Neil Adams may be secured as manager – but there is a backroom team still to be named.

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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.

37 comments

  • He does, BirdCage! Sounds a bit similar, also. When he was a commentator on Radio Partridge, I thought he had a rather boring, monotone voice, and he was a bit of a "Yellow & Green Specs" merchant, too. He`ll need to stay switched into reality mode now. His predecessor sounded like "Mike" (Chris Ryan) from "The Young Ones".

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Anyone else thought that Neil Adams looks like Lee Mack? I hope he makes me laugh more! Fingers amd toes crossed and good luck Neil!

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    TheBirdCage

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • I have to say I'm reasonably happy with Adams. Firstly if you look at Norwich's most successful managers pre Lambert I think they were all internal appointments. If the club is genuinely building for the future they should be doing it this way. The alternatives didn't impress me much, Malky, spent more than Hughton, was at least as defensive and lower down when he was sacked. Lennon, won the SPL with Celtic when their only rivals were imploding. Sherwood, minimal experience and sacked with a whimper.

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    PaulWho

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Phelan for coaching no.2 , obvious aint it ? Lets see how big their ballons are !!!

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    marcohendy

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Petits pois, mes amis, petits pois.

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    la barbe

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Most of the posters are putting the blame on the Board but we have no idea of whom they sought and who wanted to come to City. Most of the big clubs have their managers and anyone left over is obviously not wanted by others. Chumpionship is a step backwards for experienced Managers with a good pedigree so whom did they think would be appointed. Perhaps they think Ferguson could be tempted out of retirement, he has just sold part of his wine collection for £2.2 million. so would have jumped at the chance to come to City. NOT! Would be good if the moaners could come up with Managers that they think would be good to come to City and would want to.

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    goldie

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • petit oiseau jaune. obtenir l'essentiel de votre texte, mais ne savais pas que vous aviez connexions français. Bordeaux? J'aurais pensé PSG à tout le moins, mais nous verrons. Now we all know a bit of the old french, can we get down to business. Foley was never an option, just a figmnent of someones vivid imagination. Like it or not, Neil is our man now and lots of you who were shouting long and loud for him to replace the insipid idiot that was in charge previously are now moaning and bewailing our fate without any aforethought. The man knows this club inside and out, has won a prestigious trophy, this against a side with multi millions at their disposal and who won the trophy this year. Then he was a hero, now there is a call for an experienced man with a household name to come here. Lets be honest, of the outside candidates, every one of them has had problems at other clubs except Lennon who had no opposition in the Mickey Mouse Scottish league. For sure Adams needs an ewxperienced and capable backroom staff ( Phelan, Hoddle, or someone of that ilk, to help him, and if the board have serious intent on returning to the Prem. then that has to be a priority. Meantime, from the 3rd Division South, to the heights of the Prem, and down again, I have always bled yellow and green as my dear old Dad before me, and I will die supporting this club .OTBC

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    oldtimer

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • LincsCan - Have you read the saga from our sage, pubmandave, on another board. The real inside story of what occurred with Lennon & Sherwood? I`ve made a note and will give PMD all the credit he is due if he proves to be right. Or, if it`s just more pseudo-insider bollox, all the discredit. I must say, it has an authentic feel to it, like much good fiction...

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • OMG, I used the wrong \ ....

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Ah, I think I got the gist of that one, el dingo! You illustrated it well, man ;-). Yes, those two hostileries look fine, though I have not been in Der Rot Loewe for ages. I become increasingly unimpressed with the range of beers on offer at The Feminists` Foramen, née Pargeters` Pantaloons. Had similar experiences on Sat at KA, Hall Rd. & The Trafford Arms. I think they must buy on pricehype over quality. For this punter, it just won`t do!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Regarding Lennon or Sherwood. I assume Lennon left Celtic because he was tapped by another club. As for Sherwood my memory of him as a player was he considered himself too good for Norwich so had his opinion changed? With Malky I think there was a mutual stand off - he was waiting for a better offer, we were wary of Hughton2. Regarding Adams I am a don't know and at this stage can only judge by who he brings in (Recruitment manager) and what goes on in the close season. However it pans out I will still be doing the Canary Rock n Roll.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Certainment mon brave. Et pour moi, la tete du roi et c'est possible le lion rouge aussi

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    el dingo

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Do we actually know if Lennon or Sherwood wanted to come here?Malky was probably holding out for a top job so Adams got the job in the end.so lets get behind Neil and the players as it will be a tough season and more games to play.Just hope that an experienced coach comes in to help out.

