Fan fury justified for Norwich City chief Alex Neil

Norwich City fans feted Alex Neil when he first arrived at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Foc

Norwich City fans feted Alex Neil when he first arrived at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil admits Norwich City fans have every right to give him stick but the Scot is vowing to win them over again.

Neil and his players were booed off by sections of the Carrow Road home support after a third straight Championship defeat against Leeds United and the Scot knows he must end the slump following the international break.

'I have no issues with the fans at the minute,' he said. 'They are frustrated, I share that frustration, they share my players' frustration but I am the only guy who can make the decisions to change it.

'Football has a lot of things that go on in the background and people have a lot to say. Rightly so, because the bottom line is if you do well as a manager you get all the praise, if you don't you get all the criticism. Listen, I will take that on the chin.

'We went through some difficult times last year, albeit the level we were playing at was a factor because even the best teams can find it tough in the Premier League. Based on my own and the club's expectations then of course this is a tough period. I have been through a similar run before and came through it and we went on and did well.'

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Neil is adamant he has strong characters to handle the flak.

'These lads will have been there before and I have been there before as a player and as a manager,' he said. 'What you can't do is feel sorry for yourself and curl up in a corner. You have to fight and do the bits we were doing well when we were winning games. That is the only approach you can have.

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'Confidence is huge in football. That mindset comes from winning games and I have to try and instil that in them so when they find themselves 1-0 up and concede the reaction is more like what we got at Nottingham Forest than at home to Leeds.'

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