Neil Adams - Norwich City duo Leroy Fer and Nathan Redmond are not set for Carrow Road exits

Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty impressed in a 6-1 romp at Braintree. Picture: EADT Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty impressed in a 6-1 romp at Braintree. Picture: EADT

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
10:56 PM

Neil Adams scotched the latest rumours suggesting Leroy Fer and Nathan Redmond are set to follow Joe Royle out of Carrow Road after Tuesday’s 6-1 pre-season friendly romp at Braintree.

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Redmond was on target at the Amlin Stadium after reports earlier in the day emerged Stoke and Southampton had seen £3.5m bids rejected. Fer has also been touted with QPR this week but Adams insisted none of his squad are poised to leave.

“I hope Leroy is still a Norwich player come the end of the window,” he said. “The chief executive is fielding a lot of phone calls because we have good players here and when you are relegated you are at the mercy of the bigger clubs.

“After the summer he has had and scoring in the World Cup finals, there is going to be interest. He is having a much needed rest now and hopefully we get him back and he is a Norwich player. Let’s wait and see. I want to add players and I want them all here for the start of the season.”

Alex Tettey and Anthony Pilkington were due to feature at Braintree but Pilkington suffered a bout of sickness on Monday night and stayed away from the travelling party whilst Tettey’s knee swelled up on the coach journey to Essex, but Adams insisted he was left out as a precaution. The City boss confirmed he will take a 25-man squad to Italy which will be finalised in the next 24 hours, with Seb Bassong and Luciano Becchio featuring in the development squad’s defeat at King’s Lynn Town on Tuesday.

Adams also revealed he still plans to tap into Royle’s extensive knowledge of the game to help bolster City’s Championship promotion push despite his departure from a football consultant role on Monday to link up with former club Everton. The City chief insisted there are no hard feelings over his mentor’s exit.

“It’s a shame really,” he said. “I’m bitterly disappointed but Joe had health issues with his family and so with a heavy heart we have let him go to Everton, which is right on his doorstep. He is always on the end of a phone for me. He had a huge impact on the staff when he was here but family comes first and he goes with our best wishes.

“He’ll continue to do everything he can for us. It is the right thing for him. I’m not let down by it. You can imagine how Joe felt to tell me he had to go back. I know what the truth and it’s unfortunate. Me and Joe go back donkey’s years and that was one of the reasons I got him in. It’s sad but he’ll still be there if I need him.”

43 comments

  • And on the subject of shirt numbers, I don't think there is anything suspicious about the way they have been allocated. It's a long time since players on the field wore the numbers 1 to 11 and each one referred to a specific position on the field. Who knows the reasoning behind the allocation - it could be anything from alphabetical order through player's age, the number of letters in the name or the date of joining the club to completely random. One thing it never is, is the preferred first choice team in old-fashioned 2-3-5 (or W-M) formation!

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    The Crab

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Who is this impostor calling himself Mad Brewer? I don't think it is our much loved contributor - the postings here don't have the ring of his unique style. Just troll-type sarcasm. How are impostors allowed to use a nom-de-guerre which has already been registered to someone else?

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    The Crab

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Do you lot not have homes to go to??!

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    James Dunthorne

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • Indeed so Lincs. he gets it from his father you know. Once saw Howlin Wolf backed by a local band called Steamhammer in the attic of a pub in High Wycombe. He walked on stage,turned his back to the audience, said to the band " we're playin Luciille, we're in the key of A". Then demonstrated the riff three times before turning back to us and kicking off on of the best sets ever heard there........pure class!

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    Igno Rance

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Redmond might be safe for a while as stoke and Swansea are chasing foreign wingers at the moment.Thing is if we do sell our best players now and we get promoted then we will have to buy several quality players for the prem,where as if we keep them we wont need to buy so many when if we go up next season.Do expect 2 to be sold at least and 2 out on loan as the squad is a bit big,just hope its the right (non commited)players that do leave.

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    tonyb

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Robert Johnson, King of the Delta Blues - your son has impeccable taste Igno. Let's hope that taste is shared by "our Nathan".

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Lincs Canary - 100% with you on Bo Diddley, bot you could be wrong on the age thing. One of my sons (early thirties) is a huge Robert Johnson fan, so there is hope for the youngsters yet.

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    Igno Rance

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • By the way Matt, you say Redmond quotes from R & B. My favourite from that genre was Bo Diddley. I assume Nathan's heroes are younger (and alive).

