Neil Adams insists Norwich City should not have been in Premier League peril

Norwich manager Neil Adams insists he could not turn down the chance to try and pull the Canaries clear of the Premier League relegation scrap. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich manager Neil Adams insists he could not turn down the chance to try and pull the Canaries clear of the Premier League relegation scrap. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, May 9, 2014
9:01 AM

Norwich City boss Neil Adams insists the Canaries’ squad were good enough to stay in the Premier League but he will never regret accepting the offer of trying to pull them to safety.

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The Canaries were effectively relegated to the Championship after Sunderland’s midweek win over West Brom completed the Black Cats’ own remarkable escape.

Norwich wrap up their campaign at home to FA Cup finalists Arsenal on Sunday with Adams’ own managerial future just one of the issues that needs to be resolved over the coming days.

“It has been a very frustrating season for Norwich City,” he said. “There is a good group of players there and a good spirit and there are characters. We shouldn’t be where we are. The players are better than that and I said that to them on day one. You are never too good to go down but there is a good enough team there not to be in this situation.

“I’m Norwich through and through and I wouldn’t have taken it if I didn’t want it. The reaction from the players has been excellent. I was given the job until after the Arsenal game and that is how it remains. The debt has been cleared, the ground is full every week, so regardless of what happens next season, it is in a good position.”

City’s FA Youth Cup winning coach picked up his first point at Chelsea last weekend since replacing Chris Hughton to end the club’s five-match losing run.

“It is very easy to get into that mentality as a player when you are on a losing run. They say winning can become a habit, well it works the other way as well,” he said. “I think that was the best they have given me from first minute to the last in the four games I have been involved in.

“The second-half against Liverpool was the opposite of that. It was all-out attack and we were trying to get back into the game and we caused Liverpool a lot of problems. I felt a little bit disappointed we didn’t get something from it but in terms of implementing a tactical approach and making sure the players can do it, yes, at a place like that I think it was the best.”

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  • Even by fragmenting my posts I am not permitted to agree with Mattias. I generally do agree with him on football topics!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Holt`s record speaks for itself. Four years as a fine Captain. Four years as Top Scorer. Three years as PotS. 168 games; 78 goals. Hardly ever injured. What dysfunctional mind `reunited` him with the dreaded, dreary, eldritch, incompetent Calderwood? King Midas in Reverse. Didn`t the Board know anything about the baggage Chrissy was dragging in with him? Did they consult the Skipper?... Of course Holt is past his prime now, but he had\has more to offer than just playing the game.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Holt is a proper man. Scared the pants off Hugh Trollderwood. Despite the way he was used as a drudge, under the dual yoke of Hughton & Bewiderwood, he did still muster 8 useful goals that season, and covered for some of Bassong`s waywardness in defence.... We may see how much he influenced Chris Martin if CM makes it to the Prem with Derby. More so if he doesn`t!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • stroll on, hard to credit it but happy clappers are now suggesting that Hoots could have kept us up .Did you not see the hostility toward the failed man at the WBA game, take off the Hughton glasses and move on .He has gone.We now have the chance of either NA, a young hungry manager, or a choice- a pick , of other young hungry managers who have some experience and would want to come to Norwich.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • NA is 100% correct, if the board had addressed the demise early enough, we could easy had at least 8 points more from Xmas, and bought in a couple decent front guys, instead of a defender and wide player, the TOTAL BLAME lies solely at the feet of the Board, now they'll be blubbing about looking for someone to blame, but this is not the first time a Norwich City FC Board of Directors have let the City down.... Bring in BIG SAM

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    OLDYELLA

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • The only people to whom no blame attaches for our demise are the Fans.My concern now,given their track record on Managerial appointments,is whether the Board can get it right this time.Apart from Pl and NW (until he lost the plot) their record is abysmal.NA has done well.Faced with a near impossible task he has,at least,got us playing some half decent football.His problem though could be a lack of pull in the Transfer Market.For example,players could be reluctant to come to play for someone they had not heard of and with no proven track record.Football is a Business and sentiment must play no part in the choice.This has been a problem with the Board in the past and I don't need to give examples.He may be "a nice little man" but can he bring in suitable players, motivate them and get them playing Match winning football are the matters to consider.

