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Alex Neil on Moxey departure; 'I didn't see it coming'

Alex Neil said he didn't see the Moxey departure coming. Credit: PA.

Norwich City manager Alex Neil revealed that he was told by club directors of Jez Moxey's departure but 'didn't see it coming'.

Moxey's resignation as Chief Executive by mutual consent came just a couple of days after the January Transfer window closed.

Speaking ahead of City's trip to Cardiff in the EFL Championship, Neil said,

Obviously that's a private conversation between me and Jez. I just phoned him up to say 'Listen, obviously I've heard the news.'. I just wanted to let him know that I knew about it.

– Alex Neil, Norwich manager

Norwich City supporters' group welcome Moxey exit

Norwich City are looking for a new CEO. Credit: PA

One of the leading Norwich City supporters' groups, 'The Canaries Trust', have welcomed the resignation of outgoing Chief Executive Jez Moxey, but have urged the club to work quickly to replace him.

The 53-year-old only took the job in the summer, but left Carrow Road last night by mutual consent.

It means that The Championship club are once again on the lookout for a new CEO, having also had to deal with the departure of David McNally back in May.

While the board of the Canaries Trust welcome the departure of Jez Moxey, a person whose approach and policies have, in our opinion, contributed significantly to the rift between fans and the Football Club we are also concerned that once again the club finds itself without a Chief Executive at a critical period.

We have just experienced a period where the club appeared to be drifting without clear direction and we hope that the board will now be able to find ways to re-engage with the fans and to appoint a new Chief Executive who can drive the club forward.

This has not been a good year for the club or its fans and we trust that this incident will mark the turning of a corner.

– Canaries Trust statement

Norwich City Chief Executive Moxey resigns

Jez Moxey has resigned. Credit: PA

Norwich City Chief Executive Jez Moxey has tonight resigned from his position.

The former Wolves CEO only took over in the summer, but has now left the club by mutual consent.

The details behind why the decision has been made haven't been made pubic yet, but chairman Ed Balls admitted in a statement on the club's official website that Moxey's appointment "hadn't worked out satisfactorily."

Myself and the Board would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Jez for his hard work since joining us last year and most recently in the transfer window.

However the role has not worked out satisfactorily for either Jez and his family or for the Football Club, and all parties have professionally and amicably agreed to move on. We wish Jez all the best in his future career and now our focus is on the next steps for Norwich City.

– Ed Balls, Norwich City chairman

Finance Director Steve Stone will now fill the role of Interim Chief Executive while a replacement is found - as he did when David McNally left back in May.


Norwich City leave it late to sign Wildschut from Wigan

Yanic Wildschut was also a target for Derby County. Credit: PA

Norwich City have completed the signing of Dutch winger Yanic Wildschut from fellow Championship side Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee.

The deal for the 25-year-old was announced just a minute before the 11pm deadline, with the fee believed to be in the region of £7 million.

Derby County were also interested in signing the former Middlesbrough man but the Canaries won the race for his signature.

Wildschut, who recently scored twice for Wigan against Norwich's rivals Ipswich Town, has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal with an option a further year at Carrow Road.

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Yanic will bring pace and directness, and he's the type of lad that on his day, he can create absolute havoc.

He's still learning the game, he's still got improvements to make but when he's on form he's a really top operator at this level.

There was stiff competition for him, we had to make sure we put a good deal in place - however, with us losing two left-siders, it was important that we brought two in and we've done that.

– Alex Neil, Norwich City manager

Wildschut is the second Dutchman to sign for Norwich today, with Ajax left-back Mitchell Dijks also joining on loan.

Southend United also completed some late business, bringing in Lincoln City striker Theo Robinson.

The 28-year-old is no stranger to Roots Hall, having spent time on loan at the club eight years ago.

Robinson has agreed a two-and-a-half year contract with the Shrimpers.

MK Dons strike loan deal for Cardiff's O'Keefe

Stuart O'Keefe is now an MK Dons player. Credit: PA

MK Dons have brought in Cardiff City midfielder Stuart O'Keefe on loan.

The 25-year-old will remain with the Dons for the rest of the season.

O’Keefe started his career at Southend United and played in the Premier League for Crystal Palace.

I’m delighted to get Stuart in. He’ll bring energy to the team and good experience for someone still relatively young.

He’s played at a higher level and will certainly bolster our options in the middle of the park.

– Robbie Neilson, MK Dons manager

In League Two, young Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Macey has moved to Luton Town on loan.

Ipswich Town seal late deal for midfielder Huws

Emyr Huws is a Welsh international. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have beaten the deadline to sign Cardiff City midfielder Emyr Huws on loan until the end of the season.

The Welsh international is the second arrival of the day following the loan capture of Reading striker Dominic Samuel.

23-year-old Huws started his career at Manchester City before he was sold to Wigan Athletic in 2014.

He joined Cardiff in the summer but has failed to make an impact in his homeland.

The move to Ipswich was confirmed following their 3-0 defeat to Derby County in The Championship tonight.

Manager Mick McCarthy also admitted after the final whistle that Nottingham Forest failed in a bid to sign Ipswich captain Luke Chambers today.

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