Norwich City boss can trust his young brigade

Ruel Fox was one of the young bred Dave Stringer blooded during his time in charge at Norwich City. Picture: Archant Ruel Fox was one of the young bred Dave Stringer blooded during his time in charge at Norwich City. Picture: Archant

Sunday, June 1, 2014
9:44 AM

Neil Adams should have the courage of his convictions to fast-track Norwich City’s brightest young gems.

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The Canaries’ new boss forged his coaching reputation in becoming the first man since Dave Stringer to guide the club’s emerging talent to a prestigious FA Youth Cup win, when they toppled holders Chelsea 12 months ago.

Adams also blooded Jamar Loza during his brief first team stint towards the end of City’s Premier League season, whilst Josh Murphy and Nathan Redmond were also given fresh Premier League exposure. Stringer faced a similar dilemma when he replaced Ken Brown but reaped the benefits during a productive spell.

“When I first took over I think morale was a bit short at the time because of the way things had happened and the results,” he said. “Sometimes youngsters come in with a fresh attitude, a clean page and they can write their own stories. They are ambitious, they want to make their mark in the game and I had one or two who were part of the youth set-up at the time coming through.

Players like Dale Gordon and Ruel Fox, who came through the youth team, Jerry Goss was another. Even Tim Sherwood, who was someone we brought in but had been at Norwich as a very young player and then left us to go to, I think, Watford. People like that who had ambition and we then tried to get the mixture right with good senior players and strong types, like Mickey Phelan, Ian Butterworth and we added to all that with good signings who made the difference.

“The problem I had immediately when I took over was we sold Steve Bruce to Manchester United. That was a big blow because he was a massive part of the team. We had to repair things, so we brought in people like Andy Linighan, who made an impact and did well.”

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  • Someone read my mini essay! hurrah! Thanks MontrealYella. End of the day no striker can score without the service. I see he's an easy target for fans to vent at, especially now the woeful Hughton has gone. Glad someone else pointed out how Hooper seems to get away without getting an hassle for being lazy. It all boils down to Hughton. His awful, depressing, unsuccessful tactics caused a large % of fans to get border line depressed. As a result its seen performances fade, premier league status vanish & strikers become starved of service and taking the brunt of the abuse off fans. Id love to see Hooper or RVW playing within a side who allow their naturally gifted attacking players the freedom to do what they do best. I.E- Remond, Fer, Howson etc having the shackles placed on them by Hughton lifted in games we can or could win. Make Hooper or RVW chances in the box and you will see results. Sadly the damage has been done in my opinion and I can see RVW going out on loan somewhere. Hopefully not the case of course. OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • PS. I was hoping not to be the one to point this out - what does "young bred" mean? Or should it have read "Ruel Fox was one of the young ble€ders Dave Stringer brooded...."

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • LincsCan, I agree that Assombalonga looks a likely lad. Peterborough`s Mr. Fry is an astute wheeler-dealer (compare the Norwich version) and he will fully appreciate he has a marketable asset on his hands. I`d guess a few other Championship clubs will have noticed that player, and the price might be inflated accordingly - remember the Craig Mackail-Smith saga? Anyway, we cannot do anything until the Board has completed its Management Studies for Dummies course at Postwick Polytechnic. Once that is done, they can put in place the selection team to recruit our recruitment team in charge of creating a Board of Football. Meantime, Assombalonga`s long gone, along with many others. el dingo`s right; Paddy cannot write a decent article when there IS something to write about. He has no chance when a bit of creativity is needed. Who is this Johnny, "Matthis"?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Thing is Montreal, we're all still a bit shellshocked from the one relegation we never expected. Most neutral pundits thought we had a good summer last year. When the results went pear shaped it was Hughton to blame not the players. So if we bring in no one, sell no one, we are left with the squad believed to be at worst lower middle PL last season. Facetiously I posted on another board all the players have been told to report back for next season and be ready to regain their lost status. The alternative is we have replaced in season dithering with off season dithering. Back on subject, I hope Adams does blood some of our youngsters when the time seems right. I would not go overboard with new signings but I would make Assombolonga of Peterborough our prime target. He will probably be attainable and within our budget. Now then, where's that Head of Recruitment?

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Now for the guys who had something useful to say. I read some great comments regarding the RVW article the other day. I, like many others, would have no problem giving the young fella the whole of next season to prove himself. Matthis, et al, hit the nail on the head with lack of quality service as the cause, and at least the lad tracks back and tackles (take note Hooper). If we keep these two, then I argue tat we won't have the space of an old head. Loza and Murphy can keep them honest, and provide that youthful exuberance from the bench when needed. An experienced striker just delays the progression of these potential stars.

