Steve Evans - Norwich City have pulled off a masterstroke to recruit Alex Neil
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Alex Neil will bring the good times back to Norwich City, according to Rotherham chief Steve Evans.
The Millers' boss dented City's Championship promotion push with a 1-1 draw at the New York Stadium on Saturday but Evans has seen enough to realise his fellow Scot is rising star of the managerial game.
Evans struck up a friendship with Neil on a recent coaching course and the Glaswegian insists Norwich's top brass have made an astute appointment after head-hunting the unheralded ex-Hamilton boss.
'He has certainly made a positive impact since taking the reins at Carrow Road and I am delighted to see him doing so well,' said Evans. 'It is refreshing to see a young up-and-coming British manager given an opportunity at a big club like Norwich, and whilst it is still early days for Alex he has shown a lot talent in his short time at the helm.
'The Rotherham fans saw an outstanding team in Norwich, in the way they keep the ball, and I would like to wish Alex all the best in the play-offs. If I look at the teams involved it will be one hell of a play-offs this time around.'
Norwich looked to have overcome Lewis Grabban's early red card when Gary Hooper rifled the visitors in front and Evans revealed he has a soft spot for the former Celtic hitman.
'They scored an absolutely stunning goal and it just so happens to be from a man I watched many times at Celtic Park and been off my feet when he has scored goals like that. It was a special goal,' he said. 'I remember going to Preston in the play-offs last season and I said if I see a better goal than Joe Garner's then I will wake up a chicken, well, I woke up a chicken when (Alex) Revell scored that goal for us at Wembley but how can you better Hooper?
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'I watched it back and it is simply stunning. We give the ball away but the boy has a special talent. You see the Norwich bench celebrate like that and so they should because the prize at the end of it is huge.
'They would have been aware of what was happening at Middlesbrough and Fulham and I'm sure Alex Neil's bench were keeping him up to speed with what was happening.'
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