A qualified success story for manager

Norwich City boss Alex Neil salutes the fans at Wembley after guiding the Canaries to the Premier Le

Norwich City boss Alex Neil salutes the fans at Wembley after guiding the Canaries to the Premier League. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Archant

Alex Neil joked he hoped the Premier League would let him continue as Norwich City boss as he works his way to his full Uefa Pro-Licence qualification.

Top-flight managers are required to attain the elite coaching benchmark, but the 33-year-old Canaries' chief is currently studying for his and predicts City's crack at the Premier League will take all of his energies next season.

Neil flew straight up to Glasgow within hours of Norwich's play-off semi-final, first leg draw against Ipswich Town at Portman Road to embark on the next stage of his programme.

'It won't be this summer, I still have about a year and a half to go. It is an on-going process,' he said. 'I have no idea what the situation is to work (in the Premier League) but I hope they don't stop me because I have not got my pro-licence.

'You are always evolving as a person, coach and manager. I am certainly better than what I was two years ago. I will have to learn fast, but I am prepared to put the hours in to make us as equipped as can be to compete. Seriously, we realise it's going to be extremely different. We will be the underdog in most occasions, whereas in the Championship most teams would tip us as being the favourites. I am under no illusions about how difficult it is going to be, but we have our goals once we get there about what to do, so hopefully it will be enough.'