Alex Neil ready to break new ground at Norwich City

Norwich manager Alex Neil and Bournemouth counterpart Eddie Howe are both embroiled in a Premier Lea

Norwich manager Alex Neil and Bournemouth counterpart Eddie Howe are both embroiled in a Premier League survival scrap. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil is ready to fight 'tooth and nail' to keep Norwich City in the Premier League.

The Scot's brief managerial career has brought unbroken success at both Hamilton and the Canaries last season, but City head to Manchester United this weekend embroiled in a struggle for top flight survival.

'I think it is a different challenge to anything I have done before, but we will fight tooth and nail to stay up,' he said. 'When I first took over at Hamilton it was one of those where we were third bottom in the Championship at the time, but I didn't think we were in any danger of going down and we finished fifth. We won five out of our last seven league games.

'Then for the next two seasons I have been challenging to win leagues and promotions so this is very different, in terms of what I have been used to. You have to keep an even keel and I am really pleased at the progress we have made. We won promotion through certainly one of the best days I have had in football at Wembley and I am sure the players and the fans would say the same about that final, but that is done, we have to concentrate on this challenge now.

'It is not been as good as I would have hoped, in terms of points, but we are capable of doing better. We just have to show the passion, desire and quality you need to flourish at this level.'