The Football League Paper - - TFLP - By John Lyons

ALEX Neil’s po­si­tion as Nor­wich man­ager had looked in jeop­ardy for some time, but the tim­ing of his dis­missal caught ev­ery­one on the hop.

The de­ci­sion to axe the Scot came less than 24 hours be­fore yes­ter­day’s Championship match against Tony Mow­bray’s Black­burn Rovers.

The 35-year-old, ap­pointed in Jan­uary 2015, clearly had no inkling of what was to come when he spoke to the Press ear­lier in the day and talked about re­shap­ing his squad in the sum­mer.

“The club is more im­por­tant than any one per­son,” he told the Eastern Daily Press. “If the board feel I am not the right per­son to lead it then that is the board’s pre­rog­a­tive.


“What I would say is in my po­si­tion, know­ing all the in­ner work­ings, I am the best per­son to lead that for­ward. Re­cent re­sults wouldn’t sug­gest that but in my opin­ion it will get bet­ter.”

How­ever, the de­ci­sion was taken out of his hands by the board.

In a state­ment, the club said: “Nor­wich City can con­firm man­ager Alex Neil’s con­tract has been ter­mi­nated with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

“The board has taken the tough but unan­i­mous de­ci­sion, be­liev­ing it is in the best interests of the club for a new man­ager to be in place through a cru­cial sum­mer trans­fer win­dow and into next sea­son.

“The di­rec­tors would like to place on record their sin­cere grat­i­tude to Alex for all of his hard work and for the fan­tas­tic achieve­ment of guid­ing us to the Pre­mier League in 2015, via a mem­o­rable play-off fi­nal suc­cess against Mid­dles­brough at Wem­b­ley.

“As has been widely re­ported, the board has been con­duct­ing a thor­ough re­view of the struc­ture of the club. An an­nounce­ment about the new struc­ture will be made next week.”

First team coach Alan Irvine took charge for yes­ter­day’s game against Black­burn at Car­row Road.

The Ca­naries went into the week­end a dis­ap­point­ing eighth in the ta­ble, nine points off the play-off places.

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