Neil ready for top-flight challenge

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May 26, 2015 09:09:00 UK

Goalkeeper John Ruddy and Norwich City are back in the top-flight.

Norwich City manager Alex Neil is determined to make his side competitive when they return to the Premier League next season after a one-year absence.

The Canaries sealed a return to the top-flight at the first attempt by beating Middlesbrough 2-0 in the Championship play-off final at Wembley and Neil is hoping to make a splash in the Premier League next term, while also giving his backing to the players already at the club.

I am hoping that we will be able to give a good account of ourselves.

Alex Neil

He told reporters: “We will be one of the smallest clubs in the Premier League, but there are other clubs of a similar size who have done well. There is no reason why we cannot do that.

“I am hoping that we will be able to give a good account of ourselves.

“There will be an incredible amount of hard work to make sure we can compete at that level because the gulf between the Premier League and the Championship is vast. However, teams manage to go up and do well.

“We will need to add a few quality signings, but I will stick with the hardcore group of the squad and make sure they get an opportunity.”

Norwich can be backed at 2.00 to be relegated next season, with Bournemouth 2.10 and Watford 1.72.

Neil took charge at Carrow Road in January with Norwich hovering just outside the play-off places and oversaw an upturn in form which saw them narrowly miss out on automatic promotion.

The 33-year-old had previously guided Hamilton Academical back up to the Scottish Premiership, making an instant name for himself at the very start of his managerial career.

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