Update: Surprise Norwich City return for Steve Foley unlikely

Steve Foley on duty for Needham Market, where he has been helping out alongside his work with Ipswich Town's academy since departing Norwich City in 2006. Steve Foley on duty for Needham Market, where he has been helping out alongside his work with Ipswich Town's academy since departing Norwich City in 2006.

Friday, May 23, 2014
11:03 AM

Rumours that former first-team coach Steve Foley is set for a shock return to Norwich City appear to have been premature.

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Earlier today news broke that Foley could be joining the backroom team of Neil Adams, who was confirmed as the Canaries’ permanent manager on Thursday night after signing a new three-year deal.

Foley left Norwich in 2006 after 10 years as a coach at Carrow Road under several managers, and most recently has been working at Ipswich Town’s youth academy alongside director Bryan Klug, coaching across their age groups as well as coaching the coaches too.

He has also been head coach at Ryman League Division One North outfit Needham Market, taking every training session and taking in all their games.

But a statement on Needham Market’s website has since been posted this afternoon saying: “The earlier report of Steve leaving the club has turned out to be incorrect and he will continue in his role as head coach. No further comment will be made on the subject.”

The 60-year-old knows Adams well from his time as a player. He has also been in frequent communication with Adams and fellow City academy coach Darren Huckerby, through his work at City’s Suffolk rivals.

Speaking last month, Foley said he still “won’t have a bad word said” about City despite his exit and had hoped Adams could steer the club to Premier League safety.

“He’s a good lad is Neil,” Foley added. “He was always a thoughtful player but my biggest memory of him was always taking a bag of balls at the end of training and practicing penalties, which he had a very good scoring record of.

“If he takes that some sort of bravery into management then he will do well. Without being horrible, he’s not really got anything to lose, because if they do go down, everyone will still blame Chris (Hughton) anyway.”

While Adams has been unveiled, it remains to be seen who will make up his backroom team for next season. Mark Robson and Paul Nevin were alongside Adams in the dugout for the final five games of Norwich’s Premier League campaign that ultimately ended in relegation.

City are also expected to appoint a new technical director in the coming weeks.

41 comments

  • Agree with you DJ.Think we can do better than foley though.culverhouse,karsa and phelan all out there.Talk of joe Royle coming as TD?

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    tonyb

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Emmmm Norwich Needham Market Norwich Needham Market.

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    NB

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Reminds me of Ripping Yarns\Barnstoneworth United. Reassemble the team of '85

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • With reference to some prior stupid comment, John Bond passed away last year.

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    Bob Hunt

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Needham Market is not far from Little London, Barking-wise. The International search begins here.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • All setting up nicely for another season of The Happy Clappers versus The Moaners. Such fun.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • I'm old enough to remember the flack when Stringer was appointed. He did OK.

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    Pondlife

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Would still like to see Henri Lansbury rejoin us, I always thought he delivered a vicious through ball. Imagine having Hooper or Loza on the end of one of them! :) OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Rodent as assistant would just about top it off..waiting to wake up from this nightmare as surely it cant be true

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    AC Canary

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Look out everyone Narwich are coming and are going to take the championship by storm,apparently.Adams and Foley ? may as well be Delia and David..........

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    1961tractorboy

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Spot on there mate. Depending on who leaves I guess we may need to look at getting a seasoned Champ striker with a bit of a bully boy streak like we had in Grant Holt last time round, which would be ideal for the youngsters to learn from. God knows who though!

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    GossVolley

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • I'd like to see Loza given a chance next season, eased into the squad though so he isn't placed under unnecessary pressure from the off. Paired with another attacker I think he would thrive. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Nice one Powers and Boblaing :-) Don't know about you lot but I cant wait to see if Loza starts banging them in for us. OTBC

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    GossVolley

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • GossVolley I agree with you on that one. I don't mind who the manager is as long as they know that this club needs to be challenging at the top of the league next season and not treading water. If Adams does back up what he's been saying then I've no doubt we'll be singing his name for a long time to come. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • GossVolley: couldn't have put it better myself.Well done

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    Boblaing

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • I'm gld there are some sensible postings amongst the dross here, although intelligent and thoughtful discussionfootball don't always go hand in hand. I am of the belief that this could be a very good appointment. NA is much more tactically astute than CH. If SF is his appointment, then he's also aware that in the managerial stakes he's still young, so getting wise old owls in alongside him is no bad thing. I await the interest of a techincal director with interest. Another person with some gravitas would be interesting, the young buck surrounded by his elders to keep him grounded. OTBC

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Fair enough Powers I respect your opinion, it's good to have a reasonable debate :-) I would argue that Chelsea were going for it, even if Mourinho acted like they werent bothered, as a win would have put them top. At the end of the day we wont know how this season will unfold until it happens and I respect people's opnions who have intellegent argument to back it up. I just feel that too many supporters (not singling anyone out in particular) can't see past the end of their noses and wanted a big name just as some kind of ego boost and are far too quick to sling mud at Adams when in fact, he may well prove to be the ideal man for us...

