Alex Neil is putting Norwich City’s needs ahead of his attacking ‘philosophy’
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Alex Neil admits he has sacrificed some of his attacking urges for the greater good at Norwich City.
The Canaries boss was quizzed on a variety of issues at the club's annual general meeting at Carrow Road last night, including his recent preference for a more defensive approach to games.
Neil has seen his team beat Swansea at home and narrowly fall to defeat away to Premier League big boys Manchester City and Chelsea recently and admits City supporters will see more of that style this season.
'Those first 10 games we were generally offensive and tried to play attacking football, as we did last season, but we were coming away in losing positions,' the City boss told shareholders.
'We were playing really well and I thought we were entertaining. I think our supporters were getting value for money, but we weren't winning points.
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'We played that attacking style last season and the start of this year because that is generally the way my teams play.
'But it's not about me, it's about the club and financial stability. The growing of the club is bigger than my philosophy. I've got to find a way of keeping us in this league so that style can grow with this team.
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'I'm not so sure that playing that (attacking) style over the course of the season is going to work. It's not as enjoyable for me but, ultimately, my job is to keep us in the league.'