‘Embarrassing’ - David McNally gives his verdict on Norwich City since his departure
PUBLISHED: 07:22 10 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:54 11 June 2018
Former Norwich City chief executive David McNally has slammed the club’s record since his departure, labelling last season’s 14th-placed finish as “embarrassing”.
McNally, who acted as the club’s head from 2009 to 2016, used social media to reject suggestions from fans that Norwich’s financial challenges are a legacy from his tenure and that he was sad by the ‘lack of progress’ made since his departure in May 2016.
McNally, who over saw three promotions and two relegations whilst at City, said the club would have gone all out for promotion last season with the last of the parachute payments if he had still been in charge.
His comments were made on Twitter and all started when City fan Stewart Lewis said he’d be happy if the Canaries accepted a multi-million pound offer for Josh Murphy with Brighton and Fulham reportedly interested.
McNally, who has been nothing but complimentary to City since his departure more than two years ago, replied: “Be careful what you wish for…”
When taken to task by John Wilson over Murphy’s form and that perhaps a change of scene would bring out the best in the player, McNally replied: “I don’t disagree but I’m a bit fed up with all our experts. We finished bottom half with parachute payments. Not good enough.”
When David Gee suggested that Norwich’s financial challenges were down to signing players like Steven Naismith and Matt Jarvis on long, lucrative contracts, McNally didn’t hold back.
He said: “You are joking? Seriously. Look at the money invested since then take us to 14th and below them. Embarrassing. And May 16 was probably the high point of our financial position, with plenty of time to trade. Honestly.”
McNally then said it was down to the club that no reason was given for his exit in May 2016 after relegation had all but been confirmed and that he was sad by the ‘lack of progress’ made since he left.
When asked by Aaron Walker what he would have done differently last season he simply replied: “Promotion.”
Neal Black then questioned why the club failed to strengthen the squad after promotion had been achieved at Wembley in 2015 and McNally intimated that the club’s board would not release enough cash despite all their loans to them being repaid.
It is not the first time McNally has created headlines on Twitter. He revealed after a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United in May 2016, which effectively consigned City to the Championship, that he had offered his resignation to the board only to then retract it later that evening. However, the following Monday his resignation had been confirmed by the club.