Club Statement with regard to change of General Manager

Posted : 16th January 2023 at 12:59:05

Linfield Football Club wishes to announce the appointment of Mr David Graham as its new General Manager.

Mr Graham will take up this position later in January and will replace the current General Manager, Pat Fenlon who has resigned from his role, to take up an opportunity at another club closer to his Dublin home.

Linfield Chairman, Roy McGivern commented:

“On behalf of the club’s Board of Directors, I would like to thank Pat Fenlon for the tremendous work he has undertaken for the club over the past four years. He has led from the front on our transition to a full-time model and has played a key role in our success during his time in the post.”

“It has been a personal pleasure to work with Pat over the past four years and he leaves the club with our very best wishes. There will always be a welcome for him at Windsor Park and I will follow his future career in football with keen interest.”

Speaking about his departure from the club, Pat Fenlon commented:

“I would like to thank the club's Board of Directors for giving me the opportunity to work at this great club for a second time. I would also like to thank David Healy, Willie McKeown and all the football staff, as well as all the players, who have been incredibly successful in my time at Windsor. It was a pleasure and honour to play some small part in the success they achieved domestically and with the significant progress we have made in Europe.”

“We have wonderful staff and volunteers who work in all areas of the club and I would like to thank them for their tremendous work ethic and for all the help they have given me in my time as the General Manager, as without the commitment of these people, the club would not function as well as it does. The club is in a very healthy position, both on and off the pitch, and will hopefully continue to grow and be even more successful, going forward.”

“And finally, a big thank you to the supporters of Linfield FC, who made me feel so welcome when I arrived at Windsor as a player and did so again in my role as the General Manager.

I will be forever grateful that I had two wonderful and successful times at Windsor and rest assured that all the friends and memories will stay with me forever.”

Speaking on the appointment of David Graham as the club’s new General Manager, the Chairman commented:

“I would warmly welcome David Graham to the club and we are very fortunate to have secured such an excellent replacement for Pat. I have known David for a number of years and he will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role of General Manager.“

“His wide ranging local contacts will be hugely beneficial to the club moving forward and his recent experience at Rangers FC should also serve him well in this new role. I wish David every success at Linfield and I look forward to working with him in the future,”

Commenting on his appointment to the position, David Graham stated:

“I am delighted to be appointed General Manager of Linfield FC. Linfield is a club that I’ve supported all my life and it is a privilege to join the club in a leadership capacity. Pat and the Board of Directors have set a very high bar and as an ambitious club, we must continue to progress each season.”

“Throughout our recent conversations, it was clear that the Board and I are very much aligned in our ambition for Linfield, as we approach our 140th anniversary. I look forward to engaging with our supporters and club partners, so we can continue to drive Linfield forward together.”

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