Neil Adams confirms he would like to stay on as Norwich City’s manager despite relegation

Neil Adams could have a decision to make whether he stays with Norwich City. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Neil Adams could have a decision to make whether he stays with Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, May 9, 2014
1:40 PM

Neil Adams has made it clear that he wants to remain the manager of Norwich City beyond the end of the season.

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The club’s under-18s coach was asked to take over as first-team manager in April after Chris Hughton was sacked following the damaging 1-0 home defeat to relegation rivals West Brom.

Adams, when asked if he would like to become City’s permanent manager, said: “Of course. First of all I needed to see how I would be and how I handled the job, and I feel absolutely comfortable doing it.

“I feel I’ve done a good job. I think we’ve got the spirit back into the team, the energy, the application, but it’s out of my hands, of course it is. I’ve got immense pride standing there, being the manager of Norwich City, and it’s something I’ve really, really enjoyed.”

Adams oversaw a 1-0 loss at Fulham, a valiant 3-2 home defeat to title hopefuls Liverpool, a 4-0 loss at Manchester United and a battling 0-0 draw at Chelsea.

With Sunderland beating West Brom 2-0 on Wednesday night, Adams now leads City into Sunday’s final game of the season against Arsenal at Carrow Road knowing that City are heading for the Championship.

Only West Brom losing at home to Stoke and an unprecedented 18-goal swing would save City if they pulled off an unlikely thrashing of Champions League qualifiers Arsenal - an outcome considered to be incredibly unlikely.

Yet Adams, who led City’s Under-18s to FA Youth Cup glory last season, said he feels he has shown he has all the attributes to succeed as a manager.

I pride myself on preparing the team properly,” Adams continued, speaking to Norwich City’s official website. “The worst feeling for me would be to be sitting in the technical area at kick-off and feeling like I should have done a little bit more and we should have done a bit more, but that’s not the case.

“You can feel confident in yourself and content that you’ve done the right job, and then obviously players need to deliver, and I think they’ve been excellent for us in the vast majority of time in these games. Looking back, would we have done anything different? Probably not.

“Of course you’re always analysing tactics and formations, and it’s easy to say if you’ve done that then they wouldn’t have scored a goal, but everything’s done for a reason – it’s meticulously thought through and that’s one of the things that I pride myself on.”

Do you think Neil Adams has done enough to be kept on as manager of Norwich City? Leave your comments below.

40 comments

  • OMG, Charlie Heinz is now garnering support from an 1p5wich troll. That is not to say I totally disagree with your sceptical take on events, 57Chas....

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • I`m with you 57charles I like your choice and think your spot on with pinky and perky,lets face it could they be any worse than your predecessors.....(off the ball city)

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    1961tractorboy

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • @Cecil.. Neil Adams record of 1 point from the 4 games, Liverpool H, Chelsea A, Fulham A, Man Utd A... is the best record in these 4 Premier League games by any Norwich manager since Mike Walker in 1994... in 1995, 2005, 2012 and 2013 we got 0 points each season and with a much worse goal difference.... if we has stayed up I would have replaced him... but now we are down we should give him a chance.. there are enough positive signs that he has something to offer.

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    jops

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Bring on Pa`s Chevron! Keep your eye on Ma Snipps, Pa - Stew will be after her dumplings...

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Nope. Another with content blocked. Who is culpable for Wolfswinkelgate??

