Neil Adams warns Norwich City must not commit the same mistakes

Norwich manager Neil Adams has warned of the dangers of repeating past mistakes. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich manager Neil Adams has warned of the dangers of repeating past mistakes. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, May 16, 2014
11:30 AM

Neil Adams warns Norwich City will be marked men in the Championship as he looks to play a key role in getting the club back at the first attempt.

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Adams is in the frame to lead that revival, along with former team-mate Malky Mackay, as City’s board strive to appoint a new management team after relegation from the Premier League. Dropping out of the top flight in 2005 triggered a decline which saw the Canaries slip into the third tier for the first time in 50 years and Adams is well aware of the dangers if they are not ready for the challenge.

He said: “It is a tough, tough league. One thing is for sure we are not going to bounce back because everyone lets us. It is a tough league to get out of with some many teams who have dropped out of the Premier League. We have seen teams who have been relegated and went down again. We have done it. We are only too well aware of what is required. Hopefully that is the one message everyone needs to buy into and that is why it is vitally important we keep as many as the players we want as we can because there are good players here.”

Adams believes City must take on board the success of newly-promoted duo Leicester and Burnley.

“There will be teams who you can play off the park but there are also teams who you will have to grind down and pick up a result when needs be,” he said.

“We have seen that with the likes of Leicester and Burnley, who have played good football this year and have also played games I have seen where they have not reached anything like those capabilities, but they have got a result and that is the Championship season. Over the course of 46 games you will be tested in every department and you have to step up and be ready for it.”

The FA Youth Cup winning coach believes the club’s emerging talent can make an impression after handing Jamar Loza his senior debut in the Premier League finale against Arsenal. The Canaries have also recently given new professional deals to fellow academy products Remi Matthews and Adel Gafaiti.

“Are younger players more ready to play first team football in the Championship than in the Premier League? You would have to say that is the case,” he said.

“There was a good youth team for certain and we also have under-21 players who have been out and got experience on loan. It certainly opens the door.”ddy

32 comments

  • Well, Harry Kane did have a little scoring flurry, and Shywood gave him his chance. Tim also brought Adebayor back in from the periphery. Spurs looked better under his guidance than they did with Andrea Feather-Boas. I`d like to see "the likes of" Sherwood here. He`ll still need St. Dee`s Blessing, though. Let`s hope Machianalli has recovered his full powers - has got rid of that lump of Kryptonite that sapped his strength.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 18, 2014

  • Mourinho would have struggled to keep Cardiff in the prem, much as i like Sherwoods attitude his win ratio cannot be used as a measuring stick cos he inherited a more than decent spurs squad. That said maybe our good links with spurs could continue with him at the helm, what about bringing Harry Kane back for a season . Probably wont figure in the new managers plans as he`s not a big name and also English !!

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    marcohendy

    Saturday, May 17, 2014

  • DM said a new manager would be announced "within a week". That was on Sunday, I believe, and today's Saturday, almost a week later. Maybe he's giving the fans "maximum opportunity" to be kept in suspense. It's working.

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    CovCanary

    Saturday, May 17, 2014

  • I don`t believe Malky would be a terrible choice. A lot depends on the support a new manager gets from the Board, the players and the fans. I think the players would respect him, many fans remember him with great affection (specially for when he scored 2 vs 1p5wich). That just leaves the "Board". S. Fry? Bowkett?? Boycie Phillips??? Delia would certainly be a spiritual soulmate, likewise Machianalli. MM, or whoever, would need a decent FOOTBALL structure to work within. As McN said, we shouldn`t rely entirely on one person. I don`t quite know why, but I rather like the cut of Sherwood`s jib. He has a touch of Mourinho`s arrogance, he`s feisty, forthright - and free. Also it seems that his win % is the best of all Spurs managers in recent times. (whatever `recent times` means). In Machianalli we have to trust. All will be revealed.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 17, 2014

  • News flash folks: All the lower half premier league teams have rubbish win stats. We have a good chance of much better win stats in the Championship. All depends on whether you're content to be a big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond that has the opportunity to get bigger.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Saturday, May 17, 2014

  • Fear not, Worthington is being lined up for a return.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, May 17, 2014

  • Fear not we are unlikely to get Malky, Tim or even Neil as manager next year, the grapevine says we are waiting for Worthington to make his return as he has done so well at Fleetwood. NCFC directors expected them to have already lost the play offs for the second division by now so were confident they could parade him around the city this weekend. He had to cancel his room at the Manor at the last minute and rebooked for a couple of weeks time.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, May 17, 2014

  • I will tell you why everyone is so down on Malky and it's down to his win stats, at 38.86, it's dire and that despite bringing Cardiff up. Any romanticism regarding Mackay has to stop as he just doesn't hack as a manager, yet having said that I reckon McNally will choose him along with Adams in order to appease the fans as save his own neck.

