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Hamilton manager Alex Neil at Carrow Road for talks with Norwich City

16:23 07 January 2015

Hamilton manager Alex Neil. Picture: Kirk O

Hamilton manager Alex Neil. Picture: Kirk O'Rourke/PA

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Hamilton Academical have confirmed that Norwich City have been given permission to talk to their manager Alex Neil – with the Scotsman at Carrow Road for talks today.

Hamilton vice-chairman Ronnie Macdonald has released a statement saying: “Further to an official approach by Norwich City, permission was granted for our manager Alex Neil to meet the Norwich board.

Bookies make Alex Neil shock new favourite to become next Norwich City manager

“Alex travelled to Norwich today to view the stadium and training ground. Alex will return tomorrow for a meeting with myself after which a further statement will be made.

“We are delighted that Alex’s achievements have been recognised by this approach and that our policy of progressing players, staff and managers continues.”

Neil was made favourite for the job with bookmakers this morning and the situation has escalated quickly this afternoon, with Hamilton confirming that Neil was in talks with the Canaries.

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    Lucy Mark

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • Remember, not all great managers were great players, and not all great players became great managers. This guy, if appointed, looks as though he will expect the players to earn their high wages or risk being dropped. Good luck to him.

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    sad canary

    Thursday, January 8, 2015

  • malagacan, is not clear to me exactly how the football board works but I was under the impression that it was a separation of duties so that the best of the board do not get too involved in the playing side and that it would theoretically comprise of NcN, the manager and a director of football and would only require that one additional appointment. After Joe Royle's departure was their an appointment? If so, I missed it.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Thursday, January 8, 2015

  • All coach or managerial appointments carry a risk. Even big names don't always work, certainly in the medium to long term. I know some say Alex Neil is an unknown and untried in the English game but I hope and trust McN and the Board have done their homework and due diligence and see him as the best option. If he is appointed I for one will welcome and back him and hope he can breathe some life into this squad, many of whom have under-performed more often than not. One matter of concern to me is this football committee. What have they done to improve the club? What influence do they wield? And most importantly will they actually support or hinder the new manager? I was always doubtful about the need for these appointments and haven't seen anything yet to change my mind. A case of too many cooks? Anyway, que sera, eh?

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, January 8, 2015

  • All the people demanding a manager with experience and a track record need to remember that most of them have been sacked on several occasions already. Do we really want someone else's cast offs?

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    Andrew Innes

    Thursday, January 8, 2015

  • Oh, sorry major tom. Mixed you up with another post. Suggest u eject Liz and return to earth. Happy birthday David bowie

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    Linc's too

    Thursday, January 8, 2015

  • This appointment has the McNally stamp. It is also the latest in a string of gambles. However when McN was last sent on his own to the casino he came back with PL. On that basis then I say it is worth a punt. To major tom, are u lonely and sitting in your tin can far far away? Or is Liz there feeding you with bile

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    Linc's too

    Thursday, January 8, 2015

  • This will be another nonsense appointment. Can we really see this man attracting, and influencing, and keeping prospective PL players? What must Phelan be thinking?

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    Indiabill

    Thursday, January 8, 2015

  • @greenkeeper , yes I have a source close to Ronald Macdonald too , but he says he is far too busy hotting up chicken Mcnuggets to think about football A T M .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Thursday, January 8, 2015

  • Little Yellow Birdie why use such words as " idiots " and " thick " to insult people who have expressed an opinion differing from yours? Such ranting is more a reflection on your good self than others. Try reason instead of ranting.

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    norman hall

    Thursday, January 8, 2015

  • Just heard from a source close to Hamilton Accies that it's a done deal and Alex Neil will be our new manager. Rates him in the same league as PL so have to be happy with that.....not sure what will happen with Phelan now?

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    greenkeeper

    Thursday, January 8, 2015

  • I think Alex Neil sounds like the type of manager we need, but worried as to whether the "football committee" we have running the club will allow him to manage. If he is given free rein, then I have a good feeling. As someone said, we need a tough manager who won't take prisoners to knock our squad into performing consistently.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, January 8, 2015

  • I understand that Neil has qualities and is going to potentially be a good manager at some stage. However, what he's achieved is not as spectacular as would appear on paper because Scottish football is such poor quality and in such a mess. With Hibs, Hearts and Rangers in the Championship, Hamilton are playing the majority of their matches against fellow Scottish Championship teams and to pluck a young playercoach from an existing Scottish Championship team would be deemed high risk and that's what this is. Neil is not that much better qualified than Adams, and less so in terms of actual managerial experience. Personally, I'd prefer to see a manager with a proven track record of getting teams promoted to the EPL, not the SPL.

