Manager Neil Adams warns Norwich City must ‘be ready’ to react if players make summer exits
06:30 23 June 2014
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Norwich City head into the final week of the close season still with last term’s squad intact – although everyone knows how quickly that can change.
The Canaries are yet to see the departure of a contracted player since Premier League relegation was confirmed, while Lewis Grabban remains City’s only signing.
Most agree this summer’s World Cup is postponing the rebuilding plans of teams and players, but City boss Neil Adams feels ready for all eventualities.
“If players leave, we’ve got to be ready to fill their positions,” said Adams. “I don’t want players leaving, but of course I’m realistic to accept that might be the case.
“I spoke to all the players at the end of last season – obviously not as full-time manager then, just to see whether they wanted to leave or be part of getting us back. And virtually to a man, they were committed and there was a hunger there. Players who wanted to go and put it right.
“But of course, you don’t know what’s around the corner. The good thing for us is we don’t have to sell anyone.
“But you’ve got to be realistic as well. If an offer comes in from a certain club, a player may then have his head turned and we will have to deal with that as and when.”
The long-term summer speculation linking Europa League-bound Hull City with a move for City winger Robert Snodgrass continued over the weekend, with suggestions of a £5m offer on the table – still some way short of a reported £6.5m asking price.