Norwich City must prepare for a Championship grind

Norwich City boss Neil Adams with his key men Mark Robson and Gary Holt. Picture: Denise Bradley Norwich City boss Neil Adams with his key men Mark Robson and Gary Holt. Picture: Denise Bradley

Friday, July 25, 2014
7:00 AM

Norwich City’s first team coach Mark Robson admits it might not be pretty at times but the Canaries will handle the Championship grind.

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Robson won promotion from the second tier as a player at West Ham and coached at Charlton and he insists Neil Adams’ squad will be fully-briefed on the challenge ahead, starting with the trip to Wolves on August 10.

“I know from personal experience what to expect. It can be hard, it can be a bit of a grind at times. That is where keeping the squad fit is so vital because you need a good pool of players to pick from,” he said. “Obviously the first thing there is more games so in that respect it has to be different to the Premier League. You are going to be playing Saturday, Tuesday on a lot of occasions. The games come thick and fast and they are not easy.

“Everyone wants a good start to the season, irrespective of what league you play in, and it does put you in good stead if you start well. I don’t think it’s the be all and end all, though, because within a week you can pick up two or three wins at various stages. Of course you try to win every game but that is not going to happen because it is such a tough league but we’ll be setting our sights on giving it a good go.”

Robson and Gary Holt are Neil Adams’ chief lieutenants for the new season and the former Hammer has been impressed by the Scot’s initial impact this summer.

“It’s working very well between the three of us,” he said. “Gal is a good man. He has come in and we have a good bond between us. Obviously Neil knew him from before so for me and Gal it has been new but we get on pretty well. I’m sure we’ll all have disagreements over certain things, but ultimately we are here to do the same role and that is to make the club successful.

“I think first and foremost as players you want to enjoy what you do. I would hate to come into training as a player and there is no real reason or method to it. Everything we do has a tempo to it because the main aim for us is to re-produce how we want to play into those sessions so the players understand and it becomes almost second nature. There are no grey areas. I hope the players are enjoying it, certainly the staff are.”

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12 comments

  • Swiss Canary

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • They are too busy preparing for a championship grind.

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    cutty

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • ...Or perhaps the gesture`s aimed at "Gal"? Perhaps at that instant, they weren`t getting on well? I hope the players are enjoying it.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Interesting finger configuration from Mark Robson there. Doesn`t he like young Denise? Or is The Padster there too, on a brief foray away from his on-line Thesaurus? Btw - "Gal". OMFG.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • They`re just worried about what Paddy`s going to `write`. Will it be accurate, or will it be what he`s been told to write? Perhaps they are worried they`ll be allocated Whittaker`s lost years? Hey, cutty - how about starting a Fan Band? `The Crying Moaners`. Debut single; a remake of Dave Berry`s `Crying Game`, with Manfred Mann`s `Ha-Ha Said The Clown` on the flipside. Do those little shaving-mirror thingies have "flipsides"?? I recommend Steely Dan as Band Manager.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • The staff are 'enjoying' it? Looks like three worried men to me.

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    borderman

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • spot on. More and more teams are trying to play football. Not as caveman as many supporters on this board make out. If you listen to some, you'd think we'd need 11 x 6ft5, 16 stone players. What I will say and this is a personal opinion. Ive looked through all the championship squads and none overly impress me. Yes a few times have a couple of tidy players, but those teams also have some right shockers. Theres no 1 team that in my eyes look head and shoulders above the rest as a total squad. If we get things right and start well we could do very well indeed. Heres hoping anyway.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Hit the ground running and we'll be fine, give it 6 games into the season and we'll know the test in front of us ..........with Robbo, Gal (huh?) and Neyul at the helm, we'll certainly be a more positive proposition than the previous management debacle .......... Hoots, you could learn a lot from these guys, OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Being a realist I can only echo Lobbo and DJ. The optimists will be expecting miracles and the moaners will love the problems but the rest of us will cheer, cry and hope for the occasional bit of good luck OTBC.

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    cutty

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • I think far more teams in the Championship try to play passing,intelligent football these days. No so many kick and rush teams with the intention of k nob-ling stand out opposition players. That should suit us. Only 16 days to the start of the season!

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    Lobbo

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • I think far more teams in the Championship try to play passing,intelligent football these days. No so many kick and rush teams with the intention of knob-ling stand out opposition players. That should suit us. Only 16 days to the start of the season!

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    Lobbo

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Been saying similar for a while. Supporters need to be patient at start of the season - it may take a while to get into top gear but imperative is to stay in contention and then kick on second half.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Friday, July 25, 2014

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