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    Reasonable1

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Major tom - Bassong at his best is class - unfortunately his best seemed to last one season. If his ability could be 'reignited' then great - I just can't see it happening myself.

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    DeanConeyLegend

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Cyril Baker - reading between the lines of your both fascinating and informative comments, do I detect that you may not be a City fan? As such, I'm not really sure why you think we'd care that much about what you think. Bless you though. This attention seeking need you have must be a burden on your mind at times. May I suggest some light reading to help pass the time? It's a new book just out about the recent history of ipswich town FC - it's called '13 Shades of Grey (and counting)'. It's not as spicy as the name might suggest unfortunately - it's rather dull in parts (well 90% of it to be honest), offers little hope or joy and, for those stupid enough to actually go all the way through it, leaves you feeling very very bitter. I'd say enjoy, but on reflection, I think you've already read it. OTBC.

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    DeanConeyLegend

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • DCL , think we need Bassong in our back four if the last two performances are anything to go bye

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    Major tom

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Never heard of him but if he gets it I'm backing him.

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    Norfolk boy in Hackney

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Major tom - Hmmm strange comment. All I can say to that is: Oh what's Bassong got to do, got to do with it. What's Bassong but a want away loaned out player. What's Bassong got to do, got to do with it. Who needs a Bassong, when a Bassong can be sold to Watford.

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    DeanConeyLegend

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • NCFC Board know exactly what they're doing and it isn't always what appears from the face value of their releases. Supporters should trust the board's judgement, get behind them and whoever they appoint as manager, and stop expressing uninformed opposition to their efforts.

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    Armchair fan

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Sounds about right. Why would any of the big name managers go to a small city club anyway? No hope for promotion, a squad who seem more keen on taking home a paycheck than win anything. Actually, isn't that the entire history of NCFC?

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Is Bassong suppose to know who he is

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    Major tom

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • I find it hard to believe some of the negative comments here. Thankfully they are outweighed by sensible, balanced, ones.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Whoever is appointed I wish them every success, obviously. However I just wish Neil Adams and Mick Phelan had been left to get on with the job.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • If he DOES sign then he'd be an idiot to try to do anything until Monday , sit up in the stands and let Mick Phelan take the grief ( plaudits ? ) at the seaside on Saturday . He hasn't got a great background as a player , and he is new to management at a minor Scots club , albeit they are doing well ( so far ) I wonder if our misfiring mob who ( apparently ) would not turn out for Neil Adams will be impressed by him , and turn out for him . Dressing room violence will only get you so far . Or maybe he actually intends to come on and play himself ? That'd add interest to proceedings .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Dean coney please post more - you make me 'lol'!!!

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • @Lobbo, definitely a female impersonator. Liz is short for Lizard not Elizabeth.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Do people on here realise what idiots they make themselves look with this 'cheap option' talk? He's an experienced, young, hungry manager who's been making himself and for our part we've got the most expensive squad around. All this 'cheap option' talk just makes you look thick. For my part, know very little about him until today, but sounds promising.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Yes true Dingo. Also even Rodent doesn't compare with "De Orish Eedjut" or the "Fat Porn Star". Those really were top-quality classic managerial appointments.............NOT !

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • El Dingo, I hope they don't meddle but not much will surprise me with what's happened now. Hopefully things will work out in the end, we will go back up one day - Hopefully still this year!

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    DorsetCanary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • A speed awareness course ay Irish. I did warn you about riding your Ducati naked down St Stephans at 90 mph - but would you listen! You can't do anything fun down there now. The pedestrianisation of that area has a lot to answer for!

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    DeanConeyLegend

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Come on Timbo there's NOTHING they don't know about bins.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Dorset I heard Malky turned us down because he had to accept someone already here as a coach and would not. I have little time for the Board but doubt they influence team selection.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • "In NA we (used to) trust", may become "In AN we trust!"

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    ScotCan

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • "City really are a gift that keeps giving to Town fans". Yes indeed. We gave you a 4-1 beating....then a 1-5 beating....then 3 years in the Chump whilst we were in the Prem....then an empty bank account.....then an empty stadium.....then a huge debt....then no stadium......then a class 2 academy.....then a 0-1 beating.....

