Neil Adams appointed as new Norwich City manager

Neil Adams - Norwich City's new manager. Picture by Paul Chesterton Neil Adams - Norwich City's new manager. Picture by Paul Chesterton

Friday, May 23, 2014
10:41 AM

Neil Adams has been announced as Norwich’s new permanent manager on a three-year deal.

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The former City player was thrust into a caretaker role at the end of the recent Barclays Premier League season after the sacking of Chris Hughton, but he was unable to halt their slide into the Sky Bet Championship.

A return of one point from 15 has not deterred the Norwich board from appointing him on a full-time basis, though, with the news confirmed on the club’s official website.

The news ends talk that former Norwich player Malky Mackay would take the job, and immediately ends suggestions Neil Lennon - fresh from leaving Celtic - was in the running.

A statement on Norwich’s website said Adams has “the full and unanimous support of the board” while Adams added: “It is a huge honour and I am immensely proud to be confirmed as the club’s manager going forward, and work starts straight away on putting into place the necessary requirements for next season.

“The priority is to ensure that attacking, attractive and winning football is once again the norm for supporters of this club, and it is essential that we now have everyone pulling in the same direction for the challenges that lie ahead.

“I thank the board of directors for giving me this opportunity as well as the amazing support that I and the team received from the fans during the last five games of last season and also in the time since, and I can assure everyone that we will all be working as hard as possible to achieve our objective of returning this club back to where it belongs.”

Four of the games Adams was in charge for were against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United and chief executive David McNally highlighted Adams’ work during that spell as a deciding factor.

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“Neil impressed us when he stepped up to the plate for the last five games of the season in the most trying of circumstances and he’s continued to impress us during a very rigorous round of talks about the full-time managerial position,” he said.

“He is a very talented coach who is hungry to succeed at Norwich City, playing the kind of football we want to see.

“The club is in a strong position off the pitch, with no external debt and capacity crowds expected at Carrow Road yet again next season. We have the nucleus of an excellent squad and Neil will be given funds to refresh and strengthen the squad where required.”

Adams made 206 appearances for Norwich as a player and had been coaching their academy.

What do you think of Norwich City’s new managerial appointment? Leave your thoughts below…

246 comments

  • Something not quite adding up to your story PMDave. If he had been promised the job and then gave his notice in at Celtic that would mean he was talking to Norwich whilst still.employed by Celtic. Not sure he would come out of that in a favourable way with solicitors or the football authorities

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    NoggintheNog

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Last year I was very nearly sacked for disclosing Holt's move a full 2 weeks before he left Norwich, but I believe the paying supporters of NCFC should know the truth. On the 14th May a 'deal' was done that would see Tim Sherwood installed as manager, however on the following weekend he contacted NCFC and difficulties were raised over his home in Borehamwood, his children's schooling and how NCFC would handle this. On the following Monday NCFC made contact with Neil Lennon, and as his contract with Celtic prohibited him talking to any other club whilst he was employed by Celtic, he handed his notice in at Celtic, comfortable in the belief that the Norwich job was his. Norwich City then went back on promises they had made to Neil Lennon, and decided his wage demands were outside their limit etc. Sadly they the board then took the cheapest on offer, a man whose claim to fame is winning a youth competition and getting Norwich relegated. The Lennon sage is far from over and he has appointed solicitors to seek compensation as he gave his notice in at Celtic on the promise of the Norwich job. Remember, you heard it here first

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    pubmandave

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • We have too much negativity NA is in the seat so let's get behind him. He needs to allow the fringe players to move on, hopefully hold onto the key players and add a bit of creativity to squad. Big name managers don't always get to the Premiership only one of Rednapp and McClaren will get there!! I think NA can make the grade just depends on the squad he has available to work with and no doubt the knowledge gained in those 5 premiership matches is key to his success, OTBC.

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    johnnyp

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • It is difficult to avoid the charge that this is a "cheap" appointment . It is easy to apply the criticism that the Board have consistently done everything DOWN to a cost rather than UPTO a standard . And so these doubts will go on and on and on and on. The only true reality will be when the whistle blows for the first kick in the first game of the new season. As Supporters we need to get behind our Manager and our Team. We all have personal preferences as to who we may have wished to see as the leader going into the new campaign , but wishes are now redundant, we have the reality of Neil Adams. Whether he was your choice for the appointment , or not , we MUST give him our full Support. We have to hope that his desire for Premiership status is as large as ours, his ambition is as great as ours, his motivation is as huge as ours. Words were the downfall of the previous Management team, they were easily trotted out mid- week and then followed by a disastrous performance on the pitch on match day. We are all sick of big words, and rhetoric ; we need to see the promises of the Board, the Manager and the Team translated into performances that we CAN support and be proud of. So, enough of the talk and the words, let's get on with the challenge and get things right on the pitch.

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    Brycland

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • I can't believe some of the negative comments from some of you so called NCFC fans regarding Neil Adams , for godsake give the guy a chance. I think some of you wanted a ' name' and because you got a guy who is keen, experienced in coaching NCFC through and through but lacking supposedly in experience your all in a big sulk - come on you guys who is ever going to fit your bill. Failed managers from the last couple of seasons , unproven managers from the lower leagues , of course lots of you are so clever when it comes to your opinions but you only come up with negatives not any positives. Can somebody explain why the Board are cheapskate for appointing Adams the other likely applicants were Mackay, Lennon and Zola none of whom needed compensation paid to former clubs so why is Adams a cheapskate appointment below any of the other 3 mentioned- do you think he is going to cost any less on a 3 year contract than they would have demanded. I can imagine the others also wanted a big cheque book to sort out our problems- spend big and then when were in financial sh@t walk away and complain the team needed time to gel etc and they didn't get the chance time to fulfill their wishes. Lets stick with Neil Adams and give him the time to gain experience , build a new team with the best of our present squad plus bringing in the younsters and buying to fill the shortfalls. How some of you are convinced all is doomed by his appointment - what are you basing your opinions on knowledge , expertise ,gut feelings - how sure are you that your so correct? I believe he can do it and given the chance and the support of us all good times are coming but for some of you there will never be good times unless we follow your personal expertise and knowledge.

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    NoggintheNog

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • As a neutral I see this as a case of a Club compounding one mistake wth another. If the guy was not good enogh in December, when the Club was in freefall, why is he good enough now?, given that is as difficult to get out of the Championship as it is to stay in the Prem. He is the only applicant, that is why he is good enough.Now you know you are relegated, I'm sorry to say. Good luck next season.

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    Bailey

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • FYI we are still the bookies favorites to win the Championship next year... so they obviously believe Neil Adams is good enough to do the job

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    jops

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Any whingers out there who want to give up their season ticket let me know,i will gladly take it off your hands.Good luck neil,prove these whingers wrong!

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    tonyb

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Well there's been names such as Lennon, McCay, even Moyes amongst others bandied about as possibilities. It's now a case of coming back down to earth and facing reality. You simply have to take whatever you can get.

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    NB

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Why 1961 tractor boy? Is that the last time your lot won anything?

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    irongloves

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • This is better than Billy Smarts Circus anyday.......Unbelievable.

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    1961tractorboy

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • A lot of the postings here seem as negative as Hughton's tactics.On a positive note,NA knows more about the young talent at the Club than anyone and also when it is right to bring them up into the !st team.When he brought Loza on (Hughton wouldn't have) in the short time he was on,he showed more desire,pace and ability to hit the target than the Winkle had all season. We could see over the course of the season some of our Cup winning youngsters in the side,hungry to succeed for themselves and THEIR club rather than overpriced foreign mercenaries.There could be exciting times ahead.NA deserves a chance.

