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Watch: Interviews with David McNally, Ed Balls and Tom Smith after Norwich City board shake-up

Tom Smith, on the right, with chairman Ed Balls, Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd.

Tom Smith, on the right, with chairman Ed Balls, Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd.

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Norwich City fans should be reassured that the future of the club is in safe hands following the appointment of Thomas Smith as a Carrow Road director, chief executive David McNally said today.

Mr Smith, the nephew of majority shareholders Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones today gave his first interviews since the announcement that he had joined the club’s board.

While he said it was too early to say what his role would be in the future, Mr McNally was in no doubt that his appointment was a case of “succession planning” by the club’s owners.

Mr McNally said: “If I was a Norwich City fan sat at home with my yellow and green scarf, I’d be reassured that Delia and Michael are looking long term at Norwich City and are not thinking about a quick buck.

“That does not always work out for football clubs, if you look historically. A lot of big clubs have struggled with their ownership after that happens and I think Tom’s inclusion is the right one for this football club.”

Mr Smith, 35, a former civil servant, said he was well aware that fans might be questioning what he would bring to the club, but was confident he could make a difference.

He said: “I can understand that I am not the most well-known signing this January, but this is a fantastic football club and I have been a fan as long as I can remember.

“We are very close as a family and I have spent many hours sat around the dinner table or in the stands here discussing the club. The tie that binds us is our vision for the club and I hope we can carry on doing that for years to come.
“My background was spent in the Ministry of Defence working in the UK and abroad. My experience is in planning and making decisions, often in very difficult circumstances.”

On whether he could end up being the owner of the football club, he said: “You can never say what’s going to happen and this is day one for me. I can’t say too much about what will happen in the future, but I am looking forward to getting stuck in.”

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30 comments

  • Totally agree with you DJF.On a lighter note he worked for the Ministry of Defence and now we have 3 new defenders- wonder if he knows anybody in the Ministry of Attack.

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    NoggintheNog

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • How can it be that young Tommy's appointment is succession planning when I have just read elsewhere that he is not a Native of Norfolk? Delia,bless her, made it quite clear that anyone with a chance of taking over from her had to not only living in Norfolk but born, educated in business there and possibly also eating their dumplings separate from the roast. OH.......silly me,......He's Family isn't he!!! Having said that enough is enough,must stop mocking them, for now anyway. 3 points on Sat is more important. OTBC

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    irongloves

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • Some sad, bitter individuals around.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • whilst at the age of 35 young tom hints at achieving a high level darkly dangerous position in the civil service the awesome picture above seems to suggest that a brisk wind might blow his fluff away. What intrigues and annoys me is the oft stated opinion that anyone with money save for the smith dynasty,must be a criminal,a vagabond a tatterdemallion,or worse a Russian,, disallowing the fact that there might well be a moneyed honest football fan with best interests of a club at heart, all pls stop morologus es

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    dis dressed

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • The succession planning McNally refers to is having a board that will never sell out and lives within its means. That sets us apart from clubs we might think of as equals, or even inferior, in terms of playing history such as Leicester or Bournemouth. Both of those clubs are now run by mega rich foreigners and have thrived since they brought in their cash. Their owners can play fast and loose with ffp rules while we have to be cautious in our dealings. Our future therefore is as outsiders hoping that we will continue to be inspired\lucky in both our appoinment of managers and dealings in the transfer market. Can that deliver top flight longevity? Everton have achieved it when, surprisingly, they have the third poorest owner in the Prem. But while the Delia dynasty remains in place we will always be the paupers gate crashing the fat pigs' party.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • I have the greatest regard for Delia's part in rescuing the club, but very uncertain about these latest appointments? Did two independant minds like Alan Bowkett and Stephen Fry HAVE to step down before this nep0tism could be voted through? If there was any future planning involved and the current board have confidence in the benefits of these changes, why were they not presented at the AGM? We seem to have exchanged a powerful and sk!lled businessman plus a brilliant national figure for a failed politician and the family office boy? PaulH, I don't think Blair and principle ever belong in the the same sentence, unless ofcourse you are thinking of his one guiding principle, "serve Tony"!

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    Reg Breeze

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • I have the greatest regard for Delia's part in rescuing the club, but very uncertain about these latest appointments? Did two independant minds like Alan Bowkett and Stephen Fry HAVE to step down before this nepotism could be voted through? If there was any future planning involved and the current board have confidence in the benefits of these changes, why were they not presented at the AGM? We seem to have exchanged a powerful and skilled businessman plus a brilliant national figure for a failed politician and the family office boy? PaulH, I don't think Blair and principle ever belong in the the same sentence, unless ofcourse you are thinking of his one guiding principle, "serve Tony"!

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    Reg Breeze

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • Succession Planning? Whose to say if young Tommy cops the lot he wont cash it in and take it all to Monte Carlo and stick it on the red ball. No I think it went something like this- " Oh he's such a nice young man and with his pretty girlfriend they make such a lovely couple. I'm so worried he hasn't got a job and, after all,he is my Nephew........."

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    irongloves

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Goodness me, Ministry of Defence, difficult decisions at home and abroad. No other details forthcoming. AH welcome Mr Smith, please pay no attention to any disparaging comments toward your good self. There is really no need to take notes , or send round the men in suits, its all harmless fun on here . Oh there goes the doorbell , who can it be ....

