Alex Neil determined to keep Norwich City players relaxed ahead of Wembley clash

Norwich City manager Alex Neil. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City manager Alex Neil. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Rallying cries and motivational speeches will remain firmly on the back-burner for Norwich City manager Alex Neil ahead of his side's Wembley battle with Middlesbrough.

Neil is keen to keep his squad calm ahead of their Championship play-off final clash on Monday.

'I think it's about being relaxed but building it up to the game,' the Canaries boss said.

'If you need motivation as a player to play in a final to get to the Premier League, we've got a couple of issues.

'I don't think that will be the case. The squad will be fully prepared and ready.'


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After a tour of Wembley on Monday, Neil has strived to keep his squad to their normal routine, with training on Sunday, before heading for an overnight stay closer to the national stadium.

'We're just making sure we're getting through our prep work and our training,' the Scot added. 'A lot of it is information based so there's a relaxed atmosphere and the boys are getting themselves ready – the calm before the storm hopefully.'

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The former Hamilton boss, as ever, will remain calm and calculated.

'You do it at the right time, there's no point getting them all psyched up at the moment, there's a long time between now and Monday,' Neil continued.

'Before the game they'll be fully geed up for the game but I think if you do that too early it can have a negative effect, so it's important they're relaxed and just going about their business in normal fashion and once we get closer to the game then it'll become different.'

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