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Alex Neil

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:21 pm
by Clive
He ticks all the boxes for me.

He's only on a 12 month rolling contract at a smaller club with a smaller budget, so he's available unless he takes Preston up.

He's outperforming Leeds with a smaller club and a smaller budget.

He's got a team promoted to the Premier League.

He has experience of the Premier League.

He's got experience of a fairly big club in Norwich, got them promoted, and they've been worse since they sacked him.

He's still only 36, so he's got potential to improve an already impressive CV.

I see drive, I see hunger, I see ambition, I see strength of character.

He's what Heckingbottom was sold to us as, but he's the real deal.

If you don't want to go for an unknown foreigner again, or an experienced manager who's been hit and miss, then he's really the only candidate.

Re: Alex Neil

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:39 pm
by weasel
I'm not totally convinced with him re Norwich with him getting promoted but then relegated - however a lot depends on what he learnt from the experience and if he is a better manager for the experience. His time in Scotland was excellent though.

Sometimes a manager's voice can lose respect if the same players get fed up of hearing it. Fergie dealt with this superbly by constantly changing his no.2 so that the players would be hearing a new voice and ideas constantly and also he was a good judge of when to get rid of a player.

Re: Alex Neil

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:47 pm
by SG90
Not for me. Plus he was pretty classless the other day accussing Jansson of faking an injury, which of course our embarrassment section of our fan base decided to go with.

Re: Alex Neil

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:48 pm
by Clive
weasel wrote:
Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:39 pm
I'm not totally convinced with him re Norwich with him getting promoted but then relegated - however a lot depends on what he learnt from the experience and if he is a better manager for the experience. His time in Scotland was excellent though.
Sean Dyche got relegated with Burnley and came back the next season. Okay, he wasn't going to take Norwich straight back up, but they have got worse since he left.

If we're ruling out managers who've been relegated from the Premier League, then we're ruling out some good managers.

Re: Alex Neil

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:51 pm
by Clive
SG90 wrote:
Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:47 pm
Not for me. Plus he was pretty classless the other day accussing Jansson of faking an injury, which of course our embarrassment section of our fan base decided to go with.
He had a point, though.

Fergie was as classless as you can get.

Do you want a 'nice guy' like Brian?

Re: Alex Neil

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:05 pm
by SG90
Clive wrote:
Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:51 pm
He had a point, though.

Fergie was as classless as you can get.

Do you want a 'nice guy' like Brian?
No I want Bilic, Wolf or Garcia. The same I wanted when TC was sacked. But Radz will appoint the Morecambe manager or McCarthy.

Re: Alex Neil

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:50 pm
by Cjay
Not for me.

That Norwich team last season should have been top 6, very expensive squad with real quality, didnt get the best out of it.

Re: Alex Neil

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:07 am
by NorfolkWhite
Cjay wrote:
Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:50 pm
Not for me.

That Norwich team last season should have been top 6, very expensive squad with real quality, didnt get the best out of it.
That’s correct, he’d totally lost his way at the end and were clueless. Reason they have gone backwards since he left is that they cleared out a large chunk of their senior players and high earners in preparation for the parachute money running out bringing through youth players and signing unknown Germans to fill the gaps.

Re: Alex Neil

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:41 pm
by Cjay
NorfolkWhite wrote:
Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:07 am
That’s correct, he’d totally lost his way at the end and were clueless. Reason they have gone backwards since he left is that they cleared out a large chunk of their senior players and high earners in preparation for the parachute money running out bringing through youth players and signing unknown Germans to fill the gaps.
He has done well at Preston tbf.

Take him over Hecky but not my choice.

Re: Alex Neil

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:04 pm
by SG90
Cjay wrote:
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:41 pm
He has done well at Preston tbf.

Take him over Hecky but not my choice.
We need to be looking higher than that though. Wolves get ex Porto and Valencia. Why can't we go in for these kind of managers?

Re: Alex Neil

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:16 pm
by Cjay
SG90 wrote:
Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:04 pm
We need to be looking higher than that though. Wolves get ex Porto and Valencia. Why can't we go in for these kind of managers?
Because was havent got Jorge Mendes in our back pocket.

Can see Wolves having a nasty shock next season.

Re: Alex Neil

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:43 pm
by SG90
Cjay wrote:
Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:16 pm
Because was havent got Jorge Mendes in our back pocket.

Can see Wolves having a nasty shock next season.
True, but AR said he knows people too, so...

Re: Alex Neil

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:59 pm
by Cjay
SG90 wrote:
Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:43 pm
True, but AR said he knows people too, so...
Tbf i dont doubt Radz has extremely good connections.

Theres pictures of him with Mendes, Raiola and he has a perfectly traceable long standing business relationship with the President of PSG.

His business partner is a sponsor of the Globe Soccer awards, dont doubt Radz is extremely connected.

But why he hasnt used them yet i dont know.

Re: Alex Neil

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:10 pm
by SG90
Cjay wrote:
Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:59 pm
Tbf i dont doubt Radz has extremely good connections.

Theres pictures of him with Mendes, Raiola and he has a perfectly traceable long standing business relationship with the President of PSG.

His business partner is a sponsor of the Globe Soccer awards, dont doubt Radz is extremely connected.

But why he hasnt used them yet i dont know.
Because you know they'll change the rules if we do it. :roll:

Re: Alex Neil

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:30 pm
by NorfolkWhite
Cjay wrote:
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:41 pm
He has done well at Preston tbf.

Take him over Hecky but not my choice.
I agree on both fronts - but neither statement means we should go for him.