Norwich City’s Neil Adams turns up the heat on Sunderland in the Premier League relegation scrap

Norwich manager Neil Adams is still refusing to give up the fight in the Canaries' Premier League survival battle. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich manager Neil Adams is still refusing to give up the fight in the Canaries' Premier League survival battle. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
11:22 AM

Norwich City chief Neil Adams has turned up the heat on Sunderland ahead of a defining game for both clubs in the Premier League relegation scrap.

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The Canaries will effectively be relegated if Sunderland take a point against West Brom at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday with City two points adrift ahead of Arsenal’s final day visit.

Adams is not giving up the fight and believes Crystal Palace’s thrilling comeback to dent Liverpool’s title hopes in Monday’s 3-3 Selhurst Park draw is further evidence of the unpredictable nature of the top flight.

“You talk about twists and turns and there was another one at Crystal Palace,” he said. “We can only hope for something similar at Sunderland. They are in the box seat. You just hope there is a little bit more in it and if West Brom win it will be an unbelievable occasion at Carrow Road (against Arsenal).

“What we said on Sunday was we had to put a bit of pressure on Sunderland. If we had lost the game we were down. With us getting the draw it now puts the pressure back on them even though they have the two home games. If West Brom score you can imagine the nervousness amongst the players and supporters. It is out of our hands now.”

Adams, speaking to Talksport on Tuesday, insists he is prepared to lead the fightback next season after replacing Chris Hughton for the final five matches should City lose their Premier League status.

“I’m Norwich through and through and I wouldn’t have taken it if I didn’t want it,” he said. “The reaction from the players has been excellent. I was given it until after the Arsenal game and that is how it remains. The debt has been cleared, the ground is full every week, regardless of what happens next season. The club is in a good position. We just want to be in that top flight and if we are not we will deal with it.”

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44 comments

  • Five of the teams who'll be staying in the EPL - Stoke, WBA, Palace, Hull, Swansea - are smaller than we are. We are under-achievers.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • As the sun sets on N Citys premiership membership. Mac Mally is nowhere to be seen or heard. Early in the season he claimed that City are in the entertainment business. What sort of CEO instructs a manager to keep City as the forth worst in the EPL. Any business , must expand and grow. Any CEO would want the best from his manager and expect to improve annually and strive to be the best. Much has been made about City being debt free. With well over a 100 million brought by being in the EPL, it has not been the business acumen of Mac Nally. The board shut up shop at Christmas, preferring to secure their wealth and accepted that there was a strong possibility of relegation. Even by dropping a division N City should receive payments of around 60 million over the next four years. Money first ,football and the ever loyal supporters a poor second.

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    stormy

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Putting the " pressure " on Sunderland has done the trick. Last time I looked they were 2 up.

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    stormy

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Just noticed your comment Mad Brewer! I'm 29 for the record Mad. My point regarding lowestoft is I get so annoyed with people calling Flem the manager when Micky & Ady have worked so hard for many years as dual managers of the club. Superb achievement for them both. Thrilled for Ady especially.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Never as simple as that. So Manager x goes to McNally and says "we need to offload players".....how does McNally answer that? "oh what a spiffing idea, I knew I hired you for something". Think the board already know that, but you cant force clubs to buy our players we dont want. We may well be stuck with them. however I still stand by what Ive always said and that is we've got some brilliant players at NCFC. Sadly they have been either miss-purchased or simply wasted within a defensive set up. Players like RVW, Hooper, Fer, Redmond etc...would surely flourish under a manager with a different outlook on things tactically. So dont rush to offload the whole squad as we all know why we are in trouble and he's no longer at the club. I'd never take Lambert back, but can you imagine how many goals Hooper & RVW would've scored in the Lambert era?? If Morison could score 9 goals just think what either of them could've done if being supplied 3-4 chances in the penalty area, instead of 1 half chance per game outside the area.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • A malapropism, Mad. FB has no conception of what articulate might mean (not perception.)

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Your point being, Mattias? Apart from the blatant non-name dropping and a bit of juvenile self-adulation? How old are you? 22-23? You seem very young for your age. You`re not FUEL.BINN in disguise, are you? Freddy Krughton`s coalshed. FB, there are no signs, as yet, that you have any perception of what "articulate" might mean. You have become a well disliked Troll. That`s being complimentary. You are, very simply, a dullard.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Next seasons manager whether we are in the PL or not will have a tough time. First he needs to convince the board to offload some of the recent poor purchases. Next he needs to convince the owners that more money and the ability to make difficult decisions quickly is required if long term membership of the PL is the target. Thirdly he needs to be forceful and demanding ......retained players need to be fit, determined, and entirely committed to the team and manager. Frankly few of the players have justified a place in the PL this season, some simply lack the ability others fitness and application. The fact that Hughton was apparently not up to the job, and the board too slow in the realisation, should not be used to obscure the facts about the players. Those who think they belong in the PL need to give 110% this week and for the whole of next season. If Neil Adams feels that despite his friendly relations with all at the club, he can insist on delivery from the players who are retained, and the board, then he deserves a chance and I wish him well, if not then we need a tough guy with a proven record.

