Recruitment to blame – Neil

Norwich boss Alex Neil has blamed a lack of recruitment over the summer for the club’s expected return to the Championship.

Norwich: Recruitment to blame - NeilNorwich: Recruitment to blame - Neil

Following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at home to Manchester United, coupled with Sunderland’s 3-2 win over Chelsea, the Canaries now need a miracle to avoid the drop.

Norwich were very active in the January transfer window when making a number of quality additions that gave them a fighting chance, but Neil believes the damage had already been done.

The Canaries made it the Premier League via the play-offs and Neil believes they lost valuable time in the process.

“There has been a whole host of reasons why that hasn’t been the case,” said the Scot. “We were last to go up, through the play-offs, and the recruitment team needed to be put together a bit more than what it was, so that wasn’t fully functioning in the way it should’ve been.

“And there have been players weÂ’ve tried to attract that ultimately we didnÂ’t manage to get. If you combine all those reasons we found ourselves in a situation where we didnÂ’t add as many as weÂ’d have liked.”

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