Norwich City boss Neil Adams bears no grudge towards Glenn Roeder

Neil Adams on his first day as Norwich City's manager. Photo: Bill Smith Neil Adams on his first day as Norwich City's manager. Photo: Bill Smith

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
7:08 AM

Norwich City’s new manager Neil Adams insisted he bears no grudge towards Glenn Roeder after following the former Canaries’ chief into the Carrow Road hotseat.

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Roeder was disparaging towards Adams when he was working in the media, claiming the FA Youth Cup winner would never manage anything better ‘than an under-10s team.’ Adams was forced to leave his role in the club’s youth set-up at the time but he has more pressing matters than proving Roeder wrong.

“That is a long time ago. I have been in the game long enough and things get said. I don’t bear any grudges at all,” he said. “It was something that happened at the time but we move on. That is done and dusted for me. It is a personal sense of fulfilment for me, nothing else.

“I don’t reference those comments. I have no animosity to anybody because life is too short. I am really pleased to be in the position I am now. I didn’t think my Norwich career was over when I left and of course Glenn brought me back not long after. It gets built up and it is a talking point but six weeks later or whatever it was we were working again. There was no recriminations.”

The new City boss will be assisted by development coach Mark Robson and academy head of coaching Paul Nevin, along with goalkeeping guru Dave Watson, but academy coach Darren Huckerby will not be involved.

“We just feel with five games left that is the best way to move forward and have coaches who know the players and have a feel for the club,” said Adams. “They will be the two assisting me. Darren already works at the club on a part-time basis with the junior age groups but Mark and Paul will be in the dugout.”

17 comments

  • Great post Kenf, now lets all forget the past, especially this non story regarding a past failure and look to the future. Yes we all know we are very unlikely to ever be competing for the top spots but with an excellent coach and team spirit we should be able to hold our heads up high. It may very well be too late this season but that is down to the board reacting far too late. The departed manager obviously had some good points as demonstrated at previous clubs, the main problem was he was just not the right fit for NCFC. It takes a special type of manager to get the best out of a relatively small club and he did not fit that bill. We now have our man with yellow blood in his veins and will be all the better for it OTBC.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I think we all feel the great weight of gloom and despondancy has been removed by the removal of CH.It will be interesting to see NA choice of players and line up. I think a burden will have been lifted from some of the players and we will get to see some good contributions over the next 5 games

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    NoggintheNog

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Any thoughts on Neil`s likely line-up, TrevorK?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I half agree with you, Pierre; it wasn`t brilliant and it was rubbish. I also concur that Lambert`s brief reign brought, for the greater part, joyous football in an otherwise drab decade. For Lambert`s part, he has probably kept Villa up for two seasons, but the magic touch seems to have left him for the moment. Perhaps Villa was not the ideal place for him? The wage bill seems to be his primary concern at Randy Lerner`s club, hence the marginalising of Darren Bent. Perhaps he needs a different challenge. Celtic, maybe?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Well said KF, the players now have the opportunity to show they are EPL players, if they do not grasp this opportunity then their own careers do not too rosy. Playing under Hughton they could hide behind his negative tactics, now they will have to come out of hiding, let's hope they all resurrect their careers and become Canary legends

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Kenny Foggo, you're wasted on the wing. Should be in Divott's seat at Ruin Tower.

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    User Removed

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Blaffen, how could KennyF possibly lower himself into Divot`s seat? I suppose, long after I`ve started pushing up the daisies, young Divot might be a late middle-aged editor at Archant, with lovely lunchtimes and loadsa fun at the gorlph claab and in the Lodge. You cannot beat aspiration.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • kenfoggo a very well constructed and thought out piece of comment.Well done

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    PaulH

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • While it is no guarentee for success Neil Adams did a few things within his first press conference that ive been mentioning on here for months. Really pleasing to be honest. He talked of "giving it a real go" regardless who were playing and going for 3 points in saturdays game and then the next game and the following ones. Really refreshing and something not heard since the Lambert era. Under Hughton it was always a defeatist kind of attitude, full of we will TRY rather than we WILL. Obviously its only words, but mentally it can help fans and players alike. Personally for me its helped massively. For the first time in 2 years I go into a game full of belief through whats said in a press conference rather than going in feeling defeated before a balls kicked. What ever happens against Fulham the clubs fans will be 110% behind the boys. OTBC!

