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Who would you want to take over as Norwich City manager IF Alex Neil were to leave?

PUBLISHED: 14:58 27 December 2016 | UPDATED: 09:07 28 December 2016

Norwich manager Alex Neil and Reading manager Jaap Stam have a debate during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Madejski Stadium, Reading. 
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Norwich manager Alex Neil and Reading manager Jaap Stam have a debate during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Madejski Stadium, Reading. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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As more supporters make clear their belief that Norwich City need to change their manager, thoughts are turning to the options available if Alex Neil is to leave, following an eighth defeat in 10 games.

Over 7,500 votes have been cast on a pinkun.com poll asking if it was time for the Canaries to change their manager, with an overwhelming 93 per cent voting for a change.

As pressure continues to mount on City’s board of directors to try and reverse the decline which has seen City fall seven points adrift of the top six, fans have begun to discuss who could be the man to replace Neil in the Carrow Road hot-seat.

We’ve put together a shortlist of potential candidates, if a change were to be made soon. Cast your vote on the poll above for your favoured candidate, or leave your suggestions in the comments section below.

Roy Hodgson

Out of the game since England’s abject failure at Euro 2016 and, at 69, will he have the appetite for a Championship job?

Friends with Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones, and attended the 3-2 loss to Leeds at Carrow Road last month. Did well at West Brom and Fulham, has vast experience in the game.

Gary Rowett

Obvious candidate after very harsh recent sacking at Birmingham.

Available and highly rated following success with Burton Albion and was doing well at St Andrew’s until he was replaced by Gianfranco Zola. The 42-year-old was a tough centre-back for Derby, Birmingham and Leicester.

Graham Alexander

The rising young star of English management at present, with his Scunthorpe side top of League One.

Former Preston and Burnley full-back started as a manager at Fleetwood and led them to League Two play-off success and has won 25 of his 39 games in charge of the Iron, losing just four league matches.

Ryan Giggs

Yet to find a job as a manager after leaving Manchester United in the summer following the appointment of Jose Mourinho.

Was assistant to Louis van Gaal for two seasons after a glittering playing career at Old Trafford and was caretaker after David Moyes’ sacking, including a 4-0 beating of Norwich.

Paul Heckinbottom

Former Canaries defender is a hero at Oakwell at the moment, leading his hometown club away from relegation trouble last season and all the way to League One play-off final joy.

Ninth in the Championship despite a small budget and his team were vibrant when beating City 2-1 earlier this month.

Kenny Jackett

An obvious link due to his association with City chief executive Jez Moxey at Wolves.

After winning League One title in 2014 the 54-year-old had two solid years in the Championship at Molineux but was replaced by Walter Zenga after summer takeover. Went to Rotherham but left after five games.

Chris Coleman

Could well expect to get another shot at the Premier League after leading Wales to the Euro 2016 semi-finals in impressive fashion this summer.

Would be a statement of intent from City if they were prepared to make such an appointment. Mixed club record with Fulham and Coventry though.

Michael O’Neill

Has been widely praised for his work in charge of Northern Ireland, qualifying for Euro 2016 and making the first knockout round before defeat to Wales.

Knows how to get the best out of Kyle Lafferty and Michael McGovern but would his underdog mindset and direct playing style be popular at Norwich?

Nigel Pearson

The man credited with laying the foundation of Leicester’s Premier League title joy was brought down to earth with a bump at Derby this season.

The former Middlesbrough defender led Leicester to the League One title in 2009, Championship title in 2014 and Premier League survival in 2015.

Mark Warburton

Impressed during his time at Brentford, winning the League One title in 2014 and bringing an attractive playing style to the Championship, with Alex Pritchard at its centre.

Has led Rangers back to the Scottish top flight since and may be difficult to attract him away from the Glasgow giants.

Alan Pardew

Available after being sacked just before Christmas by Crystal Palace, after an awful 2016 in terms of league results, despite an FA Cup final appearance.

Former Newcastle and West Ham boss is never short of confidence so may see Championship as below him, especially after a £5m pay-off from Palace.

AN other?

Or could there be another left-field appointment to match Neil’s initial success?

Few Canaries fans knew anything about the Scot’s achievements with Hamilton when he arrived and provided the promotion spark in 2015. David McNally is no longer CEO so could the trick be repeated?

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