Norwich City boss Alex Neil will keep it real in the Premier League
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Alex Neil is not getting swept up in the Premier League hype.
The 34-year-old's stunning impact at Carrow Road was capped by a Wembley play-off win, but the City boss pledges to stand and fall by his own decisions after guiding Norwich back to the big time.
Neil, however, is an admirer of the way Sean Dyche and Nigel Pearson attempted to bridge the gap from the Championship, with Leicester chief Pearson guiding the Foxes to survival after winning seven of their last nine league games.
'The way I look at it if I take advice or guidance from someone else I am doing it the way they would do it. I have a clear vision of my team and how players should behave,' said Neil. 'Every manager has strengths and weaknesses from afar. I like managers such as Sean Dyche and Nigel Pearson and the way they carry themselves and the way they speak. You can see in the way they talk they are desperate to do well, even if sometimes you can find yourself at a level where you are struggling to compete. I am my own person and that is the way I approach things.'
Neil's man-management was one of the key factors in the Canaries' promotion.
'I think I am pretty good at sussing out what type of person someone is,' he said. 'I spend a lot of time just talking to the players, even in passing, and it re-emphasises to them that I have their best interests at heart. I haven't read any books on that, no-one has told me I need to be that way. It is like anything. When you get a job, you find your own path and if it works its repetition. If it doesn't work, I might wait a wee bit of time and try it again and if it still doesn't work them I won't do it again.
'I think there are a lot of managers who if they see an issue they might have a tendency to ignore it and hope it goes away. It won't ever go away. As soon as I see an issue I have to deal with it.'
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