Graphic: Russell Martin is ready to play his part in Norwich City’s managerial quest
09:52 13 May 2014
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Norwich City club captain Russell Martin is willing to make his voice heard as the Canaries’ top brass strive to get the right managerial appointment.
City’s board plan have now drawn up a short list of candidates to replace Chris Hughton to lead the club’s Championship fightback. Neil Adams is keen to remain at the helm and Martin believes he could be a success.
“It is not my decision to make but I think he has done really well,” he said. “He gave us a bit more direction and bit more positivity in our approach and our play. I’m 100pc he wants the job on a full-time basis having had a taste of it and his attachment.
“It is the board’s decision to make. You hope it is sooner rather than later. We don’t want it to carry over all summer.
“I don’t know if I will be consulted. A lot of clubs are going that way where they have a technical director, not one of the players but an ex-player, who knows the game and who they can consult.
“If they ask me I will certainly give my opinion on what has happened this year and certain things we need to improve on. I am a player and the board will have their own ideas, but I’m sure it would help to know what has gone wrong and how we can rectify it.”
Martin insists the timing of Hughton’s departure with just five games to go was not the crucial factor in City’s decline.
“I’m sure Chris would accept his share of responsibility, given the position we were in at the time, but we step over the white line and we haven’t produced the goods. We accept that as players,” he said. “There might be one or two who will look to blame other things but for me personally all you can ever do is give everything you have got.
“I think it made it hard for Neil but its easy to say that with hindsight. Every time a question was asked of us we managed to answer it at home until the West Brom game.
“We expected to win that game and we didn’t. I could totally understand why they made that decision at that time. It was probably the right decision because we were at quite a low point.”