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    irongloves

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Reports about Holt say he put the least effort into training and fitness, and I think it showed in his last couple of seasons. If at his peak at NCFC he did not look really fit. Had he been really fit, who knows how far he could have gone in the EPL.

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • I've been saying all season there are 3 or more teams worse than us. Unfortunately I was wrong. Lack of leadership on and off the field. Poor team selection. Lack of grit. Will be interesting to see who stays. (On and off the field)

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    Pondlife

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Dont understand Goldie. Thats basically what im trying to say. Holt went from a 15+ goal striker to a zilch goal striker when Hughton arrived. Morison went from 9 premier league goals (wowzer!) to zilch basically. RVW & Hooper the same. Hence what Holty meant in his interview last night saying "he knows why the strikers have failed to score." Im agreeing with you, not against you pal. Under a different manager im convinced RVW & hooper would have better fortunes regardless what league their in.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • What I meant goldie is under Hughton I totally agree, players like RVW are worthless. They are not cut out for playing in a defensive lone target manset up. battling on the half way line isn;t what they are good at, so effectively your a man down. However different managers have different ways of playing an while they are worthless under Hughton that does not mean they will be worthless under another manager. we need to think before we panic and simply sell stuff it sell the lot of them. (apologies archie keeps stopping my post going through so ive rushed it and done alot of cutting and pasting etc.)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Mat 333 be real occasionally. We all loved Holty and he did good things for us but he decided to go to Wigan who quickly lent him to Lambert who only played him when his preffered choices were out injured. Whilst he was at City under Hughton he didn't set the world on fire so how could you expect Hoops and RVW to do any good under the style of play they were set up to play. The front men were given an impossible task.

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    goldie

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Goldie NCFC always have room for improvement playing staff wise. But alot of the players who are getting utter pelters now people havent got Hughton to moan at, may actually be of great use under another manager with a different outlook. Thats all I meant. Under Hughton I couldnt agree more about the likes of RVW. Worthless and like playing with a man less. Same for Hooper though. They are not cut out for a defensive hughton styled side. They are of no use on the half way line battling. However different managers have different ways of playing an while they are worthless under Hughton that does not mean they will be worthless under another manager. we need to think before we panic and simply sell bugger it sell the lot of them.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • We're down. It's time to stop the blame culture and 'where did it all go wrong' scenario and focus on next season. To put this season to bed we need David McNally to admit that he got it wrong and apologise to the fans to get them all back on side.I have absolute confidence he will get it right next time. He will learn from this. I certainly don't want a new Board. We need to get a new manager in situ, be it Malky McKay. Neil Lennon, Neil Adams or whoever because they need to sort out the team, get rid of those who aren't up for the fight and bring in players with the right attitude and commitment. We've only got 3 months with holidays disrupting that time. It's not long to build a viable Championship squad. But - we will.

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    Flying Canary

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Mat 333 I think that quite a lot of posters have previously said the team was weak but as we had Hughton and only the January window to correct this, nothing was done hence Chumpionship next season.

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    goldie

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • I would only want to see the owners changed if we actually had a wealthy local business man to come in to replace them. As that is unlikely to happen I would rather stick with what we have. Likewise, I think McNally is relatively good at his job, he certainly did find us one hell of a good manager at league one level. I think he deserves another chance to get things right next season, I likewise want to see Neil Adams remain at the club one way or another. If he is appointed manager, then it should be on a short term contract so that the club is not forced to pay stupid money out to remove him if it fails to work. I have said before that perhaps bringing in a director of football above him to handle the non-footballing matters and to recruit players may be of benefit as that would allow him to concentrate on what he does best, coach and organise the team. We certainly have the nucleus of a good side and mostly need to find a decent target man and possibly a midfield play maker, although Howson or Fox may suit that roll given the right team set up.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • The whole season has been a bit of a soap opera. In hindsight, I wish Hughton had been there for the last 5 games, as he then couln't say "if they had stuck with me, NCFC would have survived in the EPL". Having said that, no-one - the board, the manager, the coaches, or the players - did their job or pushed themselves this season. If any of them think they did, then they are delusional. The board has to shoulder the major blame, but have been totally quiet since relegation was confirmed - further proof they did not know what to do, and still don't. All in all a very frustrating season for NCFC fans. I for one want to see a total house cleaning wthin the club - owner, board, manager, coaches, and many players, and bring in people with passion to go places, as opposed to 9 - 5 workers just looking for a paycheck.

