Norwich City forced into a rethink after David Moyes’ Manchester United exit ahead of Old Trafford Premier League date

Norwich City boss Neil Adams was planning to get the better of David Moyes before his Manchester United exit. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. Norwich City boss Neil Adams was planning to get the better of David Moyes before his Manchester United exit. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Friday, April 25, 2014
3:15 PM

David Moyes’ Manchester United exit caught out Neil Adams.

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The Norwich City chief was preparing to face the challenge of overcoming the Glaswegian at Old Trafford this weekend before United’s top brass intervened to replace Moyes with club stalwart Ryan Giggs, who will now take charge of his first match as interim manager against the Canaries.

“Obviously I was very sorry for David. It’s never nice when managers lose their jobs,” said Adams. “We’ve just got to deal with it. There will be a lot of speculation about whether it is beneficial for us or if it’s going to be a hindrance. It is what it is. We’re playing a good team, with good players who have probably not done as well as they would’ve liked this season, hence what’s happened this week. You’re naturally going to see a reaction. The crowd will be up for it and the players will be the same but whether they will be more fired up or not remains to be seen. They were maybe in a little bit of a slump and they got beat at Everton so I can’t do anything about the timing. Once Liverpool was out of the way we were preparing for Manchester United and its fair to say we didn’t expect what was going to happen.”

Toffees’ boss Roberto Martinez predicts the man he succeeded at Goodison Park can make a swift return to the game after his side’s 2-0 league win last weekend in Moyes’ first Merseyside return signalled the end of his reign.

“It is not a nice situation when a manager loses his job, especially someone who has such strong links with our club,” he said. “It has been a difficult experience but any experience is a good experience.

“We know David Moyes will look forward to the next footballing chapter. We all know he is a very successful man and has a real strong winning mentality and he will get ready to bounce back straight away becuase it is very difficult to get that experience, the amount of years he has been working at the highest level, and the know-how he has is a real strength. I am sure he will be ready to get into another job as quick as he can and I am sure he won’t have a lack of offers or opportunities when you have someone who is so hard-working, focused and dedicated in his job.”

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has advised Moyes takes some time out of the game before making his next decision.

“I wouldn’t advise him to come back into the game sooner. I would come back later if I were him. He has done 15 years continuously - maybe even longer,” said the Irons’ manager. “Take some time with the family and reflect and enjoy life a little bit more without the pressures of particularly Premier League football will do him the world of good and then when he emerges again, he will come back a better manager than he already has been, and he has been one hell of a manager.”

Allardyce felt the process of Moyes’ departure could have been handled better.

“On the outside, and not knowing all the facts, from a distance the leaking (to the press) didn’t look very good,” he said. “For Manchester United as an institution and a football as large as they are, the process looked like it was flawed which was a great shame for Manchester United as a brand, and of course David Moyes knowing his fate before he was even told. That is how it looks from the outside. If that is the case, it is a great shame for David and a great shame that Manchester United chose to use that process.”

18 comments

  • What have Old Trafford on a Saturday afternoon at 4.45pm got in common with Wormwood Scrubs Prison ? They are both full of coc-kneys trying to get out.

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • Michigan, to be fair they've sacked him in a position where they can't make the Champion's League and they can't be relegated. It actually doesn't matter for them what happens in the last few games, hence they may as well sack and make it clear they want somebody else. In our case it was a question of whether we'd survive by sticking or twisting. Regrettably, from what I've seen of Adams I think I wished we changed sooner. He'd never occurred to me and think it's a master stroke.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • ...For Manchester United as an institution and a football as large as they are, the process looked like it was FLAWED (not floored) which was a great shame for Manchester United as a brand...

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • Sorry. Timbuktu. Anyone who is interested I'll be in the Quadrant for a beer and a sing song tomorrow afternoon. OTBC!