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • The transfer window closes end August so I suppose as fans we need to curb our natural impatience. That said, reflecting Niceones point, do we need to sign anyone so long as the squad remains intact? We made such a stand after relegation in '85 and everyone got the message. In the end the players that took us down got us back up. In fact right now, if you take in to account two new strikers and the availability of Surman and fit again Bennett we are stronger than when relegated. We could even perform a small cull of strikers, Becchio most obvious and probably RVW out on loan. With no further ins or outs I would see that as leaving us with a squad to mount a strong challenge for Champ honours.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Fair enough I dont read newspaper gossip but does anyone else think its a bit odd we are not even hearing whispers of us being linked to players. Over last few seasons when ever a player has been linked with us via gossip with fans or on twitter etc....its been fairly nailed on so someones leaking it. Now suddenly there is nothing. Maybe the leak was coming from Ewan Chester after a few of Norfolks best Ales ;)

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • I am getting a little concerned with NCFC's approach to transfer speculation as I think there are other, better ways to approach the situation. Why don't NCFC say loud and clear that no player is leaving, full stop? This would have the effect of firstly eliminating the "chancers" from the equation and secondly any bids that are made are likely to be more serious and backed by substantial offers. This would be a more positive approach to what is a tricky situation as those players seeking to leave are not likely to be too concerned by the size of the transfer fee and therefore the club is "left holding the baby in financial terms". The current approach of NCFC appears to me to be encouraging offers for players at a low transfer fee. If the club wants to lose certain players, and I am not sure they do, then put them on the transfer list although this in itself invites low offers as it is an indication that they are not required at NCFC.

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    NICEONE

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • OLDYELLA: "For me Fer can kiss Carra Rud on the way out, 1 goal in all is not good enough". Technically he got 3 goals, was MOTM on nearly a weekly basis for the first half of the season and then sadly got injured second half right when we needed him, then got selected to represent his country at the biggest competition in the world and came home with a 3rd place medal and a world cup goal to his name. Yes what an awful player he was, get rid get rid!

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Team spirit comes from motivational leadership, something lacking last season, not with N.A, in charge i suspect. Fer will not be motivated to play champ level after dabbling with world cup glory { almost} likewise for young Redmond after exploits with u21 team and prem last year . Hooper also previous champ league level, these players i suspect are going to be difficult to motivate especially with cut wages !! Sell these three for a combined BIG profit and everyone else buys in to what is on offer for the coming season , hard graft and at least top six . With exception of Pilks who plays like he`s tired of this club. Bassong can possibly regain some commanding form if ` motivated ` enough by the staff, Surman and Rudd could be very useful additions to this years squad.

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    marcohendy

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • I suppose waclor you could say Hughton got it right when he left, although he had to be pushed. Team spirit, I would argue, can be "good to watch" when it achieves victory against the odds. On another topic, Matt, interesting that Redmond quotes from R & B songs. My guess is he favours modern artists of the genre, not vintage greats such as Della Reese, Willie Mae Thornton and Bo Diddley, all of whom played a part in establishing 50's rock n roll and influenced famous groups of the sixties like the Stones, Pretty Things, and Georgie Fame and the Blueflames.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • For me Fer can kiss Carra Rud on the way out, 1 goal in all is not good enough... 3.5 million for Redmond is an insult, he's only learning his trade, but this boy is "Red" hot and will play for a top 6 team with a value exceeding 25big ones, so city hang on to the nest egg

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    OLDYELLA

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • poor ol pilks sick again,must be the unluckiest player ever to miss so many games!!!

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    tonyb

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • The shirt numbers have already wrecked the tactics for the whole season. Just have to hope none of them had the number tattooed on their back before the issue was settled. Be difficult to change 22 to 7. But then, it is not obligatory to whip off one`s shirt in public. So - no problem, eh? Just part of the growing up process. Push comes to shove, there`s always the bespoke lampshade industry.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • I said similar walcor. I get the feeling Grabban claimed the no7 as Neil has likley said to him that he will be playing the right hand side of an attacking 4-3-3 at times hence the 7. Hes also played right wing in past so maybe he choose it based on what was there. I would've liked Redmond to take the no7 but someone mentioned it may have been a personal choice to keep 22. Players do get option to change if club ok it.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • Can I add that I am disappointed that Redmond has not been given the number 7 shirt. As a right winger he would terrorise every left back in the Championship and create so many chances for Lewis, Ricky, Gary, Kyle, Fer etc. With Olsson doing on the same the other side we could be promoted by Easter.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • I am glad that at least two other people celebrated the world cup being won by team spirit and wasn't it good to watch? I see we are stuill discussing Hughton. Why? The man was useless as were his chosen coaches. For that reason let's get5 behind the players who will have better leadership next season. New game for dinner parties: Name one thing Hughton got right for Norwich. The only one I can think of was signing Redmond.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • These are two players that must be held onto. Fer is a great combination of strength and skill. He's a box to box midfielder who also is great as disrupting the other team when they have possession in midfield. It's pretty fair(fer?) to say he's our best midfielder. Redmond is just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential. It would be silly to sell him now when he could be sold for much more later in his contract. Besides, we need him to try and get promotion, as he has the potential to be one of our top three goal-getters. If we let him play out his contract until its last year, then we can either try to resign him or sell him to a perennial prem. team (If that's what he wants, when the time comes). Then we can maximize the profit, if need be.

