Profile: New Norwich City manager Neil Adams – the man Glenn Roeder said would “never manage anything better than an under-10 team”

Neil Adams celebrates his Norwich City U18s side winning the FA Youth Cup at Stamford Bridge last season. Picture: Matthew Usher. Neil Adams celebrates his Norwich City U18s side winning the FA Youth Cup at Stamford Bridge last season. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Sunday, April 6, 2014
11:10 PM

Neil Adams is a man known to Norwich City fans of all generations – and now he is the man that every City fan is hoping has got the magic touch they crave.

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Adams fired himself into the limelight last season as manager of the City Under-18s side which won the FA Youth Cup.

This evening he has been appointed as the club’s first-team manager, after the Carrow Road board decided to sack Chris Hughton and his managerial team.

Can he now completely eclipse that achievement and inspire the despondent City squad to a huge win at Fulham next Saturday?

Former Norwich boss Glenn Roeder certainly didn’t think so during the 2007/08 season, when Adams was sacked as the club’s under-14s coach.

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Adams, in his role as co-commentator for BBC Radio Norfolk, had been critical of Roeder’s treatment of club legend Darren Huckerby.

Roeder said: “It is easy being a manager when you are one of 25,000 sitting in the stand or if you are an ex-player who is now working for the media who will never manage anything better than an under-10 team, thinking he knows best - and you know what I’m talking about, and I will deal with that, trust me. I’m a nice bloke, but not always.”

But now Adams has the chance to well and truly prove the unpopular former City boss wrong, by lifting the club’s under-performing squad to secure Premier League safety.

The 48-year-old played for both Everton and Oldham before joining the Canaries in February 1994 and going on to score 30 goals in 206 games, before rejoining Oldham in the summer of 1999.

He was an expert penalty taker and a popular creative midfielder.

Can Adams now get City’s players to create the chances the club’s under-performing strikers so clearly need? Leave your comments below.

See tomorrow’s Eastern Daily Press or Norwich Evening News for full reaction to Hughton’s sacking.

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32 comments

  • What did Glen Roeder ever know?? He dint nar naathin'!!!

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    NICEONE

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • If Roeder didn't rate him then he is top notch for me. Let's face it he can't do worse than the useless Hughton as we were definitely down had Hughton in charge. Only shame is the Board didn't have the balls to make this decision months ago

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • Congratulations on your appointment Neil,Along with all city fans off all ages we hope everything works out for you over the next few weeks..OTBC

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    canarykid

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • Ethered. Spot on, canaryinslovenia. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • The pundits may know lots about football, but they only know Norwich City from a distance. Agreed this decision should have been made months ago, but it is still right even now. How could the players play these last five massive games with their own fans booing them? To have any chance of a last ditch survival, that had to change. This is a brave decision and I believe it will work.

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    Mel Lacey

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • "Never manage anything better than an under 10 team" said Glen Rolandrat. It could be argued that the team that turned out on Saturday was indeed that team.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • I am delighted Neil Adams has been given the role of trying to save the Canaries premiership asses. I have no doubt that he is capable of quickly winning our players respect. There are many fantastic players in this Canaries side who can now go out and show just what they can do, if not under orders "not to concede". I have a feeling also that as much as they may have liked Chris Houghton, the man, they will enjoy playing under the guidance of Neil who is Norwich City through and through. Tactics ??. Stick the bloody ball in the net.

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    Bally High

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Come on Neil Adams, we believe in you! OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Good Luck Neil. We're all behind you. It's going to be tough - but hey, nobody said it would be easy!

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    The Crab

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • A lot of posters bring up the failure managers but aren't we forgetting one who was an ex player and managed our youth team that won the cup, he took us to two FA cup SFinals and fourth in the old Div. 1, namely Dave Stringer. Will Neil have the same influence on our future, his credentials are similar and are the planets beginning to line up, is this a defining moment in time, will history repeat itself and we can go on to a bigger and better future, only time will tell. Though I am a 99% glass full optimist, after Saturdays game I was starting to lose faith and feared for our PL status so I was surprised at the boards decision but am feeling more optimistic now. Good luck to CH in his future life.

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    Gibbo

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Good luck to Neil Adams.....hes going to need it I fear. Sadly, all those who are throwing their full support in now will be the first to be calling for his chop as soon as things go wrong. I can already hear the chants of "Adams out"..... Lets hope Im wrong....

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    Tootyfrooty

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • People have been forming a queue to appoint Mr Roeder since we sacked him. Good luck Neil. Last time I watchd one of your sides play they won at Chelsea. More of the same please!

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    Pondlife

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • What can Adams do in 5 games? Realistically, all he can hope to do is try and repair some morale, make the training sessions challenging and varied and try to foster some team spirit. That may be helped by the fact that he starts with a clean slate with players who had clearly fallen out with Hughton. It will also help that most fans know that he will put his all into it and get behind him. Let's just hope we can roll a six with this last roll of the dice. INAWT

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Glenn Roeder fell off the face of the football planet after he was sacked by Norwich. Not sure he could manage an under-10 team now ! Neil Adams on the other hand is about to have his day - keep Norwich up with transformed performances and he could make the job permanent. No Bryan Gunn (who was a top man) management banana skin for him in this role. Finally, while Chris Hughton has gone he has done so with dignity by wishing players, club and team well. You have to feel a twinge of sympathy for him and his family - whatever people think of his managerial return - we was to the very end a thoroughly good, honest, decent and honourable man. Amen.

