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Neil - We won't be also-rans

Published 16/06/2015

Norwich manager Alex Neil is celebrating a new contract
Norwich manager Alex Neil is celebrating a new contract

Manager Alex Neil says Norwich are looking forward with confidence as they return to the Barclays Premier League next season and that they will not just be there to make up the numbers.

Neil s igned a new and improved longer-term contract at Carrow Road on Tuesday following a remarkable start to his career at the club.

The 34-year-old Scot joined the Canaries from Hamilton in January with the team in seventh place in the Sky Bet Championship and guided them to promotion via the play-offs after losing just three times in 25 matches.

That success has been rewarded with a new deal and Neil admitted Norwich would "embrace the Premier League" ahead of Wednesday's fixtures release.

He told Sky Sports: "We'll hopefully start the season well and see how we get on.

"We're certainly going into the season with confidence with the way we finished last year. We'll give it our best shot and we'll give it a good go.

"I don't think we're setting out a stall just to survive. I think we're going to go in and give it our best shot and really embrace the Premier League.

"Hopefully we can have a really good start and go on and enjoy our season."

The Norwich boss would not disclose any information about possible summer transfer targets and he added: "I can't. If I tell you five and we only bring three then it doesn't look so good.

"We've got a good squad as is, but we'll certainly be adding to that.

"We're trying to improve the quality of the squad to help us to do as well as we can next year.

"Everybody is fighting for the same players, but we are working really, really hard behind the scenes at the moment and that has been the case since the final whistle (at Wembley) went."

Norwich chief executive David McNally said everyone at the club was delighted with the impact Neil has had since arriving.

"For us this summer it was the most important piece of business to ensure Alex had a much-deserved new contract," he said.

"He galvanised the football club after arriving in January and we're certain that Norwich City will continue to progress under his management.

"We're delighted that the club and Alex will be working together as we continue to prepare for the start of the new Barclays Premier League season."

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