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Linfield Announces a Shake-Up as David Graham Departs as General Manager

by | Jan 3, 2024

Linfield Football Club has announced the departure of David Graham from his role as General Manager, as part of a reorganisation within the club. Graham, who succeeded former Linfield player Pat Fenlon a year ago, has previously held a variety of significant roles, including Head of Communications at Rangers, and as a DUP Councillor on Belfast City Council, as well as being a special adviser to former Education Minister Peter Weir.

The board of Linfield has decided to restructure the club’s administrative setup to better face future challenges, a move that includes the discontinuation of the General Manager position. The club is planning to create new roles such as a Commercial Manager and a General Secretary in this reshuffle.

The club has expressed its appreciation for Graham’s substantial contributions during his brief but impactful tenure.

Club President Peter Lunn MBE explained 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 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 also commented on the situation: “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.

Speaking on his departure, Graham stated on the club’s website, “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.” He expressed his gratitude to several colleagues for their support and advice, and wished the club and team every success, looking forward to supporting them as a fan at Windsor Park.

This decision marks a new phase for Linfield as they adjust their management approach to meet future demands and opportunities.

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