OPINION: Did Jez Moxey hit the right chord... or does the dischord remain?

Jez Moxey has quit as City's chief executive.. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Jez Moxey has quit as City's chief executive.. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Disgruntled Norwich City fans got what they wanted then – sort of.

Those clamouring for word from Carrow Road about the state of the Canaries Nation got it when chief executive Jez Moxey, via the club's TV channel, effectively told them they wouldn't get the other thing they were demanding: the head of manager Alex Neil.

Neil, said Moxey, would be given time to arrest the decline in City's Championship fortunes. There were no iron-clad 'he will not be sacked' guarantees, of course. But the message was clear: he will be given time.

Alex Ferguson might, in some part, by to be blame for this: famously, he was given time after a dreadful start as Manchester United manager and, well, the history books tell you what a good decision that was.

'Whilst we are prepared to take whatever action is necessary to improve results we don't believe in just following the norm in football and replacing our manager to solve an immediate problem,' said Moxey.

But such generosity is rare nowadays. Because it doesn't always work out the Fergie way and there does come a point where you have to wonder how far a poor run can be allowed to go before action is taken.

Many fans are saying enough is enough already, that Neil has proved he is not capable of managing this team.

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In a classic piece of fence-sitting, it is only fair to look at it from the club's point of view.

Neil got City out of the Championship two years ago. At 35 he is, obviously a young manager who, they believe, shows the signs of being a better manager.

In a bucking of the trend, they want some sort of longevity and stability.

Moxey said: 'I have spent a lot of time with Alex and I have seen many of his qualities. He led this club to promotion before and we believe he can do it again.'

One issue that wasn't really covered was club ownership, another gripe of many who believe it is time for Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones to move on and allow bigger investment.

Moxey spoke to the owners being genuine Norwich City fans 'unique in many ways', although that will not cut much ice with their detractors.

There will be fans who will be happy that the club have actually spoken publicly for the first time about the current loss of form. There will be fans who agree; who want to see Neil given time. And there will be others who want change.

Does the statement back City into a corner from which is it is now difficult to escape?

What's your view?