Date: 30th December 2016 at 12:15am
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News has just broken via The Sun that Alex Neil apparently has a rather lucrative clause in his contract…

The Sun

newspaper have reported on their back page tonight that Ed balls negotiated a ‘secret’ £2 million deal with Alex Neil in the summer. This means if the club sack him they will have to pay him the tidy sum of the aforementioned £2 million. If this is true it would make the club even more of a laughing stock than it already is.

This would tie in with why the club haven’t sacked the beleaguered Alex Neil yet and IF this story is true this would cause outrage with the Norwich fans at the chairman Ed Balls. Things being as bad as they are already this will just add more fuel to fire with Norwich fans who are already angry, disappointed and let down by the Board with the team’s awful form since the end of September, and the perceived lack of action.

Who knows if this is true – and if it is, then it would likely be the whole Board that would have to approve a deal rather than the decision just being Ed’s alone. The Sun’s article does allege that it was a ‘secret’ deal though. However, whoever has agreed to the alleged deal would have some serious explaining to do – but more importantly if this is the reason he has not been sacked, then that is more of an issue. It always costs money to sack a manager and usually costs to bring one in. We have virtually no chance of being promoted with Neil at the helm, surely it would be worth a £2m punt to get someone like Gary Rowett in for ‘free’?

Makes you wonder what is next? Can Norwich afford the alleged £2m to sack him? Who approved the deal and why? Is this the reason they wont pull the trigger? These are all questions Norwich fans want answers to. Makes for a likely toxic atmosphere at home on Monday.

Of course, we expect the club to explain that this is completely fabricated story in the morning!


5 Replies to “Did Ed Balls Give Alex Neil a ‘Secret’ £2m Deal?”

  • We have heard rumours that the club are financially weak – that signing Klose, Naismith, Pritchard and Canos was a real stretch. But even then, a club like Norwich should be able to find such money to be rid of AN. It doesn’t seem right to me that it’s purely cash. I genuinely think they like him, that the board really think he’ll come good. Not so sure myself. We’ll find out in January, it’s lining up to be an ‘interesting’ month

  • If true, this would be the last straw for the fans. The board need to get their story straight and fast.

  • Second hand cortina poxey will be rolled out at some point to explain or deny it.
    It could take a while as it was about 2 months to get the appalling in house interview
    sorted out for wednesday.
    Rabs contract will have to be explained and no doubt it will be a ‘ rolling one year ‘ with any details of compensation payments being private.
    £ 2 million to sack the incompetent stubborn failure is about Canos ( never plays ), quarter of Naismith ( hardly ever plays ), quarter of Klose ( not not played for7 games ) , Madison ( not year until next season ) and probably wages for turnip, ditherans, whittaker ( useless players not required ) so it should not get in the way of removing Rab ( ert ) crash and ( Burns )

  • The story is written by Charlie Wyatt so you’d assume it’s accurate, being a Norwich fan and there’s a link to it in the text. If true, this is ridiculous and explains why he isn’t being sacked. £2m would probably be a large chunk if not most of our transfer kitty this January. Shambles.

  • It would be the best £ 2 million spent since rab crash and burns arrived.
    That £ 2 million plus employing Rowett ( no compo ) is likely to save club £ 30 to £ 40 million
    by actually having players who cost that playing and doing their best.

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