September 1 2014 Latest news:
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Elliott Bennett believes a quick resolution to Norwich City’s managerial vacancy will help ease a summer of uncertainty at Carrow Road.
Close-season upheaval is nothing new at the Canaries. Even during their meteoric rise under Paul Lambert, City turned over players and coaches as they looked ahead to the following season’s aims.
But of course, relegation increases the reliance on getting it right – while this summer, everything will be underpinned by the arrival of the Canaries’ new permanent manager.
The club has said that decision will be confirmed before the end of this week.
“The quicker it gets done, the better,” said Bennett. “Whoever the manager might be, whether Neil (Adams) gets it or it might be someone else, I’m sure they will want it done as quickly as possible so they can set their team up ready for next season.
“As a player, it’s out of your hands and you hope that the club acts quickly. But whatever the decision they make, I’m sure it will be made in the best interests of the football club.
“It’s always that way, the uncertainty. That’s the same with the manager and the players. Every summer, whether you are staying in the league or not, players come and players go.
“I think it will be a big summer for the football club – just as long as whoever’s back here at the start of pre-season, everyone is ready to roll their sleeves up and do what we’ve got to do to get back in the Premier League.”
Even when some of the uncertainly in the dugout is sorted, the lure of the top flight will be a source of much conjure and speculation this summer. Some players will go; others will stay.
Bennett added: “I definitely want more – every footballer wants to play at the highest level possible and the Premier League is the best league in the whole world, never mid this country.
“So obviously everyone wants to play in this league. But we’ve been relegated, we have got to deal with that and get over it in the summer, and then come back ready to fight for that place to get back up there.”