Neil Adams has officially been promoted from Under-18s manager to Norwich City's first-team boss this summer.

Alan Bowkett acknowledges criticism over lack of January managerial options at Norwich City

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
12.17 PM

Alan Bowkett acknowledged it is a “fair criticism” to say Neil Adams should have been appointed in January to stave off Premier League relegation.

Majority shareholder Delia Smith went on record saying she felt there was no candidate to replace Chris Hughton at the turn of the year – raising the eyebrows of some fans, given Under-18s manager Neil Adams was eventually handed the reins for the final throes of an ill-fated campaign.

And now Adams has been handed a three-year contract to steer the Canaries back to the top flight.

“I think that’s a fair criticism,” said the City chairman. “And if you would have said to me ‘appoint Neil in January’ – as some of my friends who are fans are – I said no because we had sufficient points and I felt with a couple more wins we were going to be OK in terms of staying up.

“And then later, it was a complete reassessment of the situation because we were very conscious the football was dull.”

Bowkett admitted he and chief executive David McNally had their own relegation hangover to shake off.

“Both mine and David’s wives have been telling us for god’s sake, get over it,” added Bowkett. “My wife says it’s only football, although I explained to my wife she thoroughly doesn’t understand what’s going on here. However, she is right.

“So David and I decided that’s it, the past is the past. We are joined at the hip to make this a very successful football club and we are determined to give it a real go next year to seek promotion.”