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Alex Neil appointed first-team manager of Norwich City

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Norwich City and Hamilton Academical have agreed a compensation arrangement which allows player-manager Alex Neil to becomes the new boss at Carrow Road.

Neil has helped inspire plucky Hamilton Academicals to third place in the Scottish Premiership this year.

Taking control of the Accies in April 2013, he guided them to promotion back to the Scottish top flight in the 2013-14 season.

Keen on the Canaries

“I'm absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to manage a club of the stature of Norwich," said Neil.

"It's an exciting challenge at a huge club and one that I'm looking forward to."

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Determined young man

At just 33, Neil has become the second youngest manager in the entire Football League, just behind Mansfield’s Adam Murray.

But despite his young age and lack of experience English football he is not fazed by being handed the task of returning the Canaries to the Premier League.

Ambitious man for an ambitious club

"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," he told the club website.

"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 Canaries have a minimum target of pushing for automatic promotion this season, one that they clearly didn't feel previous boss Jimmy Adams was capable of meeting.

Norwich currently sit seventh in the Championship, but have 10 points to make up on bitter rivals Ipswich Town in the all-important second automatic promotion spot.

Adams has certainly landed a job with fantastic prospect if things click quickly at Carrow Road, but a daunting first fixture away to league leaders Bournemouth sees that challenge gets off to a very tough start this weekend.

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