Straight down to business for Norwich City boss Neil Adams
11:30 08 April 2014
Neil Adams knows what Premier League football means to the Norwich City supporters because he is a fan himself.
"Chris (Hughton), Paul (Trollope) and Colin (Calderwood) are three men I respect hugely and I was disappointed for them. I want to thank them for the support and the help they gave me."
The Canaries’ new boss has nearly two decades experience inside the club and a host of miles on the road as a radio pundit which gives him the perfect insight.
“I hope so. It might be a cliché but for me the supporters are everything,” he said. “I have covered a lot of games when I was working in the media and you never cease to be amazed by how many go away. The club has been in the third tier with a full house. How often does that happen? This club is incredibly well-supported. People outside of Norfolk may not realise how intense it is and the fact these supporters stick with us through thick and thin.
“I now have to organise the players into the way we want and need to play. They will know the requirements asked of them and more than anything we have to have a bunch of players who will be prepared to go out and give everything for those supporters. The most important thing is we stay in the division.”
Adams has wasted little time in spelling out what he wants from his squad and one of his first tasks will be settling on a man to lead the side with Russell Martin and Sebastien Bassong job-sharing the captaincy duties under Chris Hughton.
“Yes, that is something I will look at from Tuesday. Of course I have ideas in my head but there are a million and one things we have to do to get things defined for Saturday,” he said. “The Fulham game is the be all and end all. Picking a team, picking a captain is at the forefront of my mind. I saw the players this morning and I just explained one or two things. There was a very positive reaction from the players.
“I have spoken to one or two individually and they realise the enormity of what we are trying to achieve. We start on the training ground first thing Tuesday. I have seen more or less all the games so I know what these players are about. I know their strengths and weaknesses. One thing I probably don’t know that well about them is the character, what makes them tick, what is the application like. We need big characters now and they are the ones who will be playing. Everyone has their own opinion when it comes to tactics and formations.”
Adams is confident stepping up from working with young players to senior professionals will not present any extra difficulties.
“I don’t think that will be an issue. The players have shown me enormous respect in my coaching role,” he said. “I have been fortunate to have that from virtually every player who has come through the door. I would hope they would see what I have achieved as a player, because I have been in their shoes. If anything they will show me even more respect but we want the same thing – to win football games. That is the same in any profession. You do your job well and do it professionally and you have nothing to worry about.
“When you work at the club in any capacity, as a coach, you want to go to the very top and that is obviously first team level.”
Adams is even prepared to seek advice from the man he has replaced.
“Chris, Paul (Trollope) and Colin (Calderwood) are three men I respect hugely and I was disappointed for them,” he said. “I want to thank them for the support and the help they gave me. It is a sad part of football life but it has no affect on me. I haven’t spoken to any of them but I will do. I am confident I can get the results to keep us in this division.”