Neil Adams confirms he would like to stay on as Norwich City’s manager despite relegation
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Neil Adams has made it clear that he wants to remain the manager of Norwich City beyond the end of the season.
The club’s under-18s coach was asked to take over as first-team manager in April after Chris Hughton was sacked following the damaging 1-0 home defeat to relegation rivals West Brom.
Adams, when asked if he would like to become City’s permanent manager, said: “Of course. First of all I needed to see how I would be and how I handled the job, and I feel absolutely comfortable doing it.
“I feel I’ve done a good job. I think we’ve got the spirit back into the team, the energy, the application, but it’s out of my hands, of course it is. I’ve got immense pride standing there, being the manager of Norwich City, and it’s something I’ve really, really enjoyed.”
Adams oversaw a 1-0 loss at Fulham, a valiant 3-2 home defeat to title hopefuls Liverpool, a 4-0 loss at Manchester United and a battling 0-0 draw at Chelsea.
With Sunderland beating West Brom 2-0 on Wednesday night, Adams now leads City into Sunday’s final game of the season against Arsenal at Carrow Road knowing that City are heading for the Championship.
Only West Brom losing at home to Stoke and an unprecedented 18-goal swing would save City if they pulled off an unlikely thrashing of Champions League qualifiers Arsenal - an outcome considered to be incredibly unlikely.
Yet Adams, who led City’s Under-18s to FA Youth Cup glory last season, said he feels he has shown he has all the attributes to succeed as a manager.
I pride myself on preparing the team properly,” Adams continued, speaking to Norwich City’s official website. “The worst feeling for me would be to be sitting in the technical area at kick-off and feeling like I should have done a little bit more and we should have done a bit more, but that’s not the case.
“You can feel confident in yourself and content that you’ve done the right job, and then obviously players need to deliver, and I think they’ve been excellent for us in the vast majority of time in these games. Looking back, would we have done anything different? Probably not.
“Of course you’re always analysing tactics and formations, and it’s easy to say if you’ve done that then they wouldn’t have scored a goal, but everything’s done for a reason – it’s meticulously thought through and that’s one of the things that I pride myself on.”
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