Video: Chief executive David McNally sets new Norwich City manager Alex Neil a top-six target

New Norwich City Football Club manager Alex Neil unveiled to the media at Colney training ground wit

New Norwich City Football Club manager Alex Neil unveiled to the media at Colney training ground with chief executive David McNally. Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

Chief executive David McNally has confirmed that new boss Alex Neil has been set the target of getting the Canaries into the Championship play-off positions this season.

McNally also confirmed that the club are interested in signing players who can improve the first team but acknowledged a 'balancing act' would need to be achieved, given the large size of the current squad.

'We've asked him to move us up the table as quickly as he can and win as many games as he can,' McNally told Norwich City TV.

'We say that with the greatest respect to the league because it's a tough league but we want him to do as well with winning as many games and moving the club up from its current seventh position upwards.'

McNally also praised Neil Adams' decision to resign earlier this week and asked the club's supporters to give Neil a chance to prove himself.

'We believe what has happened this week is in the best interests of Norwich City Football Club,' McNally continued.

'We are dealing with a very honourable man in Neil Adams who did the right thing for his club, Norwich City is Neil Adams' club and he's yellow and green through and through.

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'We've acted speedily to bring in a new manager within the space of a couple of days since then really and all we ask of the Norwich City fans home and away and everywhere is to get behind Alex, is to give him, the backroom team and the players every piece of support they possibly can that we know that they will give anyway.

'Just get behind Alex, give him a chance, give him your support and you'll see a young manager there who is going to get every ounce out of this squad.'

Neil joins after guiding Hamilton Academical to promotion to the Scottish Premiership last season, via the play-offs, and up to third position in the Scottish top tier this season.

And the Canaries chief clearly likes what he has seen of the former Accies' player-manager.

'Alex's qualities are that he is young and hungry, he's gritty, he's got a lot of resolve, he's tremendously hard working,' McNally said.

'Honest character, very professional, he's got good winning habits, he's a winner and we think he is everything that we need to take this great club forward.'

For more from McNally, press play on the video above.