Ex-Everton manager Howard Kendall on Neil Adams’ Norwich City appointment and Joe Royle’s involvement

Former Everton manager Howard Kendall believes Neil Adams can prove to be a success at Norwich City alongside his football consultant, Joe Royle. Former Everton manager Howard Kendall believes Neil Adams can prove to be a success at Norwich City alongside his football consultant, Joe Royle.

Monday, June 30, 2014
3:29 PM

Howard Kendall believes Neil Adams’ recruitment decisions have already pointed to a successful career as a first-team manager.

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Adams played under Kendall at Everton, and cited the legendary Toffees player and boss as one of his prime influences in turning to a career in coaching and management once his playing days were done.

Now Adams is taking on his first permanent shot at first-team management with Norwich City, after his interim spell at the end of last term.

And to help him out, he brought in his former Oldham manager – and Kendall’s former Everton team-mate – Joe Royle as football consultant at Carrow Road.

“I was with Joe a few days ago and it’s fantastic to see him back in football – I think Neil’s appointment of Joe is absolutely perfect,” said Kendall.

“In terms of Neil’s, not lack but shortage of experience in the big time, you’ve now got someone onside who’s done everything. I think it’s absolutely brilliant thing for Norwich to bring Joe in.

“He’s really intelligent, Joe – and the fact Neil has made that appointment is, I think, proof as to why Neil can do well as a manager. He doesn’t see it as a threat to his job or what he’s trying to do, but as someone who’s done it all and can help him out.”

Kendall added: “I remember signing Neil and he was such an exciting and positive player, and hopefully he takes that into his management.

“I remember going to do some scouting at Stoke – I was looking at the left winger, and ended up signing the right winger, who was Neil… I just wish him all the best.

“I’ll be honest, he didn’t strike me as someone who’d go into coaching and management back then. But he’s worked hard and he probably looked at it and thought, I want to be involved in that side of it. So all credit to him.

“There is a lot of luck involved in football and that end to last season would have been hard – but he was expected to lose those last four games. And in that situation, it’s about how you get on behind the scenes – that becomes more important.”

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13 comments

  • I don't deny his ability, but too many times he couldn't be bothered to track his runners breaking on the defence. Personally, I believe that is a fundamental part of his job.

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • Agree GossVolley. Im trying my hardest not to judge anyone (RVW, Wes, Hoops) based on last season as personally nobody could have performed under Hughton and within his tactics and man-management style. If by luck we manage to keep Fer i'll be utterly thrilled! Really believe under the right manager he can achieve great things!

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • At the start of the season Fer had me thinking he could be the best midfielder we've had for 20 odd years. Shame that through injury and maybe fatigue in his first Prem season his form was a bit patchy. I think we also saw a bit of frustration in him at times but who could blame him for that. Would love to see him again at Carrow Rd in yellow but I'm not getting my hopes up. That header in the world cup was a cracker!

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • Shocked you wouldnt want Fer here next season. Each to their own but you cant doubt his ability. Was playing really well before his injury. Club admitted they rushed him back to try save us which wasnt maybe the best for him but if we managed to keep him he'd be a huge player in the championship!

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • The question is, do we want our 'star' players to stay? Some of them, like Ruddy and Redmond - yes. Others like Fer no, not particularly. There were too many players last season who didn't look like they were busting a gut for the team.

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • Blimey, we Naaridge fans don`t forgive & forget `the likes of`` the Everton fit-up, do we? I had a main supplier of materials who was an over jubilant Everton fan. After the Coventry outrage I called him in for a meeting. The only agenda item was "you will sell nothing more here until Norwich are promoted back up". Only a cruel joke, but it wiped the smile off his face. I agree with LincsCan on the Joe Royle\recruitment thing. If that scenario has\will come to pass, will the Club tell the fans?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • That Everton surrender resulted in the authorities ensuring that in future all the final fixtures were played on same day and at same time. Following relegation that year NCFC took a bold stand with our star players and made them stay for the next season when we won promotion straight back. Not so sure, despite the dont have to sell assurances, that will happen this time (player of season already gone). The other point re this article is it seems more and more that Big Joe, whatever his title, is fulfilling the role of Head of Recruitment.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • I was in Gt.Yarmouth talking to Robert Chase, who gave us our best years as a football club not withstanding what happened later, and we were happy we had the points on the board. Two days later as Randy quite rightly says Everton let football down as well as NCFC. WE DONT FORGET,

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    Expat

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Guess who ate all the pies?

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Randy, since when was Coventry in Birmingham ?????????

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Well said Russianality I will never forget or forgive everton gave away 4 goals to send us down only because it was a longer drive to Norfolk then Birmingham.

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    Randy

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • The same Howard Kendall whose league winning side in 1985 went on holiday before the last match and lost against Coventry to relegate us. Some motivator. We don't forget and we don't forgive!

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    Russianality

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, June 30, 2014

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