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    irongloves

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Just saw a comment - is Neil to be on the minimum wage? Sadly this is probably not a joke! Money to spend McNally? Don't hold your breath. Yes Neil will be under immense pressure now to deliver at the start of the season or they'll be a revolt of seismic proportions.

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    Giddy

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • On an even more positive note, one of our ex coaches Steve Foley is back from Ipswich.....great!!!!

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    NorthCity

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • And he sounds like Lee Mack. Useful ......as he'll need a good sense of humour

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    One Horse Town

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • On a positive note NA has had five games to weigh up which players are committed to the cause, who needs to move on and where the team needs strengthening. The latter part of that equation will be his greatest challenge because to bring players in you need contacts and money to spend. Money then brings me to the board. If you construct a table of the net worth of owners for every PL and Championship club our owners come last. It means they are the worst equipped in the top two divisions to provide the extra funding that can propel a club forward. Put in a reverse way they are the best equipped in the Championship to deliver Div One football - something they have already achieved before getting lucky with Lambert. At least the Lambert years cleared us of debt and if there is no change of ownership we can probably look forward to years of watching debt free football at whatever level we reach.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • The fans wont be thrilled with this im afraid , fast becoming a laughing stock now , i sense the fans are falling out of love with our great club

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    Foggo

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Good luck to Adams he will need it, will be interesting to see what sort of transfer budget he gets it's not like City didn't get plenty of money on being relegated. His assistants will be key and so will blooding some of the youngsters to shake up the established players. Apparently McKay was offered the job according to the DM but was hedging his bets so they have gone with Adams, makes you wonder about the Board, that needs fresh blood for sure.

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    Simon Thetford

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Footyboy- No nearer getting a life or job then?? Shame

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    dave123

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Looks to me like the Board are preparing for several season in the Championship......Norwich will now struggle to sign quality players and i suppose the next surprise will be Elmander being offered a deal!

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    dave123

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • You should get yourself down to Portaloo Rd Bohnhof old fruit. Then you'd be thinking of "Send in the clowns".....

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    Timbo

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Enough of this hysteria! Nobody knows how Neil will do. When Mike Walker was appointed the same fears were there - we just didn't have these forums to whine on. The problem about this appointment is the way it has been handled by the Board. Announcing deadlines was absurd and naive - I really can't believe that David McNally had allowed communication to be so inept. We are left with the certainty that Neil was not their preferred option, whatever they say now. Let's just pray that he starts well next season.

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    MartinL

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • What a disastrous decision. We need a manager with a proven Championship track record. Adams is not it. We need a manager with an experienced managerial team. He is not it. We need someone who will attract top Championship players. We need someone with experience of managing men not boys. We need someone who can tell the board to lump it if necessary, not someone who has spent years near the bottom of the City coaching staff. We need someone (like Lambert) who has done it as a player at the highest level, to manage a team with many internationals and would be internationals. Hiring a good coach is what the manager needs to do. What respected coach will work under Adams? Mediocrity here we come.

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    Indiabill

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • This should bring a smile or two ...... Just Google :- Ipswich Town " THE BINNERS " - YouTube

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Always respected NA as Radio Norfolk's pundit, and he did a very good job with the youth team. Lack of experience, and yet to establish credibility in "1st team" football management may make it difficult to bring players in to strengthen our woeful squad

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    PDC - Norwich

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Counldn't work out what the offending word was and then put a space in 'st ab' in 'esta blished'. Don't what to 'st ab' myself in the foot!

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    Lobbo

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • He has nothing to lose, so go for it. Bring in the youngsters, which might in turn rev up the more esta blished players. Very few people know who was interviewed, what they said and how NA impressed. So we have no choice but to trust the men\women in charge. At least we have a whole close season (and the end of the last) to plan, move, shake and prepare. Ever the optimist, I for one can't wait for 2014\15. BRING IT ON!.

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    Lobbo

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Two years ago when I thought about my club the tune that sprang to mind was Happy Days from the TV series. Whenever I think of my beloved Norwich City now a new a tune comes into the back of my head.... it's The Funeral March

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    Bohnhof

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • He has nothing to lose, so go for it. Bring in the youngsters, which might in turn rev up the more established players. Very few people know who was interviewed, what they said and how NA impressed. So we have no choice but to trust the men\women in charge. At least we have a whole close season (and the end of the last) to plan, move, shake and prepare. Ever the optimist, I for one can't wait for 2014\15. BRING IT ON!.

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    Lobbo

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Any news on Cully & Karsa ? Surely these two would be a good option for NA now that they have been binned by Lambo..... If NA can get these two on board, and keep Dave Watson on as GK coach that would be the makings of a good team. OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Ridiculous appointment,board have gone for the cheap option,NA will not survive the season and will be sacked with us near the bottom of the league with the board admitting they have maded another mistake by not appointing a proven manager,I guarantee that their will now be a mass players exodus and the players we want to stay like ruddy,snods,ollson,redmond,hooper,will all want to and we will be left with the likes of turner,martin,johnson etc,daily mail says we lost patience with waiting for malky and so appointed adams,looks like a knee jerk reaction

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    canaryjon

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • The Times said today that Mackay turned us down. So that's the one bit of good news to come out of this. Totally uninspiring. Mid-table mediocrity here we come. In the championship. Nice. Judging from the past two seasons, I'm going to get ahead of the curve and be the first to say it. Adams Out!! (That's tongue in cheek btw, before anyone slams me....).

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    PutneyCanary

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • I must admit i would have preferred a manager with a proven record and feel a little underwhelmed. However, other inexperienced managers in the championship have done well and Neil is a winner at youth level so who knows. Decision made, lets all get behind him now!

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    Chilly62

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • OMG, just OMG !!! League One (again) it is then. Happy Days. Cant stop laughing. Many, many thanks for that!

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    Liz Knott

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • I'm with you 'a fine city'. No one has any evidence of how this will turn out. All we know is that we saw three good performances (Fulham, Liverpool and Chelsea) and two less than acceptable performances from a dispirited, under confident team against Man U and The Gooners. We have to see what the transfer dealings are like and how the season kicks off before we can either write NA off, or start putting the champagne on ice. I wonder if other candidates wanted to bring in their own no.2 's and that might have been the sticking point over the last 2 weeks as our board wanted Neil as no. 2. Let's give him a chance as no. 1 and get behind the team.

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    Double D

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Very pleased. Architects need 2 skills: to be able to design a building and to implement and control the team constructing it. Football managers need to pick good players but then man-manage the team. Recent managers (PL excepted) could not do both. Neil Adams has done both, albeit not at this level. Seems clear other candidates were playing little old Norwich off against other vacancies. Yes, Adams is a risk but so is any manager. Good luck Neil - looking forward to "quality in the box"!

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    Barton

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • stop moaning and give the man a chance, we played well under him in the last few games against the top clubs - well maybe not Man Utd! but it was a vast improvement on Hughtons tactics

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    citizen

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Extending their self-imposed deadline led everyone to think the new manager would be coming in from outside the club, hence the collective surprise and underwhelming reaction to NA's appointment. However, there was risk with any of the names thought to be in the frame and he may do a good job for us - I am prepared to reserve judgement rather than write him off before the first game of the season has been played. Perhaps for some, this message board is a kind of therapy allowing them to channel their negativity (repeatedly in some cases) before embracing life's positives? I genuinely wish NA well and if he needed any more motivation - which I doubt - then he can add proving the doubters wrong to his list! OTBC.

