Dave Stringer backs Neil Adams to prove the Norwich City doubters wrong

Dave Stringer is backing Neil Adams to prove the doubters wrong at Norwich City. 
Picture: James Bass Dave Stringer is backing Neil Adams to prove the doubters wrong at Norwich City. Picture: James Bass

Friday, May 30, 2014
6:38 AM

Norwich City stalwart Dave Stringer has urged the doubters to give Neil Adams a chance after embarking on the same path from FA Youth Cup winner to first team manager at Carrow Road.

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Stringer guided the Canaries to a top four finish in the old First Division, along with two FA Cup semi-final appearances, during a successful period in charge after making the transition from a successful youth coaching stint. The 69–year-old is convinced Adams has sound credentials to lead the club’s fightback from Premier League relegation after replacing Chris Hughton on a long term basis.

“It is easy for people to react and say it is the safe option or the cheap option but that is not necessarily so,” he said. “The board will have tried to find the right person who they genuinely believe can do the job. There are no guarantees in any shape or form with whoever had come in.

“The proof will be in the pudding if you like in terms of how the games pan out and the results and that is the time perhaps to judge him – not at the moment.

“If you look at the pressures on the team towards the end of the season when he took over and the way he handled himself it was credit to him and people should look at that side of things and not focus on who else was out there or linked with the job.”

Stringer was part of Ken Brown’s backroom team before stepping into the top job but the Hall of Famer believes Adams’ lack of first team managerial experience is not an issue.

“How do you get the experience if you are not given a chance to do the job? That is something which can only be looked at down the line,” he said. “People want to get back in the division immediately and it is not an exact science. You can only look at a person’s character and their qualities and anyone who has studied Neil over the past 12 months or so and the success he had with the FA Youth Cup team can see he fits the criteria.

“You have got six positions that give yourself a chance. Two certain spots and four in the play-offs. You have an achievable aim and it is about adapting to your environment. I think the general thing is to realise it is a long season, a hard season and you have to churn out the results. You have to keep coming back from adversity if you like.”

• Read Saturday’s Pinkun and Evening News for an in-depth interview with Stringer on the challenges and the pitfalls facing Adams after stepping into the top job, and his words of advice to the new man.

35 comments

  • Thanks Brew, would've loved to play the lone striker but injured my knee coming down a slide with my grandson a couple of days ago, at my age the recovery time could take a little while. Perhaps you should look for a loan striker, as I'm only good for runningwalking on with the wet sponge. Your post was succinct and to the point with hardly any floral, arty content. Respect H.O.B.

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    Gibbo

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Hi, Gibbo. You`ll have to take the lone (loan?) striker role. Which means sitting in Father Jack`s old motorised wheelchair, and under remote-control by me (complete with fake arms to fool the Ref). Hope there`s nothing too arty, lovey or florid for you in that offering! Pax Canaria.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Re Lennon, WBA or, just a thought Leeds?

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    PaulWho

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Top six by Christmas,2nd place by end March,CHAMPIONS with 2 games to go,WOW this crystal ball was a bargin from poundland,i really cant wait for the new season to start,i really think Neil A will do the business for us,lets forget about last season we cant manage history,lets get behind the manager and the team and get us back were we all want to be the PL, OTBC IAWT

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    ncfcforever

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Paulwho I agree on the Malky front, I just wonder where Lennon will end up as I would say none of the PL teams looking for a manager will take him. As a Scot I agree that the SPL is only championship level when Rangers and Celtic where in it; yes he did well in Europe but the league was always an easy one, especially now. OTBC

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    Jakarta (ex-Singapore) Canary

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • I'm always impressed by what TV pundits have to say about management, they have a wealth of experience. Look how well Shearer did when looking after Newcastle and as for Roy Keane! Hughton reminds me a little bit of Alan Ball who seemed to relegate every club he ever managed but was a respected figure among the pundits of the day. As far as the Adams appointment goes, I'm in favour. Did anyone GENUINELY think Lennon would leave Celtic for the Championship? He was the only one of the names bandied about who I might have taken instead of Adams, certainly not Malky.

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    PaulWho

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Barking Wise, nice story re the Stringer goal and wobbley gantry. My first season and some great memories.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Having now had time to reflect on the appointment and take on-board the many comments made, I find like others that DS comments bring reality and a back to earth element. Unfortunately in this day and age everyone is looking for instant success and to try and review NA’s performance at the end of the season as a benchmark for going forward is not cricket. We always lose against Fulham at Craven Cottage but the performance for his first game was encouraging, to get one point from the other four was more than was expected and I would suggest that if Man U had not replaced Moyes with Giggs we may well have gained something there. What will be key is the backroom team he surrounds himself with and here the clock is ticking as we need to be hitting the ground running very soon as the players going, staying and coming in needs to be addressed quickly. Like everyone I want us to bounce back on the first attempt but if there is visible progress on the pitch and we are not in the top 6 by Christmas but have a shot then let’s stay with the NA especially if we have a team fighting and showing heart and then hope in January we can bring in the players needed to push on. Remember all whilst healthy debate is good, we are not in the position and do not know all the facts hence being arm chair pundits is always easy. Whilst I average 3 – 4 matches a season live at Carrow Road I am a season ticket holder and renewed during the first round because at the end of the day owners, directors, managers, players and even fans come and go but the club remains and I support NCFC; which is a better roller coaster than Thorpe Park could ever give you but hey it has its moments that make you feel a million dollars. Here’s to the bounce back and the double over smaller club down the road. OTBC.

