Norwich City playing for high stakes at Wembley

Norwich manager Alex Neil will lead out his club for a first trip to the new Wembley against Middles

Norwich manager Alex Neil will lead out his club for a first trip to the new Wembley against Middlesbrough on Bank Holiday Monday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City chief executive David McNally wants Canaries' supporters to savour a landmark Wembley play-off final – and let him worry about the financial implications from the self-styled richest match in football.

Alex Neil's side face Middlesbrough on Bank Holiday Monday in City's first trip to the new national stadium with a Premier League place at stake, in a game estimated to be worth £120m to the winner.

'This is a huge occasion,' said McNally. 'For Delia and Michael and for our supporters we are delighted that they have a great day out at Wembley. I will be so proud when Alex leads the team out at Wembley.

'If I remember back to League One days they backed us with 25,000 every home game, so of all football clubs, Norwich supporters deserve their place at Wembley for the first time in 30 years.

'The money is important, clearly, and we want to be in the Premier League as soon as we can. That means this year all being well. I say that with the greatest respect to Middlesbrough, who we do respect and who are a good side, but we're a very good side and we want to get Norwich back to the Premier League.'


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City's instant top flight return, 12 months after relegation, would provide a huge financial boost.

'This club is run like a mutual so whether we are in the Premier League, with Premier League money, or still in the Championship, we spend all of the spare cash on football,' he said, 'In the Premier League you have a lot more and that might mean one or two improvements to the squad and its easier to attract the higher quality when we are in the Premier League.

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'If we were in the Championship we would need to trade, money wouldn't be as flush, so we might need to do that and hopefully bring better ones in.

'That is the way we will look at it, but we have a great group of players, some really good young men, and they have been loyal to this football club and we hope that continues for a long time.'

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