Manager Neil Adams confirms David Fox and Carlo Nash are the first players to leave Norwich City this summer

David Fox is leaving Norwich City this summer. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd David Fox is leaving Norwich City this summer. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, May 23, 2014
3:01 PM

Norwich City manager Neil Adams has confirmed that midfielder David Fox and goalkeeper Carlo Nash are the only two players to have left the club so far this summer – as he begins planning a Championship promotion push.

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The new Norwich City manager, Neil Adams, centre, is officially announced at a press conference at Carrow Road, with chief executive David McNally, left, and chairman, Alan Bowkett. Picture: Denise BradleyThe new Norwich City manager, Neil Adams, centre, is officially announced at a press conference at Carrow Road, with chief executive David McNally, left, and chairman, Alan Bowkett. Picture: Denise Bradley

Adams was joined by City chief executive David McNally and chairman Alan Bowkett for a press conference confirming his permanent appointment as the club’s first-team manager this lunchtime.

The former Canaries midfielder confirmed Fox and Nash were the only players in the current squad who were out of contract, that the club don’t have an option to extend, and that the fringe duo would be leaving.

However Adams is not expecting too many changes to his squad this summer, saying: “I don’t anticipate wholesale changes at all, as I say the vast majority of the players are 100 per cent behind the club.

“I think we saw that with the performances that we got in the last five games against some very tough teams.

Veteran goalkeeper Carlo Nash will leave Norwich City this summer.Veteran goalkeeper Carlo Nash will leave Norwich City this summer.

“I think you saw in the vast majority of the minutes we played in that the players their attitude was excellent, their commitment was excellent and their desire, one of many other things that we have guarantee when a player pulls on the yellow and green jersey, again that’s something that I have to focus on.”

Fox played 76 times for City and was a key part of Paul Lambert’s team which were promoted from the Championship in 2011.

The midfielder played a regular part for City during their first season in the Premier League but played just twice in the league during Chris Hughton’s reign of almost two seasons.

The 30-year-old only featured in City’s two FA Cup third round games against Fulham in January this season, following a loan spell at Barnsley earlier in the campaign when he played seven times for the Championship club.

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

Veteran former Manchester City goalkeeper Nash, now aged 40, was only signed as cover for John Ruddy and Mark Bunn while youngster Declan Rudd has been on loan at Preston and never made an appearance for City.

Adams said he is already starting to shape the squad that he wants, saying: “Things have been ongoing, I was obviously the manager for the last five games of the season so there’s plans already been put in place regarding players, regarding potential transfer targets,” Adams said.

“So the priority, obviously with the players away, is to deal with those ongoing issues and making sure that we’re ready and right to go when the players report back.”

Adams said the club have not yet had any approaches for any of their players this summer but said he realises some of his players are likely to leave following relegation from the Premier League.

“There’ll be some of course, it’s a case of sitting down with players, that’s already been done, already been dealt with at the end of last season, finding out the players who want to be on board,” the City boss continued.

“I think that’s the key message there, some players might want to be on board some might not.

“I think the message certainly for me as the manager of the club is that I’ve got a group of players that want to play for Norwich City, that have fire in their bellies and are good players.

“There’s a really good core group of players here already, it’s imperative that we keep of many as them as we can and of course add to that with better ones who leave the club.”

Chairman Alan Bowkett added: “Neil has already been given the financial brief that if he wants to keep every player that we have, then we have the financial resources to do that.”

Adams is clear on what his job is for next season though – steering the Canaries back to the Premier League.

“I’m looking no further than beyond the first game of next season, that’s what I’m working to now, to getting it right for the first game of the season,” Adams said.

“The club belongs in the Premier League, it’s a Premier League set up with Premier League support, without a shadow of a doubt, there’s no hiding away from that.

“As I said before there’s a lot of people hurting, including myself and the gentlemen alongside me (Bowkett and McNally). We need to get this club back into the Premier League, that’s our sole priority and our sole focus now.”

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40 comments

  • People to go, Bassong and Hoolahan would be a good start. Wes WAS good for us but two transfer requests in a few months shows he's not committed any more.

