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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

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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.

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Elton John's tribute to Taylor: 'We were Batman and Robin'

Sir Elton said: 'As chairman and manager we were Batman and Robin.' Credit: PA

Sir Elton John has paid tribute to Graham Taylor as a "genius from Lincolnshire" who took him to "the stars and back" as Watford manager.

In a speech read on his behalf by football commentator John Motson at Taylor's funeral, Sir Elton compared the manager who led Watford from the fourth division to the first and to an FA Cup final to his famous lyricist.

"It's odd that two of the most important people in my life Bernie Taupin and Graham both hail from Lincolnshire," Sir Elton said.

The singer said Taylor was "without doubt like a brother" and "a man that I befriended and loved from the first day that we met at my house in Windsor", although he accepted the pair made "an unlikely twosome from the outside".

Sir Elton said he and Graham Taylor formed an 'unstoppable force of nature'. Credit: PA

"It was a partnership so binding and enjoyable that equalled my relationship with my brilliant lyricist.

"(We were) fiercely ambitious, revolutionary in our approach to a football club and its community. ... As chairman and manager we were Batman and Robin."

Sir Elton's speech also revealed Taylor had lectured the singer on his substance abuse that "shook me to my core".

"Graham was the most open and honest man I ever met," he said, adding that he had "no airs or graces" but was "just a genius from Lincolnshire".

He ended: "He is a legend in this community, in football and in life."

Fans applaud Graham Taylor's coffin

Fans applauded coffin of Graham Taylor Credit: ITV News Central

Fans applauded as the coffin of former Midlands manager Graham Taylor was driven away following his funeral service.

There were exclamations from fans as the sun broke through the clouds just after the coffin was brought out of the church, after heavy cloud and drizzle dominated the service.

Stars from the football world including Burton manager Nigel Clough were at the funeral, with many standing together to applaud a the cortège drove away.

Members of Taylor's family gave their personal memories of him during the service, while a tribute written by Elton John, who Taylor worked with during his time at Watford, was also read out.

Fans applauded coffin of Graham Taylor Credit: ITV News Central
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Graham Taylor carried in patriotic coffin in front of fans

The former England manager's coffin was draped in the Union flag. Credit: PA

Thousands of Watford supporters have gathered in the town to pay respects to former England manager Graham Taylor at his funeral.

Thousands of Watford fans turned out to pay their respects to the club's most celebrated manager. Credit: PA
The supporters gathered behind barriers opposite St Mary's Church. Credit: PA
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