Alex Neil brushes off Norwich City blank in Championship player-of-the-season poll
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Alex Neil is not losing any sleep over the snub delivered to his Norwich City squad in the Championship player-of-the-season voting.
The Canaries had no representation in the top 10, headed by Middlesbrough's on-loan Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford, which was voted for by Championship managers. Neil opted not to cast his ballot after only moving to England in January but the Norwich boss admitted he was surprised not to see some of his troops feature.
'You look at some of the seasons my guys have had, Bradley Johnson scored 13 goals from the middle of the park, Cameron Jerome is among the top goalscorers in the league but ultimately people make their own choices,' he said. 'I think the problem Norwich may have had, viewed over the whole season, is the perception they have under-performed, and that has probably played a part in people picking their players.
'Conversely people may think Bournemouth have over-performed, which I am not so sure is the case. I didn't think it was fair for me to give my opinion as I only joined half-way through January so there were better-qualified managers than me.'
Neil attended the Football League bash in London to support Nathan Redmond who was short-listed in the young player-of-the-year category and Wes Hoolahan who was named in the team-of-the-decade.
'That was an unbelievable achievement and I told Wes when he was going to get the award. I was really proud of him,' said Neil. 'To be honest, the only reason I went down was to lend my support to both of them.'