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    a fine city

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • First of all as a long time supporter I wish him all the best. I am disappointed in his appointment as I believe he needs more experience. His selection and subs against Arsenal were poor. His appointment belies McNallys comments on ambition and great football club. I felt Lennon and Malky Mackay would have been better choices. Still I hope I am proved wrong and wish him good luck

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    TonyfromThailand

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Comparisons with Gunn are totally unjust. Adams has managed youth team with distinction, Gunn had never managed any team. I am OK with the choice and had reservations on pretty much all the other potential candidates too. I think many will be pleasantly surprised. I don't necessarily see us challenging strongly for a quick return but statistically majority of teams fail to bounce back immediately. As others have said, getting the right team around him is crucial. I guess we'll hear more about that today. I believe and have said so before that Neil will become a successful manager. There will be a clear-out, not just of the deadwood but also the bad apples that taint the attitude in the dressing room. Only time will tell. OTBC

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Sorry all, but I'm really pleased with the appointment of Neil Adams, and congratulations to him besides. No one knows how this will all turn out, but my hunch is that Adams is a man with the passion and talent to pull off a coup. I'd rather watch developments with that notion until proven otherwise: this past season (or two) was dour enough as it was. First bit of business for Adams might be to sort out the current roster. I'm sure he already knows, first hand, who to keep and who to ship off.

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    Seattlescion

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • As an Ipswich fan (but one who actually quite likes Norwich too) this smacks a bit of Jim Magilton's appointment, but perhaps without the same level of fondness. At the time, it was thought of as being a cheap option and sure enough, once Marcus Evans took over, off he went, heralding the era of astonishingly consistent mediocrity. Looking back, I wonder if David Sheepshanks new what was around the corner and put in a glorified caretaker manager. I wonder if that could be the case here. With hindsight, I'd have much preferred Magilton to stay, learn on the job and move Ipswich on than have supposed big names imposed on us, because until the current manager, they took the club backwards. I'd be careful what you wish for and reckon you'll be better off being patient!

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    Bernard

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Great News !!! Ronald Mcdonald now in total charge of the Circus...classic.. better than Billy Smart's..lol

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    Footyboy16

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • I've supported Norwich for over forty years and I'm struggling to remember if there was ever such a negative response to the appointment of a manager. It's usually a step forward, a chance to rebuild and re-begin... ease some of the previous hurt, whatever the eventual outcome. The appointment of NA seems like a prolongation of the agony, a kick in the teeth (or somewhere else) in a never ending saga of inept Board decisions and total disregard for the proud supporters of this club... The bad old days are back with us again. Backwards and downwards we go!

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    wallybrain

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • NYC, Bryan Gunn was appointed manager in very similar circumstances and we all know how that turned out. A lot of us thought that Malky offered the best of both worlds - Favourite Son with experience of getting a team promoted to Premier League. Something went wrong there, if he turns up at WBA we will know why, but I suspect another reason as I said earlier. Instead, I think we will now lose players that we wanted to keep and, with a different appointment, may have kept. I wonder how united the board were on this decision? I was optimistic for a swift return, but not any more. Hope I am proved wrong.

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    canarydownunder

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • As long as Neil Adams recruits effective coaching staff, I believe that he may well turn out to be the correct choice. As a championship club, there is no way that Moyes or Lennon would agree to manage us. Over the years, Mike Walker, Dave Stringer, Ken Brown and Nigel Worthington were all promoted from within the club, and were very effective as first team manager. On the contrary, Paul Lambert has been the only successful manger that we have recruited from outside the club since the 1970's.

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    NYC-Canary

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • What a statement of intent by this utterly inept Board who have finally lost the plot. Obviously Delia is quite happy to return the club to its 'little old Norwich' status with old mother Adams and his headless chickens.

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    wallybrain

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • We have now got an in experienced manager,been given a 3year contract,will this board ever learn.

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    Robbo

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • HAHAHA Hopefully Ipswich get a trip to Carrot Rd early on so we can give you a hiding and continue your win less run. COYB

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    redhotitfc

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • I like, admire, and respect Neil Adams ... but I am genuinely shocked, surprised and disappointed by this appointment ... it's too soon and I really fear the board have got this horribly, and potentially disastrously, wrong.

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    shash

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • It is a totally illogical appointment. He's never bought or sold a single player, and we need a decent clear out. He's had a chance and to Little Yellow Birdie, Chelsea may have thrashed us, but we were down unless we won. I agree that the game until the last 10 mins was sensible, but dull. As Jose said " I was expecting Norwich to come at us........ but they never did". 10 mins to try to keep us in the PL, everyone should be attacking. Draw 0-0 or lose 5-0, either way we're down. I'll tell you someone who's had some experience of getting teams up from the Championship.. Chris Hughton. The West Brom game was what put us down, and if you were any of the pathetic lot that were booing (and worse) during that, then well done. You played your part in relegating us. No manager will survive without the support of the (fickle) fans. Neil Adams will not get that, so he is only a short term measure. Sacked (again) by Christmas.

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    Adam Dann

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • IT'S NOTAN ILLOGICAL APPOINTMENT. IT MAKES TOTAL SENSE. HE HAS FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE OF OUR CURRENT SQUAD. HE HAS FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE OF THE HIGHLY PROMISING TALENT WE HAVE COMING OUT OF THE YOUTH SYSTEM. HE WON US OUR LAST BIT OF SILVERWARE. GET A GRIP FOR * SAKE.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • It is an illogical appointment. If NA is the right man for the job,why wasn't he appointed at end of season from being caretaker manager. Why wasn't CH fired at Christmas and NA given the job? It was obvious to all ,but the board it seems, that we were going down. The time taken to appoint NA indicates that in the end he was the only one who wanted the job. Plus he will be cheap.

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    stormy

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Congratulations to Neil Adams and I wish him all the very best of luck and good fortune in his new appointment. I believe that as supporters we owe him the best support that we can give him for the battle ahead. And yet. Why do I feel so bitterly disappointed? I think it is because I thought the Board were serious in getting back to the Premiership. I think that this appointment shows a lack of real ambition to get this Club back to the top table of English football. I wish Neil Adams the very best, I really do but cannot believe he is the man to do what is required in terms of rearranging and motivating a bloated, under performing squad. I also think that his appointment will signal to our better players that their future lies elsewhere and we will have a serious problem in retaining them. I am so disappointed . Last post here ever. Good luck NCFC, I will do my supporting from afar, I could not feel less involved with the Club than if they had retained the services of Hughton.

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    kenfoggo

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • We do not know and probably never will all the facts about this appointment. Were there four or five really keen candidates and Neil came over as the best of them? Is it the cheap option? Alternatively did nobody fancy clearing up the mess that Hughton left? Either way the decision is made. It is always a risk appointing a new manager and Neil has a head start already knowing the players. Give the guy a chance. INAIT.

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    waclor

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Only a few days ago, Delia says they couldn't replace Hughton earlier because there was no one available...Hello! Then we are told 'things are complex'.. what, to appoint the incumbent? Its obvious to all, that Adams appointment was plan C or D. Wouldn't be surprised that the reason others turned us down was the stipulation to make Adams first team coach. All managers what to bring in their own backroom team. Very very disappointing.

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    canarydownunder

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Oh it 'proves' it to you does it? For God's sake never become a judge. The prison system couldn't cope.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • If he's have gone all funds blazing against Chelsea they would have destroyed us. He played it the right way and with a bit of luck that has been totally non existent this season we'd have nicked it. Half the comments on here you'd think they wanted him to fail.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Brilliant news, super appointment for all Town fans, this just keeps getting better by the day... 6 easy points for City? Think again...

