July 29 2014 Latest news:
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Neil Adams may be secured as manager – but there is a backroom team still to be named.
Adams was helped out by Under-21s manager Mark Robson and academy head of coaching Paul Nevin as he took charge of the final five Premier League games of last season.
But as yet, the club is staying quiet on who will be helping out Adams come the start of Championship hostilities.
“As soon as possible; next week,” was Adams’ response to when names will be put to positions. “There are plans in place and we need it done as soon as possible, because we need to crack on with it.
“Of course there are people I’ve spoken to, but until we have got names on contracts you wouldn’t want to jeopardise anything like that.”
One of the rumoured subjects of those conversations was said to be former Norwich first-team coach Steve Foley. The 60-year-old has been working at Ipswich’s youth academy, coaching across their age groups as well as coaching the coaches. He has also been head coach at Ryman League Division One North’s Needham Market. But a statement on Needham Market’s website yesterday afternoon suggested any move was off the agenda.
“The earlier report of Steve leaving the club has turned out to be incorrect and he will continue in his role as head coach; no further comment will be made on the subject,” it said.
Adams is confident the relative delay in his own appointment will not prove a problem to City’s preparations.
“It was unavoidable,” said Adams. “The club had to follow the process through and rightly so. I was waiting with everybody else with news on a daily basis, just carrying on with the job. I had to, that was my job to do that. So I hadn’t been put on hold. I just kept working through it.
“But of course the club did the right thing. They had to go and make sure they were happy with whatever process they had in place and I fully respect that.
“This is a Premier League club, a Premier League set-up with Premier League support. The club belongs in the Premier League. We’ve got to give everything we’ve possibly got to try to achieve that.”
Another box yet to be ticked on Adams’ to-do list is confirming Norwich’s pre-season schedule – with the season set to start on August 9. It is believed a visit across the English channel to France could be on the Canaries’ agenda.
“The club has already started to make plans – there are one or two things and we’ve probably got to go out and look at one or two places, but again that’s something that needs putting into place as soon as possible,” Adams added.