Could Alex Neil be sacked and Nigel Pearson installed as the new manager of Norwich City?
Norwich City have hit the buffers following a bright start to the season, with the Canaries’ 3-2 defeat at home to Leeds on Saturday suggesting that Alex Neil’s days are numbered at Carrow Road.
The Scot has been largely a success with Norwich, having achieved promotion through the Championship play-offs during his first season with the East Anglian club. City then started promisingly in the Premier League although eventually started to drop like a stone and their aim to make an immediate return to the top flight has been dented in recent weeks.
Newcastle and Brighton are kicking clear of the chasing pack right now, with Norwich sitting fifth in the table although the past two games have been especially worrying. The 5-0 hammering at the AMEX Stadium saw the Canaries crumble to pieces, while the weekend game against Leeds means that they have conceded eight goals in two matches.
It has been five games without a win and there are suggestions that the board are ready to make a change if results don’t improve immediately. Nigel Pearson could be someone interested in the role, with Tim Sherwood another out-of-work manager who previously played for Norwich.
It’s going to be interesting to see who’s priced up as favourite should Alex Neil leave, although the Scot might be given the chance to engineer victories against either QPR or Derby on the road. A failure to win either of those games could see their manager leave and perhaps he simply achieved promotion too quickly at Carrow Road.