Norwich City must fight ‘tooth and nail’ to keep key men, warns Neil Adams

Norwich keeper John Ruddy is likely to be coveted by Premier League clubs this summer. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich keeper John Ruddy is likely to be coveted by Premier League clubs this summer. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Sunday, May 11, 2014
6:30 AM

Neil Adams warns Norwich City must fight ‘tooth and nail’ to keep their prized assets after Premier League relegation.

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The Canaries’ boss finishes his short term managerial stint in Sunday’s top flight farewell against Arsenal at Carrow Road, but Adams knows City’s chances of bouncing back at the first attempt hinge on a crucial summer for the club. Robert Snodgrass, Leroy Fer and Gary Hooper have all been touted with swift exits and Adams expects more speculation in the coming weeks.

“I hope we can keep our best players,” he said. “It is key to us having a successful season next year. There is a very strong core group of players who have shown the right attitude, the right desire and what Norwich City means to them. We have to fight tooth and nail to keep as many of those players as we can. It might be difficult, it will certainly help if the players want to buy into it and want to have a crack at it, but we understand relegation is going to be tough if teams want to come to take players off us. If they want to be here, great, if they don’t want to be here, then it is obviously going to be tough.”

Michael Turner is a free agent this summer but the vast majority of Norwich’s first team squad are still under contract.

“I don’t think there are too many who are out of contract,” said Adams. “The situation we are in might mean one or two clubs come looking, that is understandable and it will be for whoever the manager is to decide, and hopefully it will be for me to decide. If not, then there will be decisions to make, because with any team which is relegated, other clubs will come to try to pick out the best ones. Whether players want to stay or don’t, that is something the club has to deal with, but in terms of the players who are out of contract I don’t think there are many at all, certainly the ones who have featured regularly for myself in these four games.”

35 comments

  • Ruddy has England ambitions, snodds was our best and fer has a touch of class therefore all can leave but the rest need to stay and discover what it's like to win again. Simples

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    Green n yellla

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • I will agree with you about Olssen for sure Pondlife. He and Ruddy would walk into most PL teams. I'm afraid the rest of them will leave to take more money and sit on the bench at a mid table side next season rather than fight to get us back up. This is my main gripe. Fer has promise, but either that promise was soon coached out of him, or he is a prime example of underachievement.

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    Crazy canary

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • Very few players are off contract next season therefore all but a couple of them should stay and fight to get us promoted again. The same squad under a new manager next season would go damn close to promotion. Redmond, bechio , rvw, wessi, hooper pilks, not many championship clubs could boast that strike force . We don't have to sell so don't. Make them stay and get us out of the mess they were well payed to create!

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    Green n yellla

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • A lot of the failures this season where due to inept management and total lack of structure and confidence. The further the season went on, the further the confidence disappeared. A lot is psychological in our failures. Players such as Hooper, RVW, Redmond, Becchio, Turner etc we should review. Fer can go: And then there are a few that simply are no longer good enough, R Martin, Bassong, Elmander, Johnson I think, so th question for City should be not can we risk giving a few of these guys a 2nd chance under new management, new league and new opponents to gain what value we paid for them back... tough question as well.

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    Robin Sydney

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • Amen to Olsson, Pondy. He is just about the only player who has improved, or even maintained, his reputation. There were a few false dawns with Howson and Tettey. False promises from Fer. And a young player totally let down by the cluelessness of the "coaching" staff - ie Redmond.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • Crazy Canary: Dipsticks Down have lost many followers in 12 years of nearly almost making the play offs. We at least have had some good moments. Olssen at least deserves applause. My man of the season by a long way

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    Pondlife

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • Matt, I would basically go with your team except for Howson, I would play Snodgrass in the hole and give Bennett a run out on the right wing. With circa 30 minutes to go I would sub him or Redmond and bring Murphy on as I think his pace will be useful late on in the game. I am yet to be convinced on the Howson front and was not impressed with either of his away performances at Chelsea or Man Utd.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • Mattias, you are at risk of being sucked into the vacuum left by the departure of the Happy Clappers. Well, most of them. My favourite was the Sophistic One who predicted 1) Holt is going nowhere. 2) Hughton is going nowhere. 3) Norwich are staying up. Despite his\her total ineptitude on all matters of soothsaying, he\she was a charming individual who is Sorely missed. Though it probably still lurks around in a variety of other guises. Always possible, of course, that Archie may have banned it for serial abuse\offensiveness?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • b arclay, dead right, where is our 'captain' Bassong?? Wants away, I'd drive him wherever he wants to go. Got a Spurs fan at work, reckons he did the same at Spurs, one half decent season, improved contract, then resort to type, too laid back, not enough passion and NOT good enough. We want our Norwich back!!!!!

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    MyheroMcdougall

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • oh give me strength. Sack the board, the players, the bar staff, the stewards, the kit man etc.....I give up. See you all on the other side.