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    PaulWho

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Just using The Crab`s Fragmentation Technique to beat Archie`s barricade, BP2. Have you taken over from Barking Wise as smartar$e? He`s very good at it. Respect.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Also what about getting In Culver house back as surely he was the brains in the Lambert set up

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    old can army

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Niel Adams is much harder than he portrays and will soon weed out the non contributors and will know the type of people he will need to succeed in the hard league that he is going to succeed in

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    old can army

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Until we know who is going and who is coming in it is difficult to start making any predictions. What I am sure we are all hoping for is a team that is properly set-up, balanced and can both defend more competently and attack with more precision and pace. I am hoping we will have wingers playing on their right sides, some creativity in midfield and also support from that area when we attack. And finally we need to solve the goal drought which was the single main cause cause of our relegation. Get all those things in place and also a commitment and will to win and we should be OK. But after last season I am making no predictions!!!

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • We need goals , we also need to stop conceding goals . So , we find a decent partner for Bennet at centre half and keep Turner as back up . We need a central midfielder that can defend and also chip in with goals , Sidwell has been released from Fulham , sign him up . We also need a decent target man that can not only score but can compliment Hooper , Danny Graham is available for free and know's where the goal is , get him in . We have an abundance of talent both in the first team squad and coming from tne youth cup winning squad , if we add the two together and get the experience of Sidwell , Graham and a strong centre half , there is no reason we can't dominate any side in the championship .

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    mjc75

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • I don't think we have a bad squad but they were massively demoralized last year and I thought that I saw something turning around in the impossible last series of games. FFS, let's give Neil Adams a chance as Burnley did with Sean Dyche and Leicester with Nigel Pearson. A bad start to the season will be really difficult for Neil but let's not wish for it.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • This could be turning into a monologue

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Is it too much to ask a (ex) Premiership player to be reasonably competent at passing AND tackling?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Interesting bit of conjecture there, TK.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • No content=OK. I can`t keep tackling this obstruction. I`ll pass on a further attempt.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • 3 attempts to engage with Trevor Keith blocked. Why??

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Interesting thought, TK - as always. It`s strange how we seem to be more accepting of players who `cannot pass`, than of those who `cannot tackle`. Scenario 1) Johnson wins the ball in a tackle, but passes it straight back to an opponent. Scenario 2) Fox fails to win the ball in a tackle and the opponent therefore keeps possesssion. Same result? Shouldn`t Prem\Champ players (and the rest) be reasonably competent at both skills? They are fundamental to the game of football. Messi is a waste of space - can`t head the ball - far too short. I think Fox is an excellent footballer. As Lambo famously said "He has the habit of passing the ball to a team mate" (paraphrase).

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • The most interesting thing will be to see what Adams does about our striking situation. Hooper has history of scoring 20+ goals a season in the championship with Scunthorpe, and rvw also has a good record outside the prem. Will Adams stick, or try to bring someone in high on confidence on the back of a good season?

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    canary can-can

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Not sure a total overhaul of the squad as some are advocating would be for the best. If we could keep most of the team together I think it would be a big help to start the season well. Obviously if players aren't committed to playing for Norwich in the champ then as the manager says they should leave, but I think a lot of the poor performances last season were due to having a manager that couldn't motivate, and playing in a system that was oppressive and never got positive results to push us on (ie even when we won we were scraping 1-0). I'm sure we will lose our better players to prem sides but maybe shouldn't be too hasty to cut loose those who want to stay

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    canary can-can

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • I am not surprised to see Fox released as his main problem was the lack of ability to tackle and win a ball. There is no questioning his passing ability though but it takes a special manager to find room in a team for such players, I can only think of one and wonder if Fox will re-join him at Villa Park next season.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • While we should obviously expect further players to leave the club for varying reasons (Ruddy, Snodgrass, Olssen, Fer, Tettey, Bassong, RVW to name but a few) I would be hopeful of retaining most of the squad and perhaps adding to it. Even without bringing in new faces, with a manager playing the right way, the below core squad doesn't look bad for the Championship... Rudd, Bunn, Martin, Bennett, Turner, Garrido, Whittaker, Redmond, Johnson, Howson, Bennett, Pilkington, Murphy(s), Hoolahan Hooper, Becchio, Loza

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    Crazy canary

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Good luck to Nash as well. He was only ever bought in for no.3 keeper cover, but handled the whole player of the year thing well.

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Too many doubters championship is a scrap na a lot harder than people think will weed out luxury players and dead wood

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    old can army

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Shame to see Fox go, but he probably wouldn't have been in and around the starting 11 next season, and at 30 he deserves to be starting somewhere - you are a long time retired in this game. HulaHoops will also be on his way I would think, so we will be on the look out for a creative midfielder - any ideas?

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Dubai Canary. Well done, it must have taken you a long time to think of that comment. Now have a well earned lay down, you must be exhausted.

