Straight down to business for Norwich City boss Neil Adams

Neil Adams is gearing up for a hectic few days ahead of Fulham after his appointment as Norwich City's new manager. Photo: Bill Smith Neil Adams is gearing up for a hectic few days ahead of Fulham after his appointment as Norwich City's new manager. Photo: Bill Smith

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
11:30 AM

Neil Adams knows what Premier League football means to the Norwich City supporters because he is a fan himself.

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"Chris (Hughton), Paul (Trollope) and Colin (Calderwood) are three men I respect hugely and I was disappointed for them. I want to thank them for the support and the help they gave me."

Neil Adams

The Canaries’ new boss has nearly two decades experience inside the club and a host of miles on the road as a radio pundit which gives him the perfect insight.

“I hope so. It might be a cliché but for me the supporters are everything,” he said. “I have covered a lot of games when I was working in the media and you never cease to be amazed by how many go away. The club has been in the third tier with a full house. How often does that happen? This club is incredibly well-supported. People outside of Norfolk may not realise how intense it is and the fact these supporters stick with us through thick and thin.

“I now have to organise the players into the way we want and need to play. They will know the requirements asked of them and more than anything we have to have a bunch of players who will be prepared to go out and give everything for those supporters. The most important thing is we stay in the division.”

Adams has wasted little time in spelling out what he wants from his squad and one of his first tasks will be settling on a man to lead the side with Russell Martin and Sebastien Bassong job-sharing the captaincy duties under Chris Hughton.

“Yes, that is something I will look at from Tuesday. Of course I have ideas in my head but there are a million and one things we have to do to get things defined for Saturday,” he said. “The Fulham game is the be all and end all. Picking a team, picking a captain is at the forefront of my mind. I saw the players this morning and I just explained one or two things. There was a very positive reaction from the players.

“I have spoken to one or two individually and they realise the enormity of what we are trying to achieve. We start on the training ground first thing Tuesday. I have seen more or less all the games so I know what these players are about. I know their strengths and weaknesses. One thing I probably don’t know that well about them is the character, what makes them tick, what is the application like. We need big characters now and they are the ones who will be playing. Everyone has their own opinion when it comes to tactics and formations.”

Adams is confident stepping up from working with young players to senior professionals will not present any extra difficulties.

“I don’t think that will be an issue. The players have shown me enormous respect in my coaching role,” he said. “I have been fortunate to have that from virtually every player who has come through the door. I would hope they would see what I have achieved as a player, because I have been in their shoes. If anything they will show me even more respect but we want the same thing – to win football games. That is the same in any profession. You do your job well and do it professionally and you have nothing to worry about.

“When you work at the club in any capacity, as a coach, you want to go to the very top and that is obviously first team level.”

Adams is even prepared to seek advice from the man he has replaced.

“Chris, Paul (Trollope) and Colin (Calderwood) are three men I respect hugely and I was disappointed for them,” he said. “I want to thank them for the support and the help they gave me. It is a sad part of football life but it has no affect on me. I haven’t spoken to any of them but I will do. I am confident I can get the results to keep us in this division.”

30 comments

  • Spot on Michigan, what a shame Neil.'s first game wasn't at home against WBA because I am sure CR would have been absolutely rocking. Hoots should have been warned about losing to WBA, how many EPL managers have now been sacked after losing to The Baggies

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Ouch Putney. What I mean is I will back him (Like everyone will whether he was their choice or not) until he becomes unbackable (which I hope never happens). Despite me being vocal in my opinion on Hughton I never lowered myself to be offensive towards him and infact still tried to back him even after others had totally lost it with him. More than anything I maintain I always hoped he'd turn out ok until near the bitter end i'll have you know Putney. Never took to protesting outside Carrow Road or booing or calling for him to be sacked during actual games (or on here to be fair). I have no issues being proved wrong and have been many times in my life with NCFC. Adams in words comes accross a different kettle of fish to Hughton. Complete polar opposite in fact and if we can translate that into performances on the pitch in the same manor then win lose or draw there will be no complaint from me. As fans we always give any manager 100% as long as we can see the same given back by the lads on the pitch.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Total side note but does anyone know Leroy Fer's injury status? Heard last week that he was set to return to training this week. Likely to soon for Fulham but if there is a chance i'd be playing Tettey, Howson & Fer as much as possible. Certainly our strongest 3 central midfielders and work well together!

