December 8 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 11, 2013
Alan Bowkett admitted his primary role in arriving as Norwich City chairman is complete – but he plans to remain on board at Carrow Road for as long as the Canaries’ directors are happy to have him.
The businessman and long-time City fan was brought into the boardroom in 2009 to help the club as they contemplated League One football and the very real possibility of administration – something that would have made an immediate return to the Championship extremely unlikely.
Bowkett’s financial experience helped win favour with the banks and institutions owed money by City, and the club’s accompanying rise on the pitch has left the external debt wiped out and a lot of happy faces.
Which lends the question as to where Bowkett’s future lies from here?
“Speak to my wife – she’s got a firm view on this,” joked City’s amiable chairman as the Canaries’ accounts were unveiled to the press on Wednesday.
“I think we were playing to my strengths in the recent history. Going forward is not my strength. Sorting out balance sheets and finances, whatever, is what I do for a living. Now I just sit back and watch.
“I think my sons have decided for me – there’s no way I’m leaving.
“It’s an interesting thing. When you are a fan it is fantastic because you can moan and groan, bawl your rubbish, have a drink and then go home.
“You look on Sunday, I thought we were fantastic – first 10 minutes aside. But you can’t enjoy it because you are thinking, what about this and what about that? It’s difficult – being a fan is easy.
“I’m very happy. If the board want me to stay, I’ll stay. The moment they want me to go, I’ll go.”