Neil Adams has his say on Wes Hoolahan’s Norwich City future

Chairman Alan Bowkett (right) helps unveil Norwich City's new permanent manager Neil Adams. Picture: Denise Bradley Chairman Alan Bowkett (right) helps unveil Norwich City's new permanent manager Neil Adams. Picture: Denise Bradley

Monday, June 2, 2014
9:28 AM

Manager Neil Adams has reiterated his desire to have Wes Hoolahan as part of Norwich City’s Championship promotion push next season.

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Hoolahan’s future looks set to be the source of much debate, as it was during January, given his sporadic involvement last season and overtures from Aston Villa to lure the 32-year-old Irishman to Villa Park from former City boss Paul Lambert.

The forward played just 22 minutes of Adams’ five-game tenure at the end of last season – but the Norwich manager has high hopes for Hoolahan in the Championship next season.

“Wes is absolutely a player where everybody knows what I think of him, and it might sound a bit strange given that I didn’t really pick him apart from the Fulham game,” said Adams.

“I think you’ve got to look at the teams we’re coming up against in the Championship and the challenges we’ll be facing next season.

“Wes knows what I think of him. I want to keep him here. I think he’s a fantastic player. Similarly, I understand Wes had a bit of frustration around the transfer window time and it was difficult for him.

“Do I want to keep Wes Hoolahan here next season for a Championship challenge? Of course I do. I think he’s a fantastic player.”

Hoolahan enjoyed plenty of plaudits in action for the Republic in their 2-1 defeat to Turkey last weekend – and they face Italy at Craven Cottage today.

Meanwhile, City’s young guns will be hoping Adams’ appointment means a better chance of first-team action at Carrow Road next season – although Adams has pledged only those good enough will make the cut.

“It’s the old cliché,” he said.

“I know every single one of them at the academy now. All their strengths and all their weaknesses. I’ve got a big advantage in that respect, hence Jamar Loza being given his opportunity in the last game against Arsenal. I thought with his performance, that decision was vindicated.

“Of course the priority is winning games, and you pick 11 players you think will do that. Whatever age they are, if they’re good enough and the best men for the job, then they will play.”

25 comments

  • Hoolahan only wanted to go because he wasn't being giving the chance to play under Hughton's snooze fest, defensive, negative football ...I think he's got a role to play in a new look, attack minded squad as Adams has said...he has to realise he isn't (at 32) gonna be first choice anymore, but coming off the bench can always change a game or do something special...on his day he is quite unplayable!!! OTBC

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    YarcoYella

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • yeah your right, because Hoolahan was rubbish in the championship all the other years. ;)

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • To be fair i dont think Hoolahan is the type of player we want for the coming season, its a dogfight with roll your sleeves up kind of players needed and i dont think we have too many of them around the squad. lots of reworking and tinkering aplenty for Adams!!

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    marcohendy

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Good point MB. Obviously I understand when the term 'fox in the box' is used within a football context its to describe a predator within the penalty area thats usually regarded lethal. However, how exactly that term came to be used i'll never know.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Good point MB. Obviously I understand when the term 'fox in the box' is used within a football context its to describe a player within the penalty area thats usually regarded lethal. However, how exactly that term came to be used i'll never know. What exactly is a fox in a box when its at home. I'll have to ask the local games keeper at my establishment, hes fairly clued up on the country folk way of life ;)

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Hookah an can sulk his way to another Club, could not care less about the 32 years old whose legs and spirit have gone.

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    Brycland

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • At long, long, long last, all has been made clear. Hallelujah. How about a few footy clichés now? Let`s start with "fox in the box". That one`s new to me. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Spot on VictorM. From McNally & Bowketts description of the role that is exactly it. Sounds like for the manager role they purely wanted just a coach who will handle training & match day matters. Read back or listen to the FULL original interviews and thats what they both say. Im interested to see how it will all work as well. Long as the Head of recruitment understands FULLY what Neil Adams wants im happy. Never felt fully confident Hughton & Chester knew what each other were looking for as it was clear we needed a strong target man who isnt expected to bang 20 goals in but hold it up until others can support. Not my personal way I like football to be played but it was how Hughton was trying to play. Only problem was we signed 2 fox in the box 20 goal a season strikers and tried to play them in a formation crying out for target man.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • I would like to know exactly how the board of football is going to work. There's going to be someone in charge of recruiting, another in charge of the welfare side - and our newly appointed manager , what will he do, just deal with the training and picking the squad from other peoples choices. Fraught with danger I would think. Makes you think whether RVW and Hooper were Hughtons choices or was he left to deal with them.

