Alex Neil aims to build a Norwich City dynasty

Norwich manager Alex Neil and first team coach Gary Holt share a moment during the Wembley play-off

Norwich manager Alex Neil and first team coach Gary Holt share a moment during the Wembley play-off final win against Middlesbrough. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil wants to build a dynasty of success at Norwich City.

The Canaries' chief is determined to make sure his club can prosper in the Premier League after plotting an instant top flight return after a thrilling Wembley play-off final win against Middlesbrough. Neil aims to reward the men who dragged Norwich back to the big time but he is also planning for the long-term in his summer recruitment drive.

'We will need to add quality to the squad but I will stick with the hard-core group and make sure they get their opportunity,' he said. 'They have shown enough from previous years in the Premier League, from being their for three seasons, so it is not as if they do not know what to do when they get there, and more importantly, they know they are capable of staying there.

'I don't think you can just disband the squad and bring in a new set of players because you lose your identity and it is important to have that. I did the same at Hamilton, I kept the group who got me up from the First Division and tried to add bits of quality in and about it who I felt could make the difference so that wouldn't be any different here.'

Neil wants to repeat his successful experiment at former club Hamilton.

'I could have probably told you the expected line up two or three years down the line, in terms of which youngsters were coming through, which would kick on, perhaps the ones who would move,' he said. 'That is certainly the position I would like to be in - to make sure there is never a lull and, for instance, if you lose experienced lads you have options ready, so it should be a staggered process. In England it is difficult to build that longevity but if the majority of clubs adopted that a bit more it would certainly help them and stabilise.'

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