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • For the record Mad, i'd personally drive Holty back to Carrow Road today if I could. While im a realist and know his better days are likely behind him, He could still easily do a job as a vital squad member in the championship. While Villa have been shocking this season hes stepped up to the plate and done his very best to help them when called on even though many villa fans have slated him. Spoke to a Wigan season ticket holder yesterday (yes they have season ticket holders) who didnt speak highly of him at all either saying she would personally pay to fly him out of wigan as far away as possible on a 1 way ticket to nowhere. We appreciate Holty at NCFC and he's such a key voice in the dressing room as well. Young Ewan McNeill was recently told he wouldn't be offered a new deal with NCFC. He took to Twitter to voice his sadness and who was it that went to him as a father figure? Grant Holt.He gave him a few key words of advice about how it isnt the end of the world dropping down the leagues and working back up and told him how if he ever needs anything he only has to call. That was our former club captain still doing the captain duties while at a different club. Cant imagine Bassong doing something like that for one of our youth lads. Holty did say hes good friends with Neil Adams last night on Radio Norfolk so you never know what could happen but feel thats only a pipe dream.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Johnny, that is 2 things you and I agree on. I do also think NA should be given a chance, as I think he has done well so far with the little time he has had, and also, specifically because of your point about the young players being the ones to kick us into the future. Goss Valley, I do see your point although we will never know. I still think that once NA was brought in, there was only one way we could go, and that was down. There only thing that will happen with appointing a manager for 5 games is that they will still be trying things out. Like you said, we will never know now. Its all about the future now.

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    Ghana Dom

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • .....Opinion to anyone interested in seeing the season out with Houghton!....when he was sacked we had 5 games left!....we had 32 points!....Please explain to me where HE would have won points from the remaining games and therefore what our final tally would have been!....Remember in your calculations, that as things stand at present we would be requiring at least 36 points to be in with a chance!.....He should have been sacked at the end of last season!....and please not Malky or Alladyce!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Ghana Dom, So there are two of us who think Hughton should have been allowed to finish the season, I thought I was the only one ! But while there are good candidates like Mackay in the frame for next season, I think Norwich should now give Adams his chance. The key to success lies in the young players he led to winning the FA youth cup final coming into the first team and no other manager will have the same in depth knowledge on them as the current one. And on the subject of loyalty, isn't it time that Becchio got his chance ? He was a good striker in the Championship at Leeds....

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    Johny

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Yes, Holty would have been a positive influence for another season, Mattias. You can see in Chris Martin, now that he`s changed his environment and grown up a bit, how much he learned from Holty. I should think Grant choked on his breakfast when he heard he was to be reunited with Bewilderwood. In light of all that, he did a good, thankless job for his new Masters, while calmly plotting his escape. A damn sight cleverer than Hugh Trollderwood. To Ghana Dom, with all due humility, I`d suggest we`d have had a better chance of staying up if we`d dispensed with Hughton & Co after the first 5 games. When will there be an end to the Omertá of Don Machianalli, et al?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Holts not coming back guys. Ships sailed. He moved his family back up North long before he left Carrow Road. Hughton just made his exit that little bit quicker. Did anyone else hear Holty on McVeigh & Butler last night on old Radio Norfolk! Memories! He dodged the question of a potential return quite well though so you never know. I especially liked Grant Holt saying "well everyone knows my opinion on why NCFC have gotten into trouble and why the strikers are not scoring". Have some of that Mr Hughton ;)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • I remember Paul Lambert emphasising that anyone he signed had to want to play for Norwich City and were not just here for the money. I think it is really important that people should be dedicated to the club who pays their wages. Then Paul Lambert left us to go somewhere else for more money ...

