One step at a time is the mantra from Norwich City chief executive David McNally

Norwich City chief executive David McNally is backing Alex Neil's squad in the Championship play-off

Norwich City chief executive David McNally is backing Alex Neil's squad in the Championship play-offs. Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

Norwich City chief executive David McNally insists the Canaries are ready for the rollercoaster ride of the Championship play-offs.

Alex Neil's squad were edged out of the automatic promotion places, but ahead of Saturday's league finale against Fulham, McNally revealed there is a steely determination to prevail in the race for the Premier League.

'It is one of those fantastic, exciting and scary moments all at the same time. It is brilliant. It is what we are in football for,' he said. 'You play to win things and it is only the start of the journey, but if you are successful you win promotion.

'It is a million times better than what we faced last year, although our mantra is one game at a time.

'All of the focus, both at Carrow Road and Colney, is on that first leg. We are not looking past that game. I am confident we have the manager, players and the plan to do well in that first play-off game.

'It has been a topsy turvy season and in a way Alex doing so well gave us hope we might get to first or second place.

'I don't know what our price was with the bookmakers in November but it would have been big to get automatic promotion. Now it is focusing on doing our work the best we can to give us a great chance in the play-offs.'

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McNally believes City's play-off bid is in safe hands with Neil, who has impressed since his Hamilton move.

'He has done a superb job,' he said. 'Look at his points tally, which is averaging 2.2 points per game, his win ratio, which is 67pc, and on every measure he has over-achieved by some considerable distance.

'His away record, over half a season, has to be one of the best in our history. We are thrilled he is here and we are astounded at the job he has done.

'We're delighted to be in the play-offs because quite simply it gives us another chance to get to the Premier League.

'Our priority at the start of the season was to finish first or second, of course, and we're going to be third or fourth, but considering where we were in the autumn when we were 10th or 11th for a period we have to be thrilled we have this opportunity.'