Neil Adams could face a tough choice at Norwich City

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

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
8:33 AM

Neil Adams admits he could have to consider leaving Norwich if there was no role for him in the new first team set-up.

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Adams is on a shortlist of potential candidates to replace Chris Hughton at Carrow Road after his five-game spell failed to prevent the Canaries’ Premier League relegation.

Malky Mackay continues to be strongly tipped as the leading front-runner although Norwich’s FA Youth Cup winning coach has made it clear he would find it difficult to go back to his previous academy role after a taste of frontline management.

Adams accepts, however, the final decision is now out of his hands. Chief executive David McNally has labelled him a ‘serious, credible option’ in recent days as City’s board edge towards unveiling a new boss.

“I call it my club and I mean that. This is where I played virtually week in, week out so you will always have an affinity,” said Adams. “I have coached here for however long and managed the team and been pleased by the response and if I had to leave of course it would hurt and you hope it would not come to that.

“The last five games of the season showed what Norwich should be about and if I am fortunate to get the manager’s job that will be the sole objective - winning a lot more games than not. You saw that with the rise from League One. Everyone knew what Norwich was about. They might not know now. We don’t know how many players stay or go but what has to happen is supporters have got to see a Norwich City team and know what they are about.”

Adams admits playing departures are inevitable over the summer.

“I have no doubt there will be one or two who maybe feel they need to move on,” he said. “Those are decisions for the manager to make. It is a fact of life you will have a task on your hands to keep them all. How big a job is it over the summer? It depends on how many people you can keep and how many come in. There will need to be some players come in to bolster the squad with different qualities. We need to score more goals. That goes without saying but the key is keeping our best players.”

33 comments

  • ...though it was el dingo. As I remember.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • You recently admitted to being 28 yrs old, and a fecund father of 15, Mattias! I hope you were not fibbing. One of the grey old gits, assembled at the Pargeter`s Pantaloons yesterday, expressed amazement at my memory. I`ve forgotten what it was about now.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Mattias333

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • If Sherwood arrives I will be posting my season ticket to Delia with a photocopy of my bottom.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Exactly my point. You can get by being like that for so long but with what we've been through in recent times, that kind of manager is the last thing we need. Quick route direct for League 1 is my prediction should that happen. I'd bet good money Neil Adams wouldnt last working with Sherwood either. Just guessing of course but Neil is quite level headed and knows a fair bit about the game. Sherwood prefers his close confidants and I bet he wouldnt settle for someone he doesn't know\trust working with him. Just guessing of course but its the impression I get. Imagine we've just lost 2-1 at home to Bolton and Chris Goreham asks a simple question. Cant have anymore managers alienating the fans.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • It would be a big mistake if NA doesn't figure within the senior set-up in my view.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Have to agree with Mattias. Sherwood disrespected the fans here as a player and has shown himself to be arrogant and petulant at Spurs. How would Norwich fans feel if he was in charge and we were losing but he decided to watch from th stands ''because he couldn't have an effect on the game anyway'' or words to that effect he used at Spurs. Also rumours that it was him leaking stuff to the press to get AVB out as he was angling for his job. Not my kind of guy personally. Tactical and general intellegence wise I believe he is way behind all the other names in the mix. Just my opinion....

