Jez Moxey in the frame to swap Wolves for Norwich City’s chief executive vacancy

Jez Moxey will replace David McNally as Norwich City's chief executive. Picture: PA

Jez Moxey will replace David McNally as Norwich City's chief executive. Picture: PA - Credit: PA

Outgoing Wolverhampton Wanderers chief executive Jez Moxey is in the frame to take on the same role at Norwich City, I understand.

It's almost 11 weeks since David McNally's resignation was accepted by the Carrow Road board and the ongoing search for his replacement has been led by executive headhunters Spencer Stuart.

With preparations in full flow ahead of the Championship season and in the midst of the summer transfer window, chairman Ed Balls revealed interim procedures have been put in place to ensure City can conduct their business without rushing to fill their prime vacancy.

But their search could be nearing its final stages, with Moxey believed to be among the front-runners – something the club declined to comment on come Thursday evening.

City's second-tier rivals Wolves confirmed earlier that day the completion of their £45m takeover by Chinese group Fosun International.


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That signalled the end of Steve Morgan's time as Molineux owner and Moxey duly confirmed his decision to step down as chief executive – something set to happen in October, once he has overseen Wanderers' transfer of ownership.

City have already stated their desire to wait for the ideal candidate: 'The most important signing we are going to make, not just this summer, but for the next five or 10 years for the football club,' according to Balls, speaking last Friday.

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'If you look for people who are currently employed then you do it quickly. I promised we would bring in real, deep football experience. We are going to do that – but there is still more work to do.'

With no transfer or loan activity now permitted following the summer window's deadline of Wednesday, August 31 at 11pm, circumstances may help City take their time.

City's joint majority shareholders Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones are known friends of Morgan, who appointed Moxey as chief executive in 2000 and is certain to recommend his colleague.

Moxey oversaw two promotions to the Premier League at Molineux – although like the Canaries, Wolves never remained in the top flight for longer than three successive seasons and spent time in League One, finishing the 2013-14 campaign as champions.

The 53-year-old occupied the same role at Stoke in the 1990s, where he led construction of Britannia Stadium and the club's subsequent takeover by an Icelandic consortium.

Moxey was also general manager at Partick Thistle and Glasgow Rangers, and is the first name to be publicly linked with the Carrow Road vacancy.

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