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Have heard Malky and Lennon turned us down because Board is picking the team

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    DorsetCanary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Well said DCL...I've had to endure a speed awareness course all day and have been sneaking looks at the latest news all day. I was filled with dread when I looked at the betting for our next manager..sherwood?..no more experience than NA. Warnock? ..no thank you. Keane?..I would genuinely find another team to support. Phelan?..If he wanted the job, he would have been in place within 24 hrs. Like others, I had never heard of this guy..but I like what I read. He has my support (if he gets the job) although I reserve my right to change my mind in the summer!

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    Irish canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Can we all agree that the Manager appt is a lottery. It's about experience, personal chemistry and luck. Who knew of Lambert before he was a success with NCFC. Likewise, why did MU appoint a manager from Aberdeen and then stick with him for 20 years? Whoever we get, we have to give 100% backing as do the players. With the right dynamics and commitment in place, any sensible appt will fly.

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    BureValleyPaddy

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • What strange and mixed emotions this news brought to me on first viewing. Upon seeing the word 'Hamilton manager' a girly scream, followed by a little bit of wee, crept out in fear that one of our former dark overlords had returned. Then I saw 'Alex at Carrow Road for talks' and practically sh1t myself at the thought Phelan had persuaded his old mucker Sir Beetroot to come out of retirement and hairdryer our lackadaisical squad to within an inch of their lives. Then I took ANOTHER swig of my cider and came to the conclusion it wasn't a good idea to start drinking mid afternoon. Anyway. Alex Neil ay! I said I wanted an up and comer and here he is! Mind, I didn't expect him to be younger than me. On the plus side he does look a lot like Richard O'Brien - and boy are Norwich a Crystal Maze-esk puzzle at the mo. If he can play the harmonica and get away with wearing a leopard skin coat half as well as Richard did then Alex has got to be a winner. I notice some of you have already written him off - that's the spirit! Why say nothing when you can say something negative about someone you know nothing about? Yes, let's wait for that manager with vast experience with a fantastic CV that's just around the corner - oh what's that you say - he's already managing Chelsea and isn't interested in coming to us? Outrageous! As Richard always used to say: Will you start the (whining) fans, please! OTBC.

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    DeanConeyLegend

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Presumably if Alex Neil got the job...Mc Nally and those who choose will be aware of his talent to hit the ground running ?

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    Chirpy 'Yellow'

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Alex Neil, manager of a Mickey Mouse sunday league club. Forget it.

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    john131

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • As Norwich City supporters we have to accept the high's and low's. Have heard a few rumours what might be happening.

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    DorsetCanary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Alex Neil would be a huge gamble. Phelan's a safer bet.

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    California Canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Highborrans - Three points, when I appoint someone to work for me I can not foresee what they will do but I will reduce the gamble by doing my homework on potential applicants, the Board should so the same. Second point we should not be grateful just to avoid being bottom of League 2 with our resources. Third point, we will only remain debt free if we return to the Premiership promptly, Championship football is not financially viable at the moment. But yes this kind of appointment could be promising and we have to assume the Board have done their homework but he has been successful in the past albeit in a different league set up

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    JohnnyH

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • At this point before anyone is appointed I reserve my right to give my opinion and not follow like a blind rat believing the board. The same board have not exactly shown great skills at managing the situation since last Jan and at times before. Fans have a voice that should be heard and considered even if rejected. Make your voice heard, shout it out loud but once process is over THEN get behind the board.

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    BT

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Personally I think it will come down to these three prospective managers In no particular order 1) Tim Sherwood 2) Alex Neil 3) Mike Phelan Prefer Sherwood but if the board know more and thing Neil is the ticket then it could be a brake with tradition. The decision I suspect will come after Saturdays game.

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    21

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Agree Andy, I'm sure if the board brought in José_Mourinho, the winer's would find something to moan about, but then again I don't call these supporters, when the board bring in a manager, they cannot foresee what he can do, and therefore its a gamble. This club is in a fantastic financial situation and we should be grateful for what we have, after all we could be languishing at the foot of division two, then you all could have reason to whine. So come come on lets all be positive get behind the board, the new manager, and the team and enjoy the rest of the season O.T.B.C

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    highborrans

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Well, well well, could we be swapping one Neil for another ! Alex Neil is pretty much a surprise, but, I wonder if Mike Phelan & or Gary Holt may have somehow been behind recommending this candidate ? Certainly the trolls that pollute here don't seem too keen on Alex Neil coming to NCFC - so that has to be a positive !

