Wolves allow Jez Moxey to join Norwich City as chief executive sooner than expected

Jez Moxey will formally start work as chief executive at Norwich City next week. Picture: PA

Jez Moxey will formally start work as chief executive at Norwich City next week. Picture: PA - Credit: PA

Norwich City have confirmed that incoming chief executive Jez Moxey will begin his work at Carrow Road next week, after the new Chinese owners of Wolves moved swiftly to name a replacement.

The 53-year-old will now attend City's opening game of the Championship season at Blackburn Rovers tomorrow, alongside other Canaries board members, before formally starting his duties on Monday.

'I'm sure everyone will join me in giving Jez the very warmest of welcomes to Norwich City and I know he is looking forward to meeting all of the teams at Carrow Road and Colney and getting straight down to work for the busy season ahead,' chairman Ed Balls told City's official website.

'Meanwhile Steve Stone will resume his role as finance director of the club and the board would once again like to place on record its sincere gratitude for the excellent job Steve has done as the club's interim chief executive this summer.'

Moxey was confirmed as David McNally's successor last week but was initially expected to remain with Wolves for a further three months to oversee the takeover of Chinese group Fosun International at Molineux.

However, after the key new appointments at Wolves were confirmed today, Moxey's 16-year stay with the West Midlands club has now come to an end to allow him to join Norwich.

Jeff Shi, main director at Wolves, told his club's website: 'We've implemented this structure much more quickly and smoothly than we could have wished for and on that basis we have agreed to release Jez to begin his new adventure at Norwich.

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'Once again, we thank him for his 16 years of outstanding service – and his professionalism and diligence during the takeover and transition – and we wish Jez and his family all the very best as they begin a new chapter in their lives.'

The news continues a busy week for the Canaries, as Alex Neil prepares his squad for tomorrow's trip to Blackburn:

• On Monday popular playmaker Wes Hoolahan signed a new contract.

• Tuesday brought news of goalkeeper Declan Rudd joining Charlton on a season-long loan.

• Aston Villa then hijacked City's pursuit of Fulham striker Ross McCormack on Wednesday.

• But that blow was softened on Thursday with the confirmation of a double transfer swoop, for Spurs midfielder Alex Pritchard and Portsmouth goalkeeper Paul Jones.

• The Canaries confirmed their squad numbers for the news season earlier today.

• Before Neil, Pritchard and Jones spoke to the media at Colney this afternoon.

• With news of Vadis Ofoe's move to Legia Warsaw also confirmed later this afternoon.

For a full preview of tomorrow's match at Blackburn, see tomorrow's Pink Un supplement in tomorrow's Eastern Daily Press or Norwich Evening News.