Norwich City supporters' group calls on board to explain why they are sticking by Alex Neil
PUBLISHED: 14:11 08 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:11 08 March 2017
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A leading Norwich City supporters' group has summed up the feelings of many fans by asking the club for an explanation over Alex Neil's continued tenure as manager.
Neil and the Board are coming under increasing pressure again as the club lurches towards the end of a season that started with so much promise but is ending without so much as a whimper.
City’s 1-1 draw at struggling Bristol City on Tuesday night has again cranked up the pressure on Neil.
Canaries Trust chairman Robin Sainty said: “We have effectively said that, at the end of the day, the board will do what the board will do, but if they are not going to sack the manager after this, then the fans deserve an explanation.
“Nearly 1,000 fans went to Bristol City on Tuesday, which the club should be extremely grateful for, and they had to put up with that.
“We are not trying to tell them how to run the club, but it has reached the point where people are so angry. It is bad PR to maintain a wall of silence.”
While questions are being asked of Neil’s leadership and his tactical nous, there are issues behind the scenes that are causing fans’ concern.
This is a club without a chief executive, having lost two in the space of less than a year. The Carrow Road hierarchy is currently reviewing the way the club is run, from top to bottom – and that leads to the ownership issue.
Delia Smith’s and Michael Wynn Jones’ stewardship divides opinion. On the one hand they are seen as safeguarding one of the last bastions of footballing tradition, not risking a future under foreign ownership.
On the other, they are seen as stymying much-needed investment to build a squad capable of getting to, and staying in, the Premier League.
With promotion surely now only a dream, City will miss out on the TV treasure chest – and the chain reaction that goes with it will see the big earners, the best players, leave the club.
But probably the biggest question being asked of the Board today is why continually refuse to make the biggest decision of them all, and replace Neil.
Will City act? Should City act?