Alex Neil confirms he is ready to spearhead Norwich City’s fight back after Everton’s 3-0 Premier League cruise on the Canaries’ top flight swansong
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Alex Neil confirmed after Norwich City's 3-0 Premier League defeat at Everton he is ready to lead the Canaries' Championship fight back.
Neil will have further talks with the club's owners on Monday but the Scot gave his clearest indication yet following the last-day defeat at Goodison Park he is prepared to spearhead City's bid to bounce back from relegation.
James McCarthy, Leighton Baines and Kevin Mirallas sealed a routine win for the managerless Toffees, a result which meant Norwich finished 19th, one place above Aston Villa.
'There have been brief discussions. I'll have more tomorrow but it looks likely I will be here next season,' said Neil. 'I still have a few discussions to be had. It is a big job because we have a number of players who have been here for a number of years for a start. We have got a team that is getting older. A lot of players 27, 28 and above. It is whether we deem we need to freshen it up and how much and if we have got resources available to us to do that.
'I think we have the basis of a squad because I don't think you can have that much churn between two seasons but there might be some changes in the summer and it depends on what we can and can't get done. I think we have got a lot of decisions to make. There is going to be a lot of discussions over these next few days. Then we'll see who is coming with us.'
Neil admitted Norwich's lacklustre farewell to the top flight was the tale of their season.
'To be honest the first goal pretty much summed us up this season. We had a good chance and Cameron (Jerome) has a header from seven or eight yards out,' he said. 'The keeper mops it up comfortably and 20 seconds later the ball ends up in the back of our net and three or four occasions we could have stopped it getting to that point. It is a good strike from McCarthy but I think we have to look at how we defended it.
'The penalty I thought was extremely soft. I thought Robbie (Brady) just got his body in front and (Romelu) Lukaku goes down and then it changes the dynamics of the game. We played some reasonable stuff without being overly threatening and when they went forward they looked decent at times. We couldn't deal with Lukaku.'
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