Neil Adams is loving his Norwich City summer recruitment challenge

Norwich City manager Neil Adams is enjoying the recruitment challenge of his new job. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Norwich City manager Neil Adams is enjoying the recruitment challenge of his new job. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Monday, June 9, 2014
6:00 AM

Neil Adams is loving the challenge of driving Norwich City’s summer recruitment for the first time.

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The City boss made his first signing as a first-team manager last week, with the arrival of Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban.

And the former Under-18s manager is putting in the hours to make sure more are on their way.

“There is a transfer target list and of course, I’m not going to give you any names on that,” smiled Adams. “But I did say that goals was the priority, which is the reason Lewis became the first signing. We’ve looked at potential targets, which is what I’ve been doing virtually 24 hours a day.

“The training ground is a deserted place but I’ve been here all the time with the match analysts, who have done a fantastic job because we don’t have the opportunity to watch players in action now. So we’ve got to make sure we don’t just watch the goals and the good things anyone can watch online – we’ve got to go and look at the bad bits, if you like; the weaknesses.

“It’s a long, hard job but it’s an enjoyable job – particularly when you go out and feel that’s the person you want, like Lewis Grabban, and then he comes and decides this is the place he wants to play his football.

“There’s obviously a lot less of this done at academy level, because you have chief scouts and plenty of others that will recommend you players – and you get them in on trial normally, have a look at them in a game. You can do it at that level – and obviously you can’t do that at first-team level.

“It’s a big part of this job, but it’s one I really enjoy. I’ve got a book in there with a million and one names and we’ve got to make sure we go and get the right ones.

“Lewis Grabban is the first person we’ve got in and spoken to, so I’m delighted he’s been impressed with what he’s seen and heard, that he likes the look of the place, and he’s keen and eager to be a Premier League player in 12 or so months’ time. That’s the objective.”

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26 comments

  • Crabster; S\O is the UK singer for the next Eurovision Scone Contest. I you can`t beat `em, join `em. And all in the best possible taste.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • My apologies for missing the Executive Meeting gentlemen - I have only just seen the agenda (3pm). Would have been tied up anyway - haircut @ 1pm, then lunch, and an afternoon of preparing for my imminent vacational departure to far sunnier climes. Do keep me informed about the date, time and venue of the next meeting, and I'll do my best to get there. Failing other means, Brew and el dingo, at least, have my email to ensure I'm aware :-) . Hopefully I'll be able to keep up with the news while I'm away. Back early July. By the way waclor - how come you haven't realised yet that S\O is a "she", not a "he" ? !!! ;-P

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    The Crab

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • Will try and be there before 12.30 Brew but I fist have to pop into Thorns and also get some grub.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • Nope. I look forward, with pleasurable anticipation, to Archie`s rejection letter.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • Bell. Glitter. Dome. Crystal. Palace....?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • That rules out "oracular" as the specified `rude word`. Surely it wasn`t `Cloche`? Answer me, Shirley.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • Waclor, I think our oracular NO\Stradamus is still around - in at least two guises...

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • 3 polite and re-edited replies to Steely & Wac blocked. I thought Parade was at High Noon Steely. Shall have to while away time in your favourite posh pub, The Glass House.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • Blimey, Field Marshall, I thought the Parade was scheduled for High Noon! Now I`ll have to kill time in the posh pub just across the road. Its name escapes me.. Glitter Dome, Crystal Palace, The Cloche (Bell??)... Aaargh - The Glasshouse! Fagen`s Favourite. Waclor, I suspect NO\Stradamus is still around - using at least 2 aliases....

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • For those of you up and about already don't forget we have a little get together of our ancient order of frothblowers (and Archant comment makers) today at the Take 5 on Tombland. Will meet around 12.30 to 1.30 and then maybe take in another hostelry.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • What happened to Steady On. I heard a rumour that he was last heard of posting on the Bournemouth website "Lewis Grabban is going nowhere". That sounds true doesn't it even though I just made it up.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • I cannot imagine a strong-willed character like Grant Holt being instructable, Matt, IMHO. Indestructible is more his way. Fact here, from one of the real cognoscenti, Winkel is joining Peterborough United on a 1-year loan deal. Maybe it won`t be Assombalongafore we see something in return. You saw it here first, not from pubmandave or S\O. Or Diane Dubloon.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • Thanks Lincs. I'll let him know, had a feeling it was tosh, I could see him going out on loan but a shortfall of £5M was too much of a poor deal to swallow but you never know, the way they conduct all their business in such secrecy, though it seems many of the deals are chewed over in a nearby restaurant.