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    Warkys_Tash

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • To be so proud of a point at Chelsea (his only point so far), that sent us down, proves to me there'll be no change. Everyman and his dog should have been attacking at Chelsea, a point put us down, even Hughton would have realised that. Pathetic. You lost me after that NA. Not applicable as far as I can see. Job Number 1, get rid of RVW and whoever recommended him

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    Adam Dann

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Whilst I have little confidence in the Board making a correct decision in Managerial appointments NA has been given the chance to show us what he can do.The last 5 matches did not give him a fair crack of the whip and he had no realistic chance of keeping us up.The Board are now ,in effect, admitting he should have been made caretaker in January.I have 3 concerns.1st,that as a rookie Manager he has been given a 3 year contract.2nd,that not being an established and well known Manager he has the contacts and ability to bring players in.3rd (and this is my main worry) if it goes pear shaped,can the Board be relied upon to act decisively and dismiss him?

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    irongloves

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • I see there are for and against to this appointment. Well it is a Fait Accompli, now the club and supporters all need to pull together. Wish Neil good luck and give him our support, half a world away and 70 years support continues from me. Let us all look forward to what's ahead, the past season is behind us. Neil Adams has not failed yet.

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    Adelaide Canary

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • While I respect Neil Adams and wish him well, what concerns me most is that this was an opportunity for the club to rid itself of all vestiges of the Hughton era. We needed someone to come in, sweep away all the negativity and to build a team worthy of the club. That person would have needed to do a root and branch culling of the squad, removing everyone who wasn't deemed to have the "right stuff" and bringing in new players who would not have been subjected to and subjugated by the negative mentality created during the past 20 months. The question is: can Adams change the mindset of the players, many of whom may now remain at the club? It is a huge job and not just a matter of changing the playing system etc. And as to why it took the Board so long to make no change beats me!

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    malaga flier

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Neil Adams -Magnificent decision with board showing great courage.Malky did not want the job, Lennon brings the great risk of Scottish football standards coming to Carrow Road. Gianfranco Zola equal to Adams but not knowing the club, Tim Sherwood I guess preferring the South (possibly Brighton) Looking forward to a new Technical staff appointment to reinforce Adams. To the person who said Neil did not beat Chelsea - I cannot understand your perspective it was a magnificent draw - a win would have required functioning strikers and that is what we have lacked ALL SEASON or had not you noticed? Perhaps now when the sheep have been sorted from the goats we can start to really play and might recruit a couple of new front men and induce others to play better!

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    mardler

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Albert Cooper

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • This has totally broken me, we needed a lift, a proven winner and leader. Not this. Our rival championship clubs must be bricking it.

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    Norfolk boy in Hackney

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • I'm going to bed. When I wake up this will all have been a dream, I'd have supported Arsenal all along and my mum would have already boiled me eggs with a side of best of both soldiers - goddamn I love runny boiled eggs and soldiers!

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    Morgan Hewitt

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • What a bunch of two faced hypocrites. A few weeks ago 90% of you whingers were shouting for Hughton out (rightlyso), and get Adams in. Now suddenly it's all doom gloom and despondency. For goodness sake people, lighten up and give the guy a chance. Comparing him to Gunn shows the mentality of some of you. Gunn was totally inexperienced both as a coach and manager, whilst Adams has led our Youth Team to FA Youth Cup success and has brought on several very promising youngsters during his tenure. Yes, he was a pundit on local radio, but even then he spoke a lot of sense, which a lot of you on here seemingly cannot. It remains to be seen who comes in to help him, and surely experienced help he will need. I have long advocated a Number 2 with a very successful pedigree in Mike Phelan, or even Culverhouse and Karsa because they were as responsible for Lambos successful tenure here as he was. So come on you supposed fans, let's now get behind the man and stop all this negativity, it only breeds more discontent and we all know that Hughton did a pretty good job of that previously. Onwards and upwards OTBC

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    oldtimer

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • O well I wonder who are next manager will be come December? God help you Neyal if you don't win the 1st ten games!

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    Paul Green

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Message to stayingup is I would not want a season ticket, for two reasons firstly NCFC are not their first team so this makes our home crowd a library and secondly the real supporters prefer the away games. On the appointment of NA yeah cheap option but will backing him. The board needs to be hung out, for all the dithering and sitting on their hands, they should have given NA the job 36 hours after the Arsenal game, do not treat the fans as mugs we deserve more.

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    Bald Canary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • after 40 years of supporting this great club, i have not felt so underwhelmed since the appointment of bryan gunn as i do tonight. I did not want CH from day 1. I will always stand by my comments on his tenure. I just think it was a case of not a good manager, but decent bloke. I think this appointment may end up being the same. Good luck to neil, he will need that and some really top notch staff around him. I will always be faithful to the cause OTBC

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    lordyfan

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Remember this, Mike Walker was promoted from youth team manager and took us to our highest ever premiership position

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    Dobro

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • so malky said no. why rush i can think of many good experinced managers and neil could have been a good no 2. mcnally just keeps getting things wrong,

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    David Fulcher

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Will be interesting to see who comes in as Technical Director and who will be on the rest of the coaching team. We might not have the full picture yet so I, for one, will reserve judgement for a while. At least NA knows the sort of football the fans demand from a Norwich City team. Will be very interesting to see the comments after a few weeks if we get off to a flier next season. Best of luck, Neil.

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    Flying Canary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • @Superfan & Jim & Michigan, NA couldn't have been appointed in Jan as he didn't have the correct coaching or management (whichever one of) qualifications for the EPL, thus he could only be caretaker for 12-16 weeks. I assume for the Championship the rules are different or he's now obtain(ing\ed) the correct ones

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    NorthCity

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Good luck Neil I am sure you will give 100%. I only hope the board back him and put up some cash and they heed the harsh lessons learnt this season and jettison the dead wood. Already the links with potential signings are beginning to surface and all of them seem to be second tier European players or worse still English league 1& 2. How on earth are we being linked with a player at Exeter who nearly dropped into the Conference?

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    Dobro

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • I hope the pink'un has a good look at these comments from genuinely concerned fans and writes an article that fully expresses what many people on here are saying. No-one wishes Adams any ill will - it is not his fault BUT how can the board justify appointing someone with such limited experience when next season is so crucial. Coach fine - but not the manager. I will always support Norwich but I can't understand what their thinking on this is - I feel sorry for Neil Adams - Can't say I've ever seen so many fans so upset and underwhelmed by a decision!

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    Boris

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Terrible decisionappointment by an incompetent Board & owners. A group of people who have again proved themselves completely out of touch with the majority of their customers, us the fans.

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    Behind_Enemy_Lines

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Why 3 year contract ?

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    Jimhow

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! Conference here we come!

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    Mr. B

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Look, are we NCFC supporters or just a bunch of moaners?? I wasn't in favour of sacking CH as I didn't feel that anyone could take over and do anything with so few games left. NA was appointed to great fanfare but because he couldn't turn things around the usual doubters are mouthing off. Why didn't NCFC attract Lennon etc? Simply because these "big names" want to manage clubs in a bigger league. Or perhaps Malky read the comments on previous EDP news items and thought "no thanks". One real positive is that with so many people unhappy then I assume there wont be any problem for me to pick up a season ticket? :)

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    Tootyfrooty

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • see you all when I wake up in three years time, if it lasts as long. If Norwich can not play attacking football they will stay were they are now.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • If Neil Adams was the best candidate then where was the "complication" that meant the Board missed its own deadline? The Board have mismanaged the whole recruitment process which is inexcusable given it had a month to prepare, and in doing so they unfairly raised the expectation levels of fans, meaning many now feel deflated by the appointment. However, Adams has managed the youth successfully, knows the club and players inside out, and most importantly he actually wants the job. He didn't get the results at the end of last season but probably no manager could have dug us out of that hole. There's an air of disappointment, but in the cold light of day this might be a sensible move. If nothing else he will weed out any uncommitted players and ensure we get back to playing attractive football. Lets get behind Neil and give him a chance.

