Norwich City boss Alex Neil insists change of tactics isn’t to keep him in a job
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Norwich City's sea change in the Premier League is not about keeping Alex Neil in a job at Carrow Road.
The Scot has curbed the Canaries' swashbuckling style in recent weeks to beat Swansea and earn a battling point against Arsenal, but Neil rejects any notion he is motivated by self-preservation.
The likes of Brendan Rodgers and Tim Sherwood were dismissed earlier this season, while his former Barnsley team mate Garry Monk is under intense pressure at the Swans.
'I don't worry about me,' he said.
'For Norwich to grow and expand and get a better ground and higher profile players, a better training ground, we need to stay in the Premier League because that is where the finance is. I have to swallow that but hope we can evolve the style along with the club. My interests are the best interests of the club. That is the bottom line.
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'You can only really split football in so many ways. I don't think anybody has really re-invented the wheel. It has all been done before. We are just trying to take the best bits and implement them into my club and my squad. You look at someone like Arsene Wenger and the one advantage he has is he has seen it and done it and I am only starting out, but I have a clear idea how I want my team to function.'
Neil's men carved out a series of chances against Wenger's side last weekend but the Norwich boss knows they have to box clever to pick up points.
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'When you play some of the top teams in Europe, to go and take them on at their game can be a mismatch. We need to have an alternative way,' he said. 'It doesn't disappoint me we have had to go that way.
'I still think it's achievable to play the way I want and win games but it is a work in progress.'