Norwich City have their wish lists for next season, according to Joe Royle

Former Ipswich Town manager and Norwich City player Joe Royle is back at Carrow Road as football consultant to manager Neil Adams. Former Ipswich Town manager and Norwich City player Joe Royle is back at Carrow Road as football consultant to manager Neil Adams.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
12:33 PM

New football consultant Joe Royle has confirmed work has already begun on planning Norwich City’s playing squad for a Championship push next season.

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Royle’s Carrow Road return was confirmed on Monday, to help and support new permanent manager Neil Adams alongside first-team coaches Gary Holt and Mark Robson.

And with the backroom staff settled, the work on shaping City’s squad following Premier League relegation is already under way.

“I’ve had talks with Neil and (chief executive) David McNally last week and we were going through names,” said Royle. “You look at Norwich’s season last year, they didn’t score anything like enough goals – just 28 I think – but equally they had the third worst defensive record in the league.

“So somewhere in between that, you’ve got to look at the whole balance right the way through the side. Did they defend well enough in midfield? Did they score enough goals from midfield?

“We’ve been right through the whole playing staff, have realistically drawn up a list of who might be with Norwich next year, who hopefully will be with Norwich next year and who won’t be with Norwich next year.”

Queens Park Rangers’ immediate return to the Premier League this season through the Championship play-offs could offer City a view to what could ensure success come May.

“They kept the players Harry Redknapp wanted to keep certainly, and it would be nice if we could keep the majority of the players that Neil knows and they want to keep in the side,” said Royle.

“But there will inevitably be one or two departures and there will inevitably be two or three incoming players as well. We have to look closely at the striking position because there just weren’t enough goals in the team last year.”

Keeping key men will play a big part of that – and on last season’s evidence, that includes Scotland winger Robert Snodgrass and goalkeeper John Ruddy.

“Yes, we are all hoping he (Snodgrass) will be there next year,” added Royle. “He had a great attitude, from what Neil tells me. They think very highly of him there and right to the last whistle of the last game, he was doing his best to win a game for Norwich. So he’s the type you want around.

“John did very well. I’m told he had 12 clean sheets last year, which is a great record in a relegated side, and I know there has been interest in the past from top clubs in the Premier League.

“You just hope that’s sorted out sooner rather than later so that everyone can settle down. But traditionally now, and with the World Cup, I do suspect the transfer market will be quite sterile or quiet for a while yet.”

Former City player and Ipswich manager Royle, 65, is at least glad to be back in the game thanks to Adams.

“I had Neil as a player at Oldham and he was always a conscientious player,” Royle told Talksport. “He’s gone through the coaching regime. He was coach of a Norwich youth side that won the FA Youth Cup last year among much bigger spending, illustrious youth sides.

“So they obviously think very well of Neil there. They want to give him his chance and thankfully they’ve asked me to go and help him.”

28 comments

  • I thought I`d replied to that Ipswich troll, but it`s gorn! Probably because it made mention of the writer and performer of "Jake the Peg". They`d make two nice little boys together.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • I suppose, as an 8th Day Primitive Calvarist, I can transcend mere Ecumenism, Blaffen. all sing up now.... `Romans in the gloomin` on the bonny Wensum-side...`. Already. I think Alexei Basalinski might`ve penned that.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • I think what Brewer is trying to say is that the Board have a Catholic complexion and prefer to see a similar thing in their coaching and playing staff.

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    Barking Wise

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Well, TGWSystem, in as much as sinister does indeed originate from the Latin for left (as you obviously know). Though it has come to mean malicious, underhand (foot?) and evil. I suppose a left foot is sinister by the old meaning of the word. In a modern sense, some feet, right or left, smell a bit evil... I wonder if Ted Dexter would`ve become a cricket hero if his name had been Sinister? Would his Mum have even married a suitor called Mr. Sinister?? Picking a player with a name like that would`ve been maladroit. Would a Colin Sinister have written the Inspector Morse books? For further clarification I recommend Father Jack. Though I bet he`ll just insist it`s an Ecumenical matter. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • We have a lot to do over the Summer due to the fact that we were, as a team, so far off being competitive in the EPL last season. Some players will leave, which ones is anybodies guess, and some will arrive which will change the experience, skills and determination within the squad. Add into this mix the fact that we will be competing in a division which some would say is easier than the EPL but, none the less, is generally reckoned to be hard to get out of. We are also going to start next season with a completely new Management team. I would contend that all the above represent a considerable challenge for NCFC and I am still optimistic about our prospects. It also seems to me that from the press releases thus far that the club, it's management, board and some supporters are focused on getting back into the EPL in a way that would not have been possible with the previous regime charged with team management. Good luck to all charged with performing this massive task.