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    VictorM

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Waclor, I think Lambo also extracted some good work from Chris Martin, and revitalised Hoolahan. I remember `Rusty` in the home game vs Leeds in L1. It must`ve been the perfect performance. Daryl seems to make bad career moves sometimes, I seem to remember he couldn`t agree terms and moved on. Pity. Also, would we have seen that great `Holty phenomenon` under a less astute mangement team than Lambert`s? I doubt it; both GH & WH were not fit. Lambo wittily\reportedly referred to Wes as being `Easter egg-shaped`, or the likes of!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Remember the Great Paul Lambert pulled Darel Russell and the Ginger Pele back from wanting out and both played a part in the escape from league one. New season, different league = new chances for all (except Elmander and the fool winger from Newcastle).

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    waclor

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Apart from Snoddy who wouldn't want to get away from Hughton. You can't hold that against any City player. What terrible management last season, never understood why the people who make the decisions didn't realise that and act on it.

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    goldie

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Let me help you out there Mad B. The Oxford dictionary defines tross as "Boring unconvincing football with no aspiration of anything but a goalless draw. A spectacularly flawed performance by a totally inadequate manager. The work output of one who has no interest or belief in what he is doing. Taken to extreme lengths by football managers who are ex Irish international fullbacks. From the Greek Drossot, the art of being useless but being thought adequate and the old English Tosser (colq) one who is inadequate." I hope this helps.

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    waclor

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Just how much power over squad selection do you have, Mattias? I`m beginning to think you may be `Robert` in disguise.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • There`ll be a caber tossing contest on somewhere. Sponsored by The Trossachs Truss Manufactory of `Kinlochard.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Mattias, what`s "tross"? You`ve used it before - perhaps the word you intend is "dross"? Though, since Hughton was involved in the comment, it could have been a slip; getting `dross` and `t0sser` intertwined. I`m off on hols soon; to The Drossachs, at the lower end of Koch Latrine. The noo.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • No point having someone in the squad who doesn't want to be there. Skill without commitment means nothing. If he wants away, let him go and use the money to buy someone who really wants to play for Norwich.

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    Barking Wise

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • I certainly wouldn`t want Wes to be jettisoned. I remember in the Champ promotion season, Wes scoring a goal vs Cardiff (?) - with a very brave header. Plenty of blood ensued. Even on their elevated incomes, players are still human. Nobody wants to feel unwanted. I wonder how Garrido, Becchio, Fox, Pilkington and Ryan Bennett felt? Even Hooper - when there were signs he might cut it, Winkel was persevered with instead. Some players know they`ll get little game time, mainly the back-up keepers. But to totally ignore players, including relatively new recruits, was dullardry writ Hughton-huge.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • …..Great news for me anyway that Wes is likely to stay!.....On form he is the best player in the City side....Off form he is still a better player than Snodgrass- Fer- Tetty- Howson and many more!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Well done Neil, that's what we want positive thinking, keep it up

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    Derek McDonald

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Finally some positive news, but what are the fans going to do? Adams clearly states he wants to keep a player that 75% of fans have been hounding out for weeks on here. Tried making the exact point Adams just said for a while. In the Premier League, when you are a lower half side you generally cant get away with playing a luxury player (i.e Wes Hoolahan in our case), but in the championship we switch (hopefuly) from being the small underdog side, to being one of the big boys. While I wont pretend Wes is a 100% guarenteed starter week in & week out he certainly has a place in the squad should he want to stay. Different games call for different tactics. Too many fans have short memories or getting opinion blurred due to the tross hughton served up. Tried making the point that after relegation some players who maybe appeared totally out of favour may become quite key again and we shouldn't be so keen to force players out the club.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Wes was as dedicated and spirited a player as any. We should be asking "what happened to change that?". He wasn`t alone in becoming dispirited, nor in being `disrespected`.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • I suppose Neil is just holding the fort for now, in anticipation of the appointment of his new colleagues to the Board of Football. I hope there is something happening under the surface.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Hoolahan requested a transfer last season. Showed how much he cared to stay. Let him go, get as much money as possible. It won't be too much. Apart from Villa there seemed to be no interest in the player. There are plenty of others willing to play for City, a great club poorly run.

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    norman hall

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Well said Neil, any manager worth his salt should say such things even if he is prepared to let a player go, as this then increases the likely fee if that player really wants out. NCFC have no need to sell any player and that includes Wes, unless they want to reduce the salary bill so there is no need to offer players for sale.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, June 2, 2014

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