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    Mattias333

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • Time to give the youth a go, we are not bouncing straight back after this years pathetic showing, and don't bank on us taking six points off the binners south of the border either, different time, different teams, and different managers ( for both clubs ) so we need to be realistic. This is when we need the Board to make the correct decision, and why the silence.......haven't heard a word from any of them since Sunderland win.... " relegation worse than death" and all that, quote up there with Sir Steve Redgrave's " if you ever see me near a boat again, shoot me1"

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    MyheroMcdougall

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • cant see many clubs coming in for our players.,Ruddy and Snodgrass maybe the two who will show most interest.imo Hoolahan,pilks and Bassong have already shown they do not want to be at carrow road so will leave,But who would actually want the others?maybe those clubs who just escaped relegation this season or the three promoted teams would show a interest in a few of them.could end up with at least ten players leaving + the loanees.that in my opinion would not help us next season,we need to keep as many of the squad together + a few new players to get us back to the PL.Can only see a couple of youngsters being good enough to step up so theyre not the answer yet.Hope turner signs a new deal,his experience will be crucial next season.Lastly, Fer and the wolf CAN leave as I think we can find equally as good players here at less cost.

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    tonyb

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • "Pondlife" probably describes you well

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    Crazy canary

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • I wonder if Hoolahan will ever be in a position to expand upon his reported comparison of NCFC with a lavatory?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • Crazy canary I also am a season ticket holder & will always attend but definitely not staying to applaud a team of players whom half are not willing to wear the green and yellow next season to make ammends!

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    elmboy

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • I'm not Ged you lickspittle imbecile. MB is right, you were one of the pack drunk on being the majority that happy clapped us all the way here. I wouldn't be so negative in tone if you and your other faces and abusive cronies had a bit more pragmatism all those months ago. Got to agree with Pondlife on Howson, did you watch his inept display of passing recently, I wouldn't have him in my pinball machine. Hoolahan for me.

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    Gruff

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • Crazy Canary: we turn out because we're not feckless Dipstick fans.

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    Pondlife

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • Go with you M33 but need convincing about How son. Hoolahan to start

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    Pondlife

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • I am a season ticket holder and I am not going because I can't be bothered. What is the point cheering a fake lap of honour and watching a team that won't be loyal enough to stay and fight next season? I also don't want to boo my team, but this is the only option I feel for the lap at the end. Why should these players get any praise at all? This game should be played out in front of an empty stadium to show what the real fans think of this underperforming team. Next year I will be back with hope from the start and support my team again as strongly as anyone else. I just hope the players don't leave me feeling empty and apathetic again next season. Time to stay, fight and man-up.

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    Crazy canary

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • Adams is beginning to sound like CH. Who does he consider out of the poorest,gutless bunch of players that City has had in years " key " players ? Redmond excepted,the rest will no doubt struggle in the Championship. If you cannot turn up to play in Premiership, why should this bunch be any better in the lower division?

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    norman hall

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • In short M33. We need a TEAM. The manager builds the team from a squad of suitable individuals

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    Pondlife

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • Anyway folks whats everyones hopes for line up today? Personally im hoping Neil lets the shackles off seeing as we have nothing to lose and we push on a bit. I'd have a nice postive 4-5-1 (4-3-3 when with the ball) consisting of Ruddy, Olsson, Martin, Turner, Bennett, Tettey, Fer, Howson, Redmond, Snodgrass, Hooper. Subs: Bunn, Whittaker, Johnson, E.Bennett, Murphy, Then two from the rest inc RVW, Becchio, Hoolahan, Morris etc....no loan players today purposely guys. Just people I'd like to see at Carrow Road still next season.

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    Mattias333

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • Mary Hinge you are 110% correct but sadly your views will fall on deaf ears on this site. A majority's views on RVW (in particular) and Hooper is "cant score, they are rubbish...yada yada yada". You have to look at the bigger picture like you mentioned. They both came from clubs who were viewed as the big dogs (or one of the big clubs) in their respective leagues. Yes those leagues were both worse than the Premier League but irrespective of that they were proven quality goal scorers. They are Fox in the box type strikers. They were not fit for purpose under Hughton though as what he required to get his depressing tactics to work was a strong target man who could hold the ball up and bring others into play from midfield. Goal scoring wasnt a requirement of the target man Hughton needed. Sadly though he persisted in not only purchasing both Hooper and RVW but playing them as lone men up top having to deal with Turner, Bennet, Martin etc's long punts forward. Hooper & RVW cannot do a thing on the half way line where they spent 90% of their time this season. As a lower half Premier League side playing as deep and cautious as we did under Hughton they were never going to be able to impact the game and as a result we've often effectively played with 10 players as they've been wasted. Where most fans go wrong though is simple saying "they are rubbish" or "sell um now" etc....what happens if we appoint a manager whose theory on how the game should be played is vastly different from what we've become use to? What happens if our defensive line is higher? What happens if the keeper and back line are encouraged to pass out of trouble instead of hoofing it? What happens if someone comes in who endorses fluent attacking football and as a result the likes of Hooper and RVW are allowed to be in the box 90% of the time instead of the half way? What im trying to say is be careful of casting aside players as dependent on who we appoint they may well be very handy next season.....and beyond.....who knows?