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    Jakarta (ex-Singapore) Canary

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Adams is God

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Blimey, so Neil Adams is older now than Dave Stringer was when he stepped DOWN as manager in 1992. I don't know if it's just me but I can't get my head around that one! As a kid in 1992, Dave Stringer seemed a very older father figure, whereas it doesn't seem 5 minutes ago that Adams was banging in eons for fun! Time goes so fast...

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    Adams is God

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • How refreshing it is that that Grand Old Canary Dave Stringer gives us a cold glass of the water of unity and hope in a desert of doubt! OTBC NMTD

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    mardler

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Talking of The Sun,Joe Royal is tipped to be our technical director with Snoddy to Hull for 4m(seems a bit cheap),Ruddy to Arsenal and Ollson to West Ham.Hope none of the transfers happen but I suspect snoddy will go at the least

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    canaryjon

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • What I read re Foley was in the Sun. Don't knock their sports journalists. Custis and Wyett would toss Divot into the abyss. Allegedly. Imo. And all that stuff.

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    el dingo

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • I wasn't sure about Adams initally - probably because I was listening to all the doubters on here ;). But like Stringer says, how can the guy get experience if no one's going to give it to him. Had those last firve games been at any other time in the season and not so critical people would probably be impressed. It's a very exciting time right now, i'm looking forward to the transfer market and the start of a next more positive chapter.

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    Morgan Hewitt

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • I think 99.9% of NCFC fans can all agree Hughton & NCFC wasnt a combo that worked and we can draw a line under it. Just have to ignore what the likes of Richard Keys, Gary Lineker have to say. End of the day we all know how woeful it was, and we are changing to change it and thats what matters. I do wish the club had handled things in the past and recently differently but they are the multimillion pound business men & women, not me so im not qualified to knock them. I wish Bowkett hadnt said "we searched all of Italy, Germany, Spain, England, not france and felt Neil was the man for the job". Just sounds bonkers that you could search all of those great countries and come up with your youth team coach. Could've left all that out as a majority of people are getting there heads round why they likely went with Adams in the end. Gotta ride the wave of change now and hope it works out. I personally cant wait for the start of the season already.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Re the Foley appointment, the most I've seen written about it was on twtd, which 'provides the most comprehensive coverage of Ipswich Town Football Club' and the Sun. The former, I'd take anything they have to say about Norwich with a pinch of salt and the latter I'd take anything at all that they have to say with a pinch of salt.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • I'm bored of it all - we could have brought in Postman Pat and he would have delivered more than Hughton (boom boom). I've seen so many articles in recent weeks about us getting rid of a 'good manager' in Hughton...All I know is he was woeful, less than 30 goals (and Suarez alone I might add) is the doing of a terrible manager, and it can only get better under NA so let's support the guy. We'd have bitten our own arms off to have him in Jan over that fool, so let's apply the same blind logic now (even if it's just to get the identity of our club back).

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    JimBob

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Doesn't matter one iota what opinions are expressed on this site as no matter what advice the fans have or non fans i.e. Trolls give, no notice will be taken of the advice by those who can make a difference. Hence Hughton stayed way past his sell by date. Pointless getting hot under the collar about whoever posts whatever. Discussion is good and gets things off fans chests. That is all this site does.

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    goldie

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Good comment Anglian. I'm not sure for how much longer we will be able to talk about the Heysel riots without the local constabulary knocking on our doors and wanting to fingerprint us.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Rome wasn't built in a day, neither is a championship winning team. Neil has inherited some potentially good players, we know Seb can be a better player than his last season, Leroy needs to be more involved and committed, Alex needs to get fitter as there are 8 more games this session, plus the extra cup games, hopefully. Do you let Nathan play as he did with England, the dynamic duo, Gary and Ricky, should we unload them and go with Luciano and Jamal plus another, maybe Craig M-S or the lad from our feeder club Peterborough, no not Leeds, is it Assumbalonga. There are so many niggling problems that need to be ironed out and to do it in three months is a heck of a task. Posters who say give him till Xmas are being harsh, he deserves at least a season plus. It does seem that the internal promotions have been more successful than managers from outside and I think that Mike Walker was our best manager. Can I still play in the 5-a-side Brew, respect OB.

