Alex Neil has no fears he can cut it in the Premier League
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Bullish Norwich City boss Alex Neil insists the Canaries should fear no-one in the Premier League.
Neil is looking forward to mixing it with the likes of Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal after steering City back to the top flight.
The 34-year-old, however, is ready for the inevitable spotlight on him as the youngest manager in the Premier League after his stunning impact at Carrow Road following a move from unheralded Hamilton.
'It is not about me, it is about the team. I am looking forward to the challenge,' he said. 'It is not something that scares or fazes me because ultimately you want to get to the highest level and it doesn't get any higher.
'I think it was the same last year in the Championship so that type of thing - about the age - doesn't bother me.
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'I am just really looking forward to it and doing as well as we can as a group. The longer you stay out of the Premier League the harder it is to get back there. Last year was huge because potentially you might lose some of your best players and then it becomes doubly difficult.
'Coming down and trying to change the mentality and bounce back up is hard to do but its imperative to get back to the top flight.'
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Neil knows City cannot compete with the big boys in the transfer market, which was underlined again by Manchester City's reported £49m deal earlier this week for Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling.
'I think it shows the gulf between the top teams and what they are capable of doing and the teams who came up and were promoted,' he said. 'At the end of the day it is a game of football.
'We will be set up to go and do the best we can and get results against these teams. If we work as hard as we can since I have come through the door there is no reason we can't get results.'