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Norwich City must prepare for a Championship grind

Norwich City boss Neil Adams with his key men Mark Robson and Gary Holt. Picture: Denise Bradley

Norwich City boss Neil Adams with his key men Mark Robson and Gary Holt. Picture: Denise Bradley

Norwich City’s first team coach Mark Robson admits it might not be pretty at times but the Canaries will handle the Championship grind.

Robson won promotion from the second tier as a player at West Ham and coached at Charlton and he insists Neil Adams’ squad will be fully-briefed on the challenge ahead, starting with the trip to Wolves on August 10.

“I know from personal experience what to expect. It can be hard, it can be a bit of a grind at times. That is where keeping the squad fit is so vital because you need a good pool of players to pick from,” he said. “Obviously the first thing there is more games so in that respect it has to be different to the Premier League. You are going to be playing Saturday, Tuesday on a lot of occasions. The games come thick and fast and they are not easy.

“Everyone wants a good start to the season, irrespective of what league you play in, and it does put you in good stead if you start well. I don’t think it’s the be all and end all, though, because within a week you can pick up two or three wins at various stages. Of course you try to win every game but that is not going to happen because it is such a tough league but we’ll be setting our sights on giving it a good go.”

Robson and Gary Holt are Neil Adams’ chief lieutenants for the new season and the former Hammer has been impressed by the Scot’s initial impact this summer.

“It’s working very well between the three of us,” he said. “Gal is a good man. He has come in and we have a good bond between us. Obviously Neil knew him from before so for me and Gal it has been new but we get on pretty well. I’m sure we’ll all have disagreements over certain things, but ultimately we are here to do the same role and that is to make the club successful.

“I think first and foremost as players you want to enjoy what you do. I would hate to come into training as a player and there is no real reason or method to it. Everything we do has a tempo to it because the main aim for us is to re-produce how we want to play into those sessions so the players understand and it becomes almost second nature. There are no grey areas. I hope the players are enjoying it, certainly the staff are.”

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