Pressure? What pressure, insists Norwich City boss Alex Neil
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Alex Neil is thriving on the pressure of leading Norwich City's Championship promotion charge.
The Canaries' aim to get back to winning ways at Rotherham this weekend following a sore home loss to rivals Middlesbrough but Neil is ready for the huge challenge ahead over the defining weeks of the season.
'It is a 24-hour job but to be honest I don't look at it as a job. I enjoy it. I have been involved in football all my working life and I love what I do,' he said. 'People can talk about pressures and strains but I enjoy every minute of it. I don't think you ever switch off as a manager. You are always thinking about the next game, making sure the squad is okay, and getting everyone focused.
'I don't look at anybody else. I know how I want things to work and I concentrate on the things I believe I am good at. I think it is important, whether you are a player or a manager, to concentrate on your strengths and weaknesses. I believe in being thorough and making sure the guys have clear instructions.'
Neil is adamant his players will respond positively against the Millers.
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'I have a good group who take information on board and carry it out to the letter and if they perform to their capabilities they are good enough to beat anyone in this league,' 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 how you deal with them and how you get the best out of them. I think I am pretty good at sussing out what type of person they are.
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'When you get a job, you find your own path and if it works it is repetition. If it works then you continue to do it.'