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    tonyb

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Come on, de geillustreerd man - you know I don`t `do` posh languages like French! (that is French, isn`t it?).

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Adams it is. Board did look abroad but did not find anyone to shortlist, I suggest. After all, many of the foreign players did not step up to the plate in the PL so how seriously the overseas search was, I do not know. Was MacKay prepared to come, either at all, or with Adams as his number 2? Would Malky prefer an attempt to keep WBA up or the Celtic job? Watched to an out of date BBC video of Neil Lennon. Did not show enthusiasm for the Norwich manager's job, to put it that way. What matters now is the team around Adams and how it will all work.

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    Capri

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Sur le balon Cite... allez les jaunes... Cedric Anselin pour le president...Brewer pour l'auberge le Chien du Ludham...

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    el dingo

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Thass the secrete! Slipp in a speling misteak or too. Makes Archee feal moor cumftabell-end of story.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Croydonary - don`t let Stew worry you. His daubings are largely non sequiturs, and his `logic` in connection with `loyalty` to any particular mamager is belied by his stance in the Hughton era. (4th attempt, 3rd re-write).

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • BTW - Stew, no need to be unkind to Croydonary! I fear, in your comment, I detect more than a smut of "Pot\Kettle\Black". Will you remain loyal to Neil should he fail, or will your loyalty be solely with the club, as was the case in the CH era? I hope you`ve not embraced totalitarianism... I reckon you`ve been at Ma Snipps` dumpl!ngs again; they always get you aereated. ;-) PS. - Croydonary, did you formerly post as `Croydon Canary`, or was that someone else?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Question for Matthias 333: hand on heart! Neil Adams or Tim Sherwood - if no other options who would you have chosen?

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    JMH

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Mais oui, mais oui birdie! (PS: si vous veniez, loin no s,bons adversaires... Did you learn French in Suffolk?) - only kidding! In all seriousness NA would not have been my choice of manager, however Stew don't worry about the fan's attitude - we will always bleed yellow and green. What NA needs to accomplish is a change in the player's attitude which needs to become lambertesque very quickly if we wish a swift return to the prem. He who dares Rodney, he who dares....

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    JMH

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • I`ve spoken to lots of City fans, and most reluctantly bring themselves to say that they are a bit underwhelmed by Adams` appointment. Many cite the fact that he has not been very adventurous in his career aspirations; never venturing far from the Carrow comfort-zone (Apart from punditry on Partridge Radio). How long is one willing to wait for `Buggins` Turn`..? To Lincs Canary - I believe the Steve Foley business is not going to happen (perhaps never was). The entire notion is so ludicrous, it has to be a wind-up - probably by Archie himself (Ipswich Division). Bryceland!! Tommy Bryceland; half of that dynamic midfield duo with the little Welsh Wizard, Mal Lucas. Those were two feisty players; neither afraid to get stuck in, but I remember Bryceland, in particular, as a very skilful player; Lucas more the ball-winner. BUT - both could do both!! Quaintly old-fashioned, that... I think, despite the disappointment in getting a roller skate instead of a racing bike, most City fans will give Neil a fair crack of the whip - `cos he`s a good ol` boi.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Niceone -I really. Do not know how you read into my post what my preference for grass colour would be. Oh, well, each to his own. I am pleased for you if you think Neil Adams appointment is the best thing for the Club. I am not convinced that he is. But , everyone is entitled to their own view and I do not denigrate you for expressing yours. I wish Neil Adams well and I will be supporting the Team as always. I am, however, disappointed that the Board did not choose to spend the money they have available to purchase the services of an EXPERIENCED big team Manager. I believe it shows a small club mentality and a lack of ambition. We will see. Perhaps we will be unbeatable next season, I hope so!

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    Brycland

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • I suppose for Steve Foley his appointment from Ipswich's youth team to Norwich City First Team is pretty meteoritic -- I guess a bit like like going from the Evo Stick Northern League into the European Champions League in one fell swoop ! City will dominate the Chump whoever is at the helm, I wonder if those bully-boys Cully & Karsa will be along too - clearly vanilla couldn't handle a bit of steely management and Lambo hung them out to dry.

