Alex Neil has explained the Lewis Grabban situation and says that the player will remain suspended until Tuesday 1st September.
Talking to the assembled media ahead of the trip to Southampton, Neil had this to say, as reported by the EDP:
“Lewis at the moment is suspended until Tuesday. I think it is well-documented why. We are still investigating why he left the hotel (at Rotherham) without permission,” said Neil. “How do I feel about that? Really good. That is a silly question. My feeling is if any player leaves without my permission they bear the consequences that are coming their way. Lewis has to accept the suspension. He has no option. Why Tuesday? Because it is deadline day and it is all finished then.
“The bottom line is what happens at Norwich is decided by me, the board and the owners. That will remain the case. We are in total control and we will dictate what happens between now and the end of the window.
“There will never be one player or any collection of players that have more power than I allow them to have. The fact is Lewis has been a silly boy in doing what he has done and will bear the consequences. You look at the modern game now and with agents involved so heavily and different people trying to put pressure on players and clubs and sometimes players get sucked into that. We have dealt with it in appropriate fashion and we are now concentrating on Sunday.
“The suspension has no bearing on anything apart from the fact Lewis is not going to be around here until Tuesday. I am not going to get into what might happen beyond Tuesday. It is all hypothetical. That is a matter for Tuesday.”
A hardline stance from the gaffer that I whole heartedly approve of. What next for Grabban though? A rough reception from the Canary faithful is guaranteed, assuming he ever appears for the club again.