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    MontrealYella

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • And as a follow-up, follow your own advice.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Come on what was wrong with that post? I do not spout the obvious but despise a monopoly on local journalism. Your hometown gave its name to a wonderful Alfa Romeo. Be content.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Now for the whingers who constantly bash Paddy for his rumour update, and its lack of newsworthiness. In case you had not noticed its the close season, and as per normal, Norwich are slow out of the blocks. However, Paddy's job is to write for the paper, I can just imagine how his editor would react to being informed there's no news to write about so I think I'll give it a miss today. Editor: really Paddy...in that case we have no need for your services until a few weeks before the season starts. He also lets you clearly know before hand that it is conjecture - 'rumour mill'. If it offends you to read it that much, do us a favour and don't read it, and save us from your boring comments.

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    MontrealYella

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • While not the most ardent of archant supporters, some of you guys are just as ridiculous. I can only presume that some of you take great pleasure in having a good old moan. Case in point: El dingo and his rehash, thanks for the insight captain obvious, you spout exactly what you purport to hate.

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    MontrealYella

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Good luck Neil. I am not seeing signs of the Board being proactive and dynamic lets be honest when the cards were down at Christmas they prevaricated where was the forthright McNally of old lets see some leadership from the Board. I also note continuing criticism of strikers but if you analyse our last ten games the number of early balls into the box you can count on the left hand of a careless Butcher by the time our occasional crosses went in they had 6+ defenders back,under Lambert we were much more aggressive how we miss Holt mixing it I would still like to see Hoolahan stay with us.Redman a real talent but he has to learn to cross a ball,pray we can keep Ruddy, the Bennetts, Snodgrass and Fer. Like Johnson as a defender but his passing !!!! Howson now needs to show what he has. As always it will be another test of emotions I saw my first game in 1949 OTBC

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    TonyfromThailand

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • El dingo, my old pal, as ever you are the most illustrative of men. As much as I am in awe of you, for all the epidermal trauma you have endured in support of our once wonderful Club, you have erred, and erred badly. Errr, I think that`s what I meant. You have asked Archie why he thinks we are all so stupid. The error is - it presupposes Archie and its hacks are capable of thought. Unlikely. At best an antiperistaltic Thesaurus extravaganza. At worst, Divot on camera with Mustard. No wonder most mustard was left untouched.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Yet another rehash. Why do you think we are all so stupid - don't answer that please.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Time to make Howson Captain and Ryan Bennett Vice Captain. Always better to have a Captain in the centre of midfield

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    PhilH

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Totally agree reference Turner, tonyb. Another contributor has told me he is out of contract, so - will we want him to stay, and will he want to stay? Ryan Bennett`s time has come. He has great potential. Like too many Norwich players, his development was stifled by that dreadful management team. I think only Olsson survived the suffocation. Of course, Robert was OK, but he could have been so much better for the team if we`d had a manager who wasn`t scared of him. Good to read on another board that NA is under no obligsation to change his religion. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • I know what you mean MB,a Holty type player would fit in nicely but cant really think of anyone,Danny Graham perhaps?Think Turner will stay and be a big influence in the championship,could also help Bennett become a top defender.Those two could make a very sound partnership in that league next season.

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    tonyb

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • I may be mistaken, but could that be a young Craig Fleming with Ruel Fox?

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    Huge Hairy Canary

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Hmm. Seems Murray is under contract at Palace until 2016. Anyway, he`s with a Premiership side and, unless they want to "do a Iwan" and get rid, I`m sure that`s a better place to be than Bowkett Boulevard. Btw, he has scored a hat-trick vs Ipswich, and he comes from Cumbria. Gets more Holtesque by the minute! I said most of this stuff 2 seasons ago.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • That is so true, tonyb. I think it would be good to keep Michael Turner, if he wants to stay, and Hoolahan could be an asset - if his heart is still at Norwich (though I fear it is not). Where can we find a striker who is savvy enough to fill that bill, tony? Sadly, Holt`s days are gone, but he`s the sort we need. Does that `sort` still exist? Fox could`ve been useful, but he`s gone. Garrido seems interested in helping younger players - perhaps, unlike Hughton, Neil will give him a game now & then. If only there was a Holty clone out there.... There are not that many players now that you really feel are "Norwich players". Mostly mercenaries\journeymen, as is the way. Hughton strangled the life out of our playing squad, and NA has a massive task to put things right. Good luck, Neil. PS. On signing an older, wiser striker - how about Glenn Murray of Crystal Palace? Rumoured that he will be released (if it hasn`t happened already).

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • nice to see one or two youngsters in the team,i remember when louie donowa first got in the team,every time he got the ball in his first few games the crowed roared him on and it brought a bit of excitement to the game.Fans like to see young raw talent,who we all hope can go on to become top players.But they do need one or two senior players around them to help them along.thats why I hope we sign an older player this summer,someone with loads of experience of the championship,a striker would be nice!

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    tonyb

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Trust is a two-way street. Homily ju jour. Hi, Stew! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • .....No Comment !.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

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