Neil Adams has a taste for more after jumping in the Premier League’s deep end at Norwich City

Norwich manager Neil Adams has revelled in his first exposure to the Premier League. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich manager Neil Adams has revelled in his first exposure to the Premier League. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, May 3, 2014
4:45 PM

Neil Adams insists his first taste of Premier League management has whetted his appetite for more despite Norwich City’s perilous relegation struggle.

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Adams has yet to claim a point from three tough outings as the Canaries have slipped into the bottom three ahead of tomorrow’s trip to title-challenging Chelsea and a home finale against FA Cup finalists Arsenal.

The City chief was at the Emirates earlier this week to scout the Gunners and found himself sat next to Cardiff counterpart Ole Gunnar Solksjaer who faces the same uphill battle to survive.

“Yes, it was pretty ironic how they gave us a seat next to each other. That wasn’t lost on me,” said Adams. “We didn’t really have a chance to have a chat because he went before the end and he was there late as well. We did have a brief chat and wished each other well in the quests that are facing us both.

“I have definitely got a hunger for this. I knew what I was facing when I came in and the magnitude of the last four games, but this is where you want to be. This is what you want to be doing, managing and coaching and playing against the highest calibre of team. We have to make sure we give everything we’ve got to enjoy this experience.”

Adams’ internal promotion had a positive impact against Fulham and Liverpool but City collapsed in the second half of a 4-0 defeat at Manchester United.

“At the end of the day it is all about results. A lot has been said about the recent performances and which ever manager you speak to they will all say the result determines if they have got things right or wrong,” he said. “It is a results-driven business. If you play negatively and win the game then you have achieved the objective you set out to do.

“If you don’t then you are open to criticism. Every manager has his own philosophy and his own ideas about how the game should be played. That changes from time to time but the result is the ultimate.”

38 comments

  • As long as you`re happy, canarybell. I`d rather have an interesting life than a happy one (Credit: Josef Konrad). Btw, what `Theory`? A non sequitur if ever I saw one. Be happy, whatever rings your bell. Bless. PS. Holty got 8 goals for us last season. A damn sight better than Wolfie`s One! Specially when you take into account the amount of thankless drudgery Grant got through under Bewilderwood`s "coaching" régime. Even Robert`s managed half a dozen this term, Hooper similar. By any set of criteria, RvW is a flop. Be interesting if Machianalli can get 5p in the £ for him.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 4, 2014

  • Redhotitfc your owner will have two choices: voluntary administration or an insolvency order. You cannot purchase a controlling stake in ITFC in 2007 with £32 million of debts and 7 years later see that grow in the region of £70 million and see that as a good investment. Not once have ITFC in this period made the play-offs and the players you have signed such as Jimmy Bullard are simply jobbing players that excites no-one. The appetite for football at Portaloo Road has severely dwindled with each passing season, evidenced by the pathetic 450 fans that went to Burnley to see Town try to make the play-offs. Norwich would have taken ten times that number. We will fill your ground just the once next season as we strive for promotion at the first attempt.

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    NorwichAbs

    Sunday, May 4, 2014

  • NorwichAbs so an owner is going to put his own club into administration and get 5 pence in a pound. Get real. If the club was short of money we would be selling players but we are bringing them in. Unlike in your case where you will be left with nothing after all your relegated quality players leave the club. Looking forward to seeing you go down to League 1 AGAIN.

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    redhotitfc

    Sunday, May 4, 2014

  • Mad brewer the incident you talked about with Wes he was second choice to centre that ball, because Snoddy should have passed it first when the wolf was clear but as usual had to change direction putting the ball on his standing foot so could not pass. As for the pen earlier in the season if I remember it was missed, so your theory goescout the window. I feel really sorry for the wolf, yes he has missed but he has not had enough set ups. And as for Holty how many goals did he score last season compared to previous seasons? We have not created no where near enough changes for our forwards.

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    canarybell

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Redhotitfc - what a clown. The 1p5wich debt is something in the region of £80 million I believe which no-one is going to just write off. Portaloo Road is owned by Aviva. With the exception of Cresswell there is no decent player to sell. Administration beckons and points deductions after the last administration. Let us just tank you like we did four seasons ago.

