Norwich City’s director of football recruitment Ewan Chester set to leave

Ewan Chester. Ewan Chester.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
3:15 PM

Norwich City’s new football management board will not include former chief scout Ewan Chester, as the Scot is set to leave Carrow Road this summer.

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A statement issued by the Canaries has revealed that Chester will leave his current role as director of football recruitment this summer ‘due to personal reasons’.

It will bring an end to a second spell with City for the former Rangers and Birmingham City chief scout, who was also part of the backroom set-up at Carrow Road during Paul Lambert’s time as manager.

Chester was appointed in May 2010, ahead of City’s return to the Championship, but left in August 2011 as Lambert began trying to establish the Canaries in the Premier League.

That led to Chester joining up with Chris Hughton at Birmingham City.

When Hughton was then appointed as Norwich manager in the summer of 2012, Chester also came back to Norfolk and was responsible for the international scouting network which brought the likes of Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Leroy Fer to the club.

But Hughton’s exit and City’s relegation back to the Championship have led to Chester again leaving.

A statement issued on the club’s official website this afternoon said: “City will appoint a new director of football recruitment in due course, with that individual forming part of the football management board alongside chief executive David McNally, first-team manager Neil Adams and a technical director.

“The club would like to place on record its thanks to Ewan and wish him well for the future.”

With Adams’ permanent appointment as manager announced last week, the new regime tasked with getting City back to the Premier League as soon as possible is beginning to take shape.

34 comments

  • Sadly MadBrewer if you have a different opinion its grounds for abuse on these boards it appears. I was having a discussion with another fan on twitter yesterday while watching Redmond play for England u20's. I was commenting on how nice it was to see Redmond getting a chance on his (stated in his own words) favourite side. suddenly another fan decided to put his own stamp on our conversation telling us we were wrong, wouldnt have made a difference. Full stop. No debate etc. tunnel vision.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • John Park the Celtic chief scout was linked with the Norwich Director of Player Recruitment job a few days ago. Can't say any more because an inoffensive post I did about Mr Park was rejected by the moderator. (Complaint Reason - "Other").

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Now I`ve just noticed that somebody has hurled a crude insult in the direction of TrevorKeith. This gentleman is unerringly polite and contributes well-reasoned opinions, whether you agree with them or not. So why the abuse? "Inappropriate" is a euphemism for what I want to say.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Stormy - `Numpty` is a relatively new word, apparently of Scots origin and late 20th Century. The OED has its plural as "Numpties". It derives from an obsolete origin "numps". You are spot on, stormy. It has become overused and gratuitous. A bit banal, really?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Spot on, LincsCan. By the time this shower of uninspired, uninspiring, uninspirable, prevaricating procrastinators have finished plotting their GCSE management studies Organisation Chart, we`ll be in the Bottom 3. But very well organised, and in the best possible taste. Limp.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • As a discussion forum for all to air their views,it is quite interesting how some people regard others. It seems that to have a different opinion to some, it qualifies for the title " Numpty ". How it must be to be so perfect as to qualify others with such a title.

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    stormy

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • To have control is to have the power to run something in a way that might benefit yourself!

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    Glenn

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • I like B Inners comment. Unfortunately too much truth in it last season. Also see Steve Evans has just signed a new contract with Rotherham after back-to-back promotions. I wanted to see him on our manager short-list.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • It's getting so very tedious reading the same negative comments and pathetic attempts at wit from the same old group of posters. Try thinking just a little bit before you press the buttons on your keyboards.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • I know Nelson it should read "Saying" but I have lived in Norfolk too long and we have a habit of shortening words.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Thanks for the spelling lesson Nelson, my fingers go faster than my brain at times. A lot of sense from Matt as usual, the one thing that springs to mind though is the old say that too many cooks spoil the broth, does the club really need four men sitting on a committee to get the squad right.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Mostly correct Lincs. The thing is, either Chester or Hughton (or both) are largely at blame for last seasons issues. I still refuse to have a dig at Hooper or RVW because they are clearly quality players despite what some numptys spout on here. They just didnt fit the system Hughton choose to play. Hughton has NEVER played those sort of strikers at other clubs hes been at. Which begs the question, did Hughton forget what kind of players fit his system or did Chester advise him badly? Once again I stress this isn't a RVW is rubbish post. Hughton must have given Chester a list of what areas he wanted to improve in and what kind of player is required for said roles. I just cant work out where players like RVW or Hooper fit in to what Hughton wanted to play. Personally in my opinion the players signed (maybe excluding loan players) were exceptionally good signings and improvements (ability wise) on every player they replaced. Sadly good players under bad management simply does not work. Whether it was Chester advising Hughton incorrectly a player would fit how he wanted to play or Hughton didnt make it clear to Chester what he wanted, we will never know. What I do know is it ruined all the good work achieved by the board and Paul Lambert previously. Ill be keen to see what Hughton does in his next job. If the first thing he does is sign a big traditional target man, i'll be asking questions of NCFC.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • TrevorKeith, when we post something we MUST get the words correct. Otherwise it will be a damp squiB! Everyone else should concentrate on spelling and grammar. Even some of the 1p5wich supporters can do spelling amd grammar!

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    Nelson

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • So out of the woodwork comes one Ewan Chester, Director of Recruitment. Here he is being casually referred to as he is on the way out. Not a summary dismissal but a soft landing all the way to August. No mention of his deeds or misdeeds. No mention of his triumphs. Just leaving like a ghost in the night. Is he still being paid. Maybe he collects a bonus on his way out. Does he have RVW, Hooper, Elmander on his new CV. No, then just another piece of the incompetent bunch who got us relegated and passed up the $60Mill which should now be in The City account. Is no one accountable for this debacle. As you may sense I'm having a hard time getting over this one.

