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Norwich City were right to stick with Alex Neil, insists Burton’s Nigel Clough

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough knows the size of the task against Norwich City. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire.

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough knows the size of the task against Norwich City. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire.

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Burton boss Nigel Clough is in no doubt Norwich City were right to keep faith with Alex Neil, ahead of the Brewers’ bid to trip up the Canaries on Saturday.

Clough admits’ the visitors’ attacking threat is ‘scary’ although the Brewers’ chief is relishing the chance to send out a signal to their Championship relegation rivals at the Pirelli Stadium.

Norwich’s nosedive prior to Christmas put Neil under intense pressure, but City head north unbeaten in six after a battling midweek 2-2 draw against title hopefuls Newcastle.

“They are on a charge. They were beating Newcastle for a large part of that game,” said Clough. “It shows the faith that Norwich have put in him is great. These clubs who change managers at a drop of a hat I don’t think it benefits them the majority of the time. He got them promoted before, they nearly stayed in the Premier League last season. Why not stick with him? He is a good manager.

“Norwich have just scored seven goals in two games and you look at some of their forward players and it is quite scary in this league. They had a Premier League squad last season but we will enjoy competing against them. We will have a go at them and we fancy playing anyone at the Pirelli. It will be a different experience for them from playing in front of 25,000 at Carrow Road so we are looking forward to it. The nature of the Championship means you can always cause an upset.”

Burton have had a full week to prepare and go into the game buoyed by a favourable set of midweek results that kept them two points clear of the relegation places.

“Results went for us during the week, more or less, and it is getting very tight down there now,” Clough told Burton’s official site. “Something like five or six points separates the clubs from the middle down in the table. We had a clear week, especially after going down to Brighton missing six players.

“We have three games coming up now. We can’t pick and choose but with Norwich at home and Derby away the Blackburn game after those two is the most important simply because they are a team around us.”

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20 comments

  • I've met waclor, just once. He is a good bloke. IMHO.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 18, 2017

  • Ironic when The Great Clough senior laid down two principles of management agsinst which Alwx falls so short. The first was to get the spine of the team right: goalkeeper, central defender, midfield general and striker. The rest, he said would take care of itself. His second principle was to count "The hearts" on your team. Those players who would fight to the death to win every match. The Grant Holt type of player. I wonder if such players habe become more rare under the influence of agents constantly urging them to think only of their bank balances.

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    waclor

    Saturday, February 18, 2017

  • What did you expect clough to say,Neil's a c@@p manager (which he is)!

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    tonyb

    Saturday, February 18, 2017

  • Sticking with this poor excuse for a manger has caused me not to renew my season ticket and all you fans who think we'll get promoted this season are in cuckoo land ncfc won't even reach the play offs

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    john smith

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • One more small point. I am as happy as hell most of the time.

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    waclor

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Thanks trebarca and JG Lives for those few kind words. I am only negative towards Alex Neil and keep at it when we win because I don't want to see him get another contract here when I don't believe he is in control of events. I have been consistent, doubting his ability long before the eight losses in ten run of results. I love to see a captain and manager have fight and the will to win which is why I loved the HoltLambert era. It ended all too soon for me.

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    waclor

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • fair comment JGL, but I see on other threads that he is much maligned for being negative in his views, which at least do appear to be harsh.

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    trebarca

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • To be honest Trebarca I don't see anyone on here having a go at Waclor. He may be a misery but we love him really, if he wasn't around we'd probably miss him. As for AN, I am similar to Suffolk Exile - definitely wanted him out up to and including Boxing Day, but since then I've had to admit that he's pulled things around a bit. Now with all the injuries I think we should all get behind him and then see where we are at the end of the season. Which I think is called pragmatism.

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • oops.......maybe 1 third of the squad.

