Ed Seaman’s Norwich City column: Patience key in manager hunt

Columnist Edward Seaman
Columnist Edward Seaman

While Alex Neil’s sacking was something that I had called for, I must admit that the timing of his departure came as something of a surprise.

All seemed normal as Neil faced his usual Friday press conference prior to the Blackburn game, before news filtered through that the Scot had been relieved of his duties.

As I wrote at the time, I want to place on record my sincere thanks to Neil, in particular for the memories provided by the playoff run, which of course culminated in that day at Wembley.

But football moves on and in making their decision at this stage of the season, the board have bought themselves time to put a manager in place who can start the process of building for next season.

And I understand that some will be disappointed to ‘miss out’ on the likes of Gary Rowett and Mark Warburton, but given what a big summer lies ahead for the club, it’s imperative that the board take their time to find the right man.

It’s no secret that this squad needs to be freshened up, and I think City need a manager with experience that we can trust to oversee that process.

The changes behind the scenes, for which we still await details, are also something that is needed to provide fresh input, particularly when it comes to recruitment - an area where the club has undoubtedly struggled.

While all that is happening off the pitch, the football itself has taken a back seat.

Under the circumstances, including Mitchell Dijks’ early red card, I thought the point against a Blackburn side fighting for their lives was a credible effort.

Alan Irvine will be hoping his side can build on that tomorrow as Barnsley visit Carrow Road, in turn giving everybody a lift heading into the international break.