Norwich City boss Neil Adams is a paid up member of the Eddie Howe fan club
Neil Adams studies Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth and sees that rarest of modern-day commodities; precious time to build a club from the ground up.
The 26-year-old is approaching the second anniversary of his second spell in charge on the south coast, with the Cherries continuing to punch above their collective weight in the Championship. Bournemouth arrive at Carrow Road as one of the early pace-setters despite league defeats to Nottingham Forest and Blackburn after a top 10 finish in their first season back at this level.
“I think he has done a great job there,” said Adams. “He has got them playing how he wants and you can see that in the way every player knows his role and knows how the manager asks him to play. You can watch a team and maybe feel they are lacking a bit of script, whereas the same is also true when a team looks like it has been together for quite a while. They are buying into what the manager wants from them and hopefully people are starting to see that with us here when it comes to the players you pick and the positions you put them in. They all have jobs to do.”
Adams is not fooled by recent stumbles in the league from a team he expects to challenge City’s recent dominance of possession at Carrow Road.
“All the reports I have had, and I’ve seen the games of course, but every report says what a good team they are; a really good side,” he said. “I know they lost to Forest and Blackburn but they could have won those games comfortably by all accounts. This is a good side we are playing and we have to be ready. We will give them that respect they deserve but at the same time it is about us and if we continue the way we have been playing and scoring goals and looking the threat we are with the ball we are confident we will continue to win games, but make no mistake this is not a team that is going to roll over.
“They like to dominate the ball themselves, they are a passing team with a little bit of pace up front in (Callum) Wilson. Eddie has got a team and a philosophy where they want to keep the ball, dominate and try to unlock the opposition through weight of possession. We have to do something about that.”