Russell Martin tips Norwich City boss for international management

Norwich Manager Alex Neil before the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, NorwichPicture by Pa

Norwich Manager Alex Neil before the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, NorwichPicture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 64026721/03/2015 - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil has the potential to manage Scotland in the future, according to Norwich City skipper Russell Martin.

Martin has been impressed at the way Neil has revitalised the Canaries' promotion hopes since replacing Neil Adams in January.

Neil's honest policy with his players has taken an underachieving squad and turned them into title challengers according to Martin, who believes the former Hamilton boss could one day make the transition from club to international football.

Martin said: 'I can see Alex Neil as a future Scotland manager. I'm sure he will have aspirations to manage at the highest level and he has all the attributes.

'He's doing really well in the Championship and his stock is on the rise. I think we'll go up but even if we don't his stock will continue to be on the up. There are a lot of similarities about how the manager at Norwich wants us to play and how we do things at Scotland.'

Martin has thrived on the international scene since nailing down a centre-half berth under Gordan Strachan.

The 29-year-old sees similarities between Strachan and Neil but doesn't expect the current City boss to enter the international arena any time soon.

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'The gaffer was asking me about the Scotland set-up just last week and some of the things we do when we meet up for international duty,' added Martin, who is expected to start this evening in Scotland's friendly against Northern Ireland.

'He has a lot of the same ideas as Gordon Strachan. We have a lot of Scots at Norwich and things are positive for both club and country. Alex is extremely young so if he does want to be Scotland manager one day I'm sure it will be well into the future.'

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