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    Jimbo

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Great decision. By far the best candidate for the job. Deserves to prove all the doubters wrong. At least we have a chance of getting back up now.

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    Johnty

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Fantastic news ! Neil Adams has got the job ahead of Moyes, Zola, Mackay, Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, Starr, UTC+A (Uncle Tom Cobley & friends), Herpes, Gonner'ear, see Phyllis, Partridge, Pear Tree etc. Looks like we will be straight out of the Chump next season too !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Fantastic news ! Neil Adams has got the job ahead of Moyes, Zola, Mackay, Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, Starr, UTC+A (Uncle Tom Cobley & friends), Herpes, Gonner'ear, see Phyllis, Partridge, Pear Tree etc. Looks like we will be straight out of the Chump next season too !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Total cop out and if hes the one for us then why didnt they go for him in January ?. Also why oh why a 3 year contract, if he wants to prove himself then why not a 12 month deal to see how it goes. Ill be there at start of season to support him in full but from what I saw of his ideas and formations the last 5 games im yet to be convinced.

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    Jimhow

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • MichC, spot on. He was available at ANY point of the season. Typical Norwich City. I love Neil Adams but in terms of the appointment its the cheap option that shows zero ambition from our club. Mid championship here we come..

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    CanaryWest

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Look I like Neil Adams a he's not the villain here. How can anyone be happy with the decision making at the club - it's absolutely a joke which is becoming a cliche. I mean sacking CH with 5 games left and the last 4(Chelsea liverpool Man U & arsenal!) that is incompetence beyond belief. The big problem was 'the wolf' and we needed a goal scorer in January but again norwich won't spend any money and now we are back in the championship with a huge loss in revenue because the owners and McNally were not courageous enough.

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    Giddy

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Further thoughts - what the board have been spouting about not getting rid of Hughton earlier becasue of not candidates, etc., etc., is now shown to be an absolute lie by this appointment. All long the decisions about management have been based on lowest cost, not results, until the fans had absolutely had it, and backed the board into a corner. I hole Neil Adams is successful, but I am further disgusted by our board. We need a change of ownership a.s.a.p. if NCFC is going to get back to the EPL and have any chance of success. All decisions appear to be based on lowest cost.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • I can remember feeling totally under-whelmed with both Mike Walker + Lambo when I heard of their appointments + they both did well for us. I've got exactly the same feeling now. Just hope I'm wrong again, LOL ! It will all depend on whether or not Neil Adams can reproduce his youth team success @ senior level. Would've felt much safer with Malky, Lennon or Adkins in charge + Neil as coach. Two questions- 1. Why has it taken so long to appoint the bloke who was already in charge ? 2. Why has he got a 3 year contract. Why not appoint him on a rolling contract like Lambert until we see how good or bad he is ?

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    Timbo

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • The manager is usually announced at a press conference - to do it on the website says it all really! Were they too afraid to say it in front of the media and fans? Lambert came in when we were in Division 1 - the championship is a totally different matter. I have nothing against Adams as a coach - but as an unknown manager - how will we keep and attract good players - what contacts does he have. This whole appointment process has been so depressing. The club and fans needed a lift. I can't see any of that here. I hope the board can see that fans are genuinely concerned for the future of the club and not just being negative because their choice of manager didn't happen.

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    Boris

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • This is unbelievable. Delia and co have just made a clear statement. "We are not ambitious, and we are quite content to be a championship club or lower". I wish him well, but this is not an appointment that says we want to go straight back up. This is corner shop mentality providing jobs for the family.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Good luck Neil. You're gonna need it if some of the soothsayers on here are to be believed. Their comments alone are enough motivation for you to show them how wrong they are. Those of us who have seen your successes over many years know that with the right coaching team around you and a good experienced technical director you can turn our great club around. To judge you on 5 games at the end of last season, 4 of which were against top PL opposition, witha group of players who were totally demotivated after the era of that failure Hughton Iis plain crazy. OTBC!

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    Honest Injun

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Norwich will rue the day they appointed him.

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    samphirelover

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Maybe Neil should bring in Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa, they are surplus to requirements aint they

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    Cockney.canary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Brilliant comments. So many clueless people out there and yet everytime I pick them up and post their previous and wrong comments on here they get upset and tell me to go away. Well I have copied the comments on here again and hopefully I will bring them back during a successful season. Remember the Johnson red card that was obviously rescinded despite so many saying it wouldn't be? Just one example! Just give him a chance. Lets face it, half of you never go to the games anyway but from what I saw in his 5 games in charge has given me hope! IAWT

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    baguio

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • I would love to be proven wrong and I would love to see Adams succeed, but I fear this appointment is a disaster, and will lead to a repeat of the scenes we witnessed under Grant and under Gunn. McNally and Delia, what have you done??

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    londoncanary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • What a load of BS!!! Thank you to "Stayingup" for a few words or reality and common sense. Now, would the REAL city supporters stand up, and the rest of you 'johnny come latelys" pi$$ off to portaloo rd. Rigbt or wrong, the decision is made, now show your colours and SUPPORT the manager and your team. OTBC.

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    Hants Canary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Why don't the EEN do one of their famous polls and see how many of these idiots on here writing off the Neil and the team before the guy has even had a chance to sort the players out, are actually season ticket holders or armchair "supporters" I suspect more of the latter

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    canarybell

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Those who are liking this appointment to that of Gunny should remember, Gunny had no experience in football managment, Neil has lots of experience as a coach and a manager. He knows this club inside out and plays the game in the right way, this the best candidate of those mentioned and I look forwards to a style of football which will be entertaining and I'm sure we will be winning games. Onwards and upwards.OTBC

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    parkeg1

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Howesy well Zola did yes but who else? Unless you want to count sketchy rumours about Tony Popovic. It's a sad indictment on the club that there weren't dozens of applicants.

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    Bookface

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • How awful, awful news.. What on earth is the board thinking of? Got it wrong in January? What about got it wrong in April and May, too? Hope we lose 7-1 at home in the first match and then they bring a decent manager in.

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    norwaysbiggesthoolahanfan

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • after all the wait and the delay and Delia saying its complicated, the resignation at Celtic and the names being linked with the job it all seems all very underwhelming. My fear is players may feel the same and this will be the catalyst for them to leave when they might just of stayed and be more difficult to attract players to our club. I wish Neil well and will always support my club but I wish he had been given the job last week!

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    beverleyyellow

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Poor Neil! The poor man thinks everyone is pulling in the same direction, thinks he's got everyone behind him. Well I hope he doesn't read these message boards with all these fans already sticking the knife in his back! We all feel a bit deflated after hearing about lennons departure earlier and maybe thinking it was for us, but that wouldn't have appeased everyone either. What's done by the board for whatever reason is done now, so let's get behind the club and stick two fingers up to the footballing world who have only seeked to mock us at every opportunity!

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    JOROBIT

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • What point toxic?? Who is the director, do you know? I think the point you're missing is, why not an experienced manager just for the sake of variety if nothing else. What are we, a college for future div2 managers or pundits?

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    frankief

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • The last time I wanted to be wrong was when I had come to the conclusion we were going to be relegated some two months before it happened. This board are @€%$¥ bonkers.

