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Maybe Norwich City manager Neil Adams needs Lady Luck

06:30 16 November 2014

Neil Adams lost the experience of Joe Royle through no fault of his own. Picture: Archant

Neil Adams lost the experience of Joe Royle through no fault of his own. Picture: Archant

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It never rains but it pours, eh?

Having made a such a bright start as Norwich City manager, it’s starting to go wrong for Neil Adams. The natives are more than restless, although it would be unfair to jump on any sort of bandwagon without making a couple of points which I think are relevant.

First off, a certain radio phone-in had a call from someone moaning that City appointed someone who had won just one point in five Premier League games. Behave! Adams was thrown in at the deep end, managing someone else’s hugely under-performing squad, with little or no preparation. To suggest he should have done better is ludicrous.

When he was subsequently appointed, opinion was split: he started almost on the back foot. Even Chris Hughton and Glenn Roeder had more local support. Maybe that was because of their previous experience, who knows, but Adams certainly didn’t have as much support as he would have liked.

The season started well, but two wins in the last 10 games have seen City slip to 10th – eight days after they were joint top.

Adams’ lack of experience is being cited as an issue, but here’s where the luck took a bit of a kicking. First there was that curious link with Steve Foley, a former City coach with bags of experience, a knowledge of the club and a knowledge of the manager. He was always popular with the players – but whether or not he was a genuine candidate to come back into the fold is unclear. If he had, he would have been a good aide to Adams.

Then there was another old head, Joe Royle who, having been appointed football consultant, left after six weeks to join Everton.

Adams and Royle (pictured) go back a long way – again, good experience lost, and not Adams’ fault.

Then there are the little things: Jacob Murphy goes out on loan at Blackpool and 26 minutes into his debut scores a goal. Elliott Bennett looks the business on loan at Brighton. Harry Toffolo has a cracking debut on loan at Swindon. And in France, Ricky van Wolfswinkel has twice as many goals for his loan club, St Etienne, than he scored all last season for the Canaries.

Okay, a total of three isn’t great and perhaps the mentioned wouldn’t all be starters – but sod’s law comes to mind.

There are injuries to key players, although what is inescapable is that what is, according to many, the best squad in the division isn’t performing.

Luck or not, that simply can’t continue.

Shame on you, football

Sometimes I really, really wish I had a good answer to a problem.

The report by the Sports Person’s Think Tank which found that only 19 out of the 552 senior coaching positions at England’s 92 league clubs are held by black and ethnic minority (BME) coaches, is appalling. Go take a walk around your local city streets, or go to a match and look at the teams.

That will show you something is seriously wrong.

Clubs will say they are not being racist but, as Jason Roberts, the former striker who is one of the founding members of the think tank, says: “The numbers do not add up, so many players from our communities who have achieved so much on the field of play – distinguished careers as senior players in some of the biggest clubs in this country, many with international caps, some who played at major tournaments – yet so few that have been given opportunities to achieve as coaches.”

I wish I knew why that is so: but I am almost afraid of the truth.

10 comments

  • Ethered once. Summary. Odd article changing subject at a stroke. NA is struggling hence the attention to his lack of an experienced number two. Loanees doing well elsewhere suggests they are being better managed. Ditto international players. On race issue suggest the writer does some investigative journalism on ex city players and come back with hard facts.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • Bad luck to racism at the stroke of a pen. Odd. As regards NA if you loan out players who then become good that's not bad luck, it's bad management. His loss of Royle could be considered unlucky but if Joe was so important maybe he should have been given the main job. Now, at a stroke, the race issue. If it bothers the writer do some investigative journalism. Speak to some ex (black) Norwich players and find out their experiences. Have they applied to be coaches? Were they turned down? Did they think race was an issue? Don't be afraid of the answers when it is your job to ask questions.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • A professional journo, considering 'fate' as a viable reason for a football club's demise? Lordy.. What will it be next? Maybe a trip to palm reader or getting some reading-of-the-tea leaves to form the basis of the next story? "Luck or not, that simply can’t continue." Maybe you should consider you own advice Chris before posting another daft article.

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    tamtam

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • To a large degree the performances have been good - hence we have dominated teams. However that statistic offers little assurance at this point particularly as we are failing to put these teams away. I suspect it has been recognised that NA needs a better pedigree of 'assistance', hence the departure of Mark Robson, and further suspect an announcement will be made over the next week.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • I must repeat my comments made before na got job get Mr Lambert brain man in Culver house also hit man Holt to hold ball up Ie forest1-0 can see ball with grant until they foul him near corner flag.

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    Gary Rickman

    Sunday, November 16, 2014

  • What Neil Adams need is nerves of steel to stop Southampton signing Redmond, according to Sunday paper £8m on the tabloe

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    Derek McDonald

    Sunday, November 16, 2014

  • Jim is right. Why bring the "race" thing into an article. Anyway didn't we have a coloured manager. Football is all about opinions as one famous manager told me. We cant all be right nor can we all be wrong. For me luck does play a part in the game. Yes you can say you make your own luck, But I have seen many a lucky goal by a team thats been under pressure for most of the game. Its true at the start of the season we had our share. Recently we havent. As for substitutions at Forest I think we threw that one out of the pram.

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    sharky

    Sunday, November 16, 2014

  • The last part is low. Football is about money, not race. If a man of any ethnicity would win titles, a club would take them without hesitation. Unhelpful observations like that simply highlight an issue that isn't there. How can you raise an 'obvious' issue and not have an answer?! To have an opinion is to form your own answer so don't go throwing such bombshells in to your articles without a sound argument. Now that is appalling. Desperate for readers by any chance?

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    JimBob

    Sunday, November 16, 2014

  • You make your own luck as they say!Iwould say too that wrong team selection,not dropping players out of form,not enough use of substitutions,ie forest game when it was crying out for a Redmond or Murphy in the last 15 minutes.Fringe players have not been given much of a chance,if so only because of injury.O'Neil has taken his chance which he would due to his experience and cuellar did v forest.goes to show if its not happening in a game you change things,if youre on a winning streak no need to.

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    tonyb

    Sunday, November 16, 2014

  • Let's lay the ghost of bad luck. Two wins in ten is not due to bad luck. It is down to practical factors, starting with some poor tactical, team selection and set up decisions, allied to players under performing and lack of focus and discipline over 90 minutes. The squad is not as good as all the hype would have it. We have been found out - for instance the fringe players failed to make any impact whatsoever at Shrewsbury. These are the factors that should concern us and focus Adams' mind. I do agree, however, that he needs an experience mentor not a football committee. Too many heads make for too many opinions and confusion. Keep it simple!

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, November 16, 2014

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