Job fears do not worry Alex Neil at Norwich City
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Alex Neil does not fear for his job at Norwich City.
The Scot labelled the fallout from the heaviest defeat of his managerial career at Brighton as his 'darkest hour' on Friday, but Neil aims to halt the Canaries' recent tailspin.
'I don't think you have time to fear for your job,' he said. 'I have no fears about my position. When you manage a club it is the owners or the people in charge who ultimately decide whether you stay or not. My focus is on making sure I get my team ready. If am totally honest I have never feared for my job as a player, a coach or now a manager.
'All I ever done and I will ever do is my very best to make sure we win as many games as we can. We are fourth in the table, it is not a disaster. For us with the squad we have got we would expect to have won some of these last four games so I am sitting here vulnerable. A couple of weeks ago we are in a good situation, now we are in a bad situation and I am not silly enough not to recognise that. Without wanting to sound too dramatic when you meet your darkest hour as a coach and you shake that off then it feels like a burden has been lifted.'
Neil and his squad have come in for heavy criticism in the build up to Saturday's Carrow Road latest league test against Leeds.
'I have no issue with people voicing their opinion,' he said. 'I have said it before you win and you are successful then you are the best thing ever. If things do not go well then you are public enemy number one. That is football.
'I don't have any qualms at people being upset, frustrated, angry, disappointed. They are all the emotions we feel. People are well within their rights not to be happy at the Brighton performance. As always with football, it is the last game you are judged by and we all expect a response now.'