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    NB

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • So now we have a new manager any person found to criticize will have the smell of cordite upon 'em. The golden dawn is here, the moral majority gain strength, what say you lyp, steady on all you with blind faith?

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    Gruff

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Ah I see, the one guy who has no responsibility for our present dilemma is being let go, the one guy who can pepper spray accurate passes from midfield has gone. He has been replaced with Tettey and Quiffy.. wicked..

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    Gruff

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Did anyone else notice that Carlo Nash's head is on fire? Probably best we let him go so he can get that looked at.

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    anonamouse

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • I'd like to see RvW stay. I know some people are short to bother, but he's banged in 20 a season elsewhere, there is no reason why - without proper support and influence - that he can't do it again. The Chump is the perfect platform for him to come back fresh and renewed, bang in 25 to see us back up, then set the PL on fire -- then we lose him the Manu.....

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    danpez

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Neil Adams says he doesn't forsee many changes. If that is a correct quote then I am amazed because for me there are few of the current squad who either match up or who have shown even half the commitment we need. If ever there was a time for a clearout and for a new broom it is now. Instead we have become introverted and parochial, looking inside the club rather than outside of it for inspiration. I recognise that Hughton never either inspired his players nor played many to their strengths. But too often what we saw was a group of players who, once on the pitch, played like they never believed they could win a game or even score a goal. Once we went behind we surrendered. In saying this I am not trying to look back but to look forward because I wonder how many of these players, if retained, can fire themselves up to perform and to believe? And here lies the problem: we look like retaining many of those who failed us so badly last season. I hope and indeed want Neil to prove me wrong but I cannot find too much to be confident about right now.

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    malaga flier

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • How does DT know all this personal info about NA, his predictions amaze me, why don't we just drop down to the conference and save three seasons of poor results from an underperforming bunch led by a spineless yes man. Talk about glass half empty, he's lucky to have a glass. Sad about Foxy leaving but the cup games he played in were forgettable as he didn't really stamp his authority on them, when someone of his ability really should've done. JG next ???

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    Gibbo

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Who are we going to get to fill Carlo's massive keeper's gloves? Looks like that young Ruddy will have to step up to the mark...but seriously a huge player clear-out is needed. There's only about 8 players I'd keep.

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    Timbo

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • And as for Bowkett..... we have the financial resources to retain our current players. No thanks Alan - how much do we have to add to the squad!? That's the real question if someone from the EDP dare ask it.

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    DT

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • I would rather have Fox in the Championship than Hoolahan.

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    Colin

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • We have absolutely no hope of even making the play-offs next season, after what can only be described and a cheap and lazy managerial appointment. Adams is a yes man through and through. His comments about our uncommitted and untalented squad wreak as such. He does not have the experience nor the backbone to get us promoted. Stick with the current bunch of losers and its mid table mediocrity next season. If not worse.

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    DT

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Dubai Canary

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • I have to say that I am very surprised that Norwich have been able to attract a manager of such high profile.

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    NB

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Yes, Mattias. Fox was a fine passing midfielder. The nearest thing we`ve had to Ian Crook since Ian Crook. Hughton wouldn`t recognise a quality midfielder if he had "Quality Midfielder" written on his back.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • NA seems to be another soft touch . He sees things in the players that I do not. He talks about commitment,desire and attitude of the players. Agreed ,he uses the word " minutes " which just about sums up the overall season. If the players had shown those qualities over the whole season ,he would still be a coach. Throw in the lack of basic quality as one other reason we are in the Chumpionship.

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    norman hall

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Not surprised that Lennon didn't head for Norwich after leaving Celtic. Wonder if he spoke to Paul Lambert?

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    NB

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Cant believe yet another player of the season is leaving us in Carlo Nash ;) on a serious note, gutted about Foxy leaving us. At championship level, under a manager who wants to play flowing passing football he is a bit asset. Have to move on now though. Assuming the likes of Hoolahan will be off at well.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • I have always rated David Fox and feel he should have had more of an opportunity. I was hoping to watch him unlock a many a defence in the Championship next season. I am sad to see him go but wish him all the best. What are other peoples thoughts on whether we will hang on to Wes Hoolahan (not sure how long he has left on his contract) I don't think he figured in N.A.s plans after the loss at Fulham.

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    silver fox

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Shame to see Fox leave the club but in reality he hasn't played for us in almost two season so it was inevitable. Wish him luck for the future, thanks for everything. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Friday, May 23, 2014

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