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Alex Neil’s word is final on Norwich City’s transfer watch

23:15 12 January 2015

New Norwich City manager Alex Neil can count on the full support of the club

New Norwich City manager Alex Neil can count on the full support of the club's football executive board. Picture: James Bass

Norwich City boss Alex Neil will have the final say on the Canaries’ January transfer window strategy.

"Alex will decide on who, if any, he wants to leave the football club and we are there to support him. In that respect it is no different to how we have operated for many years."

David McNally

The new City manager insisted he had no immediate plans to raid his former club, Hamilton, when he was officially unveiled on Friday, but the 33-year-old has already been touted with Academical’s highly-rated French midfielder Tony Andreu.

The Scot faces some big calls on who stays and who goes to propel City firmly back into the Championship promotion race, but chief executive David McNally has reiterated Norwich’s football executive board will back Neil to the hilt.

“The key thing is no-one will join or go as a player without the football manager having his name all over that,” he said. “In terms of the strategy Alex may have a different view on where he wants to strengthen and of course in January you are looking to bring in players to have an impact on the first XI, not just the squad, so obviously Alex may have a different view to the one previously held.

“That is the only change I foresee. Any players joining will be ultimately his decision.

“The football manager is the most important person when it comes to football matters here. Alex will be the person who decides which players come into the club and his opinion matters most.

“Alex will decide on who, if any, he wants to leave the football club and we are there to support him. In that respect it is no different to how we have operated for many years.”

The likes of Luciano Becchio and Elliott Bennett continue to be linked with potential January exits, and former City boss Chris Hughton has not ruled a Brighton return for Bennett, who spent two months on loan at the Seagulls.

“Benno is certainly somebody in the work that we are doing and the possibilities, because he was here before,” said Hughton. “He’d be one of a few names we’d be looking at but I could mention numerous names and choices.”

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5 comments

  • …..el dingo!... Adams was able to detect a bad attitude when he was installed!....He acted upon it...but there may have been more than the one that made the headlines!....Something surely happened within the camp!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

  • I have always thought Luca has had a bad deal from Norwich and I would love to see Alex get him motivated, fit and scoring regularly again. Similarly Elliott Bennett has great potential as yet untapped. There's a lot to look at certainly.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

  • Stew as long as he can sniff out a bad attitude I think we'll be just fine. Agree with NMTD it should be a quiet-ish window.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

  • .....if Adams was still the boss ..the incoming list would have been nonexistent... Outgoing of one or two Yes!....With AN it may be part of his installation here that a couple of Accies, as they are called, join him in a money exchanging maneuovre.... How he will be able to make judgements on players already here in such a short space of time...fit or not...beggars belief!....So there will have to be an input from others!....Hope it will not be a names in the hat situation!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

  • I'm just a little nervous that the final say comes down to AN. Surely our fitness\sports science guru as well as DMcN for financial reasons should be "all over it" too. Guess this is to appease us fans to see AN has total control. I trust he'll see the squad in a new light and shake things up as necessary. Perhaps quite a cheap transfer window for us ..............?

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    nevermindthedanger

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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