Fan Verdict - Alex Neil should get the chance to halt Norwich City decline

Norwich City manager Alex Neil expects a strong response against Leeds United. Picture by Paul Chest

Norwich City manager Alex Neil expects a strong response against Leeds United. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil has a mandate to spearhead Norwich City's faltering Championship promotion bid.

More than 4,700 supporters have voted in the first 24 hours since this Pinkun online poll was launched on Monday morning, following the abject 5-0 Championship defeat at Brighton, and 72pc believe Neil deserves a chance to arrest the Canaries' recent tailspin.

The Scot labelled City's south-coast mauling as his worst day in management after a 'humiliating' drubbing which prolonged the downturn since he claimed September's manager-of-the-month award.

Nearly 3,000 travelled to Brighton to witness Norwich's heaviest defeat in the second tier since losing by the same scoreline at Stoke City in October 2006.

A hardcore of 28pc are adamant Neil's time is up at Carrow Road but a majority still want to see him plot Leeds United's downfall this weekend to end the club's poor run, which has checked their push for an instant Premier League return.

Despite a majority wanting to see Neil given more time, many also expressed concerns over the downward spiral since drawing 2-2 in the Championship at Fulham in the weekly Norwich City question-and-answer session with our sports writers.

Neil and captain Russell Martin made it clear after the Brighton debacle a response was essential in this Saturday's home clash with Leeds United.

Defeat to Garry Monk's side could see City slide out of the top six and would stretch their winless league run to four matches, which started when throwing away a 2-0 lead at Craven Cottage two weeks ago and included a sorry EFL Cup penalty shoot-out exit to the Whites after playing against 10-men for the entire duration of extra-time.

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