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I REALLY AM GUTTED!. Thought I was in with a chance! Never mind though, Neil will try to play Football as it should be played. Wingers on the correct wings feeding the striker, and not trying to do it all themselves - are you listening Mr Snodgrass? First match and a 'Chevron' formation---just you wait and see!!

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Best endorsement I man can get.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • Oldyella.....we should push for NA to return to his old job if he is not appointed full time. He has agreed to take on a very difficult job at short notice and the timing has been of the boards choice so if he cannot save our season it should not affect his existing job role. If this is not the case then we, as a club, would disuade other people stepping into the firing line at other times and we would also progressively loose all our best people for attempting to help at times of strife.

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    NICEONE

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • Roeder was reacting to comments from Adams made not on Radio Norfolk but in a Norwich Evening News back page story, after Huckerby was left out for a game at Leicester that City lost 4-0. Huckerby was instead spotted shopping in a supermarket on the Saturday afternoon.

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    Outside The Box

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • Well the Hoots out brigade have won, yet the players get away scot free, they must take some of the responsibility. Good luck to Neil Adams, but if Norwich are relegated, Adams must be retained, and not go the way of Gunn, he deserves that at least

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    Derek McDonald

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • M. Turner, Hughton spent £14m on two strikers, one a Dutch International, the other a long-term target from Celtic. Also a Swedish International on loan plus a proven Championship goalscorer who scarcely gets a kick, in a swap deal for Morison who managed 9 Prem goals in the pre-Hughton season. Two players, released for zilch and peanuts respectively, are top scorers for Derby and Huddersfield. Like you, I don`t think it`s all down to Hughton, specially the RvW thing. Somebody was determined we were going to have him, even though Hughton (probably) wanted a `target man`. So why buy Hooper too? Why not get that target man and also make use of Becchio as back-up to RvW? It baffles me. Water under the bridge. All we need now is a minor miracle. As Mel Lacey says, at least the fans shouldn`t be booing the players now. More to the point, not the manager, either. Interesting times.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • What did Roeder know, he was useless

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    Derek McDonald

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • I wish Neil all the best, he has a very difficult job coming in on a losing team and hardly any easier games than the last four to make a difference. However we have in the past beat them so there is no reason to say we cannot. I know the manager picks the team, but it is up to the team to play on the field and give it 110% effort, which I do not think I saw last saturday...

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    canuk

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • I am delighted Neil Adams has been given the role of trying to save the Canaries premiership asses. I have no doubt that he is capable of quickly winning our players respect. There are many fantastic players in this Canaries side who can now go out and show just what they can do, if not under orders "not to concede". I have a feeling also that as much as they may have liked Chris Houghton, the man, they will enjoy playing under the guidance of Neil who is Norwich City through and through. Tactics ??. Stick the bloody ball in the net.

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    Bally High

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • People have been forming a queue to appoint Mr Roeder since we sacked him. Good luck Neil. Last time I watchd one of your sides play they won at Chelsea. More of the same please!

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    Pondlife

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • What is the betting? Neil Adams - Manager of the Month for April. About time Mr.McNally. The only human institution that rejects change is the cemetery. Glad you finally figured it out. Come on the Adams family! OTBC.

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    Welshy57

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Why did it take so long to make a management change. The playing style under Chris Hughton proved over and over again that it was only going to end in tears and now with the coming games it may be too late. Let's hope not.

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    Peter Cole

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Where is Rodent now? Problem is if it falls apart Neil will be gone, and we will be down a good coach... but think positive, least the players will play there best positions now and play to there strengths and not go missing OTBC

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    OLDYELLA

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • THE BOARD HAVE LEFT IT LATE FOR THIS APPOINTMENT BUT MAYBE WE SHALL SEE SOME FIRE IN THE LAST 5 MATCHES.

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    Gg

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • And Roeder was right... Adams fulfils the Phrophecy #hoveringoverthetrapdoor

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    Warkys_Tash

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • In a way Neil Adams has got nothing to lose. Any points at all from these last 5 games will be more points than we would have got under Hughton. I just hope he can pull it off.

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    bogbog

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • And he still doesn't. Seriously guys, all the best for your last 5 games. If he manages to keep you up he will have truly created a miracle.

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    bristan

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • The manager has been sacked but in my view McNally & board are also culpable. Our main problem has been two poor strikers by Premier standards. Hughton has said we lacked quality in the final third which is true. We pay the lowest in the league and spend low amounts. Our opposition spend £12+million on quality strikers. NCFC has been too focused on wiping out our debt at the expense of investing enough to bring quality players in. Wolfi has had about 6 shots on target all season which is probably the lowest for a No 9 in all four divisions. Hopefully the powers that be have learnt from this. Hughton has been made the scapegoat but there are others still at the club who should have a hard look at their own role in us "lacking quality in the final third". Let's hope Neil Adams manages to overcome the obvious short comings on the pitch!

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    M Turner

    Monday, April 7, 2014

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