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Are they watching a Norwich away match because they all looked P...d off !

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    dave123

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • MB. As i was not one of the three winners of the largest Powerball lottery pot in history (1.5Bn and primarily because i did not buy a ticket), i will not be stepping in with a bid any time soon. However, if i did own it, i would not be appointing family as directors, as i would want strong football business people giving sound input, not family yes men supporting increasing the umbrella order for the corner store because it rained yesterday.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Brewer, Delia has an awful lot of money and I think has long since concluded that you can't eat the stuff. Having already earned immortality through baking the cake on the cover of Let it Bleed, my guess would be that she may just have it in mind to leave something to the Club when she eventually passes on.

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    Pierre

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • I wonder if we have just stumbled on the true identity of our old friend, Steady On?

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    waclor

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • It's such a shame that with the two great signings we have made so very recently that this issue rears its ugly head. The dynasty is secure, and frankly that appals me. There is a massive difference between keeping a club "clean" and surrendering all ambition for evermore. Each to their own, but I am disappointed in the extreme. If I were a dedicated Protestant (which I'm not) or voted Tory (I'd rather chop my head off) I would give up on NCFC right now. There is no room at the Club for those who don't fit in and it's really starting to show now. Time to cast he political-social net a little wider, Delia? Despite that, two great signings and I am delighted with them.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • a fine city, I applaud your tact and diplomacy. You should be Honorary Consul to Ipswich or a similar Hell Hole. This anointment is the purest nepotism (oxymoron). Nothing to do with the good of the fans (Who??). Young Tommy will be able to bail out in due course. with a nice little earner, when in about 5 years time the fruit ripens ready for market. In the meantime, it's a nice little usufruct. Where are Barking & Cutty?? My money is on MichiCan to be sole owner by 2021, with young Smithy in charge of photography and paperclips on a consultancy basis.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • In view of the continual political outpourings from the board I understand it will be renamed the politburo. I also understand Mr McNally has quietly suggested, as P & O Cruises strap line says 'There's a whole world out there' Nonsense

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    Bury Yella Fella

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • They have strong Labour principles,you don,t hear of much nowadays.Even Tony Blair ex prime Minister and friend has these principles.It is right and proper as Gordon Brown would tell us.

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    PaulH

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Pierre, nobody has suggested that wee Tom is anybody's illegitimate son. While the archaic meaning of the word "nepotism" is legitimate, its use has moved on - quite legitimately, in my humble, genuflecting opinion. Language evolves. Nepotism is eternal.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • A board should not be comprised of 'friends and family' - which is how this one is looking - because there are no voices to question and challenge. It may feel cosy and lovely but in a business it is unhealthy and those involved are conflicted, or at least may find themselves conflicted. People appointed in this way also lack credibility from the start as the suspicion is that they are not there on merit but because of friendships or family ties. I had always felt Delia understood the need to have some focused business brains to complement her undisputed passion and financial commitment, so this comes as a surprise and I think heart has ruled head.

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    a fine city

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Succession planning? Not Family Planning... I didn't think Empress Delia's ilk were too good at that sort of thing anyway. Never mind, one has to leave one's wealth to someone and it's encouraging that a one-off the likes of young Tommy was duly anointed in this way. Purely down to merit, no doubt. Don't Speak, moaners, just back off and leave we sycophants and lickspittles to laud this event. At this very moment I genuflect and beat myself with birch twigs. Delia; I am unworthy. Gizza pie.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Purely for those who are interested in words, "nepotism" originally derived from a former Papal practice of bestowing favours on one's "nephews". Quite wrong to apply it here though; I fully support this appointment for the reasons given and I have no interest in seeing the Club taken over.

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    Pierre

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Once your homework is complete write out 1,000 times, I must not bad mouth my peers. Then off to bed without tea.

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    canaryonaboat

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • They needed a new Director and they were sitting next to a suitable candidate all the time ! What are the chances ? ! ? ! ?

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    Raisedeyebrows

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • All the assuming Delia and her crew will always be the owners

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    Albert Cooper

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Lawrence, that is in unnecessarily bad taste. Now, go do your homework.

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    Fylde Canary

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • its about time ncfc started to think of a statue for delia on carra rood. every time someone takes over its to stop ncfc going bust. city have been saved time and time again since the fifties and delia has presided over more ups and downs than any of them its time to recognise that. give her credit you yokels.we are better off out of detd in the championship than a detd ridden club in pl.city will go down this year its a certainy

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    AOTWAY@BTINTERNET.COM

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Well said CT, agree Keep city in our city and not dependent oil wells .

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    iMac

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • this is really bad news DITCH DA WITCH

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    Lawrence Hallett

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • As I said in an earlier blog, this is great news for the club and represents succession planning. Clearly Delia and Wyn want to keep the club 'clean' and locally owned. This is an appointment for sustainability. Too many clubs are now owned for money laundering or the egos of those living off pillaged money. NCFC is not one of those and long be it so.

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    Canterbury Tales

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • As I said in an earlier blog, this is great news for the club and represents succession planning. Clearly Delia and Wyn want to keep the club 'clean' and locally owned. This is an appointment for sustainability. Too many clubs are now owned for money laundering or the egos of those living off pillaged money. NCFC is not one of those and long be it so.

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    Canterbury Tales

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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