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    GossVolley

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Let's get dale Gordon in! And whlle we're at it, dig up Robert chase

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    pug

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • GossVolley, respect your thoughts on the Chelsea game. Personally I saw it slightly differently, as we had to win that game after failing to beat Fulham two weeks earlier and then Liverpool, while Chelsea only needed 1 point in order to qualify for the CL, so they weren't really trying to get forward at all. We could and should have attacked in that game. For me it was the wrong setup entirely. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Powers, Adams didnt bottle the Chelsea game he was tactically aware that Mourinho's teams are set up to rip opposition apart with the counter attack. Our only chance was to contain them and hope to nick something which we very nearly did. The moment a team throws too much forward at them they get punished, as Hughton found out at the home game. Adams knows what he is doing, in my humble opinion. OTBC

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    GossVolley

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Our owners are not rich in footballing terms so keep gambling on cheap appointments that generally fail but, as with Lambert, occasionally come up trumps. That's why we are on the rollercoaster that Delia loves. I really hope they get lucky again with NA but long term cannot see how the club can progress without new owners.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Whilst I wish the new team all the best etc....this is now resembling a returning old guys club, I think fans would rather have new managment staff with no prior connections to the club, rather than revisiting options that may have worked over 5-10 years ago

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    NorthCity

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Why can't we take Adams comments last night AFTER being appointed, at face value.To provide attacking and attractive football. Sounds good to me.I wish him all the best in his ambitions for us.OTBC

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    Boblaing

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • But I would LOVE to be proved wrong Neil! OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • My concern is that Neil Adams is not going to fight as much for this club on the field as he does in the boardroom or during press conferences. The way he set up against Chelsea proved to me that he is a bottler in pressure situations, so keeping him on is not a good move. I like Adams, I just do not rate him as a manager.

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    Powers1902

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Lost to Fulham,yes but how many other recent managers have also done that? Most important to get behind City and hope they spend some money on quality players if they are really serious about getting back into the Premiership.

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    goldie

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • You pathetic bunch of whingeing windbags. Confirms that most football supporters are plain thick and will complain about everything and anything. Neil will prove to be an astute appointment. If it's all too much to take, go elsewhere. OTBC.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • It's actually a good appointment. Presumably he's been brought in to fill the gap left by Adams on the youth development side and will support the young players moving up to the first team. Ipswich have a decent youth set up so he should know what he's doing. As far as I know Mark Robson is still the number 2?

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    Bookface

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Something tells me that some people won't be happy whatever happens. It's unfair to judge NA based on the last 5 games of the season, which some are doing. Yes, we should have beat Fulham but the other games were a step too far. He could become a quality appointment as he moulds the team to his own ideas, something he wouldn't necessarily have felt able to do as the temp manager he was till now. As for SF, at least (if he does return) he has vast coaching experience behind him. NA will need to fall back on that experience. Let's wait for the facts before we judge them and whoever else comes in. It's time to leave the disappointment of last season behind us and get behind the team again. OTBC.

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    CovCanary

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Shall we get some old players back too, maybe Mark Barham and Kevin Drinkell. Also John Bond for technical director!

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    Henry

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Just when i thought it could get no worse. Looks like another pantomime in January.

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    Jim

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Why not someone from Wroxham?

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    jigs69

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Once again I agree with Norfolk boy in Hackney, please someone stop this madness!

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    Powers1902

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • I'm not liking the direction we're heading here. Relying on previous playerscoaches is not a good way to move forward. A few months ago we were talking about big signings, now look at us.

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    Powers1902

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • A sensible appointment albeit unexciting. Many touted the appointment of an experienced manager with Adams as No.2. In reverse, Adams with former coach and mentor Foley supporting him as an experienced No.2 could be an equally successful combination (especially with the addition of a good technical director to the management team).

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    Robin Hood

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Well as long as he's been hands on at needham market we shouldn't worry. Is this really happening????! Someone please stop this madness.

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    Norfolk boy in Hackney

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • I dont think NCFC like change do they - they like to stick with old familiar faces!!! Maybe they will be bringing in Ken Brown or John Bond as the technical director!

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    Henry

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • At least he will get his wages paid on time at the end of the month now !

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Peope moan about Adams lacking experience and now they moan at him bringing in someone with experience? Typical haha.... people should wait and see before they make a judgement. OTBC in Adams I trust

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    GossVolley

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • crispycanary

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Another brick in the wall.

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    Lobbo

    Friday, May 23, 2014

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