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    Welshy57

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • So 70,000 or so prawn sandwich eaters will be up for it from the off. So too will the plastic Man U. fans that I fly backwards and forwards with from the Nordics each week will too. Then on top of that the London Reds, Devon Reds, Istanbul and Timbutu Reds will too. The rest of the entire world will want City to WIN!

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    Welshy57

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • In the last seven years City went from Championship also-rans to a League One team losing at home 7-1 on the first day to double promotion and two good finishes in the Premier League. This season has been a tough one but playing Man U at the Theatre of Dreams first up post Moyes is less fraught that our rivals games Fulham v Hull and Sunderland v Cardiff. Lose and you are doomed. City have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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    Capri

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Let's be honest it is eleven versus eleven and as long as our eleven are up for it is all what matters!! We cannot control the other factors but can control our destiny. I reckon three points could be enough looking at the remaining fixtures for everyone, four would be safer. Chelsea seem to be doing us favours with injuries and suspensions, just a draw against Liverpool to keep all the matches live!! On the ball Neil Adams, OTBC.

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    johnnyp

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • If the board had stuck with Hughton my expectations for the last 5 games would not have been great. Three away defeats for certain. The conundrum with Hoots however was how his teams would sometimes chisel out positive home results against top opposition. So, under Hoots, zilch away and maybe 4 points from the Lpool and Arsenal games. Under Adams nothing so far but if he can get a draw from Man U or Chelsea then that 4 pts is back on the agenda when we play Arsenal. 36pts enough? Maybe. Keep checking the goal difference.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Totally all the best to Neil and the team I strongly believe we are a great team and club whatever happens we have to stand up to the media OTBC!!

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    johnty

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Why is everyone so concerned about what Lineker & Co have to say about us?

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    Cecil

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • wish I could share the upbeat posts and optimism here, but can't see anything but another defeat tomorrow... sorry, folks.

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    wallybrain

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Even if City do win tomorrow they won't get much credit from MOTD. I have studied the tea leaves, stirred the chicken gizzard soup, consulted the bones and even eaten a pasty, surely tomorrow is going to be City's day.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • I don't care what anyone says, manure will be in a state of shock tomorrow. Everyone will be nervous there - Giggs, their players and their fans. City have to take full advantage - we desperately need the points ! Go and get them lads and make us proud - OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • I note that the "great uninformed" Lineker has just wished Giggs and Scholes luck in their new assignment. Noticed he did not come out and slate ManU for sacking Moyes so late in the season. Think the guy is in training to become a politician - he spouts a lot of hot air but says nothing of value.

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • It is what it is - exactly so - you have to deal with the situation now facing the team. Let us also take a break from 'United Sack Moyes' blasts frm the media! Nothing of the kind - United players sacked Moyes by underperforming - some did not want him from day one. Just as Liverpool players in their 'wisdom' sacked Roy Hodgson because his name was not Dalglish and he was not a big enough name! Clever on the ball but not in the mind would describe many pampered and vastly overpaid players to-day. Within United's own team - Rooney vastly overpaid and an English International underpaid -how much longer does football go on like this? Until it implodes! Our template should be Athletic Bilbao coming from small beginnings utilising its remoteness as a plus point..Never mind the present dire league position - the future is ours if we have the strength of mind to embrace it. Shortly there will be Chinese money looking for a home - they can read English! .

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    mardler

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Well said Dave T I believe score to be 1-0 to the mighty Canaries.ONWARDS AND UPWARDS.

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    yarco

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • I usually restrict my comments to football matters. However, I can't let that last paragraph pass without mentioning that is one of the worst pieces of journalism I have seen since I last read The Sun. As far as the football goes. I predict a 2-1 victory for City.

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    Dave T

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Exactly. It is what it is. I wish people would stop talking about whether the change at Old Trafford is a help or a hindrance to us. We have to help ourselves. We can't rely on other teams slipping up or being fired up. We have to beat whoever is in front of us and block out whatever is going on off the pitch. Best of luck to the lads tomorrow.

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    Flying Canary

    Friday, April 25, 2014

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