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    Pritch

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • What control Glenn?

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    waclor

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Who is controlling this club?

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    Glenn

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • What a Mess, no wonder we got relegated, and more dead wood coming in, don't think I'll have my quid on bouncing back to Prem.

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    OLDYELLA

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • I thought McNally said that as part of learning the lessons of last season a new "football board" was to be formed - McN, Adams, plus two new posts, Technical Director and Head of Player Recruitment (or similar title). I had no idea someone was already doing the latter but clearly he is in the way. You ask, BW, what the Recruitment manager does. I think the general idea is NA says to Recruitment Manager we need a creative midfielder who can work with Redmond and a forward who can feed off the crosses the wingers deliver. The RM then provides Adams with a list of suitable players and NA decides who he wants. McNally is then given the wish list and approaches the players. The cynic in me says that by the time this is all played out the targets will already have gone elsewhere. Of course, we've not yet formed the four man board so it's all hypothetical.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • My most humble apologies, I simply couldn't resist it, again! I'm just mad about saffron A-saffron's mad about me I'm-a just mad about saffron She's just mad about me They call me mellow yellow (Quite rightly) They call me mellow yellow (Quite rightly) They call me mellow yellow I'm just mad about fourteen Fourteen's mad about me I'm-a just mad about a-fourteen A-she's just mad about me They call me mellow yellow They call me mellow yellow (Quite rightly) They call me mellow yellow Born-a high forever to fly A-wind-a velocity nil Born-a high forever to fly If you want, your cup I will fill They call me mellow yellow (Quite rightly) They call me mellow yellow (Quite rightly) They call me mellow yellow So mellow yellow Electrical banana Is gonna be a sudden craze Electrical banana Is bound to be the very next phase They call it mellow yellow (Quite rightly) They call me mellow yellow (Quite rightly) They call me mellow yellow Yes, saffron, yeah I'm just-a mad about her I'm-a just-a mad about-a saffron She's just mad about me They call it mellow yellow (Quite rightly) They call me mellow yellow (Quite rightly) They call me mellow yellow Oh, so yellow Oh, so mellow

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • When the CEO blames relegation on a bad recruitment within the summer window, the chief scout who was instrumental in identifying players suitable for the club will always be on thin ice. He's obviously therefore carrying the can for our poor recruitment. That said, I do have some sympathy with the guy, in that the PL over many years is littered with expensive flops. Far more expensive than our own £8.5m flop. But the most criminal thing was always persisting in that flop throughout the entire season - blind faith if you like. Admit the mistake in January and that the striker isn't taking to the PL. Bring in a Shane Long for example in January, finish 15th, and it's less of an issue. A good manager should know when things aren't working and when you need to try something different.

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    Adams is God

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • It's a cushy number being head of recruitment at NCFC. You get every January off!

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    B Inners

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Probably the guy responsible for signing Ricky Van Chickenwinkel. Leaving? I wonder why?

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    CanaryWest

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Jobs for the boys or what! Would like to see what he was paid and what he actually did.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Never heard of him........and what's a Director of Football Recruitment when it's at home? No wonder the tickets are so expensive. Call me old fashioned, but I thought if the manager wanted to recruit a new player, he had a quiet word with the Chief Scout, then asked the Chief Exec if there was enough money in the kitty, then went a bit further down the corridor and got the Chairman to sign the cheque between sips of his gin 'n tonic. The chairman's secretary then rings Archie to announce a press con and somebody has a word with the school outfitters to get a transfer ironed on the back of his shirt. Obviously, I was forgetting about the one vital piece in the jigsaw which is......the Director of Football Recruitment. Which begs the question: come September when we haven't got a D of FR, how are we going to do any business in the transfer market, or even get a new tea lady for the executive dining room? There's only one thing for it : slap another couple of quid on the admission prices and recruit a new Director of Recruiting the Director of Football Recruitment or D.R.D.F.R. for short. That way, we will not be left in this invidious position again.

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    Barking Wise

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • ….. Or if he has someone up his sleeve..someone he discovered whilst working for Norwich City..he could hardly pass him on to a different club before the transfer window closes!....Hope that makes sense!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • TrevorKeith....you're talking cr@p as usual. John L Norton.......are you really as thick as you lead us all to believe?

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Well spotted LYB. let's hope he is on gardening leave in the meantime so we don't get lumbered with any more blank-firing strikers. As for the reason he has left, I can't think of anything as "Personal" as incompetence.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Obviously he hasn't been sacked otherwise he wouldn't still be doing the job until August i.e. after the transfer window closes.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • very true el dingo!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • I thought when he left the first time he was meant to go to a big club called Chelsea and city did not want to stand in his way blah blah blah, and he ended up at B'ham city? I'm not sure I can believe this recent 'personal reasons' excuse, based on past experience. OTBC!!

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    Ghana Dom

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • What 'Personal Reasons' like 'Your'e Sacked' is that what they mean?

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    John L Norton

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • No Matt you should not work for Archant. You would always be on the periphery. Do what you do and enjoy. Writing just for fun with total political freedom is cool. Trust me I know.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Does the club really need a director of Football recruitment I wonder, one thing is for sure he was nowhere near busy enough and even then only found damp squids.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • I should work for archant. Broke this story in another article 10 minutes ago. ;)

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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