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Graeme Murty deserved better, says his former Norwich City boss Alex Neil

PUBLISHED: 16:07 08 May 2018 | UPDATED: 19:00 08 May 2018

Alex Neil guided Preston
 into Championship play-off contention in his first job since leaving Norwich. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil guided Preston into Championship play-off contention in his first job since leaving Norwich. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Ex-Norwich City boss Alex Neil has slammed the disgraceful way his one-time Canaries’ academy coach Graeme Murty was treated at Rangers.

Graeme Murty was in charge of Norwich City's U18s before leaving to join Rangers. Picture: JASON DAWSON/JASONPIXGraeme Murty was in charge of Norwich City's U18s before leaving to join Rangers. Picture: JASON DAWSON/JASONPIX

Murty arrived at Carrow Road during Neil’s tenure in 2015 but was dismissed by the Ibrox giants last month, after stepping up from his development post.

Murty was unable to halt Celtic’s domestic dominance with two humiliating defeats in the league and cup sealing his fate.

Neil guided Preston to the brink of the Championship play-offs this season but admitted he would not tolerate being undermined in the same public fashion.

“I think how he got dealt with towards the end for me was probably what left a bitter taste in most people’s mouths,” said Neil, with Rangers’ top brass widely criticised for issuing a statement on the eve of a thumping Old Firm cup defeat.

“I thought the statement that came out totally undermined him before a big match. I thought that was really poor.

“After that, the club suspending two players – as a manager, if players are getting suspended, it should be by you. When a club makes the decision that weakens your position again.

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“Also, to add insult to injury, to stop you talking to the press, that again made him look really weak. For Graeme, that was really harsh.”

Neil, speaking to the Scottish Herald, also reflected on his first dealings with Sir Alex Ferguson during his Norwich spell, with the Manchester United legend still in intensive care in Salford after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

“It was just a well done (after the Wembley play-off win) and some advice about going forward in the Premier League,” said Neil.

“It’s always a nice touch because he didn’t need to take time out of his busy schedule to speak to me.

“The fact I didn’t know him up until that point was excellent for me.

“He’s the Godfather of English football.

“Everything down there is linked through him in some sort of way. Any coaches, whether they are going through good times or bad, he’s the one you go to for advice.”


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