Neil Adams plays down talk of Norwich City double act with Malky Mackay

Norwich manager Neil Adams wants the top job at Carrow Road. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich manager Neil Adams wants the top job at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, May 10, 2014
2:10 PM

Neil Adams wants the top job at Norwich City but would consider a coaching role in a new-look set-up if the Canaries’ board opt for a different manager to lead the revival.

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Adams expects his own future to become clearer after this weekend’s Premier League finale against Arsenal, with former City team mate Malky Mackay heavily tipped as Chris Hughton’s long term successor following relegation to the Championship.

Mackay released a statement on Friday confirming he had reached a settlement with previous employers Cardiff City after his bitter exit from the Welsh club earlier this season, but Adams declined to be drawn on whether he could form a potential double act with the Scot.

“Is it a dream team? I don’t know. I can’t comment on that,” he said. “I played in the same team as Malky and I would see him at games when Norwich played Watford and Cardiff so obviously I know him very well.

“After the Arsenal game is when we need to sit down and decide one way or the other, but that is a decision for the chief executive, the chairman and the board of directors. I don’t know what is going to happen yet. Of course I want to be the manager.

“If I wasn’t fortunate enough to be offered the position I want to play a part in getting this club back to where they belong, in whatever capacity. The priority is the football club and the board need to make the best decision.”

Adams admits it would be tough to return to his previous academy role after his elevation to the big time.

“I made the step up to first-team football and it is something you don’t want to step back from. That is me being honest with you,” he said. “I have got my fingers crossed and I’m hopeful that I am able to carry on in some capacity, hopefully as the manager.

“If that was not to be then obviously I would have to look at as and when. Whether it is myself or whoever it is, it needs to be sorted as quickly as possible.

“I would like to do the job and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I feel suited to it. People have seen the organisation and discipline and the spirit has been spot on. That has probably been the most pleasing thing I have had in the four games to date, with the exception of the second half at Manchester United.”

33 comments

  • That sacred\scared thing was the whole point, Michigan! ;-) On predictive text, (at least on my phone) if you type "scared" you get "sacred", which is probably what the dyslexic bootleggers did when they produced that tape! Orbison`s last concert was at Highland Heights, Akron, Ohio, December 4th, 1988, he died two days later. Strangely, `Running Scared` was not in the final set. Dubai, I`ve said it many times before, but forwardslash does not work on Archie`s boards, while back\slash does. As does vertical|slash. I hope that is my 2nd worthwhile contribution. I so want to thank Dubya for his morale-boosting supplies of Pollyanna Potion - and to please Cecil, too.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • 1961tractorboy, is that the same Mick Mcarthy that won the least number of home games ever on record and joint number of defeats in a season relegating Sunderland in their first season back. He did get sacked after that though..................and in came another blues favourite.........................Roy Keane........OTBC!

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    ivan sadd

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • At the moment im thinking that Tim Sherwood would be the best man for the job with Neil Adams as second.

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    norwichlad23

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • The Chuckle Brothers?

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    blue tractor

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • .... In other news, 1961Tractorboy uses punctuation.

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    B Inners

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • While I realise there is a need to get on with things I hope the Board and CEO give themselves time to assess the options and candidates and do due diligence. What we certainly don't need is a decision simply based on the candidate being "a Norwich man". We need someone with proven ability and a track record, a strong character and someone who can lead by example and who can inspire and motivate the team. Also someone whose philosophy is to play to win and not to avoid defeat. 20 months of that was more than enough for one lifetime!!!

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Dubai Canary

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Archant can't be very good at golf - as they can't seem to manage a stroke - it's 33 to 1 (or whatever you call it between numbers when expressing odds)

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Dubai Canary

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Mick McCarty is 331 to be the next NCFC manager. At least he would have some decent players and some money to spend at City. Apparently every time they hear a wheel screech near ITFC's offices everyone dives underneath the tables and hides, just in case it's the hit-men from the loan company !

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • With an incredible 10 PL managers sacked already this season who will be the next PL managers to receive his Red Card ? I guess Tim Sherwood, Neil Adams & Giggsy don't really count, as they are only 'caretakers'. So, the prime candidates for the chop tomorrow are Lambo, Big Sam, Pardew - can you think of any others ? I think the PL should introduce a new rule that if a manager loses three games on the trot they should be automatically fired AND their club should immediately pay Man City £50 million for team strengthening. If they introduce these measures the game will benefit and so will the England team.

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Mackay and Adams? You've got to be kidding!!! Who thought this one up? Two of the most inept candidates I can think of to take over our precious club. What kind of calamitous double act would those two clowns make? I would rather see Pinky and Perky take over - in fact I've got it on good advice that our chief executive and board have already approached them and that discussions are at an advanced stage - apparently the board are very interested because P & P have offered their services free of charge with NO STRINGS ATTACHED which is very important to us now since the board and chief executive blew £28million on powder puff players who have regularly whimpered out of important games for this club.

