Norwich City have appointed Hamilton Academical player-manager Alex Neil as their new boss, according to the Canaries’ official website.
Alex Neil is the new Canaries boss
The 33-year-old Scot replaces Neil Adams, who resigned from the club on Monday after nine months in charge.
“I’m absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to manage a club of the stature of Norwich – it’s an exciting challenge at a huge club and one that I’m looking forward to,” said Neil to the Norwich official website.
“I’ve watched a lot of Premier League and Championship football over the years and I’ve always been really impressed with Carrow Road and the Norwich fans and the way they get the place going when they get behind the team.“It’s a forward-thinking club with a fantastic infrastructure and big ambition, which matches my own ambitions.
“Of course I’m sad to leave Hamilton, a brilliant club which has been such a huge part of my life for so long. But when an opportunity as exciting as this with a Club like Norwich comes your way, you take it.
“The aim now is simply to win as many games as possible and move Norwich City up the table.”
Neil joined Hamilton as a player in 2005, before accepting a player/manager role in 2013 following the departure of Billy Reid.
He led the Accies to promotion in his first full season, defeating Hibernian on penalties in the Scottish Championship playoffs.
He leaves Hamilton third in the Scottish Premiership table, just four points off leaders Aberdeen.
“We’re delighted that Alex has agreed to become Norwich City’s new manager and we hope he’s here for a long time,” said Norwich Chief Executive David McNally.“It was important for us to have somebody who had the drive, ambition and commitment to work as hard as it takes to take the Club forward.“Lots of names were under consideration, but for us, as the Board of Norwich City Football Club, he was the unanimous choice and the first choice.”
Neil’s first game in charge will be away to league leaders AFC Bournemouth on Saturday.