‘I will be looking into my players’ eyes and deciding if they are up for the fight,’ Alex Neil on his Norwich City plans

Norwich City manager Alex Neil faces a big summer to re-shape his squad. Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

Norwich City manager Alex Neil faces a big summer to re-shape his squad. Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Hungry players only should apply to join Alex Neil's Championship crusade at Norwich City.

The Canaries' wrap up their Premier League season at Everton on Sunday, but a series of meetings with the Scot's squad next week could hold the key to a hectic summer turnover in the wake of relegation.

'A lot of players have been here for a number of years,' he said. 'That carries its own problems at times but what I will be doing is sitting across a table and looking into my players' eyes and deciding if they are up for the fight of taking us back up, and that will be a major part of deciding where there future lies, as much as anything else.

'If they are not then it will be a problem. We will have to try and inject a certain amount of freshness.'

Neil expects City to learn lessons from last summer's failed recruitment drive.

'We are in a miles better situation than we were in that regard,' he said. 'It is important that we have done that groundwork but we have to be clear in what we are doing. David McNally was a fundamental part of that but I am more than confident, following the brief chats I have had with the board, and those will be on-going in the days ahead, that is going to be addressed as soon as possible.'

The City boss is also pledging to give the club's crop of younger players an early chance to stake their claim in the Championship after the likes of the Murphy twins, Harry Toffolo and James Maddison also had loan spells in the Football League this season.

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'I can assure you in my plans going forward they would have an opportunity,' said Neil. 'They will be in pre-season with us and able to stake their claim going forward. It really will be up to them to show they can play a major part and they are good enough to do it.'

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