Norwich City have confirmed the departure of Managing Director, Steve Stone who “has left the club to pursue new challenges” in a statement this lunchtime.
Earlier this morning, the EDP’s Michael Bailey broke an exclusive story that Stone had been placed on indefinite leave and had not attended last Saturday’s home game against Stoke.
Stone’s departure was the subject of speculation on social media this morning, with some suggesting he was leaving due to family or health reasons. However, it seems that he may just have had a better offer, which has happened to many of us in our working lives.
Stone is quoted on Canaries.co.uk as follows: “I’d like to thank everyone at Norwich City for all of their hard work and support during a testing period for the Club.
“The time is now right for me to seek a new challenge, but I wish the Board, staff and supporters of this great club all the very best for this season and the seasons ahead.”
The club have also moved quickly to announce a new Management structure.
Here’s what the club’s official website says:
“Stuart Webber remains as Sporting Director and will continue to oversee player transfers and the on-going development of Colney and the Academy.
Steve Stone’s former responsibilities will be absorbed by Ben Kensell (Chief Operating Officer) and Zoe Ward (Business and Project Director).They will be joined by Stuart Webber to form a new executive committee who will report to the Board.”
The fact that Stone’s role within the club is being absorbed by existing employees is interesting. It’s certainly cost effective but also means that there is a place on the board which has become free with Stone’s departure.
I doubt that this will bring any noticeable change to Daniel Farke and his players. He will still report to Stuart Webber and the relationship between the two is not going to change, which is good, because we look like we might finally be getting somewhere.