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Alex Neil set for Carrow Road return during Norwich City’s Championship battle with Brighton

PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 08:10 20 April 2017

Alex Neils time with Norwich City came to an end on March 10 but tomorrow night he will be back at Carrow Road, working for Sky Sports. Picture: PAUL CHESTERTON

Alex Neils time with Norwich City came to an end on March 10 but tomorrow night he will be back at Carrow Road, working for Sky Sports. Picture: PAUL CHESTERTON

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Alex Neil is heading back to Carrow Road – to work as a television analyst when Norwich City take on Brighton tomorrow.

Little more than a month since the Scot’s time in charge of the Canaries was brought to an end, he is heading back to Norfolk to offer his opinions during live Sky Sports coverage, as Chris Hughton makes his first return to City.

The 35-year-old was dismissed after a run of five games without a win had seen his team fall nine points off the play-off pace and to eighth in the Championship table.

Neil has since spoken briefly to the media and remained composed about his exit, admitting he had made mistakes during his time with City but bemoaning the timing of his sacking.

The man who led the Canaries to Wembley and back to the Premier League in a blaze of glory now looks to be putting his head above the parapet though, sparking talk that he is ready to get back into the game.

That follows the former Barnsley and Mansfield midfielder being linked with the vacancy at Birmingham City after Gianfranco Zola’s resignation this week but former Tottenham Hotspur chief Harry Redknapp has now taken over at St Andrew’s.

“I’ve been on a couple of holidays with my family, this is the first interview that I’ve done since really,” the former Hamilton Academical boss told the BBC’s Scottish Football Podcast earlier this week.

“So I’m hoping to do a bit more, getting myself out to games, interviews and things like that, putting myself out there and seeing what the next challenge is.”

Neil said he had not been approached by any clubs since leaving Norwich and continued: “The worst thing about being out of a job in football is you’re waiting for some poor guy to lose his job, it’s not a nice position to be in.

“But ultimately when you feel you’ve got something to offer in the game and certainly my CV and track record of being involved in big games, being able to go to big places and win – like for instance beating the likes of Celtic, beating Man Utd, so you’re capable of doing that, I’ve been promoted twice in the space of four years – so I think I’ve got a hell of a lot to offer.

“I just hope that my next challenge is built so that allows me to have more success.”

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11 comments

  • I have had three earlier posts rejected as abusive by the moderator. In one I suggested that the two other football experts employed by Sky on Friday would be Mickey Mouse and the Archbishop of Canterbury. May I offer my sincere apologies to Mickey Mouse and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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    waclor

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • Sheldon, did any of the comments made before yours mention any other scots from north of the boarder??? NO IS THE ANSWER; If you don't mind TK but he quotes" it's only a bit of banter" have a sense of humour sheldon.. But AN was a wanna be who only got the team promoted from a good solid team which he inherited, the list is endless of his pathetic managerment skill which I don't have the time to repeat again...so why DO sky want him to comment on the game is obvious people...it's to remind us NC FANS WHAT THE DEVIDE IS BETWEEN THE ENGLISH LANUAGE AND THE Scotish lanuage, Oh it's so frustrating LMAO...

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    Houstoncanary

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • Calm down Sheldon its only a bit of banter. To give Alex Neil his due, he managed to get us promoted with the team built by Adams plus a fair bit of help from previous managers. He also ultimately admitted that his loyalty to some of the Old Guard led to his downfall but perhaps should have also admitted that he mostly got it wrong in the recruitment department as well. Recognizing this has probably led to the new structure, whereby there should be a more balanced approach to player signings in future. It will be interesting to hear what he has to say if those same players fail us again tomorrow night. However, like most real supporters, I will be at the ground supporting my team as usual, so I will miss the dubious honor of hearing the Wee man speak.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • An interesting choice by Sky, given that he was only recently sacked. How can he comment if a fellow punter states that Murray has bullied Norwich's central defenders, Neil having presided over two season's of defensive collapse?

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    NorwichAbs

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • Usual anti-Scottish nonsense on here. Given our great club's wonderful history of Scottish players and managers it is desperately insulting to them and gives a clear indication that most commenters beneath these articles are not supporters at all. Take your bile elsewhere please.

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    Sheldon

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • He ha, sky must be daft to ask fan dabbie dosie for his footballing opinion given how he ruined our club, he should be banned from the ground.

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    Oh matron

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • blackdog2 - you are looking for very special person to fulfil the role of .....interpretor so that the viewers can understand and make sense of his comments!...yes get someone to interpret what he is saying will be relatively easy but to make sense of his comments that is some task! OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • Will Sky provide an interpretor so that the viewers can understand and make sense of his comments! My suggestion would be Gordon Strachan.

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • Well the sky viewers are in for treat!

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    tonyb

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • Not long obviously Cutty, I missed his usual drivel.

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    waclor

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • Fee fie fo fum I smell that tommy troll. daly11? You seem to be adding numbers to your names of late. I wonder if you'll last more than a few hours today.

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    cutty

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

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