Neil Adams focuses on Norwich City’s Premier League survival struggle rather than Sunderland points spat

Norwich City's Bradley Johnson has words with Chelsea's Demba Ba in the 0-0 Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's Bradley Johnson has words with Chelsea's Demba Ba in the 0-0 Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Sunday, May 4, 2014
10:24 PM

Neil Adams admitted he had enough to worry about without getting embroiled in Norwich City’s request for Premier League clarification surrounding Sunderland’s financial penalty for fielding an ineligible player.

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According to national press reports on the eve of Sunday’s 0-0 draw at Chelsea, City along with already relegated rivals Cardiff and Fulham, were ready to contest the Premier League’s original verdict to fine the Black Cats for playing Ji Dong-won earlier this season with incomplete registration.

Sunderland were fined rather than had points deducted after irregularities emerged following a loan spell for the South Korean international in German football. City have not issued an official response but Adams revealed he is aware of the on-going issue.

“It is not for me. I am not ducking that one. It is for the board and the legal team at the club,” he said. “I’m sure they will look at it and if there is something there that is for them. It is not a football-related matter so I don’t feel I need to comment on it. Obviously I am well aware of what happens. They are aware of the situation like I am but my brief is purely football matters.”

The oversight came to light when Ji’s name was omitted from a list of Sunderland players sent to world governing body FIFA for doping purposes. The Press Association reported earlier in the day the Premier League’s internal investigation found an online form had not been properly submitted to FIFA and given the technical nature of the error the Premier League board opted to fine the north-east club. That remains the Premier League’s stated position despite reports the Canaries, Cardiff and Fulham have written to the authorities to query the original verdict.

11 comments

  • Surely you know I`m, on your side, Wellhip! I had a letter\memo from your Gross Grand Uncle, about 40 years agoo, praising me for my subservience & a technical report he would not have remotely understood. I`m sue tyred of layzi spelin, I thinc Ill giv it upp. Je knapachteren vriend, Gek.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Barking Wise, yes what is it with these people who can't spell the manager's name after 2 seasons at the club? Hughton, isn't exactly a challenging name to spell is it ? But that's all in the past now, let's get behind Neil Addims for the final game, no matter the outcome.

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    Johny

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Waclor, why not Ian Paisley? he'd certainly spell it out to the opposition. I have to admit that while putting up with poor football is bad enough, bad spelling is simply unforgiveable. Really, driffle? Piffle and drivel yes, but driffle. It simply won't do. By all means submit a new word, but please define it. For example 'Don't be so pordontic Barking Wise'. This would be appropriate when trying to insult an orthodontist who was also pedantic. Some poetic license is of course required, just incase the recipient is a retired hedge fund manager, whereby an altogether more cutting remark is needed.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • As much as it goes against the grain for me, I have to agree with Barking Wise. Surely, after almost 2 years of having the country vicar "in charge", even the most obtuse of contributors might have cottoned on to the correct spelling of his name. Listening to Canary Call last night, there was a regular "character" under the monicker "Dale" who delighted in the "Houghton" word, and the use of quasi-archaic, inarticulate English, masquerading as a Norfolk "dialect". Bring back that good ol` Mancunian, the Singing Postman. Why do people in these parts wear their ignorance as a Badge of Honour? Ignorance is, by definition, blissful so keep it to yourselves. Rednecks. Dullards. There was some sort of Horsey event at Hughton Hawl over the weakend......

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Barking Wise. At a time when our club faces relegation, instead of commenting on the clubs fortunes, you choose to pick me up a spelling mistake?. Mel Lacey's comments were also considered and reasonable, so why attack him?. If your contribution to these posts consist solely of that type of driffle, I guess nobody here will show you any respect. Good post Mel. Agree 100%

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    Bally High

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • The FA and UEFA are are total law to themselves who make the rules up as they go along. There is not a hope that they will overturn the decision to deduct points from Sunderland. However given it is worth 10's of millions to the club, it is worth a punt. I am sure Fulham and Cardiff are less worried about the issue thos week...

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    TheBirdCage

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • bbc via edp report that gutierrez , norwich winger has had a moan about NA lack of experience. Cant even get his position right, Norwich whinger surely

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • My advice is to let it go. As unpalatable as it is now, it does, at least, set an interesting precedent for other clubs to use if they make a similar mistake in the future. More importantly, I for one, do not want to stay in the Premier League this way. We will be relegated for not being good enough and you, the directors, have to shoulder the responsibility for that. Just look at the team statistics if you have any doubts. The majority of the fans could see Hughton's failings throughout the season and were begging you to make a change. But your heads were buried so far in the sand, you couldn't see our nose dive to the Championship. Or perhaps you could ... We even had the farcical spectacle of the club's CEO telling the media he would rather die than be relegated. And he said this at a time when relegation was looking a racing certainty. Amazing. What now hurts many of the fans is that performances such as that away to Chelsea, could have been achieved earlier in the season if you, the custodians of Norwich City Football Club, had changed the manager months ago. That would have prevented relegation from even being a consideration.

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    Mel Lacey

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • I wonder if there is a burrow or a sand pit under the Carrow Road Directors Box. Some of the sports pundits were forecasting Norwich for the drop early in the season so why no action. Funny way to run a company. If it was because of the Hughton payout then they must use commercial sense in future and have a break clause based on performance for all managers. No point if like Moyes there is a 6 year contract to payout.

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    Melbourne

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • That was the type of performance which had been lacking most of the season under Chris Houghton. Neil Adams had a plan which, had we possessed a liitle more talent up front could have produced an interesting result. Neil, albeit not so experienced as Houghton has shown enough in the short time he has had to be given the reins for next season. He is tactically aware, and it seems players trust his judgement, unlike that of Houghton. A great result today against a mega rich club with a fine manager. Well done the Canaries and Neil. Better to go down showing pride and commitment. Pray for that miracle. As for the board, they failed to act and now they and us fans look likely to pay the price of that failure.

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    Bally High

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Just a suggestion but perhaps the board should consider an approach to Gerry Adams. I know he has been a bit defence minded over the past few days but allegedly he had a good eye for an attack previously in his career.

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    waclor

    Sunday, May 4, 2014

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