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    NICEONE

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Ever since Adams was appointed the general line from NCFC has been 1 or 2 will obviously leave and they aim to add 2 or 3. So not expecting mass sales\signings or for substantial fee's. The squad is already a very good championship quality squad and just needs a few additions. We didnt play well under Hughton, that should tarnish the entire squad.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • The comments in this article seem to say we are going to make do and spend as little money as possible. Hope I'm wrong but are we hankering down for lean times in the championship? Early results will tell, but success can only be measured by an immediate return to the EPL.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • An interesting comment Brew. With no right-footed players and left-footed players being in the minority, it's going to take Jake the Peg and his extra leg to supply the necessary assists.

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    blue tractor

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • You've left me behind on that one MB. Is there a sinister intent? If indeed feet can be deemed sinister?

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • If the managerial team are to blind to notice that it was more the lack of chances than the strikers that contributed to the lack of goals last season then I cannot see us bouncing back up. Its the wings that desperately need sorting out. In short if Snodgrass is still on our right wing next season then I can't see us getting promoted.

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    Steve_O

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Prediction. Next season there will be no right-footed players. Not even Robert.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • The NCFC epiphany, two trinities, 1 revealed (NA, GH & JR), one to be revealed (the in's out's and the shake it all abouts). Indeed a confirmation of the new covenant. Let's us pray or failing that remember the words of the old psalm 'OTBC'.

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • You are spot on there, goldie. Joe is a Royle good guy and 8 months younger than I. The Board turned me down, not because of age, but for ecumenical reasons. I`m launching a Mass protest.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Time to stop those negative comments. Time to get behind a straight talking, straight acting team. Let's go!

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    Brycland

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • I have a very negative comment to make but as my intentions are to remain positive I'll keep it to myself.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Remarks about Royles age are pathetic, he is not playing football but has a very long experience of being managed and Managing. If you don't think experience counts then you are young and foolish. IMO we had several good players in the team last season playing a system that the team and fans could see was wrong so the main thing is to get the systen right and City will buzz.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Surely top of Joe's wish list is anyone who can score goals!! Was known at ITFC for winning by the odd goal in five - LFC have proved this year that it's the way to go! Ahhhhh, me thinks I spy a problem......

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    walkerman1009

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • It is all getting a little bit confusing as to who is doing what at Carrow Road. If Adams is top man, it would be possibly better if he was the one to speak to the press. All of last season there was far too much chat from the players. All talking the talk but none walking the walk.

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    norman hall

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Well spotted Kevin. I guess that is why there is nobody walking behind him.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Well Colin that should solve our lack of goals; you've just suggested that all the strikers be released. Becchio never got a chance to play under Hopeless Hughton and the other strikers got few chances to score. After 37 league games the club was not sure of who to play upfront. If Hooper for example wants to leave, then get a fee and let him go but perhaps he should reflect and it may just get past his ego, that he was just not up to playing in the premiership. Perhaps he can't face the possibility that Chris Martin will score more goals in the championship that either Hooper or RvW although personally I think RvW could have a great season then repeat it in the premier in 2015\16 (with Norwich).

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    waclor

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • I do get the feeling the Archant sub-editors are being a little mischievous in their choice of photos of Joe Royle. I'm sure there's other photos of him out there not in an Ipswich kit! lol

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Kevin- it looks like he's succeeded + it's splattered up the front of his jacket....

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Wish they could photoshop that picture and lose the 1p5witch badge. Think you are about right Colin, would certainly want to see the back of Bassong and Fer next season and apparently Hopper has demanded a transfer request, so on yer bike Gary, you're nearly as good as Danny Graham!

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    FXT Canary

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Will be here list is: Whittaker, Martin, E Bennett, R Bennett, the Murphys, Bunn, Turner and Rudd. Want to be here is: Howson, Hoolahan, Johnson, Tettey, Olsson, Snodgrass, Ruddy, Redmond and Surman. Won't be here list is: Bassong, Pilkington, Van Wolfswinkel, Fer, Hooper, Becchio, Garrido.

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    Colin

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • That picture looks like he's trying to squeeze one out!

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    kevin

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • What on Earth is a ' football consultant ' ? No doubt Royle's pedigree will add something to the mix but at 65 wouldn't you think he's want to put his feet up ? At least the derby matches will have a little extra spice if nothing else.

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    Graham Last

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • And what about the "Bassong List"?

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    PaulWho

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Wonder who is on which of the 3 lists. Players who Royle & Adams think WILL be here, WANT to be here but may not be & then who they DONT think will be here.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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