Former Norwich City boss Alex Neil wants a Premier League project

PUBLISHED: 10:40 24 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:07 24 April 2017

Alex Neil wants a return to management as soon as possible. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Alex Neil wants a return to management as soon as possible. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Former Norwich City boss Alex Neil wants another Premier League project when he returns to management.

The 35-year-old is looking to get back in the dug-out as soon as possible and hopes a club comes in for him with ambitions that match his own.

“I’d like to basically do what I did with Norwich and try to take a club up to the Premier League,” said Neil, who revealed that Celtic chief Brendan Rodgers had reached out to him after his sacking at Carrow Road.

“The horrible thing is you’re waiting on someone to lose their job which is not something I’m comfortable with.”

The Canaries are still to replace Neil after they parted company last month with new sporting director Stuart Webber leading the search for his replacement.

However, Neil feels no resentment towards City and enjoyed working under owners Delia Smith and Michael Wynn-Jones.

“It was a bizarre feeling and what made it even more bizarre is that when a lot of managers leave places, you can see that they feel they were dealt with harshly and are aggrieved,” said the former Hamilton boss.

“I don’t resent anyone at Norwich. Michael Wynn-Jones and Delia Smith were a joy to work for and I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the club.

“But when you don’t get results, your position becomes questionable.”

Neil’s high point with the Canaries was their 2015 play-off final against Middlesbrough. Their promotion dream looked to be over a few weeks before when Boro beat them 1-0 at Carrow Road but his players used that disappointment to spur them on to glory.

Neil told The Sun: “After we lost against Middlesbrough I had a couple of players in the dressing room crying.

“It showed how much it meant to them because we knew that was our chance to get into the automatics. They were really, really upset. You could hear a pin drop. But they used it as fuel.

“You can use it to spur yourself on or that disappointment can overcome you.”

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