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Hopefully he will come with a hoe to do some weeding out.

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    Radshenko

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Who in all honesty had heard of Paul Lambert until our 7-1 tonking by Colchester, I certainly had not took any notice. The rest is history. If he does sign lets get behind the lad and give him our best support.

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    Bald Canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Liz my East Anglican cousin, are you actually female?

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • So, does Alex come mob handed with his own coaching team and if so what becomes of Mike Phelan?

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • City really are a gift that keeps giving to Town fans.

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    martyn elmy

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Many of the same comments when Lambert was appointed. Most on here wouldn't know their football ar$es from their elbows. Except for Snott of course, they're probably very close together. It's not a done deal yet anyways.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Lol, just gets better and better!

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    Liz Knott

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • STV say it's happening as long as compo is sorted. Probably easier to transfer as a player first as the compo would be sorted out later re management role. I know little about him but let's give him a fair crack.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Andy - you're preaching to the choir mate...

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Apparently, Phelan put in a request for help from a Scotsman called Alex!

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    Rob Newmans backside

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Why are so many of you throwing your toys out of your pram already? It has become a rather silly habit. Nothing has been confirmed yet but his initial foray into management has been good. As for other clubs, which of them gets it right every time? AN's approach sounds exactly what everyone has been asking for - or are too many of your moaning because that is what you enjoy most?

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    andy

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • If Alex Neil gets the job let's all get behind him and the players! Otbc

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    crispycanary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • @jonnyH Roedent was the pits. Hamilton a close second but he didn't have the same vindictive streak.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Respite the comments I think the board shows ambition in going for Neil - let's hope it's successful.

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    VictorM

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • I was worried when I saw the words Hamilton and Norwich manager in the same sentence. Whatever anyone thinks of Adams or Hughton or even Roeder and Gunn have we ever had a worse manager than Hamilton?

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    JohnnyH

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • That'll be nice Victor - the Barclay singing!?

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    whereareyou

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • A young man who has built a sound reputation in Scotland. He sounds a good bet to me - give him a chance.

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    VictorM

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Interesting. I was probably hoping for someone with English success but this is positive. If you can't get experienced and successful go for young and successful. I like the idea of a fresh pair of eyes to look at the club.

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    JohnnyH

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Alex Neil. REALLY !!!!! You can just here the Barclay singing. ALEX. ALEX WHO THE - - - - is. ALEX I think our board room is becoming more like a poultry farm , all you can here is CHEEP CHEEP or should it be CHEAP CHEAP. Directors you so don't deserve the supporters you have NUF. SAID

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    Victor meldrew

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Whoever takes the job , regardless of whether it's AN or MP or somebody else ( with the obvious exception of Colin and the angry Irishman ) . They will need our support and trust ! I know very little about Alex Neil but he has by all accounts got a very good reputation building up in Scotland , yes he's young and relatively inexperienced but he could very well prove to be just what we need . We shouldn't write him off before he's even arrived . As for Mike Phelan I'd be happy to give it to him too , guess we'll have to wait and see .

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    mjc75

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Wow, some of you guys are amazing. Deal hasn't been done yet and you already know how much he's going to be paid in relation to how much a better known manager might have been paid. How do you do it? How can anyone on here claim to know that he's the cheap option? Get behind the team you claim to support or go elsewhere. There's another team 40 miles down the road that are desperate for more supporters to fill their aging and mostly empty stadium so go buy yourself a blue shirt!

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    Double D

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • A new manager called Neil ( THAT is going to cause some confusion in these threads in forthcoming months ) AND bought from Ronald Macdonald . . . . . . . Does he come with Large Fries ?

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    Bring on Foggo

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Regulador: do you mean you will be happy with Neil as manager - until NCFC are beaten a couple of times ... then it becomes 'Neil out!'

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    Patrick

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Missed out on Neil Lennon Malky and other top managers we have the pick of the dross now !

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    borderman

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Gshub This site is for grown up fans of NCFC go back to your Mummy or your SHRINK.