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • I agree with 57charles that the person culpable for Wolfswinkelgate should fall on his\her sword. Chrissy couldn`t have been solely responsible. If he was, then the Board was guilty of Group Abdication.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • No content = No problem. What`s your problem, Archie? Not like you dedicated members of the `Free Press` to resort to censorship.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Archie won`t me play today. **** ***, Archie.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • First thing is we must trust the Board to make the right appointment. Second thing is, ignore the first thing. A prerequisite to appointing an ambitious, energetic manager, is for Bowkett to resign from the Board. For him, Ambitious+Energetic=Impatient (as exampled by Lambo). Next get shot of `Boycie` Steph, the Arch-ant place-setting man. Next, the QiZmeister doesn`t do anything, other than eat Delia`s delicious dinners, - and he can continue to do that without being a Director. Bye-bye, Stevie. St. Dee, MW-J and good ol` Michael Fowlger should stay on as Honorary non-executive Directors, or sell their shares. Leave Machianalli i\c the hard-nosed money side of things, providing he`s not the Guilty Party in Wolfswinkelgate... I`m sure Chrissy was not solely to blame for that one. If he was, then the Board was guilty of abdication. Get in a `footy person` as Director of Football. Only then should the choice of our next manager be made. No more panic-button stuff, please.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Just to advise all concerned that I am available for consultation over the summer months. All input will be offered with the best intentions of putting a fresh outlook into the club! I tried on so many occasions during the past two dismal seasons, but it was like talking to a brick wall. I am prepared to forego plucking pheasants for future phases if pleasing pleasant footballing fans finally places this club back into the top flight. Too many country cousins have been allowed too much freedom with running our counties Canary Club! Get started on the 'Chevron' Neil in good time for promotion next season! Best Wishes!

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    Pa Snipps

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • NA is better than Hughton but that is hardly a recommendation. One point from a possible twelve is not very good going is it? I didnt see much desire at Old Trafford. We were impotent. We were better at Stamford Bridge but NA was satisfied - actually delighted - with a draw when only a win was good enough. Not encouraging.

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    Cecil

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Just what stone did 57charles crawl out from under? NA as manager = league 1, Malky as manager = administration plus relegation to league 1. Seems to me that if McNasty appointed the "Special One", Pellegrini, Wenger , Uncle Tom Cobley et all, charlie boy would still be spitting vitriol and dooming us to relegation again. Not altogether convivnced that he isn't a troll from down the road, but what I do know is that Adams instilled a desire in the players in four games, that Hughton and co. couldn't achieve in nearly two seasons. In addition to that, he recognised that our so called captain couldn't give a monkeys, and promptly dropped him, big ego and all, I would like to see Adams given the job along with Mike Phelan as his assistant. How many years was he Fergies assistant? Can't have been that bad can he?, and he is another "old boy".Failing that how about another old boy, Tim Sherwood... nah, probably too much his own man for our board. Oh well, at least we will get to see some competitive games next season.

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    oldtimer

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Just off down to Ladblokes to put a tenner on Pinky and Perky whose price will definitely shorten when they get wind of what a bunch of Looney Tunes are actually running our football club.

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    57charles

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Ladblokes latest odds: Malky 2-1, Adams 5-2, Torchie the battery boy10-1, Pinky and Perky 20-1, Second chance Hughton, 10,000-1

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • He is in with a real chance. No experience and cheap. A shoe in for this board.

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    stormy

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • When I saw that ad about horses at the top, I thought Hughton was coming back. No more power naps for me.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • why not Adams?As long as he has experienced coaches beside him.

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    tonyb

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • We have to get promoted at the first attempt or we will languish in the lower divisions for at least 10 seasons. We can't afford to experiment. Methinks DJ Framboise is letting his heart rule his head here - what makes him think that a youth team coach and radio pundit with absolutely no first team management experience can get us out of the championship. He clearly has his own subconscious doubts by qualifying this with 'he will need the right team around him'. And just who do you believe this right team should be? Stop dreaming and grasp reality.

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    57charles

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • NA has had a chance to prove himself, and well, he hasnt quite. We need someone who can get us back up next season. Of course it's a gamble whoever we appoint; it's really about the odds though.

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    Cecil

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • 57Charles comes over as a total WUM. GBSHT. Waclor is right - any appointment is a gamble. Some managers just don't fit the club. I'm for Neil - I've said it before and I'll say it again - I think we have a future star in the making but he will need the right team around him.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • I'm absolutely amazed that anyone believes that we should 'experiment' in our next manager's appointment. For goodness sake, I hope the board doesn't read this ludicrous assertion - it might give them ideas and a carte-blanche for next season. Just look at the shambles they've made of this season.