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    pug

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • This board including Delia I'm afraid couldn't run a p*** up in a brewery. Neil Adams is a great lad and all that but he's not the man to lead City back to the premier league. He showed a lack of guts against Chelsea when we needed to win. As always it is the cheapest option. No ambition. We had a chance to strengthen the squad in January to try and stay up.... Who did we sign? Hull signed 2 strikers and now they are still in the premier league and they deserve it. Norwich are one of the best supported clubs in the land and the fans deserve much better than this. They deserve a club run by ambitious owners who are not content to be also rans. It's a desperate decision as why take nearly 2 weeks to make Adams the manager? I feel like most of the fans at the moment - sick to the stomach.

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    Giddy

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • good appointment! He will do well in the championship! I just hope the crowd will get behind from game 1, because if we don't it will be a hard slog!

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    Jack Lemmon

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Good appointment for me, certainly can't judge him on the last 5 games & less of a gamble than all the other potential options. Good luck Neil! OTBC

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    manxcanary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Terrible appointment. Presumably Bryan Gunn is coming back as technical director with Peter Grant as coach. Give me hope, Joe Hannah!

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    Outside The Box

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • A little surprising and if was always going to be NA then why did it take so long. However the decision has been made and we need to get behind the team. Unfortunately there is still a lot of prejudice and vitriol on here from people who really don`t know what they are talking about. To those who are whining that they have been supporting Norwich for xxx years and this is a bad decision etc etc call yourselves true Norwich supporters, I don`t think. Put your details on this forum I will send you an SAE into which you can post me back your season ticket and I will give it away to someone who will appreciate it. WE DON`T WANT YOUR PRESCENCE AT CARROW ROAD. You don`t deserve to be there. Go and support the team in blue down the road or anywhere else where disloyalty is an everyday occurrence. OTBC

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    stayingup

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Although surprised, i believe McNally knows what he's doing. Malky was waiting on Prem league job, plays defensive football and his heart wasn't in it. Lennon is another Hooper and Wolfswinkel, an unproven talent which would be a massive risk. Neil Adams is well known by the club, has very recent success with FA youth cup, has some prem league experience and plays the kind of football Norwich like. Lets just remember Lambert had no experience in the Prem but had proved himself at a lower level, and look where he took us :) I think this is a very clever appointment by McNally and some of our supporters really don't have a clue what they are on about. Go back to playing football manager guys

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    James Dunthorne

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Who will be director of football? Alan curbishley no maybe Dale Gordon, Robert fleck or Craig Fleming?

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    crispycanary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • I think there's a lot of mssing the point here. OK NA is not an experienced manager, but what about the Director of Football. What would the comments be if someone like Mike Phelan were appointed to this position to assist NA? A wily old fox alongside new ideas and tactics. Couldn't it just get a little interesting?

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Can we expect Chris Goreham as first team coach. Lovely bloke!!

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    frankief

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • No one else applies, really?? Relegated from prem with parachute payments, 26000 every game. I understand people rallying but, nothing at all against NA, what an utter failure by the board to inspire us or players alike. Lambert was a lucky appointment just because his team stocked us at home. Apart from that we've had Grant, Roeder, Gunn and Hughton. I said earlier if the board wasn't part of the solution then they were part of the problem. I know believe they ARE the problem. Arrogant people who convince themselves that they know better to the point of complete failure. Now we have another very nice chap who's going to give it a go. Yes I'll support them but what a shame.

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    frankief

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • I don't often make a comment but feel that i should on this occasion. I would like to with Neil all the best. I cannot understand all the negative comments people are given Neil as he wanted the job like anyone would. It is the board that they should be sounding off about. Other are saying about Malky but if he wanted the job so badly he would have agreed a deal and then negotiated a better deal later. That is why he said he was interested and then said that their were other clubs that he was interested in. He would have been the same as Lambert and jump ship. Lets get behind Neil and the team and hope that he gets the support all round.

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    budgie boy

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Shouldn't read too much into our last five games. CH insists he'd have kept us up, in Fairness im not sure anybody could. People dismiss his FA Youth cup triumph, but when push comes to shove anyone who can beat Chelsea's finest youth players in each leg simply cannot be bereft of talent. He also knows our youth players and who's ready to a job in the first team as well as how to get the best out of them. It was also quite telling that Russell Martin said a couple of weeks ago that he hoped Adams would get the job. He had no reason to say that if he didn't mean it. He's alsothe only candidate with first hand experience working with our underperforming squad with a view to changes to be made in the summer. From what I saw of the games in charge of the youth team I think there's a high chance entertainment will be on the rise. Final point to consider is all the candidates that had proven experience of promotion also finished up being dismissed and none of them could have proven themselves if someone hadn't appointed them without that experience. Perhaps he will do it perhaps he won't. Time will tell. Either way keep an open mind get behind him and hope for the best.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • I think this whole charade is indicative of how far our stock has fallen. As last season drew to a close it was the general view that Norwich was by far the worst team in the BPL. In all areas, their performance was considered abysmal, awful and lacking in tactical and general skills of the game. It's my guess over the last 2 weeks the Board has been sounding out candidates they would consider, but regrettably with no takers. So faced with this wholesale rejection the Board has resorted to the only thing left to them. Reappoint the baby sitter and make loud noises of support for this candidate. It's a weird decision. A strange appointment. It almost smacks of a Stephen Fry riddle. Mr Adams has no meaningful management experience and no established charisma to lift and guide the club. Who knows, it might work. But it is more likely to fail. This cheap joke appears to be an act of desperation. But, in bemused state we continue to support our club - OTBC

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    Pritch

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Brilliant news. I've heard that ex look east anchorman Ian Masters will be appointed as technical director and 80's kids puppet B.C will be responsible for transfers and waving.

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    pug

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Ok yeah it could be Bryan Gunn all over again but Gunn took over with something like 19 games left to play and couldn't do anything, it is the cheap option but Neil had 5 games 4 of them against some of the best sides the Premier League had to offer and he inherited a broken team, so before people jump on his back and weigh the man down before he has even started how about we just get behind him and the team and hopefully we will be tasting Premier League football again very soon.

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    Simon Hartstone

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Book face if no one else applies don't make me laugh

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    Howesy

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Good luck Neil I hope you are still manager at the end of January 2015 but I doubt it. Made to many mistakes in your 5 games in charge as pointed out by others on this site. The next few months will tell me who's in charge by how many players are sold out from under you.

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    tunsteadtiger

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • There's some shocking comments here and I hope a lot of you choke on your words. Remember, NA's hands were tied in regards to the squad and mentality he inherited. There wasn't a lot he could do in the short space of time. So, just get behind him and whoever else is appointed. NA has the passion and so should you. I think this could be the start of something great!

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • wallybrain I think you need to get a grip mate. The Board can't appoint someone who doesn't want the job and if no-one else applies then what choice do they have?

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    Bookface

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Nothing against Neil but this is a total anti climax. I hope I am proven wrong and by the start of the season I am positive again but right now I am totally deflated.

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    Weybread J.

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • The words option...and cheap....spring readily to mind.....

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    scutty of the yard

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • I think they took a couple of weeks to ask around found no one else wanted the job so fell back on Mr Adams ,no promotion next season I'm afraid I think its life in championship for a few years after all its more fun watching a team trying to win games than not trying to lose them , best time I ever had at carrow road was season before promotion to old first division Forbes always covered in blood and plenty of end to end stuff

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    trev57

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Well at least Adams has the guts to take on the job. More than Malky has. I'm disappointed with this decision but I really didn't want to watch hoofball.

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    Bookface

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • For chrissakes give the bloke a chance. Bet you're all soooo brilliant in your jobs!!

