Neil Adams will dish out tough love to Norwich City’s players in the Premier League survival scrap

Norwich City boss Neil Adams will be a proud man when he leads the Canaries at Fulham in Saturday's Premier League relegation clash.  Photo: Steve Adams Norwich City boss Neil Adams will be a proud man when he leads the Canaries at Fulham in Saturday's Premier League relegation clash. Photo: Steve Adams

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
11:01 AM

Neil Adams will not be afraid to offer some tough love to Norwich City’s players to drag the Canaries towards Premier League safety.

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Adams is ready to use every trick in his coaching armoury to halt a decline which has sucked City firmly into danger ahead of Saturday’s trip to relegation rivals Fulham.

“I will put myself in their position,” he said. “When a new manager comes in with five games to go how do I want to be managed? I am in the fortunate position of having been there. I have played at the highest level and seen coaches and managers who got it right and who you want to go and play for. It is something I am good at. I can motivate players and I will make them aware of what they need to do. It is not a case of carrot or stick or softly, softly, it is a mixture of everything.

“Right from Howard Kendall at Everton, when we won what would be the Premier League now, and at Norwich where I played under five or six managers you take little bits and pieces from all of them. You dismiss the things that would not work for you but you certainly remember and take on all the bits you like. I worked for a lot of very, very good managers. Any help or tips and advice that can benefit me I will take.”

Adams insists it is a clean slate for the entire squad and the club’s FA Youth Cup winning coach believes age is no barrier when it comes to those who can bolster the club’s survival bid.

“Obviously with what happened last year and even the players above that age group out on loan I have a very good knowledge of them,” he said. “But there is a good group of first team players and anybody I feel can do us a job I will not hesitate to use them. Age is not a barrier.

“The game is the same at every level, it just so happens I am now managing at the top level. Of course the margins for error are a lot smaller but the principles are the same. Every coach will try to put their stamp and philosophy on it.”

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21 comments

  • thats certainly worth a 'ha' from me!

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • I spent 2 very happy years in Egypt n the early 80s. Bought an Egyptian Canary from a Norwegian diplomat while I was there. I think it suffered from an identity crisis because it died a few months later. I tried to "nile" it to the perch in its cage but I had to resign myself to the fact that this was an ex-Canary, pining for the fjords. The same thing will be said of Alex Tettey next season if we are relegated. Btw, the Trawler Boys and Teddy Boys were a bunch of pansies compared to the respective supporters of Cairo's 2 big teams : Al Ahli and Zamalek SC. You certainly wouldn't go along to a local derby unless you were "well tooled up". Happy days!

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    User Removed

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Great Post Southsea and I think most here would agree with all you have said. By the way Matt333 was joking ;-)

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    sharky

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • These message boards have been interesting reading over recent months and other than an optimistic offering during the close season, I have not contributed to the debate on Hughton’s performance, preferring to keep my powder dry. However, I feel now is the time to add my ‘twopenneth’. I believe it was right to give Hughton the chance to succeed, despite the awful performances and the numerous shouts for his sacking since Christmas - The reason being that who, at that time would have replaced him? – Neil Adams would probably (rightly in my view) not have been considered then and I don’t’ believe the choices available were any better than Hughton. However I believe that now, contrary to the view of the media, is the right time and Adams is the best candidate at this time. I disagree with those calling for the Board to resign, I think they have shown tremendous patience and integrity which is admirable and have reacted at the right time with the right action. Adam’s, an ex-player, will have the respect of the squad and already his early comments regarding his passion for the club stir me with hope - more I must say than Hughton ‘s ever did. I think the relatively short time he has to sort things out is to his advantage and certainly no one will blame him if we fail to stay up, so that type of pressure is removed. Adam’s needs a response from the players – they need, for just a few games, to play out of their skin and give 110%, to play with passion and freedom and tackle and chase like never before – I think Adams can motivate them for a few games to do just that - call me unrealistically optimistic, but I reckon we can do it, it is still after all, in our hands. Whether Adams is the right man going forward, I’m not sure – but I am sure he is exactly the right man for right now. It all starts Saturday with a massive game at Fulham who themselves are probably believing they too can now avoid the drop – but let’s hope we put that nightmare of 9 years ago to bed with a result at Craven Cottage. I have no doubt Adams will give his all for the cause, let’s hope the players do the same. OTBC!

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    Southsea Canary

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Good man. Even if we lose saturday. If we do so with fight and can walk off saying we gave it our all ill be happy. I really mean that. As fans all we ask for is the same level we give right back.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Yay, E.C. - You are spot on. Truth is, at 4:45 on Saturday we were down, dead and buried. Now, however misplaced it may turn out to be, there is hope.

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    Hants Canary

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Just in jest, Egypt!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • I hope NA gives the team enough passion to fight back if they go a goal down instead of giving up.

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Exactly. We must remember Fulham will be desperate for the 3points as well. But it certainly will be interesting to see what happens whenif we go a goal down. How we respond and such.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Well no mad brewer this canary has been around a long time only just decided to join in the banter

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    Egyptian canary

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Such fun to see Matt reacting so good naturedly to being out-Matted by SouthseaCan. We have now acquired an Egyptian Canary - I hope he`s not a Nileist. You gotta believe in something, whether you believe it or not. Let`s hope Neil gets his just deserts. Cue an Oasis song..

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • At last the words passion and commitment are being used. I was one who gave up screaming for us to go forward on Saturday. Go for it Neil and we will all be solidly behind you and the team. As for those asking for the board to resign this is madness. Delia and all the board showed great courage to take the decision when they did. One other point if I may please David McNally do not leave us even if we go down as you are the best C.E.O that we have had for years.

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    Egyptian canary

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Yes, Southsea Canary dont apologies buddy! I was only pulling your leg. Id be awful on play by play as my summaries take about an hour to put over to the audience lol! My posts tend to wind alot of people up on here but I like to think they are usually fairly decent for those who bother to read them. You should see me try fit what ive got to say into a tweet on twitter. 140 characters isn't my friend!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Well, anyone who has been asking for a bit of passion lately will now have it in bucket loads. Come on you yellows!!!

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    alan

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Go for it, Neil.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Another deliuded Norwich Manager, if he thinks Norwich will win any one of the last 4 games he really needs to think again !!! not a hope in hell.. at best a draw..

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    Footyboy16

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Southsea Canary can you please keep your posts shorter please ;) im the only one whose allowed to do long, drawn out passionate messages on this forum, ha!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • It's well known that Matt is a thoroughly decent bloke who writes thoroughly sensible stuff......and he does this very thoroughly. However, having read the exchange between him and Southsea, I feel like the Editor of the Daily Mail, intruding rather pruriently into a moment of private intimacy between two consenting posters. Unlike the Editor of the Daily Mail, this makes me feel rather uncomfortable, so please excuse me while I move to another cubicle and see what's happening there.

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    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Best of luck, Neil. Sure you'll do fine.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Apologies Mattias - Don't often contribute - thought I'd make the most of it! :-)

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    Southsea Canary

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • …..B.W.. I too spent a couple of years in Egypt!....Early 50s...no grass pitches where I was!...Fayed.. ….had to compromise with a flat surface made from dried mud collected from The Bitter Lakes!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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