Alex Neil not the only problem at Carrow Road

Is this where City's big problems started - the EFL Cup defeat against Leeds?
Picture: Paul Chester

Is this where City's big problems started - the EFL Cup defeat against Leeds? Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

What a week it's been for Norwich City – and I don't think anybody was expecting the news we heard on Friday evening.

There have been times this season when it looked almost nailed on for Alex Neil to be sacked, but the board stuck to their guns and backed him man to the hilt.

You can see why the decision was made, though – losing at Burton, humiliated at Sheffield Wednesday and not beating a team who'd won once in 19 in Bristol City was far from what was required to justify the faith invested.

For me, Neil should have gone in November after we were knocked out of the EFL Cup by a 10-man Leeds and were free-falling in the league.

If we had cut ties back then, I feel we would still be in the play-offs.


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The board have been traditionally slow in making decisions and when you look back none of the 'slow' decisions have worked out.

The balance between giving chances to people, but also having the ruthless nature that plagues football nowadays, needs to be far better if we want to be more successful going forwards.

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But I think all Norwich City fans know that Alex Neil wasn't the sole problem at the club. The re-structuring of how the club works is needed, a hatful of players need to be shown the door and of course a new manager with experience and yet something to prove to come in.

From now until the end of the season I don't mind too much about results, I just want us to do the right things. Get the right people in, play those who will actually be here next season and have something to prove, make sure we're playing the correct type of football and give the fans something to get behind once again.

This season has been near-on a disaster, but at least we have a fresh slate and a lot of time to rebuild before we go again next season.

We almost have to take the Aston Villa approach; they have nothing to play, but they're starting to see their process work and results are coming together. We have more to worry about off the pitch than on it in the next couple of weeks and we have to make it count. It's the board's last chance to get this right, otherwise it could be game over for them.

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