Norwich City boss Neil Adams is ready for fresh interest in his top boys

Norwich City striker Gary Hooper has reportedly attracted interest from QPR this summer. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire. Norwich City striker Gary Hooper has reportedly attracted interest from QPR this summer. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
6:30 AM

Neil Adams insists Norwich City will be ready to ward off any fresh interest in their best players.

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The Canaries’ begin their Championship season at Wolves on August 10 but with the summer window remaining open until the end of that month Adams knows his top talent could well be in demand.

Robert Snodgrass has departed to Premier League Hull for a club-record deal and Adams would be surprised if there are not plenty of enquiries for his frontline players once the real action is underway.

“Is it a distraction? Of course it is but almost in an ironic sense it means you have good players and lads who are in demand,” he said. “If no-one is picking up the phone and giving you a call or knocking on your door then the problem is you don’t have too many they want.

“Of course you don’t want players being disrupted when the season has started and you want to keep the better ones but enquiries may come in. Robert Snodgrass is the classic example. When it gets to a point when the finances are very favourable for the club then you have to look at it because we are a Championship club. That is the reality.”

City have brought in Lewis Grabban and Kyle Lafferty but missed out on Coventry’s Callum Wilson and Adams predicts plenty more twists and turns in the transfer market.

“Sometimes you can’t always get your own way. I’m sure there’ll be movement in and out once we have got all the squad back together,” he said. “The ones who are here now have to prove they want to be part of it, otherwise they will be on their way. People may come and make offers for our players and we have to be ready for that.”

19 comments

  • If as he reported last week, Adams "spoke with all the boys before we broke up" it seems inconceivable that he does not know who wants out by now. Therefore, judging from the lack of activity in the market, one could be forgiven for assuming that no one can bear the thought of departing Carrow Road. Whilst this seems a little unlikely, can we live in hope?

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    Igno Rance

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • ken foggo, in defence of Hooper, I don`t think he did a lot wrong last season. It must`ve been dreadful to discover just how nightmarish the management régime was, specially for a striker. He must`ve thought "What have I done to deserve this". Cue Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield. But, if he`s really not committed and somebody comes in with Top Dollar, then goodbye it is?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Spot on, Ken Foggo. Lambert soon spotted those that lacked commitment - eg Jon Otsemabor (spelling?) but, equally gave chances to those that were willing to put in the commitment - eg Chris Martin (for a while....) and Wes. Even The Ginger Pelé and good ol` Michael Nelson got the nod. Non-trainers like Simon Whaley soon exited. Oh, and that `goalkeeper` who couldn`t catch a ball - or the team bus. Theo? Kojak? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • The key to getting out of the Championship on the first attempt this season will be COMMITMENT . One has to wonder if Bassong, Tettey, Fer, Hoolahan,Pilkington and Hooper have that quality. They have all made mutterings of a desire to be gone. So, unless they show that commitment, they should be moved on, not least to stop the rest of the squad becoming infected with the negativity that they exude.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • I know the list for reasons why we failed last season is longer than the blooming acle straight but I couldnt help thinking a majority of our squad (Snod, Martin, Johnson, Fer, Howson etc....everyone not just one person) looked slow and lethargic. I may be alone on this one but only way I can compare is maybe to use the England National team as an example. General build play, passing, chasing balls over the top, closing clear well known threats down (I.E - Suarez!!!) just seemed lethargic. Not for a second calling Snod, Martin, Howson, Johnson (etc anyone, not just one person) unfit, but when you compare how we played to others we just generally looked slow and 2nd best. That was before we even tried to play football or achieve a result. I may be on my own with this one and to be fair it could have just been the whole Hughton aura bringing the perception down.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Matt, Brew. Didn't realise Pilks, Hoolahan and Tettey were still away. It makes complete sense they'll be off. Especially as the first two have a year remaining on their contracts. Personally I'd like to see us get two promising midfield talents. That's where our problems were last season. Brew, Maybe Nash had a sniff of a contract somewhere else. Given his age and quality I'd be driving at that speed to get it signed!

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    Oz Canary

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Oh, and old Speedy `The Jackal` Nash... Then, Declan`s coming home. He should be undamaged, too.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • JimBob, it is amazing how long Hughton got away with it. I gave him the benefit of doubt for Season One but, by November last year, it was obvious he was both clueless and tox!c. He is surely the Club-Record disaster. There will be some `damaged` players there. Some repairable, some not. Our hope may lie with the ones least exposed:- Elliott Bennett, Garrido, Ryan Bennett, Becchio, Surman, youngsters and new recruits. I fear Pilks and Wes may be beyond retrieval. Tettey, Bassong and Fer may not give a coprolite. At least Robert`s gone, plus those Pension-Fund toppers, Gutierrez, Yobo and Elmander.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Personally i'd send all our unwanted players to Blackpool. They only have 8 senior contracted players and could use our unwanted items. Bit like taking old clothes to the charity shop. ;) oh im in a horrid mood today!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Mad - Perfect description of Snods. No idea how he got player of the season over Olsson, but £7m+ was incredible business for someone who's best asset is playing as a whinger ;) There's still loads of business to be done, let's not fool ourselves that fool Hughton has left a happy camp!