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    NorthCarolinaCanary

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • 110% down to poor man management IMO. Said that from square one. Lambert wasnt the best tactician but he could certainly get the best from players. Hughton only seemed to produce negative results and negative performances from players and fans alike.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • If these other clubs rate certain of our players who could not keep City in the Prem. then it must have been the poor management and team set up that got City relegated.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • The London Evening Standard last night reported that 'Arry had made an offer for Fer of £4.8M

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    Dobro

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • We need to keep our best players like Redmond, Ferr etc. There is no point in being the richest club in the Championship. Promotion is required, & that won't happen selling the best players.

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    Paul Mark

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • Mardler makes a good point about how team spirit played an important part in Germany's success. We had that in abundance under Lambert. Leicester massively over achieved when Martin O Neill put together a team that never gave up. Team spirit is not a new concept but in these days of crazy money it could be the special ingredient that lifts a team above its richer competitors and propels it to glory.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • But surely at Championship level no1: we wont be sitting back trying to get a 0-0 from each game & no2: the 4 mentioned (+Whittaker and Garrido to be fair) are decent Championship level defenders. Take your point though pal. 110% not against a new defender or two coming in. Certainly needs improving, even from a competition POV.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • Matt - that back line looks decidedly weak. They defended like the keystone cops for much of last season and the names haven't changed.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • ;) yes brew. I did find those losing the plot over the Remond comment (tweet) were either those of say....the senior variety.....or just mindless, rude kids.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • Twitter is for those that are... twitterers.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • Total side note but imagine NCFC didnt sign anyone else (I know they likely will) and also imagine we didnt sell anyone else (I know we likely will). What would your starting 11 be? I honestly couldnt nail one down for the first time in many years. I can pick my back line easy enough. Gk Ruddy, DL Olsson, DR Martin, DC Turner, DC Bennett. I know some many differ and I get the feeling Adams wants to play Martin CB now but most would likely agree with me on those 5. From there onwards though I just cant settle on a system or simply 6 other players. Off top of my head you have Fer, Tettey, Johnson, Howson, Bennett, Pilks, Redmond, Hooper, RVW, Lafferty, Grabban, Hoolahan, Murphy, Surman (+anyone ive missed). How do you pick 6 from that list? Not a moan either as its a good problem to have. Lots of choice there and plenty of options for different systems. Heck we may even have a plan B for once!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • you can just imagine it we are 0-1 down at Poraloo road ten to go,Neil's assistant asks him what are you going to do?- reply-"I'm going to phone a friend" !

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    mervyn Lambert

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • Just wait and see folks. Its going to be a rough ride until that transfer window shuts. Im still positive we will lose Fer to an 'Undisclosed' offer we couldn't turn down but im hopefully Redmond will still be here. I did have a chuckle last night when Redmond tweeted "am I wrong for wanting better? Should I just settle forever?" and included a graphic of a microphone. As regular twitter users will know he often tweets R&B lyrics. Yet maybe through bad timing for anyone that believes newspaper gossip 100's of NCFC fans went into meltdown of the quote fearing he was on his way. It was like being on this message board with comments ranging from panic of "dont leave" to "your a so and so (insert curse words)". If I typed a song lyric like "im a fire starter"...it does not mean I actually am guys. I full expect this none story to make its way onto here before too long.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • I hope his Mum wrote him a note mine used to !

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    Davyboy

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • "follow Joe Royle out", indeed, was he ever "in".

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • Thank God for the heading to this article.As observed earlier placing unrealistic sums on the heads of those players the club desires to retain deters the mediumsmall Premiership Predators. I hope it has been taken on board just why Germany prevailed in Brazil - TEAM SPIRIT - the surrendering of the Ego for the common good. The individual super ego is the disease of the 21st century - look around the world

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    mardler

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • Sicknote Pilkington missing again, what a surprise .. get rid .

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    Kristafa

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • I can see fer,Redmond,bassong,becchio, hooper all leaving this summer. Redmond will be the biggest loss

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    Peterboroughyellow

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • Fully agree that the £3.5m bids for Redmond are a complete insult. If we don't have to sell players, then lets not sell them. As Mrs.Richards would say 'the price is £12m - and not a penny less'. Lets show some intent and put the clubs ambitions beyond those of any individual contracted players who were in part responsible for getting City relegated last term.

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • I know a bloke whose knee swells up on bus trips. He is 81 yoa. My best friend at school always reported sick the day of the annual cross country race.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • The money offered for Redmond was an insult. Still find it hard to absorb what NA is saying about the club's resolve, or otherwise, to hold on to players. I mean, I also "hope" Leroy is still our player at end of window. The players left out of the Italy squad would appear to have futures elsewhere so it will be interesting to see who they are.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • Sick. Knee. Of course.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • Well if its true that's good news. I am hoping Redmond finds the finishing touch - when that happens he will be red hot.

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    powelld123

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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