Neil Adams turns up the heat on Norwich City’s Premier League relegation rivals

Norwich manager Neil Adams must try and second guess Ryan Giggs first Manchester United line-up.  
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich manager Neil Adams must try and second guess Ryan Giggs first Manchester United line-up. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, April 18, 2014
7:00 AM

Neil Adams is confident Norwich City’s Premier League relegation rivals will be feeling the heat just as much as his Canaries.

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Bottom club Sunderland’s surprise midweek point at Manchester City underlined the intense pressure at both ends of the table ahead of Liverpool’s Easter Sunday league visit to Carrow Road.

Adams suffered a defeat to relegation rivals Fulham on his first day in charge and the Norwich chief knows 32 points will not get the job done with City’s margin for error cut to just two points following that Craven Cottage loss.

“I don’t have a points target,” said Adams. “Of course we will factor in other results and most people will have an opinion on it but we can’t afford to do that. We have four massive games against top class opposition and we know 32 points won’t be enough. I am pretty sure of that.

“These last four are going to be very tough and people may feel we have the most difficult run-in of the lot but we are confident with the same effort and approach we showed (at Fulham) we will pick up points.

“It is a huge advantage to be out of the bottom three. There is pressure on Fulham to get out of it, but we know how perilously close we are. We can not hide away from that fact. There are a lot of teams in it and results will change the context from week to week now.

“We have to get ourselves up and away from it and we need a bigger gap on the three below us and that is what we will be striving to do.”

Adams is still relishing the personal challenge since stepping up from the Canaries’ academy despite suffering a set-back in his first game in charge.

“It is a fantastic job but it would be a better one if we stay in this division,” he said. “You are managing a lot of good quality players and although it is different for me than the job I was doing, I have been delighted with the response. I was speaking to them all on a daily basis anyway at the training ground.

“The only thing that changes now is perhaps it is not as informal; one or two are calling me Neil, one or two gaffer.

“I haven’t got a problem with that. It is just important for me they take on board what I say.”

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46 comments

  • Cecil, I am having a lot of comments disappear at the moment, and if I resubmit, I get told it is a duplication. I think they have a new apprentice in editing who hasn't quite got the hang of it yet. Enjoy California - nice time of year to be there.

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • MC, I heartily agree. But live in hope more than expectation. I am in California at the moment so can't attend the match. Will record it (starts at 4am here) and watch it with coffee and breakfast...

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    Cecil

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • After the way this season has gone, we are due a day when everything goes right. Similarly after the way Liverpool's season is going, they are due an off day. Let's hope both occurr Sunday! OTBC

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Submitted a comment and it just disappeared. There was nothing untoward in it so I don't know why. Par for the course with this site. (Sorry to bring another sport into it.) Forgotten what I said now so couldntve been important.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Timbo, I hope youre right that Neil is the man to rebuild the team. Shame he wasnt given enough time to do it. This season I mean. Not sure what will happen next season. You know the Hoot was a decent man but he wasnt up to the job. I never disliked him, though I often said unkind things about him. It's just that our team wasnt good to watch under him, and finally the results werent good enough either. As for Lambert, well, he was good for us, not so good for Villa. Sounds like a familiar story...

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    Cecil

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Thanks Cornwall ! Indeed Cecil- if you looked @ how the team was set up under Lambert ( sorry to bring him up again!) the whole equalled more than the sum of it's parts. Realistically, that was the only way City could compete in the modern Premiership, as I doubt we'll ever be able to buy superstar players ( unless Delia's old cookery shows suddenly attract the attentions of an East European Oligarch with millions of spare roubles). Who-tun probly had more money to spend than any previous City manager, but he failed to use the cash to build a team. I've no doubt RVW is a talented striker, but he's the wrong type of player for us. Look @ the use we got out of Holty + he cost a 1\16th as much !... One thing I've learned in life is that it's rarely wise to persist with failure for more than a few months. If something looks rubbish, it usually is. I do think Neil Adams could be the man to re-build the team, but he needs a lot longer than he's been given. It's crunch time now + no mistake.