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    Mel Lacey

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Ghana Dom although you do make a good point about CH and the bigger teams, I would argue that this season has been woeful even in that respect and the only 'big' team we scalped was a below - par Spurs side. The way Adams led a fight back against Liverpool is unlike anything I saw under Hughton this year, who no doubt would have accepted defeat and attempt to keep the score down. It's all just opinions though, as none of us will ever know if Hughton would have done better. In that respect he got off lightly as he will always say ''I would have kept them up''

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    GossVolley

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Btw, Mattias, I`m not sure what your perception of "normal" is, but it could mean "ordinary" or even "banal". Statistically, it could mean (sic) very few people, which is paradoxical. Opinions should be given a Gaussian distribution. I doubt many people will attach any `blame` to Neil Adams. Perhaps Archant could organize a Poll? But only for normal people, otherwise the result might be accurate.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Think about this one:::::::Holt to return for just one season:::::::just think about it.

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    superfan59

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Course you wont be abused chap. Not by most on here anyway. Footballs a game of opinions. Its why we spend most our lives talking about it :) Would be boring otherwise. I dont agree that Hughton would've kept us up but that doesn't mean im anymore right etc. I only base my opinion on all the away games I go to where a hughton side simply no showed. If Fulham, Chelsea and Man Utd had been at Carrow Road I could understand the keep Hughton Mentality because as bad as it was under CH we usually we proved quite hard to beat at Carrow Road against the bigger clubs. Sadly the mood at CR turned really nasty against WBA. Didnt enjoy seeing Hughton get clappers chucked at him as well as all the abuse.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Matt, I hope I will not be abused for saying this, but I always thought we had a better chance of staying up if we had kept Hughton for the last 5 games. NA was given an impossible job coming in and putting his stamp on the team to turn things round with only 5 games to go. But if there was 1 thing I could give to Hughton, I thought under him, we could get good points or wins against the big teams. And get who our last 4 games were against? Hindsight is a fab thing, but hopefully onwards and upwards from next season. OTBC!!

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    Ghana Dom

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Sunderland's victory over West Brom would have sent the Baggies down instead of Norwich in a different season. City scored first in games against Aston Villa, Fulham and Cardiff and lost them all. Concede first and lose - no chance of a comeback. If the Canaries had survived I would have been fearful of next season. The Club, be it manager, coaches, board or scouting team, could not find the attacking players needed to replace Holt in the past - why should this summer have been any different. City can rebuild in the Championship. That is from top to bottom. Declan Rudd and Josh Murphy, for example, good enough from the second tier but not the PL at this time.

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    Capri

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • So let me get it straight. Previously it was all Hughton....he got the sack and now the players are all awful? I know its hard after such a horrid season and becoming use to the awful football that was put before us each week is part of it, but the players are not all awful and certainly capable of doing the business in the championship. We could've purchased Messi & Ronaldo this season & they'd have done no better than Hooper & RVW. Bet some people would write them off as well. I wonder what will happen if come September we've started off strongly under a new manager who adopts a totally different outlook on what we've become use to under Hughton. What happens if Players like Redmond, Hooper, RVW flourish (if they are still here and not hounded out by the moaners) within a different style of football in a lower ability league as well. I bet the same fans saying they are worthless will be proclaiming them world class again. Obviously if we appoint a manager with a "it aint pretty but works" stlye the likes of hooper, RVW will all be a ineffective as this season as its madness playing a fox in the box a lone target man who will be battling for balls on the half way line 99% of the time. Like putting a fiat panda engine in a ferrari.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • It doesn't matter that most of the first team will scurry away from the club at the end of the season because that lot wouldn't even be able to keep us in the championship. I fear their CHEAP replacements won't be able to, either. And neither will Adams, who surely will be manager next season because he also is CHEAP. Can we now have a CHEAPER Chief Executive as well, please?

