Alex Neil: Red card urged Norwich City boss to leave stand

Alex Neil
Alex Neil (right) left his seat in the director's box to join first-team coach Gary Holt in the dugout at Bournemouth

New Norwich City boss Alex Neil has said he could not resist leaving the stands to join the dugout in his side's 2-1 win at Bournemouth.

A 64th-minute red card for Norwich midfielder Jonny Howson prompted Neil to head to the touchline before Cameron Jerome's late winner for the Canaries.

"I was actually enjoying it from the stands," he told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"But I felt everything changed with the sending off. I felt I would be better suited in the dugout."

He added: "The sending off is a turning point and Cameron came up with a fantastic winner."

Neil, 33, had only been confirmed as Canaries boss on Friday, leaving his job at Hamilton Academical where he had won promotion to the Scottish Premiership.

First-team coaches Mike Phelan and Gary Holt had trained and selected the team for Saturday's trip to the league leaders, which saw Howson dismissed for a tackle on Yann Kermorgant.

But Neil said he felt he could help influence 10-man Norwich for the final 25 minutes.

"Mike and Gary prepared the team so I didn't want to do too much," said the former Barnsley midfielder.

Alex Neil and Cameron Jerome
Alex Neil's side won through Cameron Jerome's 80th-minute strike

"But when it goes down to 10 men then it's completely different, the shape of the team changes. We spoke about containing Bournemouth and thankfully managed to nick one at the end.

"I spoke to the players in the build-up at the hotel. I spoke to them before the game and at half-time and full-time.

"I've had an influence over things, but in terms of the team it was Gary and Mike that prepared them for the game."

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