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    Timbo

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • I always felt, under Hughton, that the players were better than the team, that it ought to be the other way round, and that that was the manager's fault.

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    Cecil

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Good comment Timbo, just think how much happier we would be with 3 or 4 more points on the board.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • When I look back over the "Who-tun reign" ( if you could call such weak leadership a reign) I'm reminded of the old martial arts maxim.." He who attacks can conquer, but he who defends must merely survive". Ironically, if we'd played positively + tried to win a few more, we'd have ended up drawing a few more + been in a much better position points wise. What would we give for say, just 4 more points now ? Might as well go for it against Liverpool. Nothing else has worked !

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    Timbo

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Recently the season I enjoyed the most was the season we were in the Championship and won promotion. But that was because we were on the way up. To be a nothing team in the Championship is worse than being a nothing team in the Premier League. When I say nothing I mean competing for nothing. One benefit of being in the PL survival battle is every game counts.

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    Cecil

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • I don't regard your comments as controversial, Norfolk Boy. In fact I have taken the same kind of view because if, as is very likely, we go down, I would like to find the positives. One is that we should be more competitive, secondly I think we will see some more open football because all we, like many other clubs, are doing in the Prem is fighting an ongoing survival battle. Thirdly it might make it easier to get tickets for games and at the same time the Board should reduce prices. The Prem League benefits are of course that we get to see and play against some of the best players and clubs in Europe and maybe the world and it's worth a whole heap of money. But when you think about it, the money doesn't benefit the fans directly. What is should do, however, is make a club like Norwich financially sound and in that respect I hope the club is run prudently and that we don't go on some mad cash spree in the hope of a quick return to the Prem. I'd rather see us bring on some of the talented youngsters alongside experience d professionals. But we need to get rid of a lot of the current squad whose wages will most likely be unsustainable and anyway whose contributions on the field have in some cases been very poor to say the least.

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    malaga flier

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • We are nearing the edge of the precipice because the board and their Chief Exec dithered over Hoots. Norfolk boy talks of regrouping and so on but if we do go down and nothing changes as regards owners we are back where we began pre Lambert with an untested manager feeling his way being overseen by a board that has made just one lucky managerial appointment and several bad ones. I know some supporters don't like the idea of looking for new owners but my reply to that is if you want to settle for mediocrity, fine. Our major shareholders however are in their seventies and now the club is debt free they might be ready to bail out. We will then have to trust they find buyers who can make us competitive at Prem level. Otherwise I see us becoming just another Championship side for the foreseeable future.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • I'm yellow and green through and through ( no iffy comments please ) if we go down we go down, if we stay up bloody marvellous ( and miraculous ). Norwich are my team and as such I will follow them ( albeit from a distance ) even if they were in the conference. God forbid. I feel a score draw might just be on the cards Sunday

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    Cornwall Canary

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • last post should have said also, CH man management was a kin to choir boys at a funeral he just could not get them as a team to work together, I think he just did not understand his players. So we have to move on regroup and entertain

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    Norfolk Boy

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Realistically our chances of staying up are slim. Both Fulham and Cardiff are better placed than we are by virtue of their upcoming fixtures. Of course we are all supporters and we will support our club. I did not support Hughton; neither his appointment nor his managership, and because of that I, and others, were accused of disloyalty. That was bunkum of course - I have always supported Norwich City FC and I always will.

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    Cecil

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • I don't wish to sound defeatist I'm not. I wish all the very best for the boys to stay up under Neil's management. But I have a feeling in the back of my mind that he has a squad waiting to take over that will shine. It's often been said that we all have got to pull together on this to help the boys to stay up and I truly believe that the support that comes through to the players will help them.

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    Norfolk Boy

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • You're entitled to your opinion Norfolk Boy that's fine. I'm just concerned that if we do go down it'll take us years to get back up again. "Lamberts" don't come along that often. Hughton was left in charge for far too long there's no doubt about that. I really think we would have survived if Adams had been brought in a few months back. This is really 5050 stuff now. At 1 goal for 8 million quid, will RVW turn out to be the least value for money player in Premier League history..? It's him or Andy Carroll !

