Neil Adams is loving his Norwich City summer recruitment challenge
06:00 09 June 2014
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Neil Adams is loving the challenge of driving Norwich City’s summer recruitment for the first time.
The City boss made his first signing as a first-team manager last week, with the arrival of Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban.
And the former Under-18s manager is putting in the hours to make sure more are on their way.
“There is a transfer target list and of course, I’m not going to give you any names on that,” smiled Adams. “But I did say that goals was the priority, which is the reason Lewis became the first signing. We’ve looked at potential targets, which is what I’ve been doing virtually 24 hours a day.
“The training ground is a deserted place but I’ve been here all the time with the match analysts, who have done a fantastic job because we don’t have the opportunity to watch players in action now. So we’ve got to make sure we don’t just watch the goals and the good things anyone can watch online – we’ve got to go and look at the bad bits, if you like; the weaknesses.
“It’s a long, hard job but it’s an enjoyable job – particularly when you go out and feel that’s the person you want, like Lewis Grabban, and then he comes and decides this is the place he wants to play his football.
“There’s obviously a lot less of this done at academy level, because you have chief scouts and plenty of others that will recommend you players – and you get them in on trial normally, have a look at them in a game. You can do it at that level – and obviously you can’t do that at first-team level.
“It’s a big part of this job, but it’s one I really enjoy. I’ve got a book in there with a million and one names and we’ve got to make sure we go and get the right ones.
“Lewis Grabban is the first person we’ve got in and spoken to, so I’m delighted he’s been impressed with what he’s seen and heard, that he likes the look of the place, and he’s keen and eager to be a Premier League player in 12 or so months’ time. That’s the objective.”