Norwich City boss Neil Adams is a paid up member of the Eddie Howe fan club

Norwich City boss Neil Adams is full of admiration for the job Eddie Howe has done at Bournemouth. Picture: Action Images / Ed Sykes

Livepic Norwich City boss Neil Adams is full of admiration for the job Eddie Howe has done at Bournemouth. Picture: Action Images / Ed Sykes Livepic

Saturday, August 30, 2014
7:15 AM

Neil Adams studies Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth and sees that rarest of modern-day commodities; precious time to build a club from the ground up.

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The 26-year-old is approaching the second anniversary of his second spell in charge on the south coast, with the Cherries continuing to punch above their collective weight in the Championship. Bournemouth arrive at Carrow Road as one of the early pace-setters despite league defeats to Nottingham Forest and Blackburn after a top 10 finish in their first season back at this level.

“I think he has done a great job there,” said Adams. “He has got them playing how he wants and you can see that in the way every player knows his role and knows how the manager asks him to play. You can watch a team and maybe feel they are lacking a bit of script, whereas the same is also true when a team looks like it has been together for quite a while. They are buying into what the manager wants from them and hopefully people are starting to see that with us here when it comes to the players you pick and the positions you put them in. They all have jobs to do.”

Adams is not fooled by recent stumbles in the league from a team he expects to challenge City’s recent dominance of possession at Carrow Road.

“All the reports I have had, and I’ve seen the games of course, but every report says what a good team they are; a really good side,” he said. “I know they lost to Forest and Blackburn but they could have won those games comfortably by all accounts. This is a good side we are playing and we have to be ready. We will give them that respect they deserve but at the same time it is about us and if we continue the way we have been playing and scoring goals and looking the threat we are with the ball we are confident we will continue to win games, but make no mistake this is not a team that is going to roll over.

“They like to dominate the ball themselves, they are a passing team with a little bit of pace up front in (Callum) Wilson. Eddie has got a team and a philosophy where they want to keep the ball, dominate and try to unlock the opposition through weight of possession. We have to do something about that.”

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13 comments

  • bluelight... and he`s still only 26. Must be true, Paddy said so ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • These boards have no shortage of coy ex-players and ex-managers. I`m ex Assistant Manager of AFC Greene King Ramblers. Duties: bringing the beer allocation and picking up the dirty kit. Hi, bluelight! Just as Neil is a Canary thro` and thro`, young Eddie H is a Cherry. Made his debut for them at age 16. He tried leaving home and managed Burnley moderately well for almost 2 years, then went back to the bosom of Bournemouth & Boscombe.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • I should be the manager. I would kick ass. All forward. Never mind the danger, attack is the best defence. And yes, I was the king of the midfield in my days. No regrets whatsoever. A knee injury finished it. And my name is not Brellier or Anselin.

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    JDeehan

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • What a nice pic of Neil Adams ! All cuddly looking . Much better that those ones with two fists clenched , in that Sicilian Motorist's gesture which indicates " may your ******** get this wide " . ( Jolly useful in traffic in Palermo , but make sure the lights ahead aren't going to go red before you use it .) Neil learned the art of smoothtalkin at Radio Partridge of course ( you absolute Beauty ! ! ! ) but it's nice he can raise the dialogue beyond " the boy done good " manager-speak . Nice cool overcast day for the game , let's hope for a good'un . O T B C !

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    Bring on Foggo

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • some of you posters will remember i was calling for eddie to be our manager when hoots had gone as i didnt thing adams was the right man.but i will hold my hands up and say that i could have been wrong.so far so good.otbc.

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    bluelight

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • ... superfan, and they`ll all be cunning! I hope the momentum can be maintained, but it`s no "gimme" of a game, for certain. I am amazed at how quickly that momentum has been created. While reluctant to join the Pollyanna Party just yet, I have a good feeling about this. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • This game will be a good tester for Neil----looks like he will need a plan A--B--& C.

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    superfan59

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Got a new "red message" from Archie - at least I`ve not noticed it before - "It appears you have submitted an identical comment for this story, the original comment will be used". I should be getting a "Rejected; Reason - Duplicate" message. At least, one got through this time!! Has Archie fixed one of the faults with the messaging system?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Rosario & Sprowstonboy quick out of the blocks there! By Padster`s reckoning, young Eddie made his debut for Bournemouth when he was about 6! Neil`s comments get ever more sly. He praises the opposition without `talking them up`. More importantly; without talking us DOWN... "We have to do something about that"... Cue The Godfather theme.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • I agree with Coldharbour. We don't have much pace at the back but if the speed merchant doesn't get any supply. .. really looking forward to the game today. COYY!

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    el dingo

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • 36 years, born November 29, 1977 if you want to send him a card

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    Sprowstonboy

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Should be a good game this one, a different test for our midfield and back four. Let's hope we can get on top, and dictate the game - we should as we are at home, but I've got a sneaking suspicion that this one could be tricky, and how we deal with Wilson will be as important as how they deal with Grabban. It could be the day that Lafferty brings that extra dimension that we have to bear.

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • 26 year old?? I don't think so.

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    Rosario

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

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