Neil Adams gets Steven Whittaker’s vote for the long haul at Norwich City

Steven Whittaker is a big fan of Norwich City boss Neil Adams. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Steven Whittaker is a big fan of Norwich City boss Neil Adams. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, April 25, 2014
6:30 AM

Scottish international Steven Whittaker insists Neil Adams is the right man to take Norwich City forward.

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The 29-year-old has been restored to the Canaries’ starting line-up since Adams replaced Chris Hughton, and Whittaker believes City’s displays against Fulham and Liverpool prove he can galvanise the squad for their Premier League relegation scrap. Whittaker knows Adams stands a better chance of keeping the job beyond the current season if he can guide City to safety with this weekend’s trip to Manchester United followed by games against Chelsea and Arsenal.

“Personally I hope he is the manager next season,” said Whittaker. “There has been a big change with the positive approach we are now playing games and his own positive approach as a person and that is rubbing off on the boys and hopefully we can get the results we need. As far as I am concerned Neil is the manager so we are looking at it that he is here now and we all want to do as well as we can for him. I think it is a fresh start for everyone in the squad and some of the boys do get a boost from it. We need to get the results that keep the manager, the club and the players all pushing forward in the right direction.”

Whittaker - who featured at both Fulham and against Liverpool - revealed Adams’ demands high standards on the training ground.

“Training has been at a lot higher tempo than before,” he said. “He has changed a few things and he is demanding a lot from the players. We have taken that into the games. I feel we have done well in the two he has been in charge but results have not quite matched performances. He is working us harder and he wants us to train as we would play at the weekend. I think that has shown already.”

11 comments

  • Right then, let's stick with the Adams family, they can't be any more monstrous than the previous rabble, and might achieve some 'family values'.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • I'd stick with Adams too. Out track record of appointing from outside is poor with notable exception of PL. Big advantage would be that rebuilding would start immediately.Must admit I'm very nervous about tomorrows game. Can see us getting swept away if the defense isn't on their game.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • So they're training harder under Adams. What were Balderdash and Tripe doing?

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    jigs69

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • That's a new player wheeled out to sing the praises!

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    blackdog2

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • I would like him to stay - I went to Forest home and both Chelsea games and have been impressed since. A DoF would be no bad thing in these circumstances whatever league we are in. I'd prefer this to, say, Malky or Lennon. Certainly NA has potential.

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    el dingo

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • To be fair buddy I wouldnt disagree. Im not hopeful of us attracting anyone "special" or different from the usual names we were linked with at Xmas if we stay up and should (when) we go down it'll be even harder. Considering the games hes faced, Adams hasnt done badly at all. We certainly look more capable of getting a result now. Cant say the same for our lot towards the end of Hughtons spell in charge. Too many looked distinctly uninterested. I saw someone saying we were 5 points clear before Adams took over and Hughton would've drawn all these games. I know hughton got the odd draw etc but it had got to the point where we simply wouldnt have gotten results or anywhere near a result. As regular away fans will agree we would have lost by 3 or 4 at Fulham with Hughton in charge & I hate to think how many we would have gone down by at HT against Liverpool before Hughton Attempted to draw the 2nd half. It had snowballed out of control. Credit Adams for changing it. We've given ourselves a sporting chance at least making the change. Just wish it had been sooner.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Neil Adams has certainly changed the atmosphere and ethos at Carrow Road with his positive outlook, upbeat comments and tactical nous. The dilemma is, can he continue to have a positive impact in the long term or is he enjoying the uplift effect of the immediate post-Hughton era? Would an experienced manager do better or do we give him his chance on an extended basis. My opinion (for what it's worth) is go with him next season as he has some management experience at the club, the players have responded well to his leadership and he is fully committed to NCFC.

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    la barbe

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Personally, from what I've seen so far, I'd like to see a full season with Adams in charge, whichever league we end up in next season.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Nail on the head there as usual Matt, I cannot understand why teams no longer want to run proper reserve sides to keep players match fit. I used to watch the reserves regularly, especially back in the mid nineties and some very good players including Ian Wright from Arsenal would feature when they were recovering from injuries etc. The excuse back then for some teams scrapping reserve team football was cost but when you consider the vast amounts of money being available these days that really should no longer be a problem.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Wont read too much into his comments as hes obviously going to be pro-Adams since Hughton wasnt using him. I was at the Fulham game and despite me personally being a fan of whittakers I thought he was woeful. Was that due to him not playing any first team games or reserve games an then suddenly being thrown in at the deep end? Maybe, but either way against Fulham with no wingers it was vital our full backs could get forward to support & then get back. He had no problem getting forward but kept getting caught out being off the pace getting back again (compared to Olsson who was superb as usual). 2nd half against Liverpool I thought he was superb. In fact id go as far as to say we only truly look at our best when our Full backs are on form and supporting the wingers & attacking midfielders. Had Whittaker been involved more under Hughton or heaven forbid he was able to play regular football at reserve team level im confident his match fitness would've been alot better than we saw at Fulham. Frustrating.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Not surprised to see a positive spin from SW but the team did start the Liverpool game more in the CH fashion as they were flat for the first 15 minutes or so, unfortunately the game was lost by the time they woke up. I had wondered about the fitness of some of our players for some time, one thing is for sure we will need to be in the faces of Man Utd from the very first second of the game up until the last. However, we were unlucky not to get something from the home game against them so they are certainly not unbeatable.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, April 25, 2014

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