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    Timbo

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • If we can come straight back up then a season in the graveyard is not so terrible I agree. But it is a big if.

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    Cecil

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Norfolk Boy has a valid point... whether we go down (more than likely) or not (highly unlikely) there will have to be a radical clear out, although if we are indeed playing Championship football next season I can see Hooper making a big impact... if we can hang on to him, of course. Not sure that RvW would do any better. Needs to eat some more pies over the summer, although I reckon he's already packed his suitcase for sunnier climes. OTBC!

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    wallybrain

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • I am going to say something controversial here sorry chaps but as a long standing fan of NCFC I feel that I have to say it and if I upset any one sorry please forgive me. last time I posted on this site someone gave me a hard time but I have got to say as a supporter for the best part of 40 years. If we go down I will still support the boys, in fact, it might be the best thing for them to regroup and get rid of some of the high paid Chris's tribe that don't work, all be it out of position, for our club, I dont know why they didn't just say "look Chris"this ant working brow".... sorry getting off track, then bring in the new boys that Neil has produced and let's start again. I am looking forward to next season whether we're in the Premier League or not, doesn't matter, sorry chaps just getting rid of some pent up stuff, also sorry for the punctuation

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    Norfolk Boy

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • MB, luckily I'm not wearing socks.

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    Cecil

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • I think I get `H`, el dingo. Thanks! My hero in real time. To the abusers, be happy, kiddies. Btw, what`s a "bof", Sesspit? Lincs, the Donut stall was just about all there was\is in A. Palling. The Reefs Bar is full of cor blimeys swiggin` that great British beverage - Carlsberg, While locally brewed cask beer goes rancid at £3.40 a pint.. Lincs, did you meet Delia or not?? Don`t be a coy boy Toyboy. ;-) Is `Cecil` an acronym for Childish Ecstatic Clown In Limbo? Btw, Looseat Sewerez has read these posts and duly pulled Delia. In return, she has annexed his teeth and used them to enhance her latest culinary creation - Crimped Pies. Only £4.50. Gravy extra, +VAT & service. Alternative is a Stephen Fry-up. Same price, but a bit different otherwise.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Cuttlefishpie

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Back to the match - They're so quick they're frightening. It will take one hell of a performance to get something. I will be there just like most of us. I am not a fan of Suarez and hope he does not destroy us. OTBC.

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    el dingo

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Chinese Rocks are a version of H - check out Johnny Thunders. Or the Libertines, Only Ones or Blondie Clapton and the Pink Fairies. Or whatever. ..

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    el dingo

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Couple of extra words slipped in there. Didn't mean "taste...for years". She has to go home sometime. And sorry goldie, I promise to get back to the football. Later in the day though. Just you and me it looks like. And Delia if she's finished with MB.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Thanks for fixing me up MB. Had a holiday once at Sea Palling. The chalet was near a doughnut stall and if you timed it right the lady gave away bag loads on closing time. Noon suits me for a taste of Delia's Doughnuts for years. Hope Gary Hooper don't mind.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • goldie, don't worry - I don't understand what he's on about either. But I am always ready to be edukated, life is about lerning after awl. To football matters, Neil Adams to give Becchio a full 45 mins - now that would be a bold decision (but his failure rate is far lower than any other striker) so give the man a chance to prove himself.

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    Johny

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • after watching suarez last week,i reckon if he had been in splash he would have won it hands down.

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    bluelight

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Sililies, analogies or metaphors - whatever, still enjoyed your post, MB! I hope we see some fireworks from Norwich on Sunday! However I cannot see us getting anything out the game because they will outscore us - let's face it a couple and we'll be outscored! Am Championship football again, I feel. Oh, well....Going cheap - one tv gantry, nearly new, little used.....

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    malaga flier

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Cecil

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • I see MB is polishing his ego on here again, my mistake thinking this was a football forum I must log off of this educational site. Appologies for interfering.

