Norwich City manager Alex Neil ‘disappointed’ by David McNally’s departure and will consider future at the end of the season

11 May

Norwich manager Alex Neil is disappointed by the departure of the club’s chief executive and says he will assess his own position at the end of the season.


David McNally announced his resignation following the Canaries’ loss to Manchester United on Saturday, which left the team four points adrift of safety with two games left to play.

Norwich play Watford on Wednesday, with the future of Hornets head coach Quique Sanchez Flores increasingly uncertain, but Neil’s side will be relegated regardless if Sunderland beat Everton.

Asked if he would consider his own future should Norwich go down, Neil said: “I’ll certainly look at my contribution this season, look at my team individually in terms of their contribution and the bigger picture in terms of the club and what we’ve managed to do on the field and off the field.

“Recruitment is a part of that, a whole load of things needs analysing.

“I’ll speak to the powers that be and the board but I don’t think anything is ever off the table in football. We spoke about Quique Flores earlier on.

“At the end of the season I’ll be judging how I’ve performed, how other people have performed and I’m pretty sure people will be judging me. That’s normal in the Premier League.”

Asked he still wants to be at Norwich, Neil said: “Of course, this is a club I’ve been given the task to help.

“Unfortunately we’re not in the position I’d like us to be but we need to crack on and see where it takes us.”

McNally was a key figure in appointing Neil as manager in January 2015 and had been at the club since 2009, when the Canaries were languishing in League One.

“I’m disappointed he left the club, I had a real good relationship with David,” Neil said.

“He showed trust and faith in me, he helped bring me to the club. I’m surprised, disappointed. I think we’ve lost a really important figure for us.”

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