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    JimBob

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • The thing is, Matt, if these guys can `play above their level` that proves their real level is above their level. There`s something a bit paradoxibolical about that... Lambert got players to challenge their own limits. He got the team to dig deep when an individual sometimes `messed up`. Hughton taught negativity, inferiority and obedience. But not loyalty, courage and endeavour. Any disobedience led to the detention room. Made in his own image. There could be no more disparity of nature between two adjacent NCFC managers. I saw a few signs that Johnno could do the biz, but if nobody is moving and working for him, then the `simple pass` opportunity passes. He is no Martin Peters, for sure. The previous manager invited players to believe that turning up was enough. Doing what they were told. Or, in the case of Robert, doing what he liked. Albert Dack, the 86 year old assistant manager of Ashmanhaugh Ar$enal, would get more out of these existing players. Any idle, arrogant types should just go away. And Hyacinth should learn to be less intolerant of the odd bit of managerial impatience. Or get out of the gravy boat.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Agree mad. My leg pulling of Johnson is more down to his inability to pass to a yellow shirt, even when under zero pressure. Wouldnt be so much of a problem if he wasnt playing in an area so vital. Collect the ball from the back line, and get it to those who can do damage or create chances for the front men. Also part of his role is the muscle man job. Im not overly convinced he did that well last season as numerous time Suarez and co breezed past him (he wasnt the only one I know). However at championship level im more than confident in him. In long term I still feel we looked best with Tettey DMC & Fer + Howson in CM. Whether 2 out of those 3 will be here come August im not sure. Like you say MB, Surman & co are all good players but I was always more in the camp that felt Lambert was getting those players to permorm well above the level they should have been able to. Crofts, McNamee, Wilbrahamovic, Morison, Oli johnson, Marc Tierney, David Fox etc....all played well above their own ability under Lambert. Hopefully Adams can have a similar effect on some of the players fans have been overly critical on.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Dead right, Mad Brewer: The Snodgrass deal was a really good bit of business. I am not so sure about Johnson. I know we need a midfielder capable of breaking up opponents play but he really has to add some vision to his game. Having won the ball last season he often simply gave it away while under no pressure. He needs to look up and make the simple pass to someone who can then use the ball effectively. Of course this also means the team must support each other. Pass and movement is key as we saw from Germany last night. In many ways the game hasn't changed. Players moving into space to receive the ball, one or two touches and executed at pace are still the most effective way to penetrate defenses. Then it is a question of the final ball being delivered properly into the pentalty area, giving us the chance to strike at goal. Last season we saw nothing of these basics. As Mad Brewer says, Hughton managed to coach out of the team just about all the vital basics while at the same time demotivating everyone. While Adams is untried at Championship manager level I believe his approach and philosophy about the way the game should be played is both refreshing and encouraging. Having seen what a total Horlicks a management team with experience can wreak, promoting Adams may yet prove to be a master stroke. We will see but I think what we have heard from him up to now sounds right, positive and progressive. He is also probably a harder task-master than some of us may suppose, which is also necessary.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Central Midfield of Howson, Johnson & Surman? Those players are surely up to the Championship challenge? I try to remember that these guys are good players, and remember that just about every Norwich player `went backwards` under Hughton. Only exceptions: Olsson (he was steady) and Robert, who ran sideways into blind alleys. A terrific bit of business; getting £7m+ for him.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • PS-do not tease me Archie with a headline saying NCFC are preparing for fresh offers and use a picture of Bradley Johnson. ;) ok ok ill stop, I promised I'd go easy on him now we're in the championship ;)

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Currently there is a few other than Fer not back in pre-season training. Pilks & Hoolahan are on extended leave due to playing through the summer with Ireland. Thats confirmed by the club many times. One other that I have not seen confirmed is Alex Tettey is returning 1 week late due to being on international duty with Norway before the world cup meaning he started his holiday a week late. Obviously Fer isnt going to be back with us for a while (if at all if someone blooming buys him annoyingly)

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • I suppose Fer is still in Brazil, with or without that rarity for him; a hamstring injury? G`day, Oz Can. It`s all guesswork at the moment. I think Adams` main job is to determine who are the players both willing and able to recover from the slow poisoning they experienced under the previous `manager`. Already, Hughton`s accomplice\boss has departed - good start. An undamaged strike-force is a good starting point, as strikers suffered the most damage, arguably? You could also argue that Becchio might be the "surprise package"? Elliott Bennett should come back fresh. Redmond could flourish with positive coaching - give him some time with Hucks! Josh should be undamaged. I`m probably totally wrong, but I wonder if Surman might yet `do a job` for us... Though a return to his beloved South Coast may be tempting if Eddie Howe can find the fee. Together with Bradley J, the makings of a midfield fit for the Championship? Our getting Grabban may be an indicator of a Surman `reciprocal`? It`s all a load of Crystal balls at the moment. Interesting times. We didn`t need to be in this position, but we are. Let`s hope this cathartis purges the demons of Trollderwoodery.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Interesting he mentions there might be movement once the squad is back together. Isn't the only person missing from the current squad Leroy Fer? Does that mean he'll be off? Interesting he states the ones who are here have to prove they want to be here. I wonder if they can already tell who's not interested. Maybe some players didn't put the effort in during pre-season fitness trials? I would predict Pilks, Hoolihan and Hooper will be off. It seems like we have cover in those positions anyway.

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    Oz Canary

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • One down 4 to go... come on we know rats desert a sinking ship, and all players think there better than what they are, and the Premiership slush fund is seemingly endless, and they always raid relegated clubs, so of course players will go, chasing the buck, agents chase the buck, Norwich done it, it's like starting all over again... Good luck Neil

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    OLDYELLA

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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