Liverpool chief Brendan Rodgers backs Norwich City’s Neil Adams to follow in his footsteps

Liverpool chief Brendan Rodgers is backing Neil Adams to make the same step up as him. Picture: Chris Ison/PA Liverpool chief Brendan Rodgers is backing Neil Adams to make the same step up as him. Picture: Chris Ison/PA

Saturday, April 19, 2014
3:44 PM

Liverpool chief Brendan Rodgers has backed Neil Adams to follow his lead and prove his worth at Premier League level.

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Adams has emulated the Northern Irishman’s career path from academy football to the elite after replacing Chris Hughton earlier this month. Rodgers learned his trade at Reading and Chelsea before embarking on an upward trajectory which could see him land the Reds’ first title since 1990. The Liverpool boss was sorry to see Hughton depart, but feels Adams can make a success of his new role.

“The new coach has come in and he’ll have worked at youth level, which is a great starting point for any coach,” he said. “I had many years as a youth coach and you learn about systems and tactics and different sides. Then you hope that you have the courage and conviction when you get the opportunity under pressure to put those into place.

“I felt for Chris Hughton, because it’s a difficult job. The objective for Norwich, I’m sure, is to ensure they stay in the Premier League and I think he was well on the way to doing that. He had some big results at home. It was difficult away from home.”

Rodgers’ charity towards the new man does not extend to letting three crucial points slip at Carrow Road as the Reds’ edge ever closer to that elusive first Premier League crown.

“We never look too far ahead – that’s key in order to manage that expectancy,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s official site. “It doesn’t matter about Chelsea, Crystal Palace or Newcastle – we have to do the job against Norwich first. We focus on our performance level and that takes our mind off a lot of the other external factors and background noise that may come your way.

“You’ve got to manage expectations, it’s part of the leadership role. We’ve never got too carried away. Around the training ground, we’re very much focused on what we’re doing. Look at our performance last weekend; everyone was looking at how we would fare against Manchester City – one of the great squads in Europe. For the first 45 minutes we were unplayable and that was against a group of top players that have scored a lot of goals this season. We showed in the other parts of the game our resilience and focus, and our concentration to win. That’s what we’ve been working daily.”

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  • I said all along that Neil had been handed a poisoned chalice and that it would take an absolute miracle for us to survive Hughtons complete ineptness, and so it is proving. Sadly, this relegation will not be on the CV of the idiot who caused it, but on Neils, and that is totally unjust. On the positive side, maybe we will rid ourselves of the expensive dross we have now, particularly in the strikers and loan player department, start afresh, and hammer the boys in blue down the road twice next year (sorry FINN). BTW did anyone else notice that Chrissy Martin has scored 22 for Derby who could well take our place in the Prem?

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    oldtimer

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • Funnily enough, malaga, saffron was first cultivated in Greece and SW Asia\`Middle East` but it has been adopted in SE Asia, China and elsewhere since (mega valuable crop). Also funnily enough, since it imparts a decent yellow colour, it wouldn`t be incompatible with The Canaries! Remember that old Donovan song, `Mellow Yellow`? - "I`m just mad about Saffron, Saffron`s wild about me" (Approx). Greene King opened a new pub in Saffron Walden in the `70s, called "The Crocus". The saffron crocus has been cultivated in those parts since the 14th Century. `Saffron` has Arabic origins. Come on you Saffrons! Arabic owners? Where`s Dub`yai Canary? COYS!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • Fagen, I tried one along those lines once. It also included directions on the `correct` way of awarding penalties. That Sunderland, incredibly, actually got one against Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge (!), is a powerful indicator that the Title is Liverpool`s. In this `Year of Celebration` of something that happened 25 years ago. Oddly enough. Today`s referee may feel free to prove this postulate incorrect. Please do. Pretty please.... Btw, Steely, it was rejected: "Reason - Inaccurate". You lead a charmed life! Head up another `Plastered Session`, to include `De Geillustreerd Man`, aka el dingo. G`waan, g`waaan, g`waaaan - G`WAAN!! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • Sunderland don`t have a game in hand on us as things stand (09.59, Sunday 20th Apr.), but will have after the Liverpool Calvary charge (yes, I did mean Calvary). Then Cecil`s scenario may come to pass. Can we manage an Easter Rising of our own? Of course we can; keep the Faith. OTBC!! (Had a parcel from Dubai yesterday - Ta, DC!).

