Darren Eadie admits Neil Adams will need a flying start as Norwich City’s new permanent manager

Neil Adams is Norwich City's new permanent manager, after taking charge at the end of last season and the Canaries' subsequent Premier League relegation. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Neil Adams is Norwich City's new permanent manager, after taking charge at the end of last season and the Canaries' subsequent Premier League relegation. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Thursday, May 22, 2014
10:12 PM

Darren Eadie believes Neil Adams will have to get off to a flying start if his reign as Norwich City’s new permanent manager is to be a success.

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The Canaries confirmed on Thursday night Adams would continue in the role he took on following Chris Hughton’s sacking in April.

And while Adams’ five-game run-in still ended in Premier League relegation, the former Under-18s manager and FA Youth Cup winning coach has been tasked with gaining promotion from the Championship and a Premier League return at the first attempt.

“They’ve certainly got the tools in the playing department, because they have got players who have played down there and done it down there – and not just in the Championship but in leagues lower than that,” said Eadie.

“So they are capable and Neil already knows those lads, and can hopefully get the best out of them. It all boils down to what happens on the pitch and essentially those players do it, so it will be really important to see who comes and who goes through in those summer months, and then crack on again next season. And we all wish Neil the very best of luck.

“It’s one of those situations where last season finished and getting relegated, and unfortunately he was the manager that took them down through no fault of his own. But that’s what people will remember, so he needs to get off to a flying start. And I’m sure if he does, they will be back in the Premier League in no time.”

While the likes of Malky Mackay and Gianfranco Zola were also in the running for the permanent City post, the reaction to Adams’ appointment has appeared mixed from most Canaries fans.

“It’s one of those things that no one knows (if it’s a good choice) – people will look back with hindsight to work out whether it’s a good decision or not,” said Mustard TV presenter Eadie.

“One thing I will say is that knowing Neil myself, I think everyone will be fully behind him. He’s a great guy and we go into next season – and Norwich supporters are always the same – and we’ll get fully behind the manager.

“It’s one of those things you’ll look at with hindsight and we’ll have to deal with it later on. Of course there will be people questioning it. Obviously they spoke to Neil and I hope they spoke to other candidates who were maybe looking to get the job, or would like to get the job – and they felt Neil was the right man.

“That’s what the board and the chief executive get paid to do, and they put our club in their hands, and hopefully it’s the right decision.”

24 comments

  • ive never seen you looking so bad my funky one, you tell me that your superfine mind has come undone

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    katylied

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • its a "beggars life" said the queen of norwich but dont tell it to a poor man, cause he's got to kill for every thrill the best he can, everywhere around me i see jealousy and mayhem, because no men have all their peace of mind to carry them.....

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    katylied

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Calmness, calmness everywhere and not a single drop to spare A Canary winked from a gilded cage Are you a theatre goer he enquired? Brushing his quiff that went quite stiff As the wise old owl rebuked the fellow And promptly flew into a rage Sir, are you even green and yellow? I’ll roast you in Ma Pydsodd’s stew If I hear another word from you! I will not tolerate this nonsense Cried the cook Be quiet or I’ll hit you with my book I shall summons Steely Dan And whack you with my frying pan In Neil Adams you must trust He’ll have the chance to earn his crust If he does the business we’ll all be happy And chant the name of the cheeky chappy So let’s get down to the niity gritty Together singing ‘On the ball City’

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Chill out Brew you're taking it too seriously, if I hit a sensitive spot, whoa, thought you had a thicker skin than that. Respect bro.

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    Gibbo

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Get counselling, Gibbo. You can overcome your childhood failure, even at this late hour. Move on. Try something new - like thinking.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • It was not fortunate. They were excellent performances. Honestly, what on Earth is the point of calling yourself a supporter if you complain when things are going badly, immediately predict doom on any change and belittle the club's achievements as just luck?

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • we may have the tools at the moment for a pl return but watch how many leave the toolbox

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    mossey

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • So why didn't they choose him for Man U. With those credentials I'd thought he was a certainty, but they picked a Dutchman instead, well what do they know. Has Lennon won the English youth cup. Now he's left Celtic there'll be a queue for his signature !!!!!!!!

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    Gibbo

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • NMTD, i think if you have a look at lennons record at celtic he's taken some very big scalps (barca etc) in the champions league. quite some way ahead of a fortunate 2 leg victory in the kids cup.