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    John L Norton

    Saturday, May 17, 2014

  • Why is everyone so down on Malky ?? Does his championship winning year count for nothing , plus play offs the year before { from nowhere} . One dodgy signing at Cardiff and everyone thinks he`s satan !!! We have made a hell of a lot more ! I would never have wished Pulis become a NCFC manager because of the way Stoke played but i dont see Palace playing the Stoke way , different managers fit different clubs . Also i have seen calls for Warnock !!! for the love of God please come to your senses. Adams would surely be a huge gamble in this massively important coming year wouldnt he?? As talented as he is i`m not sure he is the man to be entrusted to turn this club around, what would he be like in the transfer market ? Can we afford any more mistakes? Not many people on here mentioning Steve Clarke....now there is a coach with pedigree. Food for thought ?

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    marcohendy

    Saturday, May 17, 2014

  • My first experience of our north of the border neighbours was after moving to Lincs in the sixties where I worked for a labour intensive manufacturing company that imported lots of Scottish labour. The phenomenon of their hatred for the English had never imposed on my tranquil Lowestoftian upbringing but I was very soon aware of it. There was the 1966 world cup when they boasted at every round how much they supported the opposition. Then followed the belittling of England's victory (lucky, home advantage, 3rd goal etc) and a year on the spiteful crowing that went with their Wembley victory. And of course, back then, we had the Home Championships and the yearly ritual of the battle against the "auld" enemy. It was a game I dreaded more than any other and the relief when England did not get beat was immense. Distant memories now and ones I did not really want to revisit. Thanks Mikado.

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, May 17, 2014

  • Btw, I quite like Suffolk. It`s not all 1p5wichery down there. That seems to be mostly Gippeswyck and The Stowmartians. In the epicentre of the Donkey Deity worshippers, dwells the delightful Delia. Funny ol` Warld, int ah`?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 17, 2014

  • Hi, Mikado. Yes, that Ipswich aeroplane banner `project` had to be abandoned because it was "too windy". Sounds about right for Ipswich. The kiddies should stick to flying their little kites down by the Orwell Festuary. It seems the money raised for this epic project went, instead, to The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. Not so sure the great man would have wanted to be associated with that, or any other, schoolboy prank. As for the "ABE" culture in Scotland, having worked there for a few years, I soon realised that, in some environments, it was better to keep my Englishness secret. "See yeew, yae Unglush bairrrstud, we fought thae ******* war fae thae laikes ae yeew...". This from a 20-something-year-old lard-belly in Leith. Such fun. Was that any good, BP2? ;-) the noo.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 17, 2014

  • I once got into a "discussion" with one of our "Inturleckshooly" challenged cousins from down the lane. He was banging on about the rusty trophies they won over 30 years ago. I asked him would he rather have them, a half-empty ground + shedloads of debt...or be in the Premiership, have a full ground + no debts, right now. He said he'd rather have the old p*ss-pots. Faced with that level of stupidity I patted him on the head, gave him a shiny silver sixpence + sent him on his way...

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    Timbo

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • Everyone's on holiday Ken or prepping for the world cup. No rush.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • I am hating all this speculation and the direction-less feeling of being in limbo. Get the appointment made and get it right, start to rebuild and focus everyone on the battle ahead.

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    kenfoggo

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • Norwich going down yet again, shows they have not learned from the last time... you have to spend money on quality players or your postion in the prem will be lost... Basic Logic, it costs money to stay in the prem and you can either afford it or you cannot... The likes of Arsenal and others charge over £1000 for a season ticket ..to compete Norwich needs to increase charges to compete with the prem teams and pay for quality players of note... or carry on doing the same.. excuses win nothing in football...maybe another 3 years in the championship will give them time to realise that reality in the prem is hard ... So get the money and start buying players...to win...

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    Lionel

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • Interesting point Mikado, and one I'd quite like Brewer to comment on. I wonder, is there any correlation between the abuse that Scotland has suffered from England down the years,, juxtaposed with the obvious superiority that Norwich has over Ipswich. Whereas the first is arguably an example of bullying by a stronger nation, the second is merely one institution being vastly superior to another through no fault of its own. Undoubtedly, there exists the common theme of envy and resentment, and the sympathy that ensues from the fact that Braveheart wasn't filmed in Suffolk. They had to settle for Witchfinder General.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • Formula for an instant return to PL, according to some, is NCFC solvent so go get a good manager and spend, spend, spend? What's that they say about when something sounds too good to be true? (PS to Mikado, I have worked with many Scots and boy do they know how to hate).