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I am not sure Snodgrass is "rational" enogh for captain. He is passionate, but his " theatricals" are not captain material and does he have everyones respect? Wasn't Howson captain at Leeds? Also Yobo I think has captain experience. Whoever is appointed should also be to end of season with safety in mind.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Love that sort of attititude..exactly what we need

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Sure. But it still feels a little cringy to me to see many of the same people who held nothing back in their critisicm of CH now saying that everyone should be 100% behind Adams. That is not to say everyone shouldn't be 100% behind Adams now he's been appointed - just that (and as I'd said many times on here previously) I always backed the board to do the right thing when the time came. I believe that, for them, that would have been the end of the season (and it is by no means certain we would have been relegated if CH had stayed)...but I think the board had their hand forced by the fans...the same fans who, now CH has gone, are extolling the virtues of how important it is in our current predicament to get fully behind the manager... Had we waited until the end of the season, I don't think it would have been Adams appointed, but perhaps someone with real first team managerial experience... Anyway, who knows how it will pan out, Swansea have been awesome since their Neil Adams (Monk) took over the reigns...oh no, wait a minute...

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    PutneyCanary

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I like the Snodgrass for captain shout from andys but for me I'd like Russell Martin back as captain. He never should have lost it to begin with. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I see your point Putney. Like I said (I believe to Mad the other day) I wont pretend Adams was my no1 choice and I wont pretend had this happened months ago he would have been my choice then either. But now its happened ill back him what ever until a time where I see it being detrimental on the team and our future in the league. I did that with Hughton. I warned the day he was appointed that I didnt believe it would be the right choice and I dare anyone to check up on me and tell me im lying when I say I said most fans wouldnt take to his style of football and eventually it would snowball out of control. It did that and more in my opinion. I never go to the extremes of protests, booing or being abusive towards Mr Hughton. During a game im 100% behind the lads. I wont however hide my thoughts, feelings after the game or via social media or on here. Anyway like Lambert, Hughton is history. Time to draw a line under it and get behind Adams and the lads. More than ever at the minute too!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • I think Snodgrass should be captain. I have criticised him in the past but at least he looks like he cares.

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    andys

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I think Snodgrass should be captain. I have criticised him in the past but at least he looks like he cares.

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    andys

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Good point. Here is a prediction though. IF and its a big IF we stay up, I bet their is a story regarding Neil Adams coaching badges and whether they are infact complete and up to the level required for the Premier League. Its a non issue as he will gain them or prove hes working towards them but bet the media will make it out to be a huge issue! Personally had we sacked Hughton months when it was the right time, would I have wanted Neil Adams. No way, not a chance but fact remains who would I have personally wanted? Not a clue! So ill stick to what I always said and get behind who ever is in charge. That is Neil Adams an like Chris hughton at the start ill back him to the hill & back. In terms of the summer I think it all depends on a few factors. 1# Whether we stay up. 2# How we perform between now and the end of the season 3# who is available in the summer. I think point 3# is a big reason why Hughton wasn't removed sooner. McNally said in his much talked about interview that to remove him their has to be someone who unanimously ticks all the boxes and is agreed to be the man to take us forward. Watch this space but most vital thing we must do now is get behind the lads and Adams! OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Agree GossVolley! Said it in another article but while its only words and no guarentee to work it makes a massive difference certainly to us fans and likely to the players too! More of a we WILL attitude instead of a "we will TRY" attitude. Just what I needed to restore my faith and belief!

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Agree GossVolley! Said it in another article but while its only words and no guarentee to work it makes a massive difference certainly to us fans and likely to the players too! More of a we WILL attitude instead of a "we will TRY" attitude. Just what I needed to restore my faith and belief!

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • What I mean is I will back him until he becomes unbackable (which I hope never happens). Despite me being vocal in my opinion on Hughton I never lowered myself to be offensive towards him and infact still tried to back him and more than anything hoped he'd turn out ok until near the bitter end i'll have you know Putney. Never took to protesting outside Carrow Road or booing or calling for him to be sacked during actual games (or on here to be fair). I have no issues being proved wrong as I have many times with NCFC. I didnt think Worthy was the right man but he got us promoted for example. Adams in words comes accross a different kettle of fish to Hughton. Complete polar opposite in fact and if we can translate that into performances on the pitch in the same manor then win lose or draw there will be no complaint from me. As fans we always give any manager 100% as long as we can see the same given back by the lads on the pitch.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Personally, i think I'd probably go for Snods as Captain, just because he is more vociferous. However, wouldn't say no to giving it to Yobo. Although only on loan, he has had a bit of get and go about him. Hopefully Pilks will return on Saturday. It's all gone downhill for him since the touchline disagreement with Hughton earlier in the season. Wasn't that about getting back, rather than getting forwards? Hpefully we can all go forwards now. OTBC

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • MichiganCanary you are probably right. Although it might make him less selfish and more responsible.