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    Randy

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Our most successful recent manager was first of all successful in a lower league with Wycombe and Colchester. Hamilton are probably better than either of those - about the top end of League One standard. Lambert was young and hungry: so is Neil. Lambert is a Scot: so is he. So he speaks the same language as Gary Holt, Martin, Whittaker and McGrandles (only joking, Russell Martin probably doesn't understand Bambi's accent!). But seriously, he obviously works well with young players, and we have a pile of youngsters to bring through. Every appointment is a bit of a gamble, but he sounds pretty good to me. and if he does succeed, please give Neil Adams some of the credit - a) for walking away with dignity before it was too late and b) for assembling a pretty good squad well capable of going up.

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    manc exile

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • HA HA HA HA HA

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    Gshub

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Powers 1902@ I have to agree totally with you that Norwich "have no rivals that can play at your level". With due respect to the likes of other Norfolk clubs such as Dereham, Kings Lynn, Diss, Thetford et al they all play better than Norwich have of late.

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    What a Hoot

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Erm, Norfolk 1995 wasn't Lambert,Fergusson,and several Liverpool managers Scottish? I just hope who ever gets the job can make a success of it and stick the fingers up to the whingers.

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    Egyptian canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Will he be a Paul Lambert or a Peter Grant?

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    MartinL

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • I guess the board know more than you folks give them credit for!! As nobody knows very much re AN I guess you folks and myself are going to have to trust the board on this one. That will come hard to some but is simples really.

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    NICEONE

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • So this time McNally is allowed to head up the appointment team. Suggests he wasn't too keen on NA's appointment. Probably had a short list ready and waiting in his desk drawer. Alex Neil could be part of Mc's cunning plan, like the cut of his jib and see nothing cheapskate about it.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Oh wow this is just soo important news, not ! Its just football, get over it ! ;-)

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    Responsible parent

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • This is a huge gamble again by Norwich. After the Adams mistake many of us thought time and money would be invested in a manager with a proven track record, good luck but if this backfires we could be playing Colchester again!

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    dave123

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • I feel that this motivational manager combined with the special skills of Mike Phelan are ingredients for great possibilities. Historically paying silly money for a big name has disaster written all over it. If it does go pear-shaped then may it be colorful and ablaze with spirit -most fans can take that formula.

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    Regulador

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Yes Preston Canary as did most of us. Of course it will be a risk. But, so was PL. When I first heard of this I had to Google him to find out more. If he does get the job we must ALL get behind him.

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    Egyptian canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Bellboy - 99% of the people on here no nothing about this guy but that won't stop 50% of them putting him down before he has even taken the job.Looks like he fits the bill and I hope he carries on his sucessful managerial career so far here at NCFC. If he's not a sucess its not the end of the world it just shows you how hard it is to find a good manager out there as lots of other clubs find out.

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    NoggintheNog

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • People were touting Robinson of MK Dons as their fancy but he was never going to leave there but having made a bold, positive appointment of a young highly thought of manager the whingers have still started throwing their toys out of the pram! Nobody really knows anything about him but I am sure McNasty has had Scottish spies give him the low down, so for heavens sake be positive and give the man a chance to prove himself!

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    blackdog2

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • I am happy about this if it goes through. The key here is that he is hungry and dynamic. An outstanding playing career is not a measure of management acumen. Inspiring a player of moderate talent-now that is something very special and infects the whole team. Hamilton have a very promising left back, hope he comes with the package at some time. Whatever the outcome I do applaud the decision when a tired and tried mediocrity would have been a safe non event.

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    Regulador

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Played his soccer in the lower divisions. Manager for one full season in the micky mouse Scottish premiership. But above all this. His main qualification is that he will be cheap!!!

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    norman hall

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • I'm starting to like this guy...."I don’t mind demanding the most out of them or booting someone up the backside if I feel they aren’t pulling their weight. All these sides to the job don’t really bother me. It’s something that comes naturally to me."....Alex Neil.

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • We have players who think they are better than they are. Maybe we just need a manager who is better than we think he is;)

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    Adorablespy

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Not a Norwich fan, but Scottish managers in the Championship are usually doomed to failure, Jim Jeffries at Bradford, Craig Levine at Leicester and Tony Mowbray at Middlesborough. So good luck with that, but SPL is worse than League 2 in terms of competitive football.

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    Norfolkboy1995

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Is it me or are managers getting younger? I guess its an age thing....

