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Alex Neil can make no promises on the future of his Norwich City players

08:30 10 January 2015

Alex Neil will make no promises over the future of his Norwich City players.

 Picture: James Bass

Alex Neil will make no promises over the future of his Norwich City players. Picture: James Bass

Alex Neil insists Norwich City’s squad is playing for their futures.

The Canaries unveiled their new manager on Friday after a whirlwind few days for the 33-year-old former Hamilton Academical’s chief.

Neil is poised for a watching brief in Saturday’s Championship trip to leaders Bournemouth but the Scot has already started his assessment of the talent at his disposal.

The City manager knows he has to act swiftly with the transfer deadline less than a month away to bring in fresh blood and retain the likes of Nathan Redmond and Gary Hooper, who have been touted with January exits. Neil is offering no guarantees to his current squad they will be part of his regime at Carrow Road.

“It is difficult to say at the moment. We have some hugely talented players here but I will be assessing the squad over the coming weeks,” he said. “The last thing you want to do is give your best players away. We’ll see what happens between now and January. We’ll try and do a lot of work between now and then to see where we go regarding the squad.

“It will be an intense period before January window closes. It’s a limited period to make decisions but I will look to tap into the experience of the guys who have been here.”

Neil has forged his reputation on developing raw talent but the Football League’s second youngest boss is not planning a major raid on his old club.

“That has not even crossed my mind to be fair,” he said. “Hamilton have a fantastic youth set-up and great young players in their squad but the first thing I need to do is assess the Norwich City squad and then if I feel there are any areas to improve on I will speak to David (McNally) and see what we can do.”

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19 comments

  • Oh look who has just scored!

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    baguio

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • Bet some of the players are s#####g themselves knowing the easy times are over!

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    tonyb

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • Baguio you must mean down the A140, up from NCFC would put you 20 miles into the north sea, or do you know a man with a suitable taxi !

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • "Gary Hooper touted with a January exit" AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA What a Hilarious joke. Also completely inaccurate. No one is going to be dumb enough to put in a bid or even been rumored. More jokes please...

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    jaemae2 .

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • This breath of fresh air is most welcome and shines brightly for all to read and hear. Supporters have been made to endure endless streams of hot air through the past few seasons and Neils new different rhetoric is a pleasure to absorb as it sounds as if it comes from his inner vision and not from a cliché' ridden thesaurus of media soundbites. Whatever transpires the supporters will respond to this vigorous, all out approach to the game. In my view the players have to do likewise and I believe they will. Expect to see players transformed or else transported in the coming months.

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    Regulador

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • This headline is music to my ears + judging from the comments so far, music to many other fan's ears too. There is much to be said for appointing a manager who ISN'T a Norwich City man. Doesn't take things personally + has come here to do a job of work. Neil Adams is great for a coach, but maybe a bit too close to the club to manage without sentimentality. Sorry to mention the "L-word" but Lambo always approached the job from a purely business point of view, then left us infinitely better than when he found us. I'm sure Alex will be the same.

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    Timbo

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • I would guess the only ones guaranteed safe would be Johnson Olsson Jerome and the tea lady.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • LYB, I suspect AN was in the pipeline before last weekend's defeat and possibly before that. Therefore I would have expected him to be having more than just a casual glance at our team and their performances. It would only take a couple of hours to run through the BBC highlights of our games for example, so he would therefore have a good idea on where are strengths and weaknesses lay. I am sure NCFC hold a copy of such things so it would be easy to send them to him by email for example.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • Hope they play like the last two games i went to--Reading & Preston-----that'l make his task easier.

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    superfan59

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • I believe Neil's only going to be watching today as he can't really do anything on 24 hours notice. Today is the Phelan and Holt show.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • TK, great minds think alike.

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    cutty

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • If he is true to his word then i can see at least 6 leaving the club & about time.

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    superfan59

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • I reckon the DVD player is red hot at the moment as our Braveheart weighs up what he's got and what he needs, wonder if he brought his claymore with him.

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    cutty

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • Never has a manager come in with such a blaze of trumpeted glory, I just hope AN can walk on water. Seriously though, I hope he has spent some of his travelling time watching recordings of our games this year such that he already has a clear view on who can play where and who switches off at the wrong time, then at least we may see a decent team selected today, if he has a say. I certainly look forward to next Saturdays home game.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • Well, Alex can certainly talk the talk and if he can walk the walk then it will be happy days all round .... unless of course you enjoy seeing City fail !.

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    Kristafa

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • At last our senior players will be put under intense scrutiny. No doubt as much to discern their commitment and desire as much as their talents, such as they are (not in my estimation as high as many would have had us believe). Those who fail to show the right stuff are going to find their cosy existences under severe threat. And not before time. Apart from anything else, having a fresh face from outside and with no previous relationship with Norwich City, has been long overdue and will I am sure benefit the club. The next question is to whether our "football committee" serves any significant function? Alex may well not want lots of people offering what may be diverse views and sowing the seeds of confusion.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • …..He lost no time in assessing the pros and cons of the present squad....even without watching them in action...fast worker!....What with flights back and forth to Scotland and meetings with the City Board, he is a fast learner....unless he has been watching from afar for some time!....For what it is worth, I believe the position of Neil Adams was made clear to him when we were top of the league, and much of this caused the pychological break down between Board ,Manager, and players that led to our poor performances and results in the Autumn!....But as long as everybody's happy...So What!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • Well I can think of one big earner who can leave before the window closes without having a detrimental affect on the playing squad? I will go so far as to offer to pay the taxi fare to get him to his new club myself provided it's only 40 miles up the A140! INWT

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    baguio

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • And we wonder why we have not heard any player comments, even from Social Media Manager Murphy.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

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