McNally: Neil has the drive & ambition

DAVID McNally believes Alex Neil is the perfect man for Norwich City’s present and future.

Ex-Hamilton boss Neil was appointed as Neil Adams’ replacement on Friday on a one-year rolling contract, and McNally spoke alongside the new manager in a media conference at Colney Training Centre.

Earlier the Canaries’ Chief Executive had told Norwich City TV: “We think this is a man that will go a long way in the game, and we want him to go a long way with Norwich City.

“It was important for us to have somebody who had the drive, ambition and commitment to work as hard as it takes to take this Club forward.

“We’ve asked him to move us up the table as quickly as he can and to win us as many games as he can. We say that with the greatest of respect to the league, because it’s a tough league.

“We looked at a whole list of candidates, as you might imagine, and lots of names were under consideration, but for us, as the Board of Norwich City Football Club, he was the unanimous choice and the first choice.”

McNally went into detail on the process that led to the Club swooping for Neil, and stated that the fact his name wasn’t mentioned in any mainstream media speculation after Adams’ resignation was irrelevant.

“It doesn’t concern us, all I’ll say to Norwich City fans is look at his record. Look what he’s done over two years at Hamilton Academical,” he added.

“He’s had a great period, and two years is a reasonable amount of time in which to judge somebody’s qualities.

“It was important that the candidate had recent management experience, but most importantly it was that he had the qualities, in one of the toughest leagues, to win football matches. Alex’s leadership and people management skills were also really key as part of the process.”

When asked about potential activity in the January transfer window for the Canaries, McNally revealed that there would be movement for Neil to make his mark on the squad if he deemed it a requirement.

“We’ve got the ability to trade,” he said.

“Good players that can improve the first eleven/squad, yes we’re interested, but as everybody knows – it’s legend now that we’ve got a big squad, so I would imagine there to be a balancing act this month where, if there are new players arriving, then one or two players may leave.”

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