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    andys

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Yobo is Nigeria's record cap holder & captain buddy. Whether a loan player couldshould be captain is up for debate though. Howson was Leeds youngest ever Captain I believe. For me it be Russell Martin until seasons end. Just personal preference.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • For sure Bass is not worthy, and frankly should be dropped. He gives everyone in CR palpitations every time he has the ball. slow in thought and slow in action. Which is not good leadership skills.

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    canaryken

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I just hope the players are fully behind NA and he can get them giving110 parcent all game and every fifty fifty ball. I do feel that a much more attacking style of play from the team as the last two games last season is the way to go to get the most out of everyone and take some pressure off defensively. It will also get all the fans going. The Fulham game is so critical for confidence and maybe there won't be much to play for for two or even three of the last four when we meet them.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I just hope the players are fully behind NA and he can get them giving110 parcent all game and every fifty fifty ball. I do feel that a much more attacking style of play from the team as the last two games last season is the way to go to get the most out of everyone and take some pressure off defensively. It will also get all the fans going. The Fulham game is so critical for confidence and maybe there won't be much to play for for two or even three of the last four when we meet them.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • bloody archie is having a nightmare today. Not posting then posting.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • If it were a long term appointment (and if he thinks he'd be playing enough) then Howson would be my pick for captain. Mattias333 - what you're basically saying is that you will back him to the hill and back until such time as you stop backing him to the hill and back...as with Hughton...? Not that much of a commitment really, is it?

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    PutneyCanary

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Putney isn't the decision whether or not to back somebody in a job rather dependant on their performance at that job? I will back Neil Adams until and unless I see him demoralising the team, replacing good players with inferior recruits, making stupid team selections or substitutions, being gutless or being tactically outwitted. I hope I will never see any of those things so INAIT. OTBC

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    waclor

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • A little way into the future this, I know, but...If we avoid relegation, I'd be interested to know how many people think Adams should then stay on permanently. I guess it's the majority...but who knows? I guess one of the problems of promoting a coach with no prior first team (coaching) experience is that they likely have no scouting network\knowledge\experience etc. I should think this summer will be a very big transfer window for us (whether or not we stay up) and I wonder how much Adams knowledge of potential recruits really extends beyond the English U18s competitions...?

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    PutneyCanary

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Spot on, GossV. Since Neil has already addressed the question of Captaincy with our joint captains, it would seem that he sees it as an important issue. I`m sure the players will have immense respect for Neil as a coach and as a former player. Let`s hope the players step up to the mark. There could yet be an heroic finalé. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Spot on, waclor. There`s a whole lot of vicarious living going on here, folks. Also, the fans have moved on from being a collective irrelevance to the status of Machiavellian power-brokers. According to Crocodile Putnee, anyway. Hughton`s gone. He rode his luck for plenty long enough. He`s even become our longest-serving Premiership manager. That`s statistics for you. What`s in a name? Answers to Dubai Canary in a Manila Envelope. Putnee has more taxing issues to deal with in the Cayman Quadrangle. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I once had a snake that was unbackable. If I still had him, I would have renamed him Hugh Trollerwood.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • MichiganCanary you are probably right. Although it might make him less selfish and more responsible.

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    andys

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • We're in for one hell of a ride, but one thing's for sure, Adams won't resemble the rabbit in headlight personae of Gunn or Hughton.

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Id bet good money Pilks isnt involved saturday. rumours say he is off end of the season where we aim to get atleast some money for a player whose spent a majority of his NCFC career injured. Hughton dropped him and left him out the last couple of games despite being fit for a change. Neil Adams commented on focusing purely on players who have large characters and are up for the fight, and while he didnt say names I suspect Pilks is someone not on that list. I saw first hand his outburst in front of the lower barclay when hughton didnt bring him on as sub the other week. Shame as when fit I like the lad. Just sadly spends more time injured or tweeting silly comments regarding the club that land him in trouble.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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