Alex Neil: Norwich City boss already used to 'big games'

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Alex Neil's first game in charge was a 2-1 win at Bournemouth on Saturday

Norwich City boss Alex Neil has said he will be prepared for the larger crowds and spotlight of the Championship.

Neil, 33, joined the Canaries last week from Hamilton Academical, where crowds for Scottish Premiership matches are generally below 3,000.

Norwich have averaged attendances above 26,000 in the Championship this season.

"I've been in big stadiums with 50,000. At the end of the day it's 11 v 11 on the pitch," former Barnsley player Neil told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"There are big games in Scotland - we go to Parkhead and play against Celtic, or Ibrox to play Rangers.

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"I played in the Championship with Barnsley for four years. It's not as if all this is new to me. "

Neil was a player-manager at Accies, winning promotion to the Scottish top flight last season, and left with the club third in the table.

He will concentrate solely on being the manager at Carrow Road, where he becomes the second-youngest boss in the Football League.

"I'm young for a manager. I don't think there's any getting away from that," he said.

"But I've been involved in football since I was 16. The dynamics of football is something I've been used to since I was a kid."

Following Saturday's 2-1 win at leaders Bournemouth, the Canaries are seventh in the Championship, a point outside the play-offs.

"The board are desperate to get this club back up and I'm tasked with doing that this season any way I can," he said.

"I've been told that we want to improve on where we are at the moment. And if we can gain promotion automatically, then great, and if not, if we can do it through the play-offs, then great."

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