Norwich City returns to English Premier League….

Norwich City lift trophy

Norwich City secured an instant return to the Premier League with victory over Middlesbrough in the Championship play-off final at Wembley. In a match worth a potential £120m to the victors, Cameron Jerome took advantage of a Daniel Ayala error to put the Canaries ahead. It was 2-0 after 15 minutes when Nathan Redmond arrowed a shot into the corner. Jelle Vossen came closest for Boro when he struck the bar, but their six-year absence from the top flight continues. Victory for the Canaries in front of more than 85,000 fans is the culmination of a remarkable run of results under manager Alex Neil. The 33-year-old was unheralded in England, but presided over Hamilton’s promotion to the Scottish Premiership last season. That was enough for him to be given the chance to replace Neil Adams at Carrow Road in January, with the club seventh in the table and three points off the play-offs. Neil oversaw victory in his maiden game in charge against eventual league champions Bournemouth, the first of 17 wins in 25 games during his tenure, and will now become the youngest manager in England’s top flight, beating Swansea’s 36-year-old boss Garry Monk.

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