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    Terry Buxton

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • It's the Muppet Show, with our special guest star... Mr Neil Adams!

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    wallybrain

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Well said I like the way you think.

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    John Paige

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • I see there is a lot of supporters that wanted Malky Mckay as NCFC manager, dont they remember when Norwich played cardiff they had 10 men behind the ball is that what they want to see Norwich play.

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    John Paige

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • sorry Niceone, but it's a Wrongone.... admire all your positives, but it's a poor decision. NA is a decent chap, but he's just not up to it. His team selections and tactics got more desperate as each of the last Prem games went on. You could argue that he had little choice, and we all gave him the benefit of the doubt by being in a no win situation, but then I think most of us were sure he would ease us into a position where the Board would find a better and more experienced man. That has not happened, and the Board have taken the easy and cheapest way out, by rewarding failure withe promise of more failure... I hope I'm wrong, but I can't see anything but a downward spiral here. NA can talk the talk, but he can't walk the walk.

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    wallybrain

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Wow, how things change. While I'm not a massive fan of this appointment, I remember a lot of fans calling for CH to be replaced by Adams around December time and up to the point when CH was sacked. And now almost everyone is against him! Yes, he didn't win any of the games he was in charge for but 4 of them were against top teams. Yes, he toyed with the line-up but at least he showed he had ideas and wasn't afraid to implement them and try something new (unlike Hughton). If those same line-ups had won then everyone would have worshipped the ground he walked on. I'm dubious about this appointment as well but we don't know what will happen. He may completely turn Norwich around and they become the most feared side in the championship. Let's support him and judge him based on how he performs this coming season not by how he performed managing a side who confidence was so low their chins were ploughing furrows in the ground, playing against 4 of the best teams in the country. Every manager has to start somewhere. No-one is born a world class football manager. He may just surprise us. OTBC.

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    CovCanary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • If he was the best guy, why take two weeks? Why state it will be announced and then tak longer? Why state the fans would rather take longer to get the right guy? Lets head back down again next year..... Total imcompetence.

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    TheBirdCage

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Mcwally I hope you are reading these posts. What is relegation from the championship a fate worse than?

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    crispycanary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • This has all the smell of the decision Ipswich made with Magilton. Town would not pay for a decent quality manager and suddenly discovered the genius that was 'Magic' was there all a long. What happened to Ipswich and Magilton?? Wilderness!! After Gunn how can Delia and the rest of them be serious with this joke of an appointment?

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    graham garrod

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • I will be supporting norwich and Neil Adams at the start of the new season but I don't think this is good appointment. Tactics and lineups for the last 5 games were worse than CH. Last game of the season, all we wanted was a bit of attacking end to end football to end the season with bit of a feel good factor, what did we get....Elmander upfront alone and two wingers still playing on the wrong sides, getting the wingers playing was the one thing I was hopeful of but couldn't even do that. One good thing - at least he doesn't fancy Hoolahan. I would have preferred to stick with CH than this

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    Jarroldr82

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Am so disappointed. After relegation we needed to appoint a new manager who had the pulling power to keep at least some of our players and attract decent new ones to win the championship. How will this appointment do that? Surely we should have gone for someone like Zola or Clarke if we couldn't get Lennon or Malky. I have been a Norwich supporter for many years and will remain so BUT this is not what the club needs now. Adams as coach - ok - but not as manager!

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    Boris

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • He'll be sacked after 10 games and we will be back to square one looking for a manager to take over again, mark my words. This is a cheap and lazy appointment and I've finally lost all faith in NCFC. You've broken my heart for the last time

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    NC_Fan_In_China

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Comparisons to Gunn are silly. He was a keeper and they don't make managers; being Sheriff of Norwich does not constitute experience. Adams has won the youth cup and will aim for attacking football. It's just a shame his audition required him to go for a point off a big team (Chelsea) when trying to win, even if it meant losing, would have been more honourable. Good luck to him.

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    Mexicanary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • The board have done a wolfswinkle and drawn a blank.

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    crispycanary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Get a life my six fingered friends.

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    mr mayhem

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Unbelievable!! The Cheap Option yet again. This board failed to act in January and we are relegated because of their inaction! Now they act and make the the wrong decision!! I Like NA but he failed to to be attack minded at Chelsea, and I fear the worst!!

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    TheVoice

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Edwin Bailey it's thinking like that that as got un where we are the bloody championship

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    Howesy

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • I think this will turn out to be a good appointment and I wish NA and his team, whoever they may be, all the best for the next season. A lot of people on here seem to have forgotten all the hopeless, external appointments that NCFC have made in the past and I won't name them as last time I did Archant censored it. Many have compared this appointment to that of BG but the two are very different in their experience and qualifications before appointment as manager with NA having a far superior CV. I thought the football played by NA in the last 5 games of last season was a breath of fresh air when compared to that presented week in and week out by CH. Those games were acknowledged by all to be tough games that came one after another and NA made some big calls in terms of team changes and shape but five games was ultimately not enough time to turn around a dispirited team who had their backs against the wall. As to how the board arrived at their decision perhaps time and a formal statement may tell but it is far too simplistic to assume that the appointment was made on economic grounds alone. The other candidates may have rejected the job or been found wanting in some respect by the board or possibly not committing themselves due to the Premiership vacancies currently available.

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    NICEONE

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Either we decided against the other candidates or they decided against us. Which was it and why?

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    Cecil

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Maybe if it doesn't go very well for Neil next season, and we start heading for the bottom of the table we can count on the board to act quickly, maybe give it 6 games to go, then replace him with a member of barstaff, or give a ballboy a chance.

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    Canaries007

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • All you doubters can go and support Ipswich,they need you more than ncfc.Good luck Neil, otbc

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    Edwin Bailey

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • So why wait two weeks to give it to him?

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    MyheroMcdougall

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Well it was a good point at Stamford Bridge..................when we needed three!!!!

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    MyheroMcdougall

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • two words WHY and DOOMED Delia go now and take your puppets with you. B4 you totally destroy this club...

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    dumpster59

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • It's good to see Norwich are looking ahead and planning for the future in my humble opinion. Neil Adams will make an excellent League 1 manager!

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    Alan Mason

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Typical Norwich Board, cheapest, easiest option, so why wait two weeks to appoint a guy who they already know about and waste others' time and build the fans hopes of a totally radical new face who could inspire and sort out those with the desire to fight for our immediate return? Too many demands by other candidates? Just smacks of giving it to another nice guy!! PS Good luck Neil for next season, as stated, we'll be behind you hoping and praying that they have actually got it right!!!

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    MyheroMcdougall

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • I don't know who is more stupid-----perhapes i am as i'v just bought a Prem; price season ticket to watch 3rd teir football

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    superfan59

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • OMG, its Bryan Gunn all over again! This tells me that NCFC have no ambition at all. Cant understand this appointment, a big big risk. Would have been happy with Adams as assistant manager but far too early for manager. Suddenly im not looking forward to next season as much as I was. I thought the board would make a big signing as manager, they owed it to all the fans after the mess they made of last season.

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    Henry

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Amazed by some of the negative comments on here. I for one am prepared to back the judgement of David McNally and the board. They will have seen Neil Adams at work behind the scenes and how he has interacted with the players, and have obviously seen things to suggest he will be a success as a manager. No doubt if message boards had existed in days gone by, the appointments of David Stringer and Mike Walker would have been equally unpopular.

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    Matti Mole

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Wrong decision. Wrong wrong wrong.