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    57charles

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Say what you like about Mick Mccarthy but be sure of one thing,he would of kept you up this season make no mistake.........(off the ball city)

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    1961tractorboy

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Maybe Mick M will apply from Dipswich! Lets face it he will be lucky if they can afford 2 loan signings before they go Bankrupt!

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    dave123

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Norwich have to get away from this old boys network and get some new blood in to sort out this club! Russell Martin was right this all to friendly thing is not good,its need someone from outside and some of the old timers moved off the Board!

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    dave123

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Woops - definitely NOT the first

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • MB. Running sacred or running scared? I think CH fitted the latter, but definitely the first. I liked Roy Orbison and his checkered past - there was a good documentary on him over here. Have always said CH gave the squad too easier time - no accountability for poor performance and likely they were not fit enough.

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • …..Sharky! ...Much of what you say is certainly on the ball!....Problem with the current situation regarding contracts is....that once a manager or player obtains that guarantee of a nice little earner, for a number of years, the pressure is OFF! ...They don't have to perform to pocket the cash!....Where it was the clubs calling the tune in the past...now the boot is on the other foot! ...And we have seen plenty of that this last couple of years!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Enhancing our vocabulary is MB's only worthwhile contribution to this forum.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Sorry about the inflection, it`s all my computer allowed me to do. Even the Tipp-Ex didn`t work, and now I cannot get it off the screen. Next time, to please you Godfather, I`ll resort to the Arthur ASCII codes, playmate. At least you understand a broader range of words than sharky does, Cecil. All `to` much for him. Good man, Cecil. Poor ol` boi, sharky.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • The bookies always favour clubs that have been relegated from the PL. Just ask yourself this question, how many relegated PL clubs got promoted back to the PL automatically this season? Exactly, none, and we all know exactly what a lottery the play offs are, even if you get there. It's all very well talking about selling players, but to make £50 million on sales, you have to have players in the squad that are worth that kind of money. Sadly for Norwich there are no Adam Lillana's or Luke Shaw's in their squad. When looking at the Norwich squad, I honestly only see one player that could cut it in the PL, and that's Snodgrass. It's no good relying on the youngsters, unless of course, you are fortunate enough to have a Wayne Rooney. No such luck I'm afraid, the youngsters are mediocre at best. Norwich have a Wolverhampton Wanderers look about them, and look what happened to them. If they go into the Championship thinking that they have just arrived from 'The Big Time', then they will pay the price that Wolves paid.

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    NB

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Surely its common sense MB. By the way you will notice I use words that everyone understands ;-)

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    sharky

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Perhaps we should wait and see who's on the market after tomorrow. Mad, your accent is wrong. It's grave not acute.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Sorry but you got as much chance as appointing David Moyes as manager as I have winning the lottery tonight (and I don`t even do it),I mean why would he even consider taking on such a hopeless case of losers at a tin pot club like Narwich,get real guys....(off the ball city

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    1961tractorboy

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Plenty of double acts available. I hear the "Krankies " are available. Do just as well as anybody appointed by this board.And they will be cheap.

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    norman hall

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Not sure if Malky is the right choice for us at this time. NA has answered the call, but in reality I don't think there is much chance of the position being made permanent, I am sure this was made perfectly clear to him from the outset. It would be welcome to see him retained and even offered the job of assistant to the next manager. For me David Moyse would be a good choice - an experienced PL manager who would have a big point to prove after the disgusting way he was treated by manure. So lets bring on Moxey, with NA and lget Cully & Karsa back from Villa. It's all gone quiet since they were suspended 3 weeks or so back, but I sense that Lambo is about to get the chop, so they will all be out on their ears tomorrow night anyway. OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • All a balancing act being a manager. To strict and you will have the De Canio effect. You will know what happened there. Respect is a word I would use and never get to close to the players. Remember, in the long run not many managers are a success.

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    sharky

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Btw, Michigan, I once bought a "bootlrg" cassette tape of a Roy Orbison concert in Ohio. It had a track entitled "Running Sacred". Afraid to sole..

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • They will be making a statement after the last game.

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    sharky

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Its so difficult striking the balance being a manager. if you are too ruthless you will get the De Canio effect and stabbed in the back. I would use the word respect, plus dont get too close to the players. Firm but fair is the only way it will work IMHO

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    sharky

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Interesting reading the Russell Martin article where he talks about being "too nice" with each other and "losss of identity". I trully believe that is the Chris Hughton failing - he was too nice a person, so when performances from players were poor, there was no real accountability and therefore no incentive to work harder and play better, and identity was lost. Whoever gets the manager's job needs to be focused and tough - I really think they were two of Lambert's qualities - players knew they had to perform for him or else. Not the case with CH. Are Adams and Mackay that tough? They need to be and get in the players faces, not just talk a good story to the press if either get the job. The players need to feel a little "scared" of the manager and of not performing for the club.

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • .....As long as Hughton and co are not called upon in an advisory capacity....Talk is that Poyet could be offered riches at West Ham!....maybe CH would look forward to a return to the North East....and let's wish that the tea lady goes along with him for moronic support!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • .....Thank you Paddy for the comments section being available on this story!.....Archie seems to be occupied on other work for many openings to appear on every story!....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

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