‘If you get caught up in that stuff it is going to come back to haunt you’ - Norwich City boss Alex Neil on bungs scandal

Norwich manager Alex Neil faced former England manager Sam Allardyce at Sunderland last season. Pict

Norwich manager Alex Neil faced former England manager Sam Allardyce at Sunderland last season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil insists he has nothing to hide from the bung culture storm sweeping English football.

Neil's profession is at the centre of a raft of damaging allegations regarding illegal payments, sparked by Sam Allardyce's exit as England manager earlier this week.

National media reports this week claimed eight current or former Premier League managers were embroiled in alleged criminal activity, but Neil has never experienced the seedier side of the elite game.

'I don't resent the fact these stories are coming out about managers who have worked in the Premier League. I am more than comfortable with how I conduct myself,' he said. 'Anything that involves money complicates things. It poisons the game at times because people do get greedy, whether it is players, agents or anyone involved in football. It takes away the purity of the game for me.

'I don't make much of it. I do what I do and I don't care about what other managers do. At Hamilton and now here I have worked in a similar manner, in respect of transfers. When it gets to the negotiation stage then the chief executive takes over. That is what I like because I am a football manager, a coach. I don't resent being part of what is reported at the moment because in my view if you get caught up in that stuff it is going to come back to haunt you.'


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Welsh boss Chris Coleman has called for lifetime bans for anyone found guilty of taking illegal payments.

'Who is going to remove them from the game? It is a decision for each club on its merit,' said Neil. 'Some clubs will not accept it, and they are away, and others might think they have not done much wrong. Is there a body that can enforce that? I am not quite sure.

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'The truth is it probably happens in every walk of life. I just don't let myself be concerned with it.'

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