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    suffolkcanary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Did Mackay say no or was he unsure? McNally would only recommend someone with full commitment to the Board. Lennon won't go to Championship side. Adams preferred to Zola. City unable to get a big name manager. This fits with Hughton staying too long - no replacement. Also that if City had stayed up it would have been hard to improve the squad to a decent PL standard, given how long it has taken to appoint Neil.

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    Capri

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Delia said that this was a complex decision and thus would take time. All I can say is that the board must be intellectually challenged to take so long to make such a limp choice!

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    la barbe

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • I completely agree with everything you have said wallybrain

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    Powers1902

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • As always will support the boys through thick and thin; Ibut I cannot believe this appointment - the last time gave the job to someone with no experience (but much loved by the fans) we got relegated to league 1. Bitterly disappointed. COYY

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    Yellowexile

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • How much is an Ipswich town ticket?

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    crispycanary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • This is just so sad. I have been an NCFC fan for 55 years and seen various boards make poor decisions but this has to be the most ridiculous when you look at the other potential alternatives. I can only see further decline in the future of a once proud club. Very sad. Should be a quick trip down to Division 1.

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    tinman

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Dont even tune into Sky Sports news---really sad

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    superfan59

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • As I understand it, an 'insider' told me to-day that it was a close run thing between Adams or Pinky and Perky. Personally, I think we would have been better off with Pinky and Perky...

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    57charles

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • three submits 3 no shows why do we bother

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Very very sad day for ncfc. We are now a laughing stock. As you can tell I am furious!

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    crispycanary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • question to be answered. why so long if adams first choice. Now I like Neil Adams and do not see this as a risky appt. I believe he knows what he wants to achieve and has the skill set to achieve it . Now waiting to see who NA gets in as asst and coach. Wont be far off the top next season .

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Another note, the other candidates were probably doing a 'wait and see' for premiership clubs....that sounds like no commitment to me which was the route of our problems this season and the Worthy era.

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Adams OUT, OUT, OUT, OUT, OUT....... I'll start it. The Board as well... OUT, OUT, OUT!

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    wallybrain

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Another bargain basement decision by the Board... We were lucky once... This is wrong, we will lose many players, and the downfall continues...

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    Norwegian Canary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Malky would not have worked CH all over again and no doubt using WBA to pin us to a crazy contract. Lennon not proven only at a virtual league 1 level. Get real doubters this is not a Gunn appointment. Neil will build his own side, own tactics and turn us around. Draw a line & move on and support!!!! OTBC

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    andy bygrave

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • one effort into thin air

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Absolutely underwhelmed. Please explain why it was necessary to postpone the announcement. Or did the preferred option decide to go elsewhere? Look what happened to the last Caretaker made permanent. 7 - 0

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    Colchester Canary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Delighted with this news. So relieved not to get Malky with his dour football or Lennon from the Micky Mouse league. Really confident about the forthcoming season with the promise of attacking football and the Championship which I feel is a much more enjoyable league to play in without all the big time Charlies of the premiership. Can't wait til August. Good luck Neil. OTBC.

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    Bob Hunt

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • The more I reflect on this decision the more depressed I become. What a golden opportunity lost! How could the board get this so wrong? How can we attract good players now? We are really in trouble.

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    la barbe

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • season ticket in the bin.... I've had enough... just can't believe it... over a week to make such a PATHETIC decision.... what is going on? relegation was bad enough, but talk about rubbing salt into the wound!!!!!!

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    wallybrain

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • I think this is a very poor decision by those clowns on the board ,but like all city fans come the first game of the season we will be behind Adams but as for the board you got to be kidding

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    Howesy

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Delia must go???? Now that is a hilarious demand if not a little hysterical.... Just a reminder tho....DS and her hubby pretty much own the club.....it's their money that's kept the club afloat. They retire and players get sold to repay loans owed. That will surely mean league 1........

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    Tootyfrooty

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • One draw in his first 5 games, obviously the board saw something i missed, he seems to me to be rewarded for failure, but his record can only get better-or will history repeat its self as with the Bryan Gunn saga, certainly no lessons seems to have been learned from that, or is this just a bad dream and i will wake up soon!

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    mervyn Lambert

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Congratulations Neil! Lets go and win the Championship. Onwards and upwards.

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Well it looks like the new man's got the backing of veryone on here then.... Bit surprising and unexpected as it looked as though a 'name' was on his way. Big gamble by the Board but I'll bet they won't mess this time by keeping him on if he doesn't hit the ground running.

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    Graham Last

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • I wonder how much it would cost to buy out the board

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    Norfolk Boy

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Oh dear. Good luck Neil, we will need it. Feel that the board have missed a golden chance.

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    Tone the moan

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • It's Groundhog Day. Be afraid......be very afraid.

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    rjukancanary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Terrible decision. A Zola would have inspired the young players. Pathetic

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    andys

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • I thought there was a short list for the manager's position, can only assume nobody wanted the job

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    KBartlett

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • I thought he would be a good choice and then he played Elmander, our loan player, instead of our full time strikers for last game of season. That showed disrespect and so have question marks over his man management!!

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    Brian Allen

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • I have the utmost respect for Neil Adams - the majority of us remember his playing days,his fantastic radio commentary and most recently his youth cup triumph. I'm afraid that The Board have gone for the 'cheap option' yet again... This board is starting to remind me of the Robert Chase era!! This board has no ambition whatsoever, it was proven in the January transfer window and now again with the managerial appointment. It clear to see the board are happy with the parachute payments and are resigned to Championship football with the attitude of; "ooh, we could nick into the playoffs!". I'm fed up with hearing the attitude of 'little old Norwich' - we should be a massive club our catchment area is huge. There were far more better candidates than Neil Adams and available candidates at that. I agree that Neil Adams would make a magnificent No.2 but being at the helm at this stage of his career is short sighted from the board. He received 1 point out of a possible 15!! Yes, there were tough fixtures but they were must win fixtures. I wish Neil Adams all the best but I don't think it'll be long until we here the chants of "sack the board" at Carrow Rd.

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    Michael Merrill

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Wishing you the best of luck Neil. You have more ideas than the late and best forgotten CH. You're prepared to change tactics if things aren't working. Best of all though is that you wanted the job regardless of money and you really care about the club. Personally I feel that you have enough knowledge and contacts at the top level to put a good team together both front and backroom staff. If things go well I have no doubt that you will stay put, unlike the other successful managers that we have had in the past who soon look to the money! Now supporters of the mighty NCFC lets get behind our new manager and give him a season or two to get his own team assembled! OTBC

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    baguio

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Yes silver fox Adams would make a good number 2! That's what the board are... Number 2.

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    crispycanary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • The delia smith pantomime goes on, her and that board continue on their poor decision making the same judgment the employed gun after one game and then sack him after the Colchester game. Clowns

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    Howesy

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Cheap Cheap Cheap....Hughton was the beginning of the end..Adams is the end..was in charge for 5 games and put out a shocking line up..Terrible move again by our clueless board. But Delia will be ok with her income from her interests, maybe she could sell another corner of the stadium for another hotel, shame she cant sell any more of the car park

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    AC Canary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Norwich have surpassed themselves this time. So bitterly disappointed

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    Powers1902

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Nothing personal about Niel I wish him well! but I have serious douts about the board now? All this time to appoint the manager already in place. Cant wait for the press conference on this?

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    Keep it Low

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Absolutely gobsmacked former radio norfolk co presenter appointed norwich. City manager, a complete joke Glenn reorder was right Adams hasn't got a clue!! With Mackay and Lennon wanting the job they give it to Adams . This end in disaster well done David McNally aka Fred carno

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    Thursday, May 22, 2014

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