Tough calls all part of the job for Norwich City boss Neil Adams

Both Neil Adams and Brendan Rodgers seemed to enjoy the tactical battle at Carrow Road on Sunday. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Both Neil Adams and Brendan Rodgers seemed to enjoy the tactical battle at Carrow Road on Sunday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Friday, April 25, 2014
7:04 AM

Neil Adams is loving the pressure of Premier League management as he strives to plot Norwich City’s escape.

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Adams still awaits his first points since replacing Chris Hughton but the FA Youth Cup winning coach has underlined his ruthless streak with the likes of Seb Bassong, Anthony Pilkington and Johan Elmander all yet to feature. Wes Hoolahan has also had a limited chance to impress under the new boss but Adams is confident the entire squad are desperate to achieve the same objective.

“I think I am coping with it really well. Obviously you wait to see what you get back in training and games and what I have had from the players has been fantastic,” he said. “We would have swapped the performances for wins and points but people can see we are going to give it a good go. Your man-management is key. You can’t just pick 11 players and ignore the rest. You need them all.

“One thing those players not involved deserve is respect. If they are not being picked you tell them why and give them that respect. That is what I wanted as a player. It is more than picking a team, you are dealing with lads not involved, lads who might be injured and so on. Players are never going to be happy if they are not playing. In that respect you can only keep 11 happy every week, but if you keep them informed and the reasons why – whether they agree with them or not – then you have done it the right way.”

Adams has opted to hold back Elliott Bennett following his recovery from knee ligament surgery but the midfielder is now a frontline option ahead of this weekend’s trip to Manchester United.

“He is as good as there now. He is a fantastic young man, but he had a terrible injury,” said Adams. “An ACL rupture is one of the worst injuries you can get. He would have told you he felt ready as soon as he was back out training, but you have to be careful. They have to get the minutes in and he has had nearly three-and-a-half games at development level so he is available now. There are no worries at all with his fitness.”

Adams’ focus may be on first team matters and City’s relegation battle but he is also heavily involved in decisions affecting the club’s academy talent. Cameron McGeehan has been part of Luton Town’s promotion success in the Conference Premier, but Adams insisted yesterday reports the Hatters want to keep McGeehan have yet to reach him.

“I’m sure they would be keen to keep him on a longer term basis. He was my captain for the FA Youth Cup win and he was fantastic,” he said. “He went to the right club in Luton. We didn’t pitch him into a Championship or League One club but instead he joined a really good side on the up and it has benefited him. He has had a good season, won promotion, has a medal so I believe Luton would be interested in him. I have not had any contact with Luton. Whether that is the way they want to go remains to be seen but he has certainly not done himself any harm by going out and playing regularly and doing well.”

18 comments

  • What seems interesting or even worrying is that we screamed for this type of attacking football but now that we have had a couple of games of it and still yielded no points we seem to be willing to go back to playing it dull and boring and defensive just to preserve our Premiership status. I always was happy for it to be done that way because the more years you stay up the more money the club could accumulate. I really hope Adams can find a balance but so far he is hanging his hat on getting that one victory that we need to stay up when in all honesty the match at Fulham was the one he should have shut up shop at and preserved the 5 point gap.

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    GPL

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Just looking at the fixtures I believe we will need 2 points at least for survival. I do believe that if we can play Arsenal on the final day with nothing to play for (e.g. 4 points ahead of Everton) then we have a great chance, however I wouldn't like to leave it that late with all that pressure. A point tomorrow will go a long way to survival - repeat the trick at Chelsea who have had a very tough couple of weeks and we can start to dream. As we all know though, it's the hope that kills...

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    Crazy canary

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • I agree Steely Dan. We all just hope we can get over the line in safe position and then we can regroup, whoever is manager. OTBC!!

