Cullen quits City for MK Dons

PUBLISHED: 13:20 21 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:42 10 September 2010

Long-serving director of sales and marketing Andrew Cullen is leaving Norwich City. Picture: Nick Butcher

Long-serving director of sales and marketing Andrew Cullen is leaving Norwich City. Picture: Nick Butcher

Norwich City today announced director of sales and marketing Andrew Cullen will be leaving Carrow Road to join MK Dons in November.

After 10-and-a-half successful years with Norwich City, Andrew will join Pete Winkelman and his team in Milton Keynes as their Sales & Marketing Director.

Norwich City today announced director of sales and marketing Andrew Cullen will be leaving Carrow Road to join MK Dons in November.

After 10-and-a-half years with the Canaries, Cullen will join Pete Winkelman and his team in Milton Keynes as their sales and marketing director.

In a statement from the club it was also revealed that an announcement about the future structure and composition of the sales and marketing operation will be made in due course.

The board of directors at Norwich City were fulsome in their praise for Cullen.

Chairman Roger Munby said: “Andrew has been an outstanding contributor to creating a unified community club with a track record of commercial success that is very highly regarded in the footballing world. It is no surprise that Andrew's many talents have attracted the attention of many other aspiring clubs and I feel sure that MK Dons will flourish under his commercial leadership. As a marketing specialist, I wish to extend my personal thanks to Andrew for his skills and enthusiasm as he helped us go about the process of rebuilding our club and its reputation following the problems of the mid-1990s.”

Andrew Cullen gave the following statement: “It has been a real privilege to serve Norwich City Football Club for over 10-and-a-half years. I will miss so many people here, colleagues, sponsors, suppliers, our media friends, and especially supporters who have treated me throughout with courtesy and kindness.

“Much of what we achieve off the pitch would not happen without such outstanding commitment from so many of our fans. They have supported me by stimulating creative ideas on our different supporter working groups; by providing counsel through consultation on difficult and contentious matters; advising the best way to correct mistakes I have made and by volunteering their services to provide my team and the Club with extra resource when it has most been needed.

”I also want to thank Delia, Michael and the entire Board of Directors who believed in me and gave me the scope and freedom to challenge a number of traditional football practices; ideas that at the time may have seemed risky or crazy, particularly those designed to build our attendances at Carrow Road, but they all encouraged me to turn these proposals into practice.

“I must pay tribute to and thank a great team of colleagues, who have demonstrated tremendous powers of patience in our work together. All of them show such great passion and pride in what they do and Norwich City Football Club is so fortunate to be blessed with such a dedicated team of dynamic and supporter focussed heroes who serve this football club.

“The move to MK Dons will present a new personal challenge. It is one I am looking forward to but I will never forget my time here or the many good friends I have made and will forever cherish fond memories of the unique and much envied Norwich City community. Football is very much about dreams as well as memories and I wish Glenn, his staff and the players every success in their determination to realise our supporters' most profound wishes- a regular place in the Premier League where Norwich City should and truly deserve to be.”

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