‘We’ll never take the money and run’ says Norwich City’s owners

Shareholders turned out in force at Norwich City's annual meeting. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Shareholders turned out in force at Norwich City's annual meeting. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Norwich City's majority shareholder Michael Wynn Jones reiterated on Wednesday night the club's owners will never put money before their love of the Canaries.

Wynn Jones, and fellow majority shareholder Delia Smith, came in for stiff criticism recently following a national newspaper article where they appeared to indicate they are not interested in listening to offers to sell up.

'Yes, we did say we wouldn't sell to outsiders,' said Wynn Jones, speaking at City's annual meeting. 'The reason we said it was to try and reassure fans that we would never at any time just take the money and run, if you like. That was the first point. The second point was to illustrate more generally that we are fully aware of the risks involved in being taken over by overseas ownership. The fact of the matter is they do not have a very good record, or not many of them do, but in saying that it came across as being very dogmatic and that is the last thing we wanted to do.

'We will never do anything that we do not feel is in the best interests of Norwich City football club and that includes the ownership and selling the club. We want to reassure people that in the context of that article the theme was about football ownership generally.'

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