Norwich City's Under-18s coaching team in 2013 of Neil Adams (left) and Gary Holt. Picture: Denise Bradley

Neil Adams comfortable with his backroom team as he aims to bring back the Norwich City smiles

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
5.13 PM

Manager Neil Adams believes his new backroom team ticks every box, as they look to steer Norwich City back to the Premier League.

The appointments of Gary Holt as first-team coach alongside Mark Robson, plus former City star Joe Royle in a new role of football consultant, were confirmed on Monday afternoon.

And Adams is happy the balance is right to get City fans smiling again after a difficult season that ended with Premier League relegation.

“We have said over the last year these supporters want to see Norwich playing good attractive football,” said Adams. “We want to get people smiling again and off their seats when they come to Carrow Road.

“But they also want to see work rate, they want to see players feel it means something to wear the Norwich City shirt. I’ve always said fans will generally tend to stick with you if they see you giving 100pc as a player.

“We have to do that as well, as a coaching team, and when you’ve got people who have seen that here – like myself, Gary and Joe – they know what it’s about and what it means to the supporters.”

Robson’s involvement in the first team continues from last season, when he was promoted from Under-21s manager to help out Adams.

As for Holt, he departed his position as Falkirk manager on Monday to take the new role at his former club.

“I worked with Gary in the FA Youth Cup win, just before he left for Falkirk, and before that as well,” said Adams. “We know each other very well, we work together very well and obviously now he’s had that year’s experience managing in Scotland, which has helped his development.

“Gary and Mark will provide a nice balance to the coaching team. Gary is no nonsense, likes the discipline, likes the players to be on time – I think that’s a bit of a background from his army days that has never left him.

“With Mark’s hunger and enthusiasm too – and it is about how we get the team playing and how we get results – but I just feel comfortable we’ve got a nice balance there. Three people, including myself, who have all played at the highest level, Gary and myself with big links to the club as well, and the important thing is we get the right people, not just those that tick the right boxes.

“Certainly with my two coaches, I’m very confident and comfortable with them that we’ll be able to get the right messages to the players, to make sure the players are at it and that we play football the right way.”

While Royle’s appointment was more of a surprise for supporters, Adams is delighted to have him on board.

“Joe was one of the first people I called when I got the job,” he added. “Everybody knows Joe Royle in the game. He’s been there, seen it, done it, knows what this club is about and he knows the game.

“He’s basically here to give me a steer. To tick the box that I have in terms of experience – there’s no one more experienced then Joe and he’s someone there I can turn to for advice on anything.

“He has huge contacts in the game, and will certainly help with player recruitment.”