McNally - It's time to move on

Canaries chief executive David McNally says it's time to draw a line under the row with Colchester United - and benefit from any lessons that may have been learned.

Canaries chief executive David McNally says it's time to draw a line under the row with Colchester United - and benefit from any lessons that may have been learned.

"We always expected and intended to pay compensation to Colchester and we did all we could to agree terms amicably and pay compensation and move on," he said.

"Unfortunately, we were unable to. Fortunately we can now draw a line under the matter.

"In football, normally, matters are resolved very quickly between two clubs.


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"I've been in football a long time and I've never known a case like this, but we are where we are and, like I say, the monies have been budgeted and it's not a surprise to the football club and it's time now for us to move on.

"Maybe some lessons have been learned and we will attempt to ensure that they are noted for the future.

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"It's all about now focussing on the new season - we have got a great young manager in charge of the football club, his support staff are with him.

"In my view we have just signed one of the best chief scouts (Ewan Chester) in the game, we have signed two new players before the end of May, we are looking to sign more players over the next few days, maybe the next few weeks, so I would rather focus on the positives.

"My job is to ensure that we are all absolutely focussed on taking this club forward."

Part of that process has seen Lambert, assistant Ian Culverhouse and head of football operations Gary Karsa sign new improved contracts - ending speculation that he price of League One success could be to lose the manager this summer.

"We can only control the things that we are responsible for at Norwich City," said McNally.

"I can't control the speculation and there was plenty of speculation about Paul in the second half of last season that was unfortunate, really.

"We are absolutely delighted we have agreed with Paul a new contract. It endorses his commitment to Norwich City. He loves it here, he relishes the challenge, he's delighted we have been able to win the league and he is looking forward to assembling a newer competitive squad this summer."

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