Neil Adams is so proud to lead ‘his’ Norwich City into Premier League battle

Neil Adams meets the media flanked by chief executive David McNally and club captain Russell Martin at his official unveiling as Norwich City boss on Monday. Photo: Bill Smith Neil Adams meets the media flanked by chief executive David McNally and club captain Russell Martin at his official unveiling as Norwich City boss on Monday. Photo: Bill Smith

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
7:12 AM

Neil Adams admitted it took him just ‘two seconds’ to decide he was the right man to lead Norwich City’s Premier League survival quest.

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Adams was officially unveiled as Chris Hughton’s successor on Monday and the FA Youth Cup winning coach knows the scale of the task ahead.

The Canaries have five games to preserve their top flight status, starting with this weekend’s trip to Fulham, and Adams realises the maths are simple both for him and the club.

“Yes, I have to keep Norwich City up. It is clear and simple. That is what we all have to work towards,” he said. “It depends on how we do and how I handle myself if I want to keep the job but we have to stay in this division. At Premier League level you are going to get all sorts of names linked and we have seen it right across the league this season on a daily basis. You just get on with your job. I can’t affect what happens in the media.

“I just focus on what I have to achieve. The supporters here deserve Premier League football and I am pretty sure they will back us all the way and we want to deliver it for them.”

Adams will do everything in his power to keep Norwich in the Premier League after accepting the shock offer from City’s board following the weekend’s 1-0 home defeat to West Brom.

“I first heard about it on Sunday and it took me two seconds to accept. It was an absolute no brainer, of course,” he said. “People know what this club means to me. I have been here almost 20 years as a player and a coach and to be offered the opportunity to manage the football club is an honour and a privilege to be leading the team I consider my club. I am looking forward to it with relish and I feel it is an objective we can achieve. Its not daunting. I know the run-in and the final four games but I am not even considering those. Saturday is the huge game.”

12 comments

  • Spot on, we are all 100% behind Neil, just a shame that Fulham is the next game up, if only we could get that one postponed for a couple of weeks as it is the most winnable of the five left. However, this was the right choice, even if it was left too late and I for one will not blame Neil one little bit if we fail to stay up as I think he is the man who can turn the club around once more.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I'm certainly with you El Dingo along with thousands of others - we wish Neil Adams and the club all the best for the next few weeks.

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    VictorM

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Well, I'll be 100% behind Adams all the time he's manager (as I have been with every manager until the day they've left). But I don't have a good feeling about it. I think it's a change at the wrong time and to the wrong person. If we don't get anything at Fulham, I'm pretty certain that the attacking brand of football so many of the fans crave and hope Adams will bring to the party will, I fear, only see us slaughtered in our last 4 games... I have never before hoped as much as I do right now that I'm wrong! Hey, I suppose at least the first important game of Adams' tenure as City boss went well for us last night. Sunderland down to only 2 games in hand, and a demoralising hammering to go with it...

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    PutneyCanary

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I`m not by nature a `potimist` but I have a good feeling about this. I think 80% of fans who took part in Archie`s little poll thought the decision to sack Hughton was the correct one. I`m sure the other 20% will be right behind Neil too. Now the players need to do the same. 100% endeavour for the next 5 games. Show you care as much as the fans. Do you? OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • You could argue given our position, the importance of the next five games, and the change of management our season starts now. It'll be interesting to see how we line up on Saturday. Fingers crossed!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Adams being attack minded doesn't necessarily mean he'll be gung ho and reckless, his tactical nous is brilliant. I'd wager against the big teams he uses pacey players to catch them with the counter attack

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Neil said, he's "looking forward to it with relish"...I'm more of a branston pickle man, but I won't hold that against him;) I'm sure he has the fans backing 110% A dark cloud has been lifted over Carrow Road. Let's hope the players are up for it!

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Norfolk`n`good, I prefer Canary Chutney. It`s on sale in Delia`s Deli and is guaranteed free of feathers. Best of all, though, is the Cayman Ketchup. Totally untaxing on the palate.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I am impressed by the start that NA has made and the things he has said thus far. It feels as though NA is a going to be uniting influence as opposed to CH who was rather a devisive influence. I am 100% behind NA, win lose or draw and fully support the action taken by the board. I certainly want DM to stay whether we are ultimately relegated or not. I think in times of strife at football clubs the tendency is to cull everybody and thereby an awful lot of good people are lost. Cull the weak links but keep the good guys. If this managerial change is not successful in keeping us up I would like the club to keep NA and not jettison him a' la Brian Gunn.

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    NICEONE

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • If Neil adams keeps us up then he will be a hero,if we go down then at least we know he gave it his best shot and would still be a legend,a passionate one at that.

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Anyone who doesn't wish you all the very best is an idiot, Neil. Good luck - I'm sure every real, decent fan is 100 per cent behind you.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • A really decent appointment i wish it was done earlier. Great coach, great thinker of the game and great tactician. All he needs is a bit of fortune to assist him. You will suddenly see a different energy about the team. Happy days.

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    kpg24uk

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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