Delia - New faces have given the club real shot in arm

PUBLISHED: 11:36 03 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:20 10 September 2010

The new Canaries board lines up for yesterday's press conference. From the left they are Michael Foulger, David McNally, new chairman Alan Bowkett, Stephan Phillips and joint majority share holders Michael Wynn Jones and Delia Smith. Picture: Andy Darnell

The new Canaries board lines up for yesterday's press conference. From the left they are Michael Foulger, David McNally, new chairman Alan Bowkett, Stephan Phillips and joint majority share holders Michael Wynn Jones and Delia Smith. Picture: Andy Darnell

David Cuffley

Delia Smith spoke of a "sea change" at Carrow Road as City doubled the size of the board in one fell swoop. The introduction of new chairman Alan Bowkett and directors David McNally and Stephan Phillips brought numbers up to six around the boardroom table.

Delia Smith spoke of a "sea change" at Carrow Road as City doubled the size of the board in one fell swoop.

The introduction of new chairman Alan Bowkett and directors David McNally and Stephan Phillips brought numbers up to six around the boardroom table.

And the club's joint majority shareholders, Delia and husband Michael Wynn Jones, said the changes had given them new confidence in the future of the club.

She said: "There's a breath of fresh air, there's a sea change going on. There is a time for everything, as it says in the scriptures, and there's a time for change - time to move on and bring in other extra expertise and help that we desperately need.

"Michael and I have always known it's not up to us. It's up to everybody to pull together and become a team."

But she warned that there was still no sign of new investment to help restore the club's fortunes.

"We have seen potential investors. But we haven't seen any yet that want to put money into the football. And that's all we're looking for," she said. "We've had passion to make this football club work and we have been fighting a big fire called finance all the way through, ever since we started because we inherited a club that was on the brink of bankruptcy.

"We've been fighting this big fire but it's not diminished our passion and determination and we won't leave any stone unturned as to how we can bring this football club forward - on the pitch definitely, but off the pitch we will also work hard and not leave any commercial stones unturned. We're very sad we got relegated but that's made us more and more determined to move on and go forward."

Wynn Jones said the Canaries now had a "dynamic, ambitious and very experienced board" but there was still space for a new face.

He said: "There is room on the board for new people to the extent that we're looking for suitable people. The issue is not closed but for the time being this is our working board, this is the one that's going to take us ahead. But by no means rule out one more."

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