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    Gibbo

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • I'm slowly warming to this collective management approach. When it comes to new signings, it's unlikely 4 of them would all make the same mistake. Been talking to a mate who's a Bournemouth fan. I'm very pleased with "The Grabber" who sounds like he's more of a City striker of the same ilk as Holty, Iwan etc ie: if the ball isn't placed directly @ his feet 5 yds out then he goes + physically imposes himself on the oppo defence + creates his own chances. Unlike .....certain strikers I could mention. PS: Wonder what DVD's Clueless Chris was watching in Florida 2 years ago when he claimed to be "analysing our strengths + weaknesses" ? Walt Disney ones- judging by the Micky Mouse players he signed....

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    Timbo

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • Gibbo, I tracked down the RVW to Bournemouth story on a site which specialises in spreading false rumours. It has a list of such items which you can facebook\twitter|troll to "friends". You can even make up your own rumours. Cannot find the story on any reputable news site.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • Goals may be a priority but, as I said shortly after we signed Rickie VW last summer, you have to get the ball into goal scoring positions, and until you can do this, the quality of the striker is secondary. Hooper was deadly at Celtic because they put the ball in the right places for him.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • Ha MB. Holty was like a modern day Captain Scarlett. Totally instructable....except Holty had a little more Charisma.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • Just had a text from my mate in Bournemouth and says there's a rumour going round that they have put in a £3 million bid for RVW. Asks me to confirm or deny it, what should I tell him, anyone heard anything.

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    Gibbo

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • Ooops! Martin Olsson. Was I thinking of Svensson or is it just the charisma of Matt333?!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • It does beg the question, Lincs\el dingo. Perhaps Uncle Joe can head up recruitment & the technical director bit? Macca & Hyacinth better get back to City College PDQ and redraft the Management Organisation Chart ;-) As people have said before, with the right football people in the right place, and empowered to do the right things, why all this GCSE Management Studies stuff? I suppose there may be a gap at U21\Youth level, whatever, left by Mark Robson? I look forward to seeing how old 3-Lungs gets the players` fitness and feistiness levels back up. Hi, young Mathias Becchio! Have you started on big brother`s Osso Buco yet?? ;-) I seem to remember, in the Lambo L1 season, Holty being withdrawn from the team so he could have a "little ankle problem cleaned up". We were already promoted by then. Mattias` (Olsson!) shoulder prob looked far worse than Holt`s ankle. Did Grant Holt actually FEEL pain?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • Great work as usual Archie. I post regarding Olsson in the article discussing Olsson and it says my comment cannot be posted. I click on the next article to have a read and my comment is posted here. Mind-boggles

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    Mattias333

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • Olsson is yet to have his operation? Sounds a odd one as he looked in utter agony at time during the season. Battled on and always played to a good standard in my opinion. Got my vote for Player of the season! Im sure the club know much more than I do, likewise im sure the club isn't as unorganised as these constant articles make out, but it is a concern to me Olsson is yet to have surgery. To me it would seem logical to get it done immediately before the AFC game when we were 100% doomed and give him the best chance of returning ASAP having the whole summer to rest. Especially if the recovery time is longer term as Adams just put it in this article. It would get rid of anyone trying to sign him as well! Instead we will go into the new season from the sounds of it with olsson still injured, in pain and trying to battle on until he likely cant battle on no more and hes forced to go under the knife. By which point Garrido will likely have had enough an moved on and we have no replacement for Olsson and he will miss vital games. Adams quote "I don’t think he’s had it done yet" is equally worrying....surely as manager of the club its a massive part of his job to know these things.....opps sorry its the technical directors job according to McNallys interview the other week, that will explain it.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • Still wonder if a managerr, two decent coaches and Joe Royle isn t enough already?

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    el dingo

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • And the Technical Director?

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    el dingo

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • Are you managing ok without the Head of Football recruitment Neil?

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, June 9, 2014

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