Alex Neil sure Jez Moxey’s exit as chief executive was triggered in the best interests of Norwich City

Alex Neil, centre, pictured alongside Jez Moxey, left, and technical director Ricky Martin at Novemb

Alex Neil, centre, pictured alongside Jez Moxey, left, and technical director Ricky Martin at November's AGM at Carrow Road. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The surprise exit of chief executive Jez Moxey has not come at a helpful time for Norwich City, but manager Alex Neil is sure the decision was made with the right intentions.

Neil faced questions on Moxey's resignation ahead of tomorrow's match at Cardiff City and said he has faith in City's hierarchy to operate in the best interests of the club.

'I don't think it's a good thing that we've changed two chief-execs in a short space of time,' said the Scot, who is now into his third year with the Canaries.

'However the club has its own path which it needs to follow and make sure that we're following the path which we think is the right one.

'Obviously the board, or Jez, or whatever way it ended up, decided that wasn't the case.'

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The announcement followed just two days after the completion of the club's January transfer window, which closed at 11pm on Tuesday night.

That had seen Neil work closely with the former long-term CEO of Wolverhampton Wanderers, who only succeeded David McNally just days before the current season, to freshen up his squad.

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'I wouldn't say I saw it coming,' Neil continued. 'The window only just shut the other day and obviously I spoke to the owners, or the owners informed me, of the decision.

'I spoke to Jez after that and that was basically it.'

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Asked about that conversation, the City boss answered: 'That's a private conversation between me and Jez. I phoned him up to say I've heard the news and I let him know that I knew about it and I met up with him and he came to the training ground and we had a discussion.

'But that's normal practice for anybody that leaves.'

Moxey had publicly backed Neil in the midst of his team's awful form before Christmas, resisting calls for the former Hamilton chief to be sacked, but the change in the boardroom is not worrying the 35-year-old.

'I wouldn't say I've lost an ally but obviously I've lost somebody who did offer me the support in his role that he was in,' he added.

'However, I would like to think that I get that support from the rest of the board, I don't think it's like a split decision by any means, I think everyone is trying to pull in one way.'

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