Thursday, May 22, 2014
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.
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.”