July 29 2014 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Neil Adams scotched the latest rumours suggesting Leroy Fer and Nathan Redmond are set to follow Joe Royle out of Carrow Road after Tuesday’s 6-1 pre-season friendly romp at Braintree.
Redmond was on target at the Amlin Stadium after reports earlier in the day emerged Stoke and Southampton had seen £3.5m bids rejected. Fer has also been touted with QPR this week but Adams insisted none of his squad are poised to leave.
“I hope Leroy is still a Norwich player come the end of the window,” he said. “The chief executive is fielding a lot of phone calls because we have good players here and when you are relegated you are at the mercy of the bigger clubs.
“After the summer he has had and scoring in the World Cup finals, there is going to be interest. He is having a much needed rest now and hopefully we get him back and he is a Norwich player. Let’s wait and see. I want to add players and I want them all here for the start of the season.”
Alex Tettey and Anthony Pilkington were due to feature at Braintree but Pilkington suffered a bout of sickness on Monday night and stayed away from the travelling party whilst Tettey’s knee swelled up on the coach journey to Essex, but Adams insisted he was left out as a precaution. The City boss confirmed he will take a 25-man squad to Italy which will be finalised in the next 24 hours, with Seb Bassong and Luciano Becchio featuring in the development squad’s defeat at King’s Lynn Town on Tuesday.
Adams also revealed he still plans to tap into Royle’s extensive knowledge of the game to help bolster City’s Championship promotion push despite his departure from a football consultant role on Monday to link up with former club Everton. The City chief insisted there are no hard feelings over his mentor’s exit.
“It’s a shame really,” he said. “I’m bitterly disappointed but Joe had health issues with his family and so with a heavy heart we have let him go to Everton, which is right on his doorstep. He is always on the end of a phone for me. He had a huge impact on the staff when he was here but family comes first and he goes with our best wishes.
“He’ll continue to do everything he can for us. It is the right thing for him. I’m not let down by it. You can imagine how Joe felt to tell me he had to go back. I know what the truth and it’s unfortunate. Me and Joe go back donkey’s years and that was one of the reasons I got him in. It’s sad but he’ll still be there if I need him.”