‘It is up to players to deliver the results to make supporters feel better,’ - Norwich City CEO Jez Moxey

Norwich City's 3-2 Championship defeat to Leeds United was tough to stomach. Picture: Paul Chesterto

Norwich City's 3-2 Championship defeat to Leeds United was tough to stomach. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil is ready to come out fighting after the international break to spearhead Norwich City's Championship revival.

Neil admitted after last weekend's league defeat to Leeds the buck stops with him but chief executive Jez Moxey is adamant everyone inside and outside the club also have an important role to play.

'Generally in football there is too much focus on one man and inevitably the call is, 'well, change the manager' and I am not inherently from that school of thought because you can often change at your peril,' he said. 'My belief is you support the team and the manager. You try and give him what he needs to let him do the best possible job he can.

'He is defiant, determined, and confident in the squad he has got and the project we have at Norwich City and what we want to achieve. He is concerned, like everyone, and he has to find a formula of making sure, if necessary, he changes what he needs to do to get results.

'This is a unique football club, with a lot of positives going for it, and we are in this together. We need to pull together, and I know the fans will do that. It is upto the players to deliver the results to make those supporters feel better. Once they cross the white line, they are prepared, they know what they are trying to do and they have to work to the strategy a manager puts in place. I am talking in general terms here but sometimes players don't take enough responsibility.'

Moxey accepts that standard applies equally to him as the corporate figurehead.

'I take great pride and responsibility in the job I have got,' he said. 'We realise we are not just trying to get back to the Premier League, everything we do here on or off the pitch is geared towards achieving that goal and then hopefully staying there.

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'It is one of the factors why I came here, because of the ownership, the management, our squad.

'That is not putting extra pressure on anybody. Of course there is a financial pressure to get to the Premier League to continue to feed the organisation that we have already established.'

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