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • a bit off-topic I know but BBC news reports that IT fans were planning to fly a 'Moyse Out' style aircraft banner over Carrow Rd mocking our plight. Their joy is reminding me of the ABE (Anyone But England) stuff that crawls out of the woodwork in Scotland every time there's a major tournament. Their own team is so hopeless their only pleasure comes from mocking others.

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    Mikado Kember

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • In this day and age of instant results being a must, i can't help feeling that Neil Adams can build a good squad from the best of what we have now and bringing in some of his youth players to give us a team for the future and the odd transferred in players to fill a shortcoming in one position or another. You can't buy instant sucess( unless you are Man City) but how many fans are patient enough to see into the future? Another thing is when we develope these young players into wanted merchandise make sure their contracts are such that we don't sell them off cheap or better still make them stay throughout their contracr duration. I think Mcnally is astute enough to do that.

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    NoggintheNog

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • well said goldie. It remains to be seen who McNasty and the board see fit to appoint, but one thing is for sure. They had better get it right this time to stand any chance of returning to the Prem any time soon. It took nine years and an inspired managerial choice to make it last time we were relegated, and that manager did it on a pittance of a budget compared to what useless Hooton was given. As goldie says, we are solvent, so come on board, get us a decent manager, put your hands into the proverbial piggy bank, and start repaying some of the support us fans have given you

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    oldtimer

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • As probably your only `apologist`, pubmandave, I can`t help feeling you know that for sure.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • Saving face comment as yesterday he was told he is not being considered for the job.

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    pubmandave

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • Norwich being promoted back to the Prem next season would be sweet - Ipswich heading in the opposite direction would be excellent too. Frankly I think we should always be at least two league higher than them, but, it they go into administration they may fall off the planet altogether........

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • Goldie - you have hit the nail squarely on the head!

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • Whilst Sherwood is preening himself in the mirror, and whilst Malky is holding out for another chance in the PL, our man Adams is already doing his homework. Says it all for me.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • Should read "being solvent". Have checked dictionary and "sovent" does not exist.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • Being sovent does not mean the club has money to splash around on players. Last season they could because of £60m tv money. Other clubs can because they have rich benefactors. Our board does not have anyone who can subsidise a transfer splurge so we need a manager who can work to a tight budget and develop a playing style that will lead us back to the land of milk and honey. We all hope for an instant return but look at last seasons relegated teams and only one still has a chance of immediate return. Of the three teams when we went up only Swansea are still in the top flight. They should be our template.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • In terms of Burnley I might be wrong but they are not prolific scorers, just conceed very few. Might be a decent model to follow, but not high in the entertainment factor. I wouldn't bet on us getting back up at the first attempt. As a club and in our playing playing style we lack direction and that won't come quick. Play offs at best. Bring Malky in then it's mid table mediocrity.

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    Bookface

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • We are told the club are solvent so lets hope they spend some money before the season starts. You have to speculate to accumulate and we certainly need some new blood as many of the players have had their fighting spirit coached out of them, you can see that by the never ending sideways and backward passing and acting as though they think they are a good footballing side. The quick incisive forward passing to split the defence went completely missing under Hughton hence two seasons with pathetic goal scoring. Obvious City need to spend good money on the midfield who can assist the attack and also know how to help out the defence.

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    goldie

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • Exactly. I dont care how many stats say your not likely to go straight back up. We need to buck that trend. Be the team that ignores all the stats and 'experts' saying otherwise.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • Leicester particularly also show how hard that league can be to get out of, especially when everyone is out for your head as favourites. They went back up to the Championship the year before we did, and have been struggling to get further ever since, despite almost constantly being favourites. Last year they didn't even make the playoffs, probably contributing to the fact that this year they were outsiders for promotion, and they started badly too were off the radar until mid season, and only really fairly recently became hot favourites to go up. Burnley too came out of nowhere. Leeds and Forest were some of the favourites and failed to get the playoffs. Wigan and QPR were too naturally, and only one of them is still in with a chance. Our own last promotion we never looked better than the playoffs until quite a way in. That's why that league is so exciting too. Still, we need to aim to go back up, and believe we can.

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    Chris Mugglestone

    Friday, May 16, 2014

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