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    57charles

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Suffolk C, whoever is Norwich City manager in a few weeks, it will be an experiment. There are no guarantees with recruitment but looking at past performance can provide a clue. That rules out Malky then. Neil knows the young Norwich players and that is a huge bonus. Get in a good team around him rather than bring in some journeyman manager who has no interest in Norwich. Also thanks for the offer Charles but I have no intention of keeping a screensave of your or any other post.

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    waclor

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Coach yes Manager absolutely not. We will probably get one shot at promotion. It is not the time to experiment.

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    suffolkcanary

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • I'm not surprised that NA wants to stay on as manager -it's a great job whatever league we're in - but he's not qualified to do so - end of story. If the club does actually appoint him then I 'll know the world has gone completely and utterly mad and we might as well shut up shop and all go home and let this inept board destroy our club.

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    57charles

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Didn't Brendan Rodgers run a youth team before going straight into management and didn't he get promotion with Swansea and look at him now manager of Liverpool in just a couple of years. I think NA deserves a chance albeit on a short contract initially

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    kevin473

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • They'll cheapskate and stick with Neil and the kids. Could work but I doubt it.

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    el dingo

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Dubai Canary - if Malky is appointed as manager I can guarantee we will end up in administration and relegated to League One at the same time next season. He has wasted millions on second rate players at Cardiff - ask any Cardiff City fan - although I guess given this trait, Carrow Road would suit him perfectly... Take a screen shot of this posting and if he's appointed, look at it in a years time when you're sobbing uncontrollably into your hands at the fall from grace of our wonderful Canaries.

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    57charles

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Charles 57 - read my first post - I am saying Malky or Moxey should be the likely ones - NA has no experience at this level yet.

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Malky as manager, Adams as assistant and CulverhouseKarsa as coaches.

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    Norwegian Canary

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Dubai Canary - at least we would remain in the championship - Adams would take us down to League One - absolute certainty. If the club appoint him as manager, please take a screen save of this and look at it in a year's time - you will have your head in your hands and be sobbing uncontrollably at our relegation to League One.

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    57charles

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Charles 57 - wouldn't we have to pay 1p5wich compensation if we took away P&P ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Gunn revisited...Adams did a strange line up in charge..similar to Hooty..Martin and Turner in central defence were slow and brainless. Elmander upfront on his own? useless.. Hooper got one start under adams and scored then got dropped? New manager should be a fresh face. Please look outside of norfolk

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    AC Canary

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Please, please don't bring in Malky unless you want us to end up in more debt than is imaginable. He has a propensity for spending millions of pounds on useless players - ask any Cardiff City fan - although I guess it's par for the course at Carrow Road these days... - I require the club to name the individual who was responsible for signing RVW and for that individual to be given instant dismissal and escorted off the premises at Carrow Road.

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    57charles

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Any more news on Culverhouse and Karsa ? They would be worth bringing back - not heard any more since they were 'suspended' by Vanilla about 3 weeks ago. It also looks like Lambo is about to get the Chop too........

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • 57 charles how could NA change much except put a bullet up the team to put some effort in. He was lumbered with the same players who had been coached to lose for two seasons.

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    goldie

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Yes I would like to see NA given a chance. Can't quite understand the clammer to get Malky in as in IMO he hasn't proved himself with his own players as anything special todate.

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    goldie

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Was this a deliberate act? Showing Adams standing next to the Emergency Exit.

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    NB

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • For a moment here I thought the date was April the 1st. You have got to be joking!!!!! Neil Adams looks like a rabbit in a car's headlights and managed the team in the same vein in the time he's been in charge - if you guys want to see the club go down to League One then go ahead - extol his virtues, praise him up all you wish - but rest assured, my friends, it will all end in tears. I would rather see Pinky and Perky be in charge (and for all of you who haven't a clue who Pinky and Perky are - well, that will give you a clue how long I have supported our wonderful Canaries).

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    57charles

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • History in the shape of inexperienced management probably goes against NA. The most important management decision is 'Can you win us the Championship next season' ? Better to get in someone like Malky or Moyse who can achieve that. NA is a good man and should be retained and developed for the future - maybe as assistant manager.

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Just like Giggs at Man U, he's not ready yet but should be kept on board if possible. We need Malkay!

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    Jimmy Smith

    Friday, May 9, 2014

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