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    katylied

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Suffolk whoever they choose would've have been a gamble, no one was a certain winner, isn't it a case of better the "devil" you know. I wonder what "set" I belong to as I have attended a few away games, all the home ones and don't really care if we win as long as I get a game that entertains and we give 100%, which I think will happen next season. To be honest I like being little Norwich, give me Delia & Co over Vincent Tan and his like any day. Brew what set do you belong to, can see you as a lovey, darling. With your artistic and florid style of writing.

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    Gibbo

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • NA is a loyal and keen NCFC diehard but he has no proven managerial experience with a first team squad. There must be established lower league managers out there looking to prove their existing credentials in the Championship and Neil Adams would have been an invaluable number two for them to have. It just seems to me that this is a lazy decision by the board. I hope that he does well but a bigger gamble than was necessary has been made. Doesn't make any sense.

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    la barbe

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • GossVolley, good posting and I for one hope your are right. There is little point chewing the cud now the decision has been made and most posters on here surely support the club so lets give him 100% support. The only thing that surprised me was the award of a three year contract when Neil would surely have been happy with one year to start with.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Has anyone checked out this year's youth team results ? Not particularly encouraging. NCFC were 8th out of 11 in the South division and knocked out in the second game of the cup by Watford. Hmmmmmm.

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    Number 11

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Btw, as GossVolley says, Adams is no Gunn. Neil has done some hard yards in coaching. Gunny was a corpulent entertainer.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • suffolk canary, there is much truth in what you say. Norwich City has become a private party for the glitterati.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Neil Adams is more of a Mike Walker than a Bryan Gunn I can't wait to see him prove all the doubters wrong who are crying in their pint for a 'big name.' He's the man to do the job everybody should stop moaning and let him get on with it :-)

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    GossVolley

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Don't see the point in supporting any sports team if the attitude isn't to win and be the best. OK Norwich will (probably) never win the EPL but I enjoy the fight nonetheless. However, this is a results business because at the end of the day the aim of the game is the win.

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    Powers1902

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • .....so who would you have chosen Suffolk Canary?....The board of Norwich City along with many supporters were interested in Malky ...but He was not interested in coming to Norwich!...Lennon is untried in Premier football...Zola has not been a complete success story....Alladyce is going to do for West Ham what he has done with previous clubs!....Sherwood wasn't interested...perhaps they should have had a rethink on Hughton!....Let's face facts...as Steady On pointed out...Who would want to come to Norwich anyway?.....We have got the benefit of Neil Adams for the next 3 years....He must be supported by one and all, and not criticised every time he blows his nose!!!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • The point I am making is that of course I wish him well but anyone who has supported the club for many years can see this is a needless gamble. We seem to have two sets of fans now, the county set, friends of Delia who are not particularly bothered if we win or not but go along and sit happily every week and we have the other fans like myself who travel home and away and had so much to put up with last year. This was a chance to heal that rift with a bold declaration that we would go for it this year. What we got instead was a Little Norwich mentality which frustrated everyone so much last season. I wish him well of course but it will almost certainly end in tears.

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    suffolkcanary

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • I wish him well and as always time will tell. The question it does raise, as I posted on another board, is why was he not good enough in January and is good enough now as according to Delia there was no suitable manager about in January. The appointment of Director of Football will be interesting to see if another in-house or external! LYB it is a results game unfortunately but it is also having a passion for the club to do well and support your local club hence I hope he does well and gets the results - I would like to think you agree that for two games next season it is a results thing! OTBC

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    Jakarta (ex-Singapore) Canary

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • 'It's a results business'. Well then why are you supporting Norwich? Man City are getting the best results at the moment. Mind you, Liverpool are on the up and i couldsee them cracking it so maybe you should consider them seeing as it's a results business. Personally I'm sticking with Norwich. Personally I think there's more to life than 'results'. Hope that things can get better as well as worse for one thing.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Ah the PR exercise begins.. Wrong appointment. We needed an experienced manager to give us the best possible chance of bouncing back. When we needed an appointment to excite the fans and show we mean business we get this. The board have lost the plot. Football is a results business not a nice little destination on a Saturday afternoon. If he gets off to a bad start things will turn very quickly.

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    suffolkcanary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Best of luck Neil, we did it before and well be back in the premier league before the other teams in the championship can say "Jack Robinson" As long as the funds are used well and players that are space wasters are sold off and our goal accuracy problem is fixed then we should get off to that flying start. a 0-0 or a loss on our first match would be dissapointing.

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    norwichlad23

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Good luck Neil. Attacking, positive, entertaining footy is what we're all looking forward to seeing. You're the number 1 now, shake up the sqaud as you see fit. OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

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