Alex Neil has made big sacrifice for the Norwich City cause

Norwich City manager Alex Neil has not seen much of his family since joining the Canaries but has at

Norwich City manager Alex Neil has not seen much of his family since joining the Canaries but has at least had his former Hamilton assistant Frankie McAvoy (left) alongside him. Picture: SNS Group - Credit: SNS Group

Catapulting Norwich City into the Championship promotion battle has not come without sacrifice for manager Alex Neil.

When the determined Scot decided to leave Hamilton Academical and head south of the border in January, he had to make the difficult decision to leave his family behind.

Neil picked up the reins at Carrow Road and made an immediate impact but the Canaries boss admits he has found it tough living away from his wife and two young children.

'It has been difficult not being with my wife and kids, this is the longest I have been away from them,' said Neil.

'I see them from time to time, they come and watch a lot of the home games and I have managed to get up twice since I moved down.

'It has probably been a good thing in a way because my sole focus is on getting the team prepared for winning games. It has allowed me to really get stuck into the job and that has certainly benefitted me.'

The 33-year-old has led City to 14 wins and three draws in a remarkable first 20 matches of his reign to secure a play-off place and keep alive slim hopes of automatic promotion.

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That is despite the Canaries being 10 points adrift of the top two when the former Barnsley midfielder arrived – a deficit which stands at just two points ahead of the penultimate match of the season, at Rotherham on Saturday.

His cause was bolstered at the start of February however when his former Hamilton assistant Frankie McAvoy arrived to help Neil's Norfolk revolution.

'I am really thankful for the experiences that I had at Accies because that played a part in getting me to where I am at the moment,' Neil added, speaking to the Glasgow Evening Times.

'It is good to have Frankie here, we work well together. He has been as big a part of this run as anybody else.

'Everything is working well for us at the moment and hopefully we can continue that.'