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24 May 2016

'We need to give ourselves the best opportunity'

ALEX Neil is happy with the short-term measures in place as he makes all the preparations necessary for City's assault on Sky Bet Championship promotion next season.

City are currently without a permanent Chief Executive following David McNally's resignation earlier this month, but Neil has been working with the Board and interim CEO Steve Stone to get the ball rolling in terms of his plans for the 2016-17 campaign.

Steven Whittaker signed a new one-year deal with the Club on Monday, and Neil said this week: "We know the situation and have a structure in place now, whether it is to deal with bringing in players, letting players go or renegotiating contracts.

"Those discussions pretty much started immediately. We’ve found ourselves with a good solution at this moment in time because we need to give ourselves the best opportunity to go back up."

The Canaries' boss also hinted that he will look to revert to the expansive football that served him so well after he was appointed to the role in January 2015.

"I will take the lessons (from this season) and implement them and probably get back to a style that I am more comfortable with and that my teams are more renowned for; certainly this group is best at," he added.

"When you go into the Premier League and try to do that it is difficult. One of the biggest lessons I have learned is to have the courage of your convictions.

"The good thing is I am not dropping down into something I don’t know."

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