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    Ghana Dom

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • It may take time, and that is a resource that we simply don't have at the moment. However, perhaps the excitement is that for the first time in a very long time, the roll right stone turns. Let's go and crush a few pri Madonnas, and not worry about the spelling mistakes.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • I am strangely excited. Don't ask me why, I haven't a clue. Could it be that the extraordinary is about to happen? and would it actually be that extraordinary? Even though Mr Adams has yet to deliver in terms of points,the evidence thus far would suggest that success will come.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Must be 'roll right stones' then

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • I think I've been ethered for saying primadonnas. Weird

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • I am peculiarly excited. Don't ask me why, I haven't a clue. Could it be that the extraordinary is about to happen? and would it actually be that extraordinary? Even though Mr Adams has yet to deliver in terms of points,the evidence thus far would suggest that success will come. It may take time, and that is a resource that we simply don't have at the moment. However, perhaps the excitement is that for the first time in a very long time, the roll right stone turns. Let's go and crush a few pri Madonnas, and not worry about the spelling mistakes.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • It would be good if we could put in a Chelsea type performance. Park the bus and have everybody snoozing in their seats by 5.45. Wake them at 7.10 and tell them it was nil all.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Seems to me the season hangs on Chelsea playing a weakened team. Man Utd are going to go out and enjoy the game on Saturday with no pressure whatsoever. It will be end to end and if City do not take their chances they will be in trouble. Nice to dream of a Hooper hat-trick! But I fear it is but a dream...

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Either line up El Dingo. Aint got a clue who Man Utd will play but i'd guess alot of the older guard. Rio, Vidic etc......will suddenly put on the performance of their lives saturday tea time. Interested to see how Neil plays it. Does Neil see this game as being acceptable to draw or does he see it as we've gotten to the stage where only 3 points will be enough before visiting Chelsea? Im uncertain myself to be fair. Sure he will be aware of Man Utds width so wouldnt expect the diamond. Ruddy, Olsson, Whittaker, Martin, Turner, Tettey or Johnson, Howson, Fer, Snodgrass, Redmond, Hooper with subs of Bunn, El Bennett, Ry Bennett, Murphy, RVW, Tettey or Johnson and one other from Hoolahan, Garrido, Jonas and anyone else ive forgotten.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Hughton had to go. Should have been earlier. I'm for NA with a DoF - dunno who - next season.

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    el dingo

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Ps- I do agree Steely Dan but that WBA game was a breaking point. That was one of the 'must' win games he never loses and he did. It turned really nasty at Carrow Road that day. For everyone brilliant but vastly unregular 0-0 against a Man City say we would simply no show the next 5. We will never know what Hughton wouldve done in these last 4 games but id bet a large amount of money he wouldnt have eclipsed the Man City 0-0....it had simply snowballed too far out of control.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • el dingo

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Personally I dont see us getting thrashed as we would've under Hughton away from home. I dont see us getting anything from Utd away though. Just seems destiny the old boy Man Utd act will come out of it smiling giving MOTD a field day of unsurprising comments to say. 2-1 loss maybe. Doesn't help us, but it wont be Adams fault. Sure we will see the best NCFC can possibly muster against a rejuvenated United but it will just simply be too much for us. Wonder what the line up will be?

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    Mattias333

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • To play devils advocate, Matt, the 'desire' performances against Man C and Spurs yielded 4 points and yet the 'desire' against Fulham and Lpool has yielded null points. I too really like Neil mainly because of his commentary days and wish him all the best. I still think he will be wiser to step back at the end of the season to the youth team or U21'S.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • It really is s*** or bust now. Good luck to NA and all those players he picks - the ones who want to play for us. His squad selection confirms wbo has not been pulling their weight.

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    el dingo

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Neil Adams has really surprised me to be fair. Just in general how hes conducted himself, how he goes about pressers, how & who he picks in his starting xi. Im still 110% sure had we acted sooner his way of thinking and man managing would've kept us well clear of trouble. Never had any issue with hughton going super negative against the big boys but its all the times we set up super defensive against our rivals and gifted them points that sent us snowballing out of control. (Dont get me started on the times we were beaten by half time and he then openly admitted going for a 0-0 in the 2nd half despite being 3 or 4 down). So glad the cloud of doom is gone, but surely its too late to clear up the destruction left by it.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, April 25, 2014

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