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    GossVolley

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Not as young as you assume MB and a student of the game even from a young age ;) I've seen enough of Sherwood to see he won't be good for NCFC. Passionateis one thing, but at times he's down right arrogant. Mentioned it previously but do we really want a manager who when presented a question by Rob Butler or Chris Goreham answers with responses like "you've never played the game". Tactically poor as well. All the loyal Spurs season ticket holders I know (from Lowestoft!) are glad to see the back of him & the few who are angry are more angry because its yet another manager sacked by Levy rather than being angry its Sherwood gone.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • I agree with Timbo & Bally High; Neil Adams does not need to leave. A lot could depend on whether or not our new manager brings with him his own entourage. Both Sherwood & Malky could be `Lone Rangers`, but possibly Lennon will have his own backroom team? Also, it seems the umbilical cord that once joined Culverhouse to Lambo has now been severed. So, could we see a Dream Team of Sherwood, Adams & Culverhouse? Or will Machianalli want to put in place a `Wise Old Sage` as Director of Football (S. Fry, not B. Fry!)? After the grim experience of the sub-standard crew Hughton dragged along with him, perhaps the time has come to Pick `n` Mix? Let`s hope our Chief Executive has got his mind right now. The glory times can only return if a few good decisions are made. PS: I know Mattias regards Sherwood as a `Sum Of All Fears` scenario, though I`m not quite sure why. Would`ve thought he was a bit before your time, Matt - though, of course, there is the small matter of your Tardis.... ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • I do hope that there is a senior role for Neil Adams. This guy is Norwich City through and through and I am sure that if he experienced success with the Canaries, he wouldn't be on his bike to the highest bidder as was the case with Paul Lambert. I fancy that Malky and Neil would make a great team. Both men possess different qualities, but I believe it could work a treat and would certainly win the support of the players and the fans. Well done Neil, Apart from the Man United game, City began to resemble a team once more and to put Loza ahead of Ricky VW indicated more bottle and ability than was displayed by Chris Hughton.

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    Bally High

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Feel a bit sorry for Neil. He was given "Mission Impossible" + really the only way he'd have been offered the top job on a perm basis is if he'd kept us up. Really can't see him getting it now. No need for him to leave though. That's just silly, when he was only appointed till the end of the season anyway. PS: Louis van Gaal seen in Sprowston....or was it Salford Van Hire...?

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Kenny Dalglish has been seen with his family on holiday at great yarmouth.#

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    buckeee0

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Why has Steve Clarke not been mentioned? He did a great job at WBA.

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    Burtie

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • I said on here months ago that the next Norwich manager would be lennon, it came from an ex player, but that was before we were relegated obviously.None the wiser now but theres talk malkys holding on for the hammers job and Sherwood the wba job,lol.so out of Lennon and adams,i hope they both get the job!with phelan as well.

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    tonyb

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Malky may have been a good player for N City but as manager? Not too good a record,loves to spend money with little effect. Lennon, manages Celtic which can be likened to having a Derby winner in a one horse race. It is obvious the board refused to spend more money on the team whilst in the Premiership,why should they suddenly loosen the purse strings in the Championship. The board and owners have never had it so good financially. Never forget that to them N City is first and foremost a business. The choice of manager will be the cheapest. Adams must be well in the running.

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    norman hall

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Matt, that silly old fool was way off beam. Is he Steady On? You`re call. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • It will all be decided in the Ecumenicubical. Certain "Nots" include Ian Paisley, Nigella Forage, Topol and Woody Allen. Possibles include Doris Day, Boycie Phillips and The Puppet Man. On the shortlist; the Pope, Cardinal Synn, Delia, Billy Connolly and Neil Lennon.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • waclor

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Yes Matt he looks a complete berk.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Side note totally but in the picture of Neil Adams above the guy sitting to the left is the biggest Chris Hughton Fan i've ever seen and after the Villa home game he said "we are not going down and your a fool if you think that. Chris Hughton will save this club and again and in a few years time he will move on and claim a place in the HOF, you know nothing". He couldn't have been more wrong.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Just hope we don't get months of dithering from the board like we did with the Hughton sacking fiasco. Malky seems to be the obvious choice, unless West Brom snap him up first. (They may opt for a season of "consolidation" with Clueless Chris + his world-wide patented 11 man defence system however..). Would be great to think Lennon was interested + I'd still like to see Phelan in charge, if enough of Fergie's training methods have rubbed off on him. This whole situation reminds me of the old Chinese curse " May you live in interesting times"...! OTBC.

