Alex Neil set for Carrow Road return during Norwich City’s Championship battle with Brighton
PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 08:10 20 April 2017
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Alex Neil is heading back to Carrow Road – to work as a television analyst when Norwich City take on Brighton tomorrow.
Little more than a month since the Scot’s time in charge of the Canaries was brought to an end, he is heading back to Norfolk to offer his opinions during live Sky Sports coverage, as Chris Hughton makes his first return to City.
The 35-year-old was dismissed after a run of five games without a win had seen his team fall nine points off the play-off pace and to eighth in the Championship table.
Neil has since spoken briefly to the media and remained composed about his exit, admitting he had made mistakes during his time with City but bemoaning the timing of his sacking.
The man who led the Canaries to Wembley and back to the Premier League in a blaze of glory now looks to be putting his head above the parapet though, sparking talk that he is ready to get back into the game.
That follows the former Barnsley and Mansfield midfielder being linked with the vacancy at Birmingham City after Gianfranco Zola’s resignation this week but former Tottenham Hotspur chief Harry Redknapp has now taken over at St Andrew’s.
“I’ve been on a couple of holidays with my family, this is the first interview that I’ve done since really,” the former Hamilton Academical boss told the BBC’s Scottish Football Podcast earlier this week.
“So I’m hoping to do a bit more, getting myself out to games, interviews and things like that, putting myself out there and seeing what the next challenge is.”
Neil said he had not been approached by any clubs since leaving Norwich and continued: “The worst thing about being out of a job in football is you’re waiting for some poor guy to lose his job, it’s not a nice position to be in.
“But ultimately when you feel you’ve got something to offer in the game and certainly my CV and track record of being involved in big games, being able to go to big places and win – like for instance beating the likes of Celtic, beating Man Utd, so you’re capable of doing that, I’ve been promoted twice in the space of four years – so I think I’ve got a hell of a lot to offer.
“I just hope that my next challenge is built so that allows me to have more success.”
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