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • You do have a point, Lincs Canary. The club does need an overhaul from top to bottom. But we must bear in mind the millions that Delia and her husband sunk into the club and probably kept it afloat in the dire times and respect that. And yes, it is first a matter who who would want to invest in Norwich City, a club on the way down not up and stuck out on the fringes of the country. No a place people with money would gravitate to or maybe even recognise as existing. Last time the club tried to find an investor, it failed. Unfortunately that was when we were at a low ebb, which is where we appear to be heading again. Secondly and again as you say, a club must be very careful what it wishes for. Yes, Leicester probably are in safe hands. But can the same be said for the likes of Cardiff City, whose owner appear to have no appreciation of the club's history and who quite happily changed their colours from blue to red. How would we feel if we had a similar investor? OK he or she may pump in money but would we want them to change our colours to, say, saffron on the basis that we'd be big in Thailand?! Due diligence is paramount in these situations; something that football in England hasn't exactly been great at doing.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • Never checked the Sunderland result till I bought this morning's paper. Bother. Angry about all sorts of things now. Malaga I get your point but if we end up bottom it will not, quite unjustly, be on Hoots CV but on Adams'. It will also be on the boards CV. Another relegation to go with Worthy and Gunn's. I have said before we need a change at board level but get knocked back on the grounds of dont trust dodgy foreign owners (and yes, I know, you have to find someone first). There is a picture in this mornings paper of the Leicester manager hugging Buddhist monks who were at their match as guests of the Thai owners who have bankrolled promotion. Leicester fans not happy? Sure, protests all over the city. But it is not just about who owns. It is also about judgement. Knowing when a manager is not meeting his brief (blimey, McNally, if CH was still here and even after defeat by Liverpool he would still be meeting the brief you set in January). In reality however you don't need a brief, we all know what is required is to be out of the bottom three after the last game. That requires the board to act with foresight. Instead they allowed Hughton to lead us to the football firing squad represented by our last four games then tie Adams to the post and expect him to dodge the bullets. Or, as Eric Morecambe said, "Get out of that, you can't can you".

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • Yesterdays results were terrible, and we now look in real trouble. At least if we go down, we will not have to put up with that dross MOTD, with Lineker and his stupid comments

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    Derek McDonald

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • Confirmation that the gods hate Norwich. We're down.

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    wallybrain

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • Spot on Sharky the FA should hang their heads in shame and have brought nothing but disrepute to the game of English football

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • It doesn't matter what Norwich do tomorrow, the FA and referee panel have decreed that it's Liverpool's turn to win the EPL, disgraceful referring all season has seen to that Morinho is spot on and Linketer talks out of his behind

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Dont know why I even watch it, but isnt MOTD a terrible program now. Total ejuts.

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    sharky

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • mf, yes, you are right, but I hope you are wrong!

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    Cecil

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Wow its getting tight now. We have no choice but to at least get a point against Liverpool which would mean Fulham and cardiff still need 1 win 1 draw in last 3 games. Realistically Arsenal are our best chance of a win in Game 4. But Im sorry to say this as an NCFC Fan we are the worst team in the league, have been for months, our skill level, fitness level and hunger rank 20th.... Villa 0 points, Cardiff 1 pt, WBA 3 Pts, Swansea 1pt, Fulham 0 pts says it all really. Norwich I suspect will fight hard but I think we should expect a bit of a battering today against Pool, I for one have already written this season of after Hughton destroyed us in those early games at Hull, Villa home, Cardiff home etc etc....and now teams fighting are winning, the only results that went our way were Fulham losing which they were expected too and Cardiff dropping 2 points at home to Stoke...

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    Robin Sydney

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Cecil - it seems to me that every club round about us are capable of scoring and winning games. Even a poor Fulham team manage to beat us. We are in free fall, totally out of form and appear to have nobody capable of scoring a goal. I sympathise with Neil Adms whose appointment was made far, far, too late in the day. Giving anyone five games to rectify 20 months of misdirection is nigh on mission impossible, especially given our run-in. Oh how I would love to be proved wrong, though!

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Premier League directive to referee's number 7. When a small team is leading a big team with only one minute to play ,the fourth official will indicate at least 5 minutes (preferably more) of additional time. If at the end of that additional time the big team has not scored the referee should feel free to add on additional time to the additional time.

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    Steely Dan

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • mf - regrettably, those were my thoughts too, except that I didnt think Swansea were relegation candidates anyway. Now, if Sunderland win their game in hand they'll move above us. And to think I had written them off. That was daft.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Come on lets face it we have been the worst team in this league all season and do not belong in the prem can anyone see norwich putting up a fight like all the teams below us have over the past few weeks .Hope im wrong and we do get points from the liverpool game but sorry to say we wont .Well done Hughton thanks for all your efforts this season as stated by our board .

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    burtonr57

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Unfortunately its been a bad season for referees. Its they that are determining the fate of some clubs in the EPL

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    sharky

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Sundcerland win 2-1 at Chelsea - the worst possible result for us. Not only do they close within 3 points of us but it hands a massive psychological boost to Liverpool, who now know if they win tomorrow they will probably go on to become Champions. And of course Swansea won at Newcastle. At this rate we could end up bottom of the pile. How will that look on CH's cv ?!

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Lobbo

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

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