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Norwich City target another early January transfer raid

13:18 28 December 2015

Norwich City

Norwich City's new chairman Ed Balls was officially unveiled by majority shareholder Delia Smith and the rest of the Canaries' board on Monday lunchtime. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Norwich City chief executive David McNally revealed at the official unveiling of new chairman Ed Balls on Monday lunchtime the Canaries aim to strike early in the January transfer window.

City completed a permanent deal for former West Ham wide man Matt Jarvis last week and City’s top brass aim to make another early statement of intent to bolster Alex Neil’s squad.

“Matt (Jarvis) is a big signing for us. Our stated aim as always is to improve the squad in every transfer window,” said McNally. “We have brought Matt in on a permanent deal. That is the start. We have been really busy this past week, where we can try to get to a stage we can bring somebody else in, relatively early in the window.

“There is a difference of about five games between the start and the end of the window. We are conscious of that and hopeful we can maybe get another one across the line early on, but there are no guarantees. That depends on buying clubs, selling clubs, agents, players, money. There are a lot of imponderables but that is the intention.”

McNally joined majority shareholders Delia Smith and Michael Wynn-Jones at the formal presentation of lifelong fan Balls to the board.

“We’ve had season tickets in the Upper Barclay as a family since before the season Norwich went up to the Premier League the last time,” he said. “I have been to many games of course with Delia and Michael and spoken to them at length about how you can get a smaller club like Norwich competing at the highest levels. Then in the last few months they asked me if I would like to get more involved and I said I would love to help in any way I can but it was still a complete bolt from the blue when they asked me to come in as chair when the vacancy arose. I wasn’t expecting that.

“If you are going to do something, do it properly. This is a non-executive position. The club is run by David McNally and all his colleagues but as well as board meetings and matchdays it is important for me to make time to speak with David and his colleagues and other board members for us to think about the long-term, strategic vision.

“There is a real sense of purpose and strategy, the club is thinking about the next transfer window and the one after, and how we make sure that we secure ourselves commercially and financially.

“I never thought when I was six years old that I would be back here as the chair of what is known, certainly in the club, as the best football club in the world. Everybody knows it’s a brilliantly well-run community club. I hope I can help in the transformation of the club, which is on-going. I’ve been a supporter here for 40 years, and we’ve always been an up-and-down club.”

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18 comments

  • Maybe Waclor, but in this case I'm ony being unreasonable towards Ed Balls and very reasonable to NCFC!

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    Reasonable1

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Reasonable 1, perhaps you should change your name to Obvious1. Like you, I cannot imagine what he will bring to the club. Apart from anything else, presumably he is a house husband with not much time to put in anyway.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, December 29, 2015

  • Lines Canary, by profession I'm a partner In a large head hunting company with global coverage and my practice expertise is to hire board members for some of the biggest named listed and non listed companies. If we were hired by NCFC to find a new chairman, Ed Balls would not even nearly make our long list of prospective candidates. Worse still, I can say with absolute confidence that if we were to present his name to any other similar company of decent size, he would be rejected immediately by the nomination committee. So my earlier comments are pretty reasonable don't you think!

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    Reasonable1

    Tuesday, December 29, 2015

  • Ed balls can hardly be referred to as a local man. He has three homes, none in Norfolk, and regularly travels between Yorkshire and London where his children go to school. In fact he was accused of using his MP allowances to purchase a home in London even though he already owned one there and also the house in Yorkshire. He brings nothing to our club, other than bad public feeling. Delia looks like she is infatuated.

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    Jim

    Tuesday, December 29, 2015

  • Reasonable1 is that your slant on life or the most ironic name tag on this site? Surprised your party political missed out how the club is about to strike early now it has a red in bed. As for what we might reasonably expect from Ed I did some research and must be honest there's not much to him other than a local lad who shone at school and uni then became a financial journalist before moving on to career politician. So our new Chairman is a local man with considerable theoretical financial acumen and that is the way it will be until we find that elusive Arab with more money than sense.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, December 29, 2015

  • PaulWho, let's hope Mr Ed was not personally responsible for yesterday's victory? To borrow one of City man's phrases, I suspect he don't know nothin' about coaching footballers :)

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    Reg Breeze

    Tuesday, December 29, 2015

  • Well done Ed Balls! 100% success rate so far.

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    PaulWho

    Tuesday, December 29, 2015

  • Balls's appointment is a sad reflection on the boards lack of ambition. He's a failed politician and member of a Government who economically mismanaged the country to the point of bankruptcy. In opposition he did more U turns to save his ailing position than any other shadow cabinet minister and helped make Labour unelectable with his crazy economic strategy which simple maths proved to make no sense. Now he's got a big say in not only the economics of our club, but it's future strategy and direction.... An incredibly bad choice Delia and fellow board members, one I believe could come back and bite you.

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    Reasonable1

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • There are some incredibly learned posters on this site

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    lordbesty

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • with the last two performances in mind we need about 8!

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    tonyb

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • Wasn't there a photo of him in a Chelsea shirt sitting in the Matthew Harding stand at the Bridge.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • ed balls not a great moment for NCFC. we need men with clout and push. we now have a lame duck director and i now suspect a chairman. city have done axactly what they done under C.H. no preseason strenghning and unable to be consistanttoo much chopping and changing.we are hanging onto players who should have gone two years ago

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    AOTWAY@BTINTERNET.COM

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • We need big money coming into the club without high interest loans, and ideally as a buy-in to the club. If he can bring this in and start growing the club in value and performance, then great. If not, what does he bring?

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • Fair comment, WMC, but is City man English? Perhaps English are his second, third or fourth languages so allowances is appropriate. We are in the seasons of goodwill after all. On topic: what are the topic? Headline is about player recruitment, while most of the content is Balls'.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • With a name like that "Ed Balls" he could be the defender we are looking for

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    AC Canary

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • Cityman, two negatives make a positive which means "all of them" therefore know about "running a premiership club" ~ suggest you consult your English teacher before posting anymore.

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    West Midlands Canary

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • City Man - and you do?

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    RichardGarratt

    Monday, December 28, 2015

  • What a bunch of muppets not one of them know nothing about running a premiership club.

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    City man

    Monday, December 28, 2015

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