Getting Norwich City scoring more goals is a “priority” for new manager Neil Adams

Ricky van Wolfswinkel celebrates scoring his only Norwich City goal, on the opening day of last season, in a 2-2 draw against Everton at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Ricky van Wolfswinkel celebrates scoring his only Norwich City goal, on the opening day of last season, in a 2-2 draw against Everton at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, May 23, 2014
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New Norwich City manager Neil Adams is clear on what he wants from his Norwich City players; goals.

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Norwich City youngster Jamar Loza, pictured battling with Mesut Ozil, was preferred to Ricky van Wolfswinkel by Neil Adams during the final-day 2-0 defeat to Arsenal at Carrow Road. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdNorwich City youngster Jamar Loza, pictured battling with Mesut Ozil, was preferred to Ricky van Wolfswinkel by Neil Adams during the final-day 2-0 defeat to Arsenal at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The Canaries have just been through the lowest-scoring season in the club’s history, totalling just 28 league goals from 38 Premier League games.

That was lower than the previous post-war record low of 36 goals scored in one season, also in the top-flight of English football, from 42 games in the 1972/73 season.

Now Adams, who was unveiled as the club’s permanent manager at a press conference at Carrow Road earlier today, has set his sights on getting the Canaries scoring freely again.

That means he must decide whether to stick with £8.5m flop Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who scored just once in his debut season for City, or allow the striker to move on.

The new Norwich City manager, Neil Adams, is officially announced at a press conference at Carrow Road. Picture: Denise BradleyThe new Norwich City manager, Neil Adams, is officially announced at a press conference at Carrow Road. Picture: Denise Bradley

Asked about the former Sporting Lisbon striker, Adams said: “It’s something that we’ve obviously got to sit down and discuss and I think they’re private matters and issues that will be dealt with imminently.

“It was well documented last season that he’s had a difficult season, by his own admission, he didn’t score the goals that obviously we’ll need next season, it’s something that is a priority, scoring goals, and that’s something that we have got to sit down and make a priority and we’ve got immediate plans to do that.”

Adams was flanked by chief executive David McNally and chairman Alan Bowkett during the press conference, who confirmed that the club does not need to sell any of its players to generate funds, with McNally saying that all of the club’s players have clauses in their contracts which will see their wages drop following relegation.

Bowkett said: “Neil has identified we are not scoring enough goals, we have money for him to solve that problem.”

The City chairman also made clear why he thought Adams was the man to get City back on track and pushing for a return to the Premier League.

He said: “I’m very happy and delighted he’s taken on this really demanding challenge and he knows exactly how demanding it is and he knows exactly what David (McNally) and I expect from him.

“He’s hungry, he is progressive, he is an excellent coach, he has a vision of how to take us forward, he has skill in the ability to change tactics during a game, which perhaps over the past two years we have not had, he has skill in planning tactics before a game.

“He can take a player and motivate him and, a bit of icing on the cake, he can actually manage the young players and get them to Premier League status.”

Adams also says he is confident that he will have City pushing for promotion next season, saying: “Very confident, very confident in my own ability and the ability of the players that I’ve seen in the last five, six weeks.

“We need to add to that with better players and keep as many ones who want to play for this club and who are good enough to play for this club.

“We’ve got to have the squad there and the structure there which is put in place for that first game of the season to have a real good go at getting this club back where it belongs.”

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