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    Cap Canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Don't no much about him that he is manager Hamalton has he ever won anything is he a tuff nonsense man that will give the players hell because that's the type we need if they don't perform ? sorry but want to see a proven man very strong tuff not just buy talking tuff . That's the only way the manager will get full respect fron the squad .

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    Obi- wan

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Well the last unknown quantity you lot appointed was decent. Could be the new Paul Lambers, could be the new Alex Macleish

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    TrueBlue

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • I still can't believe their vice chairman is Ronald macdonald he gets about

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    david106

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • essex - yep, sums up my views nicely. Trevor - spot on again! Preston - yes I think it will be something he has to deal with and that may mean some players being being shown the door. That doesn't bother me because we need to re-establish discipline, continuity and team spirit.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Alex Neil, born 1981- which makes him 33 years old, in 5 feet and 7 inches tall. Became Manager at Hamilton in April 2013. 75 games in charge- 42 wins,14 draws and 19 losses. A 56 per cent win rate.

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Just googled him, hmmm interesting, at least is listed as the Accies player\manager so if the team isnt doing it could always bring himself on. Has got this little Scottish team going well though.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • At 33 years old and being a tough tackling central midfielder, he could fill two urgent vacancies at the same time, now that could well be value for money, a boss who can show idle players just how it is done.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Goss: if that is his style then it is to be welcomed because those are just the things that have been missing from our game. I also do not agree with those who say it would be a cheap skate appointment. Pouring money at something doesn't always work. Lambert for instance was probably did not cost us a lot when we took him on. And time and again we see teams of very modest talent who have cost little coming good. On the other hand we no doubt have players on huge wages (by Championship standards) who are not performing. So money is not necessarily the criteria to judge the situation on. Michigan - yes, we need a tough man in charge to give some of our under-performing players a wake-up call!

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • It seems as though this wee man suffers fools lightly so could be just what our lazy team need to push for promotion. I would still prefer Sherwood but none of us know the full facts.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • If City appoint Neil (Hamilton), will the media have to pay cash for questions

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    Outside The Box

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Still more negative BS since my post. Alex Neil looks to be head and shoulders above most of the dross that was on the bookies list (except for Karl Robinson, and I don't think he was ever going to leave MK)

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    Bellboy

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • I just hope the board have it right with this one,and not another cheap option if this goes wrong where do we go from there.

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    Robbo

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Who? A huge colossus from the English game, used to play for Mansfield! Shame that the Board do not seem to be taking this issue or the future of this Club seriously.

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • So to turn it round this quick, he must have been high on the "best in Europe" list a few months ago. I wonder how many more low profile and yet again repeated... Cheap are on this list. This cannot afford to fail. DMcn surely hasn't that many lives left..... Interesting to see if there is a fit with MP ( hope he hasn't bought a house yet) Oh well, somewhat bemused, OTBC

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    JB

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Seems a strange one to me,is he any different to Gary Holt?

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    ajpreston

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • this might be a little naive of me but what's going to happen to gary holt?

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • If this is confirmed then I think it will bring a breath of fresh air as he will have no NCFC baggage and no preconceptions about any of our so called stars. This says to me that DMcN had already been thinking ahead and used his Scottish contacts to line this one up. Not sure where this will leave Mike Phelan. Seems odd if we now lose his coaching skills after such a short time cos he didn't get to be the manager. Hope everyone can get behind the decision and show "Neil mark 2" what great support NCFC has.

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    Winger63

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • ''His style of play is fast tempo, sharp passing and to hunt the ball down in packs when you lose possession. '' from a Hamilton fan. Sounds alright to me

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    GossVolley

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Talking of the cheapskate options...we can even re-use the NA letters from Neil's tracksuit and re-sew them on as AN.

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    Dave Backham

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Meanwhile Accies have made Jason Scotland a free agent ...

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    whereareyou

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • We should always give a new man a chance. Those who accuse Norwich of being cheap skates are wrong. When we spend less we tend to succeed. For example take Lamberts Premiership season £30 million wage bill compared to £50 million last season. CEO Salary has gone up from a quarter of a million a year to One million plus in recent seasons. If it was to return to around a quarter of a million I would be more confident of success.

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    essex canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Agreed Bellboy. Could it be that a no nonsense Scotsman working with Phelan is a winning formula? ;-)

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    GossVolley

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • not searching from within seems like what a lot of people on here have wanted in the past. I think this is a decent move and not a cheap option either. He's young, he's motivated and he seems to have something of an idea regardless of him being from the Scottish league.

