Norwich City chief executive David McNally resigns

Tweets appearing on Norwich City chief executive David McNally's timeline indicated he had resigned

Tweets appearing on Norwich City chief executive David McNally's timeline indicated he had resigned before later stating he was fully-committed to the club. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City confirmed the resignation of chief executive David McNally on Monday morning, following a weekend of speculation about his position.

Russell Martin and Norwich chief executive David McNally at the end of the Sky Bet Championship Play

Russell Martin and Norwich chief executive David McNally at the end of the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The club broke their silence with a statement on Monday morning after a series of tweets on Saturday evening from McNally's official Twitter account which indicated he had resigned prior to retracting his resignation.

The club statement said: 'David McNally has resigned from his position as chief executive of Norwich City football club PLC.

'The board of directors has unanimously agreed to accept his resignation and would like to place on record their sincere gratitude for David's game-changing contribution to the football club since he joined in the summer of 2009.

David McNally pictured in 2009 after being unveiled as chief executive at Carrow Road. Picture: Anth

David McNally pictured in 2009 after being unveiled as chief executive at Carrow Road. Picture: Anthony Kelly - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

'David played a leading role as the club erased crippling debts and rose from the lower reaches of League One to the Barclays Premier League.

'Everyone at Carrow Road wishes him all the very best for the future.

'Director of Finance Steve Stone has been appointed interim chief executive and the board and everybody at the club is totally focused on supporting Alex and the players, as we head in to Wednesday night's vital Premier League game against Watford at Carrow Road.'

David McNally pictured at Carrow Road when he was appointed in 2009. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY/Archant

David McNally pictured at Carrow Road when he was appointed in 2009. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY/Archant - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

McNally has been chief executive at Norwich City for seven years. He took over when the club was relegated to League One and his reign saw the Canaries return to the Premier League.

But this season has been difficult for Norwich who now face their second relegation from the Premier League in three seasons, following a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday.

The chief executive has come in for criticism from some fans and things came to a head on Saturday night when he tweeted to one City supporter, who criticised him on Twitter, that he had resigned.

David McNally pictured at Carrow Road when he was appointed with Delia Smith, Michael Wynn-Jones and

David McNally pictured at Carrow Road when he was appointed with Delia Smith, Michael Wynn-Jones and Michael Foulger. Photo: Archant - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

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A few hours later, in the early hours of Sunday morning, McNally retracted his tweet and said he remained committed to the club. The tweets were then deleted.

Then on Monday morning, Norwich City responded to the weekend of speculation by putting out a statement confirming their chief executive's resignation.

The position will be filled on an interim basis by director of finance Steve Stone who joined the club in April last year.

Steve Stone (right) with David McNally and Alan Bowkett in 2015, at the announcement of Norwich City

Steve Stone (right) with David McNally and Alan Bowkett in 2015, at the announcement of Norwich City's accounts for the 2014-15 financial year. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

He was previously working as finance director at Gala Bingo, according to his LinkedIn page. Previously he worked for Punch Taverns.

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