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • LYB.....It was all French to me!!! Je ne sais quio!!! Bryceland ...could it be that you think the grass is always greener somewhere else?? It ain't of course and we have to do what we have to do!! Lennon and Sherwood had their defects and this is possibly why they were not given the job. I think NA is well known around the club and is therefore a safer bet than others from outside who at least are able to hide their worst attributes from the board and would be given a glowing reference from their former club if it suits them. As I have previously said on this site I believe that NA will turn out to be an inspired appointment and that I personally am sick and tired of the no hopers who previously applied to become managers at NCFC in the days when we invited applications from all and sundry for the post. We now don't do this as we head hunt those we believe can do the job nowadays. This should at least be credited to the board. O.K. so we used this process to get CH in but we and DM will learn from this and the future will be brighter. Maybe this was a factor in appointing an internal candidate that was well known to the board who had the required qualities. Let's not try to crucify everybody in sight in order to prove that we were right some 20 months ago as it won't do anybody any credit and it may have been just a lucky guess on your part.

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    NICEONE

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • LYB I totally agree!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • If the club were not going for Eddie Howe then NA was the best choice. MM, GZ and NL either had money behind their successes or bottled or both. Now that he is our manager it is not rocket science, as was the case when CH took over two years ago but still couldn't grasp or get it right (Butterfield?) We need two strikers that can do the business to join the young boy who came on against Arsenal. Get rid of RVW, cut our losses and buy a replacement; ask Hooper if he wants to stay, if not sell and buy a replacement. These are the two big decisions, everything else pales into significance...Rudd or Ruddy etc.

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    Imperial Echoes

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Monsieur McNally, Monsieur Adams, je l'aimerais bien si vous pourriez amener l'équipe en France, surtout si vous vennez à Bordeaux. Les Girondins seraient des bonnes adversaires et ce n'est pas loins pour moi à y aller!

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • I would like to see the Club thinking larger. There is plenty of BIG talk which never seems to translate into actions. A Premier League club would hardly chase the coach of Needham Market F.C. as a priority appointment , I suggest. But then again a large thinking Club would not appoint the youth team coach who tried and failed to keep Norwich in the Premiership and who has a track record of ONE point from a possible FIFTEEN. A larger thinking Board would have appointed a Manager with big team experience like , I don't know but just spitballing, LENNON or SHERWOOD! The Board is stuck in a small Club mentality, I would like to see their thinking expand and encompass success.

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    Brycland

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Sp commenting on intellect............cricket that's rich

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    Croydonary

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Difficult to know how many of the opinions are genuine as there are so many non NCFC fans on the boards. Sarcastic or not, it does represent a point of view. A substantial number of NCFC fans are unhappy with the appointment and until Adams starts winning matches - which we all want, these doubts will be expressed. NCFC appointed a manager with hardly any experience for such an important season. I really want NA to prove me wrong but the odds are against it. No amount of get behind the team talk will alter that.

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    suffolkcanary

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • The bitterness and sarcasm on here is pathetic. Agree or disagree with the decision, it is done and time to pull together. Clearly there is a split opinion on the choice - I for one am happy as I didn't fancy any of the alternatives apparently on offer. OTBC

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Has the move to appoint Needham Market's coach really fallen through? Please say it isn't so.

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • I support the team and will cheer them on no matter what league they are in as I have since 1971 but every rational bone in my body tells me this is a wrong decision by the board. No amount of spin will convince me otherwise.

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    suffolkcanary

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • …..you poor stupid sod Croydon ary....if that's the height of your intellect...you should take a break....Neil Adams has been appointed manager of Norwich City Football Club....In my opinion the board, after much thought, and to the displeasure of some, has made the best possible decision!....He is now in the process of building his back-up team....If you are genuinely interested in this club, and the future of it, you will have enough savvy to get off his back, and his decision making!....He may be successful when the next season gets under way....he may not!....But all genuine fans will wish him well, and give him their support, and not knock his every move.... if the choice of the board had been to appoint a different applicant it may well have suited you....but not everyone!....and to bring you up to date...QPR has just got promoted adopting Hughtons tactics...were you wishing that upon the rest of us for another year?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Oops meant wroxham!

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    Croydonary

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • We can probably write this one can't we - a thorough review is being carried out across Spain, France and Germany but in the end Wrexham and Cromer appeared to be our best bet. How about Delia bakes a big humble pie enough to feed 26000. If we go up next year we can all take a piece at the final home game. If we don't the board can take piece every game 'till it's gone. Childish I know but I'm watching the chump play off final knowing its our league.................again.

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    Croydonary

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

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