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    NorwichAbs

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • redhotitfc- What a Muppett you are!! Like your club you have no idea,take a look at your mickey mouse clubs accounts and pay your creditors on time!

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    dave123

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Stephen Fry football oh dear.His friend Ed Bailout.Delia dinnerparty cook.All stood by Houghton you know you did.Great Club ,great support let done by people out of their depth

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    PaulH

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • NO, NO, NO, NO! Adams need not to be a new Gunny! Get a manager with an established coaching team, and demand Adams to be a part of that team. Adams must NOT be awarded the managers position if we go down! nonono!! We're going down- a chance to get rid of some of the underpreformers, and the players that are used to losing and playing damaged football. Get some players that are used to winning games- raid some of the playoff-teams that just miss out on promotion to PL. Bring in the winners! We are debt-free, got a huuuge parachute and will still have a full Carrow Road every match next season.

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    Norwegian Canary

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Some wise prophet - I forget whom - once commented on here that goal difference was the most reliable indicator of who was for the chop. And so it has come to pass. Fulham, Cardiff, and Norwich have the worst goal difference in the EPL.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • It's not over yet but I think the fat lady is about to break into song...I think I will download it, my favourite song of the year!!

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    Alan Mason

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • redhotitfc-----and how much is that please ?????

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    superfan59

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • I feel so sorry for Neil. He was handed a poisoned chalice, but having decided to accept it, has done his best to motivate a somewhat lacklustre group of players. The blame, if blame is to be apportioned, must surely be heaped upon those who decided to delay the inevitable removable of the charming but ultimately clueless former manager.

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    Burtie

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • What an idiot Dave. Ipswich only owe money to the chairman and it's only payable on return to the premiership. If it was so bad why have we continued to bring in players??? Welcome back to the championship chumps.

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    redhotitfc

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Well Ipswich didn't make the play offs and are in dire financial trouble so there's still good reason to be cheerful!!

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    dave123

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • To be fair Sunderland don't deserve to go down, they have we shown fight and determination, qualities we lack, we had the chance last week to spoil Giggsy's party but sat off and let them play and get back their confidence, let's hope they find a bit of backbone tomorrow and can we ask for a pint of whatever the Black Cats are on.

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    Gibbo

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • I believe TrevorKeith is a ST person, canarybell. A while back, he very kindly offered me a spare ticket but, unfortunately, I was unwell at the time. I`d guess TK goes to most home games. He certainly has a very well-considered set of views on football, which I respect. Hoolahan tried setting up Wolf - he totally missed the very ball he was screaming for. Add to that a couple of feeble headers and chickening out when put through, it all adds up to a pig in a poke. Is he even the same person we thought he was? Is he a dead ringer?? He doesn`t even look like a footballer. I`m no Robert apologist, but can you blame him for not passing to this non-functional player? I`m beginning to see why Snods wouldn`t let Winkel take that penalty. Would he have had the strength to kick it all of 12 yards?Winkel makes David Strihavka and Jim Blair look good. As for Morison; World Class. Holty - Stellar. Is that obvisible enough for you?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • scousecanary-----just shows how bad our players are----agree with you with Malky--BUT WE NEED A MASSIVE,MASSIVE clearout.

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    superfan59

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Neil Adams record will likely read played 5 lost 5. So keep him on??? he should have got us something at Fulham who are poor. We even made Manure look good. Bring in Malky.

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    scousecanary

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Trevor Keith you obvisibly don't watch the City very much if you did you will see that the Wolf should not be the first out, if we got rid of snodgrass who refuses to pass the ball to the Wolf he might then score more goals.

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    canarybell

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • If McNally wanted to sack Hughton sooner and the board refused then he must resign. If he didn't recommend sacking H sooner then he must be sacked. Either way he has to go.

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    Bookface

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Spot on, el dingo. Time to ship out the Dinner-Party Dipsticks and bring in `proper` Footy people (if they still exist). Hyacinth Bowkett`s sole contribution was to alienate the best manager we`ve had in 20 years, and probably also p!$$ed off the best captain, role model and striker we`ve ever had. Too old..... WHAT does S. Fry actually DO??? WHO is Stephan Wotsit? (apart from being an Archant placeman). We appreciate Michael2 & Dee`s money & fanship, but they know SFA about football. Machianalli is a shrewd businessman and marketeer, but football?? He`s probably flogged RvW`s Image Rights to a c0ntracept!ve company by now. Accompanying book - "How to be sure of firing Blanks". IMHO - the "H" stands for `Honest`, Cecil. I don`t `do` Humble. Not a chance.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • NA could be an option but only if we can get somebody like Phelan to join him as assistant. Still not totally convinced though.

