Alex Neil dismisses exit talk after Norwich relegation

Neil says he will meet with the Norwich hierarchy at the end of the season, but is adamant he will be at the club next season.

Alex Neil insists he has not intention of walking away from his role as manager of Norwich City, but admits a concrete decision over his future is unlikely to be made until after the end of the season.

Despite picking up a 4-2 win over Watford on Wednesday, the Canaries saw their relegation from the Premier League confirmed with Sunderland's 3-0 thrashing of Everton.

According to the Eastern Daily Press, the 34-year-old said he is to meet with the club's board to discuss the best way forward in plotting a promotion assault on the Championship.

However, Neil says he is not expecting his future to be at the top of the agenda.

He said: “I need to have a meeting with the owners when we get the Everton game out of the way. Let me make one thing clear I am not suggesting at any stage I am leaving the club. It is nothing like that. I just think we need to have a clear sense of which direction we are going in.

“I can’t promise anything. You can’t do that in football. I am not trying to fuel the fire or add to any speculation. We just need to have a clear plan in place and structure for taking this club forward."

The hierarchy at Carrow Road was dealt a blow earlier this week when chief executive Andrew McNally announced he was to step down from his position, but the club appears confident of bouncing back to the Premier League at the first attempt. 

In a statement released after Wednesday's game, the club said: “The Board and the whole club is fully focused on supporting and resourcing team-building plans for the summer transfer window and into next season.

“The Championship is a very tough league as we all know, but our firm objective will be to bounce back and achieve promotion to the Premier League at the first attempt, as we did in 2014-15.”

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