Alex Neil resolves to avoid being the fall guy at Norwich City

Norwich City manager Alex Neil knows the pressure is on. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City manager Alex Neil knows the pressure is on. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The heat is on but Alex Neil is not ready to be the fall guy at Norwich City.

Neil is in no mood to give up with the pressure mounting on the Scot after the Canaries' slumped to a third consecutive Championship defeat against Leeds.

The club's owners, Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones, made it clear on the eve of battle Neil is the right man for the job but the 35-year-old knows he has to haul City out of a slump.

'We have to accept that pressure and deal with what is coming our way. We can't feel sorry for ourselves. I have to be positive,' said Neil. 'The buck stops with me and I have to make sure we do better and we go on and win more games.'

Neil revealed he was unaware of the public show of support from the club's majority shareholders, who revealed their backing in a wide-ranging national newspaper interview, reflecting on the upcoming anniversary of their two decades at the club.

'I'll be honest with you. I didn't know that was the case,' he said. 'My mindset and the way I go about things won't change, irrespective of any support I get. I have to focus solely on getting my players ready and that has always been the case. Michael and Delia, David McNally when he was here, they gave me a chance. I think I repaid that by getting the team promoted but that time has moved on now and the run we are on is unacceptable. It is always easy to pin it on one person but I will take the criticism. I didn't think the boys lacked effort. We just made poor decisions.'

The City chief conceded he paid a heavy price for resisting the urge to make big changes to his starting XI. Robbie Brady and Louis Thompson were the only new faces from the mauling at Brighton, with Thompson coming in for the suspended Alex Tettey.

'I had numerous difficult decisions to make,' said Neil. 'One big dilemma was a case of, 'Do I do wholesale changes, based on what happened at Brighton, or do I give the same players an opportunity to go and redeem themselves?' I chose to do the latter, apart from taking Jacob Murphy out, who I've said the last four or five games needs a rest. In hindsight now, having lost the game, was it the wrong decision? You could certainly argue it was.'

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