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • It's amazing that people are posting the usual whinging comments and at the same time admitting they know nothing about the man. It would appear that he is quite happy to tell players where they are going wrong in a straightforward manner, progressing to a kick up the ar5e if required. Just possible the board might have rescued the season.

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    Bellboy

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • If its not Phelan what qualifications does one need. Might send my CV in for consideration I was once captain of my school team when heading the ball meant a headache for a week.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • A man of vast experience with a fantastic CV then.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • At the very least he looks like Greg Wallace.

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    Whiley Boy

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • I bet NMTD wishes mrs Danger had a £5 on this at the beginning.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Tough-tackling central midfielder as a player. Got Hamilton promoted last season and up to 3rd in Scottish Prem this time. I know it's only Scotland. Perhaps he will be able to explain to Whittaker that he needs to tackle wingers instead of waving goodbye as they fly past him.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Looks like he's got his team punching above their weight. That's what we need. I hope he is only being considered because Mike Phelan doesn't want it. They could make a good team though. Who knows?

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Crikey- never saw this one coming. From what I can gather from my Scottish contacts he looks ok. Promotion last season followed by victory @ Celtic Park + 3rd in the Scottish Prem. Tough no nonsense manager + he's still registered as a player so could "bring himself on"....(if you'll pardon the expression). Similar character to Lambert. PS: If nothing else surely the prospect of an easy derby + 3 points against the donkeys down the lane should entice him to The Carra !!! On The Ball Alex !

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • That's it G Holt his no2 till Adams return to the club always the cheap options for the us Mc Nalley and Deila Smith.Who on earth is any good in that division apart from Celtic.Division 1 here we come.

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    El tel

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Don't care if we can understand him or not, just hope he is a tough no-nonsense Scottish manager a la Lambert, Ferguson, etc. who demands performance from his players. Have a good feeling about this one instead of another local cheap option.

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Lets hope we can understand the dialect.i'm assuming he is scottish..must look him up

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    harry mcardle

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • I don't know enough about the man to comment. Bet that won't stop a multitude of whinging from the usual subjects though!

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    PaulWho

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Well that caught everyone out didn't it. AC and Dave and anyone else who starts muttering such negativity. Give the man a chance. Thank god it wasn't Phelan or some of the other guys posted on those idiot bookies lists.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Jeeez, whats this?? The only reason Hamilton is that close to Celtic is because Celtic had a "Troubled" start to the season, and Rangers is gone... the rest of the Scottish League is more a lottery tbh... Still better than Warnock...

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    Norwegian Canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • On paper looks like a promising potential appointment. Yes it's a step up from Scottish ChampsSPL but he's certainly been creating waves up there. Seems enthusiastic on the touchline, and a motivator, which is just what we need.

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    Arbee

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Gees another cheap option ... board will never learn..they should be resigning not Adams...anyway lets give Grant Mitchell a chance

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    AC Canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • I hope so Malaga. To be honest I had only heard of Lambert when he beat us 1-7, so hopefully that can happen again. My only word of caution is that this is a very different job as Neil probably doesn't have a big squad or the egos to deal with at Hamilton, so much will depend on how he adapts his managerial style to that challenge. If he is the man, I will support him and wish him well and I will give him time before forming my opinion as I did with Hughton and Adams.

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    Preston Canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Highly thought of up here!

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    ScotCan

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • it would have been a reasonable gag, Townman, if it was literate and you didn't have to read it several times to get. Or should I say it ‘would of’ been a reasonable gag.

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    Mikado Kember

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • God help us! What a mistake....

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    dave123

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Please don't write in colloquial dialect, Townman.

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    Preston Canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Sherwood would still be my overriding choice but I'm happy to give Alex Neil a chance. At least he'll have easier derby games than he did in Scotland, we've not got any rivals who can play at our level. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Let's see first of all if he is the man. If so he deserves our support and be given a decent a good chance to see what he can do. he is young and almost certainly ambitious so he may be the breath of fresh air and new approach we need?

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Who?? To be honest, I only learnt that Hamilton were in the SPL when I just looked at the league tables on BBC's website and saw that they are third and 3 points behind Celtic. Does anyone know anything else about Hamilton and Neil like what type of football they play etc? It seems like he has a track record of bringing youngsters through.

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    Preston Canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • I'm excited by this development...Let's hope we make the right choice this time round. OTBC

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    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

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