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    Gibbo

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • I've read that the Foley appointment was denied canarygirl. Just because you've not read it, dont dismiss someone else's view claiming they have seen something. His current club posted on their official site he remains with them. Things can always change of course. Personally I cant see Foley returning for a point most have missed which is his health. He scaled down his hours with Ipswich to just working part time with the kids because of this and is also why he works with a semi pro local side. Never say never in football but im not expecting anymore more than a part time role if anything at all.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Ah at last, a calm, rational comment from a very experienced and well loved City stalwart. Thank you Dave Stringer because the dreadful rubbish that has been posted since NA's appointment has really beggared belief in my mind!! Yes I was a little worried about Neil's lack of experience but he deserves the chance to manage like anyone else. And who was to say that a more popular name would have suited us!! Even Lambert lost the plot before he left for Villa and he hasn't exactly set them on fire now has he. And El Dingo I think you need a break from these boards. Nowhere have I read that Adams can't have Steve Foley. All I have seen is a speculative article on this site and the usual denial by the relative powers that be. When the club are ready to make more announcements they will. Just cut them some slack and let them get on with things. OTBC

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    Canarygirl

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • I'm in the NA camp, sometimes so called experienced managers have no idea what it takes to get out of the Championship. I'm very optimistic, not sure about a 3 year contract though!

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    Lobbo

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Dave Stringer - what a legend and a lovely man to boot. Let's hope Neil can follow in the footsteps of him and Mike Walker. I just hope he surrounds himself with experienced people. For a start, I'm not sure our goalkeeping coach is very inspiring, Ruddy seems to have lost the plot under him and he certainly did him no favours with England.

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    jigs69

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Now the club has chosen the man to take us forward there is little point in worrying about ifs and buts. I look forward to next season in the hope that Neil Adams is able to get the club playing the type of football we were known for, instant promotion would be an added advantage but the most important thing is to steady the ship and beat the local nags. Dave Stringer was a good manager in his time but I think a big part of his team had already been assembled by Ken Brown so he likewise deserves plenty of praise. OTBC

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Loved Stringer as a manager but also as a player. I remember him popping up with some key goals. Without looking it up, there was one at the end of the first division 1 season - against Palace or WBA which was critical to staying up. That was a team with balls!

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Goof to see some more positive views coming out. Really looking forward to the battles ahead and a fresh start post CH.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Although i'll be sure to check with Mr Stringer next time he pops in my establishment. Just to check Archie is portraying him in the correct light of course ;)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • It would've been a massive gamble who ever we picked as manager. In this day and age nobody would've been guarenteed to achieve the success we desire\need. Regardless what we think we've got to get behind Neil and who ever his starting xi is. Whether he welcomes back those who some have casted aside or not. Im confident the bored will have learnt from lessons of last season and act should things clearly not be working. However thats exactly what we need to avoid and why this choice by the board is so important. I really dont want to get to November\December time and face us sacking a load more staff and having to sell a load more players January.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Thanks for steadying the ship Dave. You are a legend, at laest to me.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Good point, Kent Anglian (specially that truth about Europe & the Scousers). Also what happycan says about the dissimilarity between Gunn and Adams. Neil has put lots of work into coaching, while BG preferred the Lotus-eating life of Corpulent Entertainment. One reservation about NA, is that he`s never moved away from the Carra Comfort Zone to further his management ambitions. Then again, nor did Dave Stringer? It does seem that Neil has waited a very long time for Buggin`s Turn. Where`ve you been Neil?? Perhaps the Board just experienced a group epiphany? Btw, Dave looks a bit like the character `Callan`, aka the late Edwood Wouldward...

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • If the Board won't even let him get in Steve Foley what chance does he stand?

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    el dingo

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Having read a lot of varying comments on the Neil Adams appointment, I am of the opinion that all should look again after 15 games of the season, and then comment constructively with either positive or negative opinions. To do so now is not sensible, since he has to build his team, and hopefully utilise some of the youth team at his disposal. NCFC will succeed, hopefully in 2014-15 :)

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    Claus Capes

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Totally with you here, 'Happy' - as I have mentioned before on these boards, having a so called 'experienced' manager is certainly no guarantee to success - Hughton, Rioch and Roeder are testament to this and our best success has been with less experienced managers, namely Stringer, Walker, Saunders, Lambert, Bond. Dave Stringer, in my view was the best manager we ever had and would have been in Europe but for the European ban resulting from the Heysel riots,(thank you, Liverpool). Additionally, it was largely Dave's team that Mike Walker took forward in the early 90's. Yes, I am really happy with Neil Adams appointment - he is going to surprise everybody.

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    Kent Anglian

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • I have to admit that my reaction to Neil's appointment was luke warm at best, but the more I've thought about it since the more I have a sense of anticipation & excitement at what could just happen. Imagine if he could lead us back to premiership? And I don't agree with comparisons with Gunny. Chelsea buy up youngsters from all over the world who they expect to make it at the top level. Tactically NA had to be spot on to beat them home & away. It's a different level but tactics are tactics at whatever level. Something Chris Hughton seemed to get wrong time & time again! Time for people to stop moaning & get behind the man

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    happycanary

    Friday, May 30, 2014

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