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    goldie

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Just seen, on Beebtext, that `our kid` Stevie G, Coypu and Sturridge comprise 50% of the PFA`s shortlist for Player of the Season. Because the Uberscouser is a shoo-in for that, Sturridge also features on the `Young Player of the Season` list. That`s all sorted, then? Luigi Sorass will have to hope that a new category is invented just for him. Say, `Nicest Player of the Season`? Then there`s a hat-trick for Self Pity City - for starters. To complete their totally deserved and unbridled joy, Brendan will get Manager of the Season and Liverpool will win the title. It`s enough to make you cry - even non-Scousers.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • What the f*** are Chinese Rocks, el d?? Not C0ckernay waoimin` sleng fer summink, is it? Gercha. We have been invaded by the hordes from the M25 Oval this weekend, adding to the already burgeoning bodies busily buying vast twacts of pwopertai waaipe fowar kaaowstal ewaosion, mai saan.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Probably the only thing I remember from English lessons at school, apart from a little bit of English, is the attempt by the teacher to, like, distinguish between similes, metaphors and analogies. Perhaps there`s no comparison? Perhaps it doesn`t matter! Sorry to let you down so badly, LincsCan, on the Winslett issue. I have used all the remaining influence I have in St. Delia`s Queendom of Little London, and she will meet you in `The Reefs` (née Lifeboat), Sea Palling, for a bit of Oestre osculatory action. Honest. High Noon. Do not forsake her, oh my darlin`, get a move on. Her regular Beau, Leonardo da Scratbyo, prowdly promises to stay sternly aft. Enjoy. Avast behind!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Bloimey, MB, day off and you have me reaching for the dictionary. Mine says "Analogy - similarity in some respects; comparison made to show such a similarity". Thus sinking ship, going down etc. Anyway, thanks for having a go. Disappointed you didn't include Kate Winslett waiting in the lifeboat ready to give us all a kiss of life.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Beautifully put Barking. Brew, have you been using Chinese Rocks this morning?

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    el dingo

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • I`m confused again! My mate malaga flier says `similies`. LincsCan says `analogies`. All the while, I thought it was `metaphor`! Similes tend to use, like, `like`, or similar. (Indeed, from Latin, `similis - `like`). It`s all ver phaarkin` same, innit, guv? - I have a sinking feeling, as I arrange my deckchairs on the... decking, that Neil has a titanic task to save the Good Ship Carra from a collision with destiny. - (Any good, LC? Or is that more parody than analogy??). Sometimes I think it`s better not to think. My brain hurts, now. Couple of hours, and I can gaow daan ver raabbadaab. A few shants daan me neck an` ol be orwoiart agen, my saans. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Adams out! That's a bit harsh Ged, he's not been in the job 5 minutes and already one or two of the players are calling him gaffer. If he can convert the other nine or ten by the end of April he might be in a position to really turn up the heat.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • MB, I'm rubbish at analogies. Can you do a Titanic one?

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Turning up the heat?? I guess it makes a change from him turning up his headphones!! I think the best option for us loyal fans is just to accept our fate and laugh along with the rest of the sporting world. Keep smiling Gedfans, I'm always here for you. Adams Out!! Love Ged x

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    Ged Steroo

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • I really wish that the manager and players would stop talking themselves up in the press, until they manage to achieve something on the pitch. Too often this season, there's "stirring words" here followed by capitulation when it counts.

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    nathanp

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Nice use of similies, Brewer!

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    malaga flier

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • The basic problem that has haunted us these past 20 months is the conspicuous lack of goals. In that respect I find it hard to believe that Liverpool won't score at least one, which would require us to respond with two or more to get the points. The scenario is daunting to say the least. I know strange things can happen in football. But I worry that we are the out-of-form team which lacks any goal-scoring edge. It would be great to think all this could suddenly and dramatically change and I hope it does. But logic tells me otherwise. Will be happy to be proven wrong!

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    malaga flier

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Poor old Neil`s got a job on his hands to turn up any heat. Hughton sold the coal shed, poured cold water over the kindling, and bought a duff box of firelighters as replacements. Then forgot to get any matches. Neil, you are a great guy for taking on this dysfunctional boiler room from Freddy Krughton. A Nightmare on Carrow Road. All he left you was his Toc H lamp.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Hardly turning up the heat but sensible stuff nonetheless.

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    el dingo

    Friday, April 18, 2014

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