Keep talking up Norwich City’s promotion chances, Alex Neil tells Championship rivals

Norwich City manager Alex Neil is not worried by what rival Championship bosses have to say. Picture

Norwich City manager Alex Neil is not worried by what rival Championship bosses have to say. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil is not going to rise to the bait from rival Championship bosses turning up the heat on Norwich City.

The Canaries' chief has guided his squad firmly into the title race on the back of eight wins in his first ten games, capped by Sunday's 2-0 East Anglian derby success against Ipswich.

Blues' boss Mick McCarthy was the latest to highlight the resources at Neil's disposal during the build up, just days after another glowing eulogy from defeated Blackburn counterpart Gary Bowyer and Neil knows City's promotion rivals may look to exploit any signs of weakness over the run-in.

'When you are at a club like Norwich I hear all the managers trying to shift the pressure onto me and my players by saying he has the best squad but that is fine. We'll take that on board and when we play make sure we don't disappoint,' said Neil. 'I think the one thing is that expectancy and almost having to carrying the pressure is inevitable when you get near the top, but of any group in this division I feel mine should be as suited as any. They have been there before. They have come down from the Premier League and they know what it takes to play at that level and to get there again.'

Neil insists complacency will not take root on his watch ahead of tomorrow's next home league game against Malky Mackay's struggling Wigan.

'That is one thing we have to guard against now,' he said. 'I won't allow the players to get complacent. We have worked too hard and too long and the last thing we are going to expect now in this situation is that we can just turn up and win. With 12 games to go we can't take our foot off the gas. Every team and every game is difficult, as we saw with other results in this league, and we will approach Wigan as the biggest game of the season and work even harder than we did against Ipswich.'