Would Rangers be a good fit for Alex Neil – and Norwich City?
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It would prove somewhat incendiary were we to ask the question: do you want to see Alex Neil leave Carrow Road?
A couple of months ago the same question was asked as City dug themselves deeper and deeper into a downward spiral of form that has, you'd bet, scuppered their hopes of promotion this season.
Betting is the reason Neil's tenure at Carrow Road is again under scrutiny, but this time because he is, it would appear, a wanted man.
The bookies say Rangers want him as their new manager. A very different situation for a manager who has sat on the front car of City's roller-coaster of a season and shown no signs of having his hands prised off the safety bar by the club's owners as it hurtles downwards.
Neil has steadied the Canaries, although perhaps not to the extent that the Premier League is a realistic landing place at the end of the season. Would City let him go now, when there is a window of opportunity, no matter how narrow? Or would an approach by a sleeping giant offer them an opportunity to say 'thanks, Alex, it was okay while it lasted'?
There's little doubt he has his backers, but equally, there are many who do not see the future being any brighter without a change of management. Some don't like him, others just fancy a change, because it's the fashionable thing to do.
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And the prospect of the owners observing a policy of continuity rather than a knee-jerk reaction is often regarded as too much of a gamble. Will time change things for the better? No one knows, but it appears to be the school of thought and given it was stuck by rigidly, there is no reason to believe the continuity theory doesn't still apply.
City stuck by Neil at the back end of last year when the pressure was so intense others may have buckled and walked away, so you'd assume they would want to keep him now.
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And what of the manager himself?
Managing in his homeland would be nothing new and he wouldn't need a refresher course on SPL form. But would it be a step up the ladder? He's tasted Championship success and a season in the Premier League – you'd guess he would love to do that all over again.