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    Jimhow

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • So angry today. I don't mean the Board steal I just mean they don't provide value for money. Please s*d off and give us a chance for next season.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Sunderland have Quality players, Norwich have Championship players despite a major failed investment.Apart from Snodgrass i cant think of anybody else worth keeping next season!

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    dave123

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Got to say that Sunderland have done really well in their last four games to pull themselves out of the mire. Looks like we will be joining Cardiff & Fulham unless something remarkable happens at Chelsea - and then again - against the Gunners ! Oh well, at least we will be a BIG Club in the Chump with the chance of thumping our local neighbours 9-2 on aggregate. OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Adams is much more capable to manage NC than Gunn was but we needed at least a point at MU and that never looked like a possibility.If the board go for another manager I hope they treat NA far better than they treated BG. In November last year many of the supporters could see what was happening to NC. Where are all the CH supporters now when CH gets his compensation package maybe McNally will pay it from his own pocket for bringing him to Norwich in the first place.

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    Harry

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Dress the words how we like we are relegated. Ta for trying Neil. This Board should be accountable. P*$$ off the lot of you. Unfit for purpose and you still take my money. Thieves.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Says it all really, we get thrashed away at Man Utd last week and Sunderland go there today and WIN and we couldn't for love or money beat the two teams relegated today. WE DESERVE TO GO DOWN.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Mad, where have you been? Anyway there is nothing humble about you or your opinions so don't pretend there is. NA is not going to get much more of a taste of the Premier League - we are going down. No one reckoned on a resurgent Sunderland, especially after we beat them 2-0. But they have done well and deserve to stay up. We havent done well and deserve to go down. Disappointingly NA does not appear to have what it takes.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Realistically down, no doubt to the delight of Finn Blue who takes pleasure In others misfortune. Sunderland deserve to stay up after the way they have turned their season around. A miserable season all round for City. In 50+ plus years of following City they have been up and down like a whores drawers ( will Archie let me say that ). There is always next season and I look forward to moving on up again.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • TrevK, in all fairness, Gunn had a bit longer, and in a lower league, than Adams had. He was unfit for purpose; he hadn`t done the hard yards. Unless you count golf, lunch, dinner and business breakfasts at the Lodge\St. Giles etc, prior to golf... It is utterly inappropriate to compare Neil Adams with The Corpulent Salesman. IMHO. My turn to suggest that the troll-weasel that is FINN.BLUE wriggles off back to do a bit of Helsinking. Probably misses the sludge of the Orwellian Festuary.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • utd losing to sunderland,no surprise that,might be an old pals act!Hope we at least go down fighting and don't surrender.If I was NA I would stick with the u 18's,more fight and commitment with them than there is with those overpaid senior players!Adams is a city legend whatever happens,was never going to motivate that bunch of lazy, talentless, average players to win a game!

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    tonyb

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • 4 points from the last 2 games is whats needed. not a hope in hell !!! seeing Sunderland beat Man Utd today and if Sunderland beat West Brom on Wednesday then Norwich need 6 points and a bigger goal difference... oh dear !!

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    Footyboy16

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • I just hope we never see Wolfwinkle in a yellow shirt again, he would be the first out of the door amongst many we need to off load.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • KeithS !!! A pint of whatever you are drinking please! We went down4-0 to a Man Utd side who didn't get out of first gear, they had no need to. Tomorrow I am expecting a cricket score with Ruddy getting a back strain from fishing the ball out of his net.

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    kenfoggo

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • I am afraid Neil was very much chucked into the Wolfs poo with just 5 almost impossible games left. Hopefully the club will give him some time next season to show if he is actually up to the job right now but I hope he does not get treated like Gunn did and then get shown the door as he is a good servant to the club.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Got that sinking feeling? Nothing but a big win tomorrow will do......LOL what am I saying?

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    KeithS

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Great result sunderland are King Norwich arn't...Off the ball City...

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    FINN.BLUE

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

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