Alex Neil - Pressure comes with the job at Norwich City

Alex Neil insists pressure comes with the territory at Norwich City. Picture: James Bass

Alex Neil insists pressure comes with the territory at Norwich City. Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

Norwich City's new boss Alex Neil will thrive on the pressure of leading the Canaries' Championship promotion push.

City unveiled the 33-year-old on Friday and the former Hamilton Academical's chief knows his primary task is to get Norwich firmly back in the race to reach the Premier League.

Neil will have a watching brief in Saturday's trip to leaders Bournemouth but the second youngest manager in the Football League is ready for the battles that lie ahead.

'I am very confident I will cope with the expectation,' he said. 'It is very similar to when I got the Hamilton Accies' job. I was 31 at the time, I was still playing and I got the opportunity. You will always have a little bit of trepidation going into it about whether I am prepared, am I ready, but I took it on and did exceptionally well and now I find myself in a similar position.

'I have this opportunity to do a big job and I'll give it my best shot. As a manager you are always under pressure. When I took over at Hamilton we were sitting second or third bottom in the league and there was pressure to get them away from it. The pressure here is they are seventh, three points out of the play-offs and the minimum is to get into those to give us a chance to get back into the Premier League. That is why the job is so exciting as well.'

Neil is under no illusions should Norwich fail to crack the top six he will have failed in his first objective.

'My task is to improve on where we are. We're seventh at the moment so the first thing we have to do is make sure performances are good and we are winning games,' he said.

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'If we can do that then we can move up the league and the minimum we would find ourselves is in the play-offs. I am under no illusions if I finish seventh or lower then that will be a disappointment. I know exactly the challenge and I am hungry for it. We've got a strong squad and we are more than capable of climbing the table.'