Watch: Interviews with David McNally, Ed Balls and Tom Smith after Norwich City board shake-up
16:45 19 January 2016
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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.”