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • I said a similar thing yesterday about hoping we pull off a real coup and get a name none of us were expecting......10 minutes later a Popovic story appeared on this site to my horror! Would be nice though to get a nice surprise from the club. Like McNally said in the past, we need to aim as high as we can and get rid of the little old Norwich tag. All pie in the sky though as im still expecting Malky or Lennon.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Sounds like a bit of a gun to our head from Adams but I still don't see him getting the main job. Maybe as part of the coaching team at best but all managers tend to bring their own team with them. It would be a real shame if he left the club as his knowledge of the youth and passion for the club is second to non but if he feels that way then that's that. I've got a feeling the names we have been given are all red herrings and it will be a surprise appointment we didn't see coming. Who? No idea.

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    lordbesty

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • I agree with TK in that I cant see Lennon dropping down to the championship. However sources close to the club seem to feel hes a serious contender still due to his past relationship with McNally and PL clubs not wanting to gamble on him. Im still undecided on who i'd personally want as the next manager but if I had to decide between Malky or Lennon i'd likely go for Lennon.....just. Close run thing though as nobody really jumps out at me.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • The Aams (sic) situation is similar to Giggs and Man Ure if someone comes in. I am not convinced by anybody really. Prefer Lennon to MM TS.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • daily mirror this morning says that lennon wants the norwich job.

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    bluelight

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • I still cannot see Neil Lennon dropping down to the Championship, I am sure he wants promotion to the Premiership right now rather than risk his reputation as we are far from certain to get instant promotion next season. Likewise, I suspect Tim Sherwood would rather take over another Premiership side to show Spurs what they gave away, however, I would happily see him at Carrow Road. Mackay is more likely to drop down to the Championship but again if a Premiership clubs calls why should he take what is in effect a lower job. We may well end up with Neil Adams as the bigger boys want bigger toys, McNally certainly has some selling to do right now.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Yes MB, Hughton once installed in the WBA hotseat could put in cheeky bids for Andreas Cornelius and Jozy Altidore to bolster his attacking options.

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    B Inners

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • It can be a hard-knock life, Neil. Now Spurs have sacked Sherwood, `Matt`s Sum of all Fears` looms... BeebGossip is quite bullish (something like that) about Neil Lennon. Malky is now appearing on West Ham`s radar as they, reportedly, hang Big Sam out to dry. Pulis is Prem Manager of the Season and has, reportedly, bid for Ruddy. There`s even talk of Poyet leaving Sunderland and going to WHU. Even more bizarrely, there is talk of Hughton going to West Brom. Perhaps they`re disappointed with 17th place and want Chrissy & his crew to finish the job next season? He will only be sacked if West Brom stray out of the bottom 3. Should be safe.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • According to Sun Journo (and NCFC fan) Charlie Wyett, he was in attendance at the 'End Of Season Awards Dinner' (yes it still took place!!!!). He said the vibes & conversations he was having with people in the know still pointed towards Neil Lennon as a serious candidate. Didnt mention Malky though I assume he is one of the other 3\4 names on the short list. Im warming more towards Lennon that I was but still no name mentioned jumps out at me as being my personal pick. Easier to say who I dont want....Sherwood.....keep away!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • NEIL LENNONTIM SHERWOOD for the win!!

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    norwichlad23

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Well said Neil, Thou I think the board will be looking for someone that has not been at the club in a mangerial role before. Neil Lennon seems a great choice and Tim Sherwood. I don't want Malky Mackay as his playstyle is like that of Chris Hughton and we would never return to the Premier League with that playstyle. NEIL LENNONTIME SHERWOOD for the win!!

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    norwichlad23

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Its going to be a long summer full of daily rubbish regarding player A & Player B. Sooner we get a new manager in and make a real statement of intent the better. I'd say its 99.9% not going to be Neil Adams unless something truly odd happens and every candidate in the running gets snapped up in the next week. If it was Neil Adams in charge next season I think its pretty clear which players would be leaving. David Fox, Wes Hoolahan, Pilks, Bassong, Garrido, Fer, RVW, Tettey, Becchio to name a few + anyone we recieve a silly money offer for (i.e-Snod, Ruddy etc...). Who ever becomes manager though may have a totally different outlook on things. He may come in & feel his style of play really suits a Wes Hoolahan or it may be someone who has worked with such and such a player and wants them to stay. Dont write people off until the new manager has got his foot through the door folks.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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