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    Mattias333

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • I would also like to see Hooper stay as I think his style suits Championship football as long as we find a decent target man. RVW on the other hand does not seem to suit the English style game and I think he would prosper more if he returned to the continent to ply his trade. I suspect we will have to take a loss on him but see little point in trying to force him to stay when he cannot deliver what is required. Fer and Tettey are both likely to find alternative Premiership clubs or again move back to the continent but we already have suitable replacements for them both so will not be the end of the world. I still think we should try to stick mainly to home grown players should we get promoted next season rather than risk money on imports that so often do not end up better than what we already had.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • Well, you read them, LYB. Doubt if you understood them, though. One or two huge words there, like "is". Are you implying that Gruff & Ged are one and the same, just because there was a coincidence of opinion? Btw, I agree with you, Gruff. If a few more of the childlike Happy Clappers had woken up earlier to the dysfunctionality of this `squad` under Hughton, then the Board might have been shaken out of their collective complacency a bit sooner. Complacent Board+Complaisant Clapperkiddies=Catastrophe. What we need is a few more realists. You wouldn`t like reality, LYB. It can be unpleasant. OTBC! IHIT!! Bollox!!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • RVW and Hooper both came from sides that were used to creating far more chances per game. Their game was not about creating chances for themselves and in effect have had to adapt also into a system played defensively the previous season. They were two of the players brought in to try and change the way we played for this term but CH and co didn't have the ability to coach and set up the team accordingly. You can see the side suffered a severe lack of leadership. It needs a strong manager now to keep who he wants and make a swift return back up.

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    Mary Hinge

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • Gruff, Ged, the thing that baffles me with your slit-wristtastic observations is why on earth you think anybody else would want to read them.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • Fighting tooth and nail, we've not seen a lot of that for awhile now. Win, lose or draw today and why it actually matters? Ah I see the team that lacked creativity, strength and determination and which finally got us relegated will be playing for professional pride and a good send off from their grateful supporters..for once I agree with Ged, club's a joke.

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    Gruff

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • There are few must keep players on my list but Turner would be one of them so I hope he signs a new contract. I would like to see Ruddy stay, along with Snodgrass, Olsson and both Bennett's that apart all are replaceable. I would also like to see Neil Adams remain at the club either as Manager or Coach to the first team OTBC.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • ....We don't know the make up of the Norwich squad for today's game yet Pond life?...It's only 9am as I write!....Hoolahan as captain next season???...I would love to see that...with Adams as the boss....BUT what has happened to Hoolahan?...He has disappeared from the radar!...and I get the feeling that he could be one of those walking home from Yarmouth!......

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • Prediction today 1-1. Im expecting Adams to leave out a majority of the people 'he' expects not to be here next season. By that I dont mean Ruddy, Snoddy etc...but the loans and want aways. Likely see a few of the kids on the bench maybe like Morris & Murphy. Spirited performance under circumstances and the crowd applauds the lads off as a bizarre lap of honor takes place. Enjoy it today fella's. Wish it was a saturday game so I could drown my sorrows after. 90 mins and the pains over for 3 months when hopefully we will have made the right calls and be ready to reclaim our rightful spot in the premier league. OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • This is the same group of players that lacked Bottle in the final weeks of the season! Apart for Snodgrass and Redmond i cant think of any others worth keeping!

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    dave123

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • Coach booked for Yarmouth beach for Monday? Draw a line in the sand. Those leaving step across and walk home. Time to rebuild with youth. Hoolahan captain. Two years minimum to get back up

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    Pondlife

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • Where's our team captain gone? Bassong has said nothing and definitely not lead from the front or back. Leaving Russell Martin to man up in front of the cameras. Another poor choice from CH.

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    b arclay

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

  • Whilst CH will be remembered and blamed for this season. It's the players who have failed us. Most of those will quickly be forgotten about. They haven't performed this season and I doubt the majority would get a game elsewhere in the PL. I'd like to see them accept blame for the position they got us in and stay to stick it out and get us promoted next season. I doubt many of them would have the loyalty to do so even though they're always in the press trying to keep on the side of the fans. If anything I hope we can loan them out like QPR have done. If they are a success elsewhere we can ask for a higher price. If they're rubbish we know they haven't got it in them and CH wasn't totally to blame. Unfortunately most players are nothing more than spoilt young men who know nothing of loyalty and hard work. The majority only want an easy pay cheque and fame. I'd like to see us play several of the youth team and give them at least one game against an experienced PL side.

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    Oz Canary

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

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