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    57charles

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Is it not concerning that nearly on a yearly basis we see fans & club claiming we need to "re-build". I think the only people blaming Adams (and they are a tiny tiny tiny minority) are those who were vastly pro-Hughton (i.e - James Nursey, Aston Villa journo & NCFC fan and Hughton Love child.....ok last part isnt true). No normal minded person blames Adams at all and to be fair he gave it a good go in what was an impossible task. I dont want the board out or anything silly like that, but i'd certainly have hoped they'd have come forward with a statement first instead of announcing Neil Adams will face the media as usual to answer questions on recent events. Poor showing by the board and very harsh to put him in the firing line first to answer the tough questions they should really be answering themselves.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Let's be fair here...Neil Adams was handed a "poisoned chalice". I dont honestly think any manager could have rescued us from the already terminal state that Chris Hughton left the team in. Coached into negativity....rock bottom morale, and facing a seasons run in that was recognised as a virtual death sentence, as long ago as when this seasons fixture list was announced. The fact is that the board and David McNally dithered themselves into the £100 million pound drop, with their almost criminal lack of positive action as long ago as Boxing Day. Neil Adams deserves alot of credit for his performance as stand in manager, and can in no way be used as the "patsy" for Hughtons abject failure. BUT....to the future......Adams deserves a rewarding roll in the clubs future. If not as manager, then as an attack minded assistant managercoach to somebody like Malky. We need to rebuild. Will there be a "firesale"? Who knows...I hope not. We will probably lose Snodgrass, Fer, Pilkington and Ruddy., maybe, but hopefully not, Hooper. Will RVW be given a chance to prove that he is good enough to succeed in English football, or effectively written off at a loss as a huge mistaken investment. McNally has made a calamitous mistake this season, but I think he can put that behind him, and build the "New Norwich"

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    Algarve Canary

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Well then Neil - everything in the garden is fine for next year then. Great players - just a shame they did n't want to play for Norwich but just their wallets!! As for RVW -well he did n't want to play for Norwich if they were a Championship club anyway. No one told him he was only a Championship quality player. As for the others I wonder how soon the next train or plane leaves Norwich as I expect we will see a number of them on that for another pay day elsewhere.

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    What a Hoot

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • For me you can blame anyone of five things and its obvious what they are. Also someone dropped an almighty clanger with RWV. NA had been put in an impossible situation. Please leave him alone. ITS NOT HIS FAULT

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    sharky

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Too many players have escape clauses in their contracts concerning relegation, so when the time comes they look after themselves rather than fighting for their club (well the current one).

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    KeithS

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Rose coloured spectacles I'm afraid Neil. Liverpool were poor in the second half, news reports and punters on MOTD said exactly that. No one could understand just why they resorted to long ball football, when they so clearly had Norwich on the rack in the first half. Had they continued playing short pass fast and accurate football, the score line would have been greater. As it was, they missed 3 gilt edged chances. No, in the end, the final score rather flattered the Canaries.

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    NB

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Well its just been announced Neil Adams & a random player will face to media to address recent events on their official social network page. Very harsh to send Adams out in his usual Friday pressers to face the big questions for the first time. Surely the club should've made some kind of comment by now? Then again with the poor decision making shown this season by the board im not surprised they are hiding away letting Neil take the brunt of it. Feel for him. Really do!

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • We all know that sadly. Good players, wrong manager for a majority of the season. Some people think its so simple..."oh rvw hes rubbish" ....."why isnt Hooper scoring"...."Fer is lazy" etc. While I know we wouldn't have finished much higher, I still would've loved to see our current squad playing under a manager with a totally different outlook on how the game should be played. Im adamant the likes of Hooper, Fer, RVW would've flourished under a different manager. Shame we will never know now as it appears yet another overhaul is required according to most fans instead of knuckling down, trying to keep the main bulk of the squad and trying to bounce back.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Nice words from Neil but I beg to differ, we were arguably the worst team in the league second half of last season and were thrown a couple of life lines. However, firstly the board would not read the writing on the wall in that they chose to stick with their failing manager then they allowed him to spend far too much money on strikers not fit for purpose. I am not saying Hooper or indeed RVW are or were not good strikers at their previous clubs, simply that they do no meet the requirement of one up front type strikers in the Premiership. But lets not fool ourselves, many others in the squad have also demonstrated they too are not up to the required level as our central midfield failed to provide telling forward passes and likewise could not score the amount of goals required from them either. Unless Neil faces up to this fact then I fear he may not be the man to lead us next season. Yes we have some decent youngsters coming through but few will be ready from the start of next season mainly due to the lack of a reserve league to progress them slowly but surely.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, May 9, 2014

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