Alex Neil signs longer-term Norwich City contract

Action from the Championship playoff final between Norwich City and Middlesborough - Norwich City ce

Action from the Championship playoff final between Norwich City and Middlesborough - Norwich City celebrate getting to the Premier League - Alex Neil salutes the fans. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Archant

The promotion winning manager has signed a 'new and improved' contract with Norwich ahead of the club's return to the Premier League.

The 34-year-old led the Canaries to success in the Championship play-offs after winning 17 of his 25 games to claim third place in the table.

City chief executive David McNally told his club's official website: 'For us this summer it was the most important piece of business to ensure Alex had a much-deserved new contract.

'He galvanised the football club after arriving in January, and we're certain that Norwich City will continue to progress under his management.

'We're delighted that the club and Alex will be working together as we continue to prepare for the start of the new Barclays Premier League season.'

Victory over bitter rivals Ipswich in the play-off semi-finals brought an end to a 30-year wait for a Wembley final for City supporters and culminated in a glorious 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough.

With those joyous celebrations finally starting to subside, the Carrow Road board have moved to secure their highly rated Scottish manager on a longer term contract.

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Neil signed a one-year rolling deal when he joined from Scottish Premiership club Hamilton Academical in January, sparking City's revival in the promotion race.

The length of the new contract has not been revealed by the Canaries.

Neil added: 'I'm delighted to sign a new contract with Norwich City. Both parties were taking a chance when I was appointed but it's worked out very well for all involved, and I'm happy this has been sorted before the season gets under way.

'I've really enjoyed my five months at the club, hopefully it is just the beginning as we now look forward to playing in the Barclays Premier League.'

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