to seeing us spend spend spend our way out of trouble......just not looking forward to us being in debt for 20 years after.

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    CanaryWest

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • The appointment of Ed Balls bodes well for fans who are calling for essential investment in the playing squad in a few days' time.In the meantime the pressing matter of beating Villa is far more important.

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    Peter Watson

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Can't believe this, what sort of mess is this going to create, as a member of parliament, he proved to be next to useless, now he's landed on our doorstep. The season worsens.

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    Sanjeev

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Inter YaNan; Ed doesn't do sausage rolls. He's more a paté de campagne en croute kinda guy. If he'd wanted pleb food, he would've joined Ipswich - or a northern club the likes of Derby County. See what I did there? A little dig at my old pal Steely Dan.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • I'm sure they won't be short of high-class food kindly sponsored by Delia!!!

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    eagle-eyed

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Being serious, just what can he bring to the club? Letting him anywhere near the finances is a terrifying thought.

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    andy

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • If anything we need a right winger to do better than Nathan Blue-mond (see what I did there?) or maybe something more central like a Nick Clegg or a Tony Blair Witch Project, if any of you are ever wandering where all the sausage rolls have gone at half time then look no further than the chairman who'll never be here!

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    Inter YaNan

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Special prize to Mr B - the simplest, most obvious and the funniest comment:-)

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    el dingo

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • I understand his wife wanted to house some ref.uge.es. How many can the ground accommodate?

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    andy

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • WELL! If the Rt. Hon Balls does for Norwich City finances what he did for Britain's economy then heaven help the Club!!!

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    eagle-eyed

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • I can see the headlines now "BALLS UP!" or "ON ME ED, SON!" or my personal favourite "NORWICH LABOUR TOO DRAW!" - I know they said that they were looking at a new left winger for the club, but this is outrageous - its almost as good as the sticky brown substance found on the inside of babies nappies!

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    Inter YaNan

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • I just love the Norfolk sense of humour don't you.

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    gerry mitson

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • What will he bring to the table? Will his appointment improve anything at the club ? Until I can see if or what benefits there may be in this appointment I find it impossible to make any kind of logical judgement.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • So Delia appoints her political puppet! That's relegation for Norwich then.

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    dave123

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • We've certainly got plenty of left wingers in the squad now.

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    Mr. B

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • And for those who have swallowed the lies of the Tory press and that Blue team down the Road (no, the other one). http:www.theguardian.combusiness2015may03senior-tory-financial-crash-was-purely-a-banking-crisis-not-labour-overspend

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    canarytim

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • I wonder if an opinion of the appointment will be forthcoming? Of course not. Another MOG in follies clothing. Loving to hear Michi's comments! There will be one. I'm sure of that. It'll be priceless.

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Recommended reading for tommy custard; Arthur Schopenhauer on unquestioning patriotism.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Far too early to pass judgement.

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    urban seagull

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • ... snat ch is a forbidden word. What a load of BalIs.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Norwich city never fails to surprise the supporters, sometimes good sometime bad and today I think will leave most asking "Just how many glasses of red did delia have before coming up with this appointment". to say a failed political treasury underling of Gordon Brown ( The PM which bankrupted the county) and waste of space shadow chancellor and lets not forget failed MP is qualified to run a Premier league football club is laughable if it wasn't true. At this rate if results don't improve she will want Clive Lewis to take over as Manager. God bless Delia's infatuation with Labour Party maybe Jeremy Corbin will get a seat on the board as well in the new year? . I think Delia it just maybe time to sell up you have lost the plot, but I expect the Looney left running Norwich city council and the Greens will welcome another high life socialist into the community.

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    wooabaloo

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • There is more to come. Ed has already lined up his best buddy, Blair, to be Peace Envoy and Chief Scout in the Middle East. That's between Acle and Halvergate; Norfolk`s Mesopotamia. On the agenda there is Nogdam End's want-away striker Albert Dack, 53. Tony`s first task is to snat ch him from under the nose of ambitious AFC Freethorpe. Fact. I know insiders...

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • There is more to come. Red Ed has already lined up his bestest buddy, Blair, to be Peace Envoy and Chief Scout in the Middle East. That's between Acle and Halvergate; Norfolk`s Mesopotamia. On the agenda there is Nogdam End's want-away striker Albert Dack, 53. Tony`s first task is to snatch him from under the nose of ambitious AFC Freethorpe. Fact. I know insiders...

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • You don't have say dingy. Hand back your ST in protest then . . . thought not. MOG ! Get behind your club.

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Is this a good decision for NCFC? I don't think so. Please find someone else more suitable.

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    Sarah B

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Dunno what Tommy is saying but I do not want any politician at any price. Shame on the Board for this appointment. And just in case Tommy I'd say the same if he were a failed Tory too.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • .....I suppose you will be changing your name to 'JOCK STRAPP' any time soon then Tommy!....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • Why? What are the board doing, a bad day for NCFC.

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    Essex canary

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • ᕮᗪ GᕮTᔕ ᗰY ᔕᑌᑭᑭOᖇT ºO•❤•.¸✿¸.•❤•.❀• OTBC

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

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