Who is interim Norwich City chief executive Steve Stone?

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

Steve Stone is set to operate as interim chief executive at Norwich City following the resignation of David McNally – but who is the man initially taking charge at Carrow Road?

Stone is City's finance director, coming in following the exit of long-serving director of finance Sam Gordon in February 2015.

Gordon worked for the Canaries for six-and-a-half years, helping McNally and the club's board to recover from a position of around £23million in debt in 2009, to being free of external debt in 2013.

Stone arrived in April 2015 following three years as finance director of Gala Bingo, part of the Gala Coral Group, the owner of bookmaker Coral.

Four months later Coral were named as City's official betting partner and new sponsors of the Barclay Stand, in a deal described by the Canaries as 'historic and substantial'.

That role followed seven years at Punch Taverns, as finance project manager and latterly commercial finance director, including with the Spirit Pub Company, which was formed by Punch.

Prior to that the former Southampton University economics student worked as corporate finance assistant director at global accountancy firm Ernst & Young.

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City's statement confirming McNally's exit concluded: '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.'

The Canaries head into that match knowing that victory may not be enough, as Alex Neil's team will be relegated if Sunderland win either of their last two matches, at home to Everton on Wednesday night and away at Watford on Sunday.