It has been announced that Ed Balls is to stand down ad chairman of Norwich City on Boxing Day, and instead become a Club Ambassador and the Vice President of the Canaries.
Ed Balls has held the role for over three years after stepping down as an MP after the 2015 election.
The former Chancellor of the Exchequer released a statement after Norwich’s 3-1 win over Rotherham, cementing their position at the top of the Championship.
In the statement, Mr Balls said:
Having had to accept several decades ago that I would never play for Norwich City, it’s been the next best thing – and a dream come true – to serve as the Chairman of the football club I have supported all my life.
And like so many Norwich fans, I’m loving watching Norwich play this season. It’s great to see all the changes that we have put in place together over the past eighteen months now delivering such success on the pitch. Huge credit goes to our Head Coach Daniel Farke, Sporting Director Stuart Webber and everyone at Colney and Carrow Road.
When Delia and Michael asked me to join the Board as a non-executive Director back in 2015, and then at short notice to become Chairman, we agreed I would do the job as Chair for a year. With all the turbulent changes we have faced following relegation from the Premier League, that term has been extended – and for all the highs and lows we’ve faced in that time, I’ve regarded every moment as a privilege. But the three-year anniversary of my appointment on Boxing Day is now the right time for me to stand down.
It’s been a very tough and turbulent three years and we have made some very difficult decisions, but every day has been an honour. I am grateful to my fellow Board members, and all the senior managers I have worked with, for their support.
We have all worked together to listen to our supporters, make the most of all the talented people at Colney and Carrow Road – players and non-playing staff alike – and give our Club a real chance of further success.
Like every other City fan, I’m now really looking forward to the rest of season. Together, we will all do our utmost to cheer the team back to the Premier League, where this great Club belongs.
No news has yet been released about Ed Balls’ replacement will be as Club Chairman. However, joint owners Delia Smith and Michael Winn Jones confirmed the Club will now take the opportunity to review the non-executive Board of Directors after Mr Balls steps down.