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I hate talking about Lambert but I can understand why he left us when he did. He said the joy he arrived at NCFC that he was ambitious and wanted to manage at the highest possible level asap. What he then went on to achieve was unmatchable to be fair and he will always go down as a legend with the club for that. When he left his stock was as high as it was ever going to be with NCFC. Lets all be honest, with the squad and transfer budget Lambert had at the time of his departure it was VERY unlikely he could have bettered our finishing placing. The Villa job came up where im sure in his eyes he viewed it similar to his NCFC arrival, in that morale was at an all time low with Villa's fan base. He could technically ride in and do as he did with City and be the hero. The problem he faced with Villa though was in the PL its much harder to get anywhere near the immediate success he got with NCFC. Without any previous links with Villa their own fan base are not as accepting of his youngerunheard of transfer policy & other than Benteke the signings have not all been an instant hit. Likewise despite his icon status with us, Lambert wasnt perfect and had plenty of negative points to him and those points have been highlighted more than where he was a legend with us and we simply overlooked it. Luckily judging by Adams first pressers he has a few attributes that Lambert possessed at NCFC which was inspiring confidence amoung the fanbase. Just the changing of simple words Hughton used can make a huge difference. Changing something like "we will TRY"....to "we WILL"....goes along way. I like Adams style that we will go to Fulham to WIN, We will then focus on getting 3 points next game & the next etc. All words of course and does not mean hes going gung ho at Fulham but you get the gist of it. Its vastly different to what we became use to with Hughtons often negative and defeatist press conferences. Cant wait to get to Fulham saturday now, hopefully have a few beers in the park next door with the sea of NCFC followers (like the other year when we were blessed with gorgeous warm weather) and then get inside that good old fashioned stadium and watch NCFC put on a performance. Win,lose or draw I just want to be able to walk out of Craven Cottage saturday with my head held high and be able to say "we gave it all we have and were really in that game". OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Time to unite. Neil Adams Yellow Army!

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    ncfc boy

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • After the glorious Summer of the Lambert years, we had the dark,depressing Winter of the Hughton era. Now we have the Springtime of hope and renewal under Neil Adams. When Hughton was appointed manager 20 months ago he had the magnificent opportunity to build on the success that Lambert had begun. But instead of building he destroyed the spirit of the Club, up to the point where supporters were calling for him to be replaced and players were responding on the field and in the press to fan abuse! Much will be spoken by media pundits about the timing of Hughtons dismissal. But having witnessed the appalling performances week in and week out this season there really was no alternative but to act; the only surprise was that Hughtons regime lasted as long as it did. It was not just the results ,it was the manner of the losing. Weak,dispirited, demoralised efforts. All season it was like watching the Club fall off a cliff in slow motion. He had to go. Norwich will never be a top 6 Premier club, but they CAN be the little team of triers, the team who punches above their weight,the team who are hard to knock over, the team who will provide the occasional upset; NOT the laughing stock of the Premier League which we had become under Hughton. Hughton has left behind a legacy of failure. Failure in the transfer market, failure to motivate, failure to play away from home, failure to score goals and failure to entertain. Neil Adams is faced with a huge task to pull this side out of a nose dive towards mediocrity and relegation, he deserves all the backing and best wishes that we can give him.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Who cares about Glenn Roeder?

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    John L Norton

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Excellent piece, kenfoggo. To the point, honest and correct, but never stepped over the line into the territory of a personal attack on anybody. I was interested to see that Dave Watson is still with us rather than departing with Hughton`s caravan, and that the club has decided to leave Hucks out of it for the time being. All the very best to Neil and his new team. To the players - please respond with all the spirit and endeavour you can muster. The fans will soon love you again if you do. Show you care. Do you?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I wouldn't really go with that epitaph for CH, Ken, Lambert is not exactly enjoying a glorious summer at AV, nor would Brum or Newcastle fans regard CH as having been a failure. As for Norwich, the football these two seasons I would place above most in the ten years preceding the arrival of Holt and Lambert in 2009. Not brilliant but not rubbish.

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    Pierre

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Well said FK. We may well still go down which will be fuel to the fire of the "experts" suck at Lineker et al but better go down battling than with a wimper under Hughton. Saturday is massive. Great result for us last night of course after a great start for S'land.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • .....thanks ken for saving me the time and effort putting together exactly my sentiments!....It may be a huge task that faces Neil Adams, but he should receive unanimous support from all...'The sun has got it's hat on'.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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