The Scottish tactician guided the Canaries back to the Premier League via the play-off final win over Middlesbrough at Wembley on Monday after taking over at Carrow Road in January.
Former Tottenham centre-back Bassong returned from a loan spell at Watford as the same time as Neil arrived and has revealed that a heart-to-heart got things started between the two.
Bassong said: "He pulled me into his office and said: 'I don't know what happened before and I don't want to know but I need my best players in my team and I will work with you, so if you're up for it, then we will work together.'
"I shook his hand and that was it.
"He has been brilliant. He came from nowhere. I don't think many people knew about him before but Norwich knew what they were doing. He came here with such confidence and football knowledge. He's Scottish so he's got great heart. And you can't mess with him.
"He doesn't joke. You can't tale liberties. He has standards. He came here and put standards back in place."