Norwich City head coach Alex Neil has told The Pink ‘Un that he is backing fellow underfire manager Lee Johnson.

Both Neil and Bristol City head coach Johnson have faced calls to be sacked over the last few weeks with neither team impressing in the league. The Canaries were expected to be pushing for automatic promotion but are currently outside the Sky Bet Championship play-off places while the Robins have had a terrible run of form which seems them battling against relegation.

This means that both Neil and Johnson have had to fend off calls from the fans to be sacked, meaning there is some solidarity between the two men who are fighting to keep their jobs. So it’s no surprise that after the two teams played out a 1-1 draw on Tuesday night, which did nothing to silence either man’s critics, Neil said in a press conference that Johnson should stick to his guns and keep on doing what he knows is right.

He said: “You have to believe in what you are doing. The fact is you can’t control what other people say,”

“You have to be brave enough to make big decisions because sometimes you make them and everyone else feels they are wrong.

“When you run a football club I get all the information flowed into me. I see the players and staff on a daily basis. I know everything that goes on – whereas the guy who is criticising is the guy in the house who sees the team on a Saturday. They don’t have all the facts at hand.”

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