Linfield FC can today confirm that David Graham has left the club in his role as General Manager. Regrettably this information was leaked in advance to the press which is very disappointing.
The Linfield Board has recently decided to restructure the overall administration of the club to meet future challenges and this will involve the removal of the role of General Manager. A number of new roles will be created to take the club forward including a Commercial Manager and a General Secretary.
The Board would recognise that David has made a significant impact on the club in a short period of time and we acknowledge his hard work, dedication and passion for the club.
Club President, Peter Lunn MBE outlined the decision,
“David has worked tirelessly over the last year to build on the foundation left by his predecessor. We acknowledge his commitment to the role and his passion for Linfield Football Club.
We have, after much deliberation, decided that we must look at restructuring the business to meet future administrative and commercial challenges and to ensure long term sustainability.
I personally wish David every success in the future and look forward to seeing him at Windsor Park, cheering on the team.”
Linfield Chairman, Roy McGivern commented,
“It is very unfortunate that we are losing David who has been a huge asset to Linfield. This decision is based purely on business requirements at this time, a decision which David fully understands.
He has greatly increased our sponsorship revenue, raised attendances and led on a very successful launch of Macron whilst increasing our brand awareness. Nevertheless, the Board of Linfield feel that a restructuring is needed to meet our current and future business needs.
I know that David built up strong relationships with our network of supporters clubs and individual supporters who I am sure will all wish him well for the future.
We know that David will remain a supporter of the club and he will always be welcome at Windsor Park.”
David Graham said,
“It is disappointing to leave Linfield but I understand that the Board have decided that a restructure is best for the club at this time.
I want to acknowledge in particular Roy McGivern, David Healy, Stephen Dickson and Willie McKeown who have all been a tremendous source of support, advice and encouragement throughout the last year.
I wish the club and team every success for the rest of the season and look forward to returning to Windsor Park as a supporter.”