Neil Adams insists Norwich City should not have been in Premier League peril
09:01 09 May 2014
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Norwich City boss Neil Adams insists the Canaries’ squad were good enough to stay in the Premier League but he will never regret accepting the offer of trying to pull them to safety.
The Canaries were effectively relegated to the Championship after Sunderland’s midweek win over West Brom completed the Black Cats’ own remarkable escape.
Norwich wrap up their campaign at home to FA Cup finalists Arsenal on Sunday with Adams’ own managerial future just one of the issues that needs to be resolved over the coming days.
“It has been a very frustrating season for Norwich City,” he said. “There is a good group of players there and a good spirit and there are characters. We shouldn’t be where we are. The players are better than that and I said that to them on day one. You are never too good to go down but there is a good enough team there not to be in this situation.
“I’m Norwich through and through and I wouldn’t have taken it if I didn’t want it. The reaction from the players has been excellent. I was given the job until after the Arsenal game and that is how it remains. The debt has been cleared, the ground is full every week, so regardless of what happens next season, it is in a good position.”
City’s FA Youth Cup winning coach picked up his first point at Chelsea last weekend since replacing Chris Hughton to end the club’s five-match losing run.
“It is very easy to get into that mentality as a player when you are on a losing run. They say winning can become a habit, well it works the other way as well,” he said. “I think that was the best they have given me from first minute to the last in the four games I have been involved in.
“The second-half against Liverpool was the opposite of that. It was all-out attack and we were trying to get back into the game and we caused Liverpool a lot of problems. I felt a little bit disappointed we didn’t get something from it but in terms of implementing a tactical approach and making sure the players can do it, yes, at a place like that I think it was the best.”