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    trebarca

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Really what is the point in reporting the `wisdom` spouted by Managers of opposing Clubs? These interviews are not news, and they are not factual, why report them? All these guys do is to big up the supposed strength of the opposition, `hard place to come to`, `Premiership quality` etc etc. Perhaps some readers viewers actually fall for it, but its all BS. This goes for Clough the Younger and his appraisal on the NC Manager situation. If considered for AN`s job he would probably have grabbed it with both hands, and personally kicked AN out the door. AN is not the Manager Norwich need, but he is [for whatever reason] what they've got. Moxey was not to blame for the plight of NC, the few good results they have achieved since he left are no more than coincidence. He did not sign the unfit for purpose players that make up maybe 13 of the squad. Win a game or 2 and all is well?, they position they have put themselves in they can hardly afford to drop points going forward, lets see. I hope they do it. For those always having a go at Waclor, give it a rest, he just doesn't have the rose tinted specs like so many seem to have.

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    trebarca

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Agree with @Dan about Kneel Donkeystar. Not an experience to be repeated. Like Moxey... Or Casino-Boy Stone, the bean counter. Wac is right. Our defence is dreadful, even with Timm Klose. The loss of Pinto makes it worse. Have we got lucky with Dijks? Until a Prem Club spots him? Corner-Shop Window Carra. @Suffolk Exile, I recommend the Burton on Trent guided tour on a horse-drawn dray. If the yanks have not killed it off.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Agree with @Dan about Kneel Donkeystar. Not an experience to be repeated. Like Moxey... Or Casino-Boy Stone, the bean counter. Wac is right. Our defence is dreadful, even with Timm Klose. The loss of Pinto makes it worse. Have we got lucky with Dijks? Until a Prem Club spots him? Corner-Shop Window Carra. @Suffolk Exile, I recommend the Burton on Trent guided tour on a horse-drawn dray. If the yanks have not killed it off.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • The only argument against sacking AN that hold water is the possibility that the board would end up with somebody worse. I don't say this as criticism of thr board but because appointing a new manager is such a hit and miss affair. I still don't think the present encumbent is the right man though. Ok we're scoring goals but the defence still looks vulnerable. How many of you feel relaxed when we're two nil up with 15 minutes to go?

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    waclor

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Don't need stats. Just look at our own history. Sacking the manager has rarely resulted in an instant improvement - unless an immediate replacement and plan is lined up. Roeder sacked - Relegated, Hughton sacked- Relegated, Adams left and acknowledged he couldn't do the job and AN came in getting us up. Gunn was sacked but Lambert has already been lined up and we went up - andMcNallys plan was already in process. Sacking Worthington didn't make a difference to the fall, but it took him three seasons to get us up.. The biggest improvement after a sacking was the sacking of Doncaster and back to basics approach from McNally.

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    Dan

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • I'm with you, Brewer. Burton is probably one of the best away days in the country. I was one of those calling for AN to go but it looks like he's turned things around and I'm prepared to concede I was wrong. My concern about AN is his lack of experience. Is there a "Statto" out there with the figures for how clubs fare after sacking their manager. Football club management is a precarious job, sure it can be very well paid but going into a line of work where you are very likely to be sacked at some point can create insecurity for manager and squad.

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    Suffolk Exile

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Just looking at the Championship table. None of the teams above us have changed the manager since the start of the season. 2 teams that HAVE changed managers are Villa and Forest, that went well didn't it?

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    PaulWho

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Just goes to show that those in the game know more than the majority of Norwich fans who wanted Alex Neil to get the boot. The best decision our Board have made this year and that includes getting shot of Moxey.

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    superfan59er

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • Waclor, you're quite right. He would say that, wouldn't he? The last thing that Cloughie Mark II needs is to have to pit his wits against a competent manager ;-)

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    Mr. Grouchy

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • I suspect the Late Mandy Rice-Davies, had she still been around to read this article, would have repeated her famous phrase.

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    waclor

    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • I wish God Junior all the best in his quest to keep The Brewers in the Championship - as long as they don't get anything off us. I just luuurve Burton on Trent. Breweries galore - well there were. Now Coors (nee Bass\Ind Coope), Marston's, Burton Bridge and maybe a few dilettante micros. Then there's Marmite. What's not to like about Marmite? Deelissshh! Plus Briggs Engineering, the home of Rolls-Royce brewhouses. Norwich was a significant brewing City in the olden days. Now all that is left are some arty-crafty "breweries" with rent issues. Thank God for Woodforde's!! Complete with their Roll-Royce Briggs brewhouse. (Other breweries and brewery engineers are available)... But there's only one Marmite!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 17, 2017

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