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    Union Jack

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Noticed a bit further down someone commented saying Craig Fleming is Lowestoft Town Manager. Despite all the media talking for years like he is he isnt technically. A friend of mine is currently joint manager alongside a club legend.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Hmmm...a doubtful headline. Surely S-land turned up the heat on us when they beat Man U + we got stuffed by them. It'll take a miracle now. As for next season's manager I think Neil would do ok, but all other possibilities also need to be considered ( especially if by the grace of God we stayed in the Premiership). We let our hearts rule our heads once before when we appointed Gunny + it didn't end well for either party. OTBC !

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • I too like that NA is a Norwich man but that is not a qualification for the job. The job is to get us back up and keep us up. Well, perhaps that is two jobs requiring different skills and therefore different men. I am not sure that NA is up to either job. But he's better than Hughton, I'll give him that.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • For sure we could do worse than NA, but can we do better, heck of a gamble. If NA gets the nod think he needs an experienced head beside him, Phelan or even Culverhouse.

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    Jimhow

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • You know what I love about NA ? He bleeds, green and yellow. And he seems to have the support of the players. Should he get a chance to be manager next season? I think we could do worse.

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    Rottsrool

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • They really should watch turning up the heat, if they want to carry that surplus of Premier League cash forward. Should do what I do. Ask Nursie to bring the slippers, a stiff measure of malt and yesterdays times in my y-fronts. Never did me any harm, what what.

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • i will throw my hat back in the ring and suggest as i did a couple of months ago.eddie howe would get my vote.

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    bluelight

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • I would like to see Adams in charge next season,Although inexperienced he totally makes up for that with being city through and through,passion in abundance, something some players lack.As long as he has an experienced coach with him(phelan,bowen,culverhouse)I think he would do ok.Lets face it anyone is a gamble.

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • cant understand why fanny blue and tinman would want us back in the championship to give them two more good thrashings.

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    bluelight

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • I don't think the Championship can be too bad. Look at Town they are that division's longest incumbents. They've been trying not to get out of it for 12 seasons.

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    B Inners

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Craig Fleming for manager. Lowestoft = Suffolk's no 1 football team.

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Thanks Cornwall Canary Very much. Only problem is that Mad Mad Brewer Would make the team talk so unbelievable boring and long that all might run away or worse...

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    FINN.BLUE

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • As much as this pains me but it's got all the makings of Germany v Austria, both needed a point to go through and didn't get out of the centre circle, sorry but when I said it pains me I mean my sides hurt from laughing at you going down, never mind the danger to late for you chumps .lol

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    Townman

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • I love visiting this site. Not only do you get Wise comments on football you get a combined English and History lesson too,

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Bring back Houghton. He was without fault. Sans anything. Numb kernels. Faultless too were Boucchio, Pinocchio, Raviolio, Cannellonio, Expressio, and Carlo The Jackal. Time for a Bunn Fight, chaps.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • How about Finn Blue and Mad Brewer as joint managers. The touchline talk would be worth the season ticket. No offence meant chaps.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • The heart says give Neil Adams a chance but the brain says that we probably need a manager with experience. I still think however that we could entice somebody like Glen Hoddle as a director of football and thereby give Neil Adams a chance to progress as a head coach style manager. Neil could tell Hoddle what player he requires and then leave recruitment mostly up to him. I would like to see an experienced coach come in under Neil and even Culverhouse would fit that roll, presuming Villa want to offload him after his suspension a couple of weeks back. Stranger things have happened.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • While I doubt anyone hates Warnock as much as me, if he did what hes done elsewhere and got us up despite all the odds at first attempt I wouldnt care. Just want us back up to the PL as soon as possible.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Doesn't matter who is in charge next season - the damage has been done and it will take at least 10 seasons to get out of the Championship - might as well be Neil Adams for what it's worth - although Pinky and Perky would probably do just as good a job as him next season - watch this space for a freefall into League One...

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    57charles

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • We should never ever hire Colin as our manager! never never never! Rather Adams!

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    Norwegian Canary

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • O.M.G. Dream land comments yet again There is more chance of me leaning to use articulate writeing then you have of staying up... Norfolk Boy i think you get far to serious ..try to chill out man.

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    FINN.BLUE

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • My vote's with Neil - I want a manager I can be proud of, not one who is constantly whinging. Please not NW (we had another manager with the same initials - not a good omen at all). Anyway, NA has the passion in abundance, and in a very short time he has made a marked improvement in the players' attitudes - and we even passed the ball along the ground to get out of trouble on Sunday - what a difference!

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    Cape Town Canary

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Bill Puntons bald patch----if we get Warnoch i'm taking up line dancing!!!!

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    superfan59

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • I like the idea of NA, he has shown many years of commitment to the club, however, we need to go back up first bounce, so grit, determination and a real motivating presence is required. NA may just be the man for the job.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • If we get Warnock, I'm taking up bridge instead

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Im really confused on Gus Poyet. I was originally in the camp of wanting him when Lambert originally left. Thought he had the passion, desire and also connections to improve on the already fantastic foundations laid. However last time I checked Sunderland had the worse home form in the league, and only a few weeks ago in an interview post game he basically accepted they were likely to go down. Fair enough their form picked up again when its mattered recently but they were wrote off. Teams tend to pick up when everyone writes them off. Lets not forget how awful they looked at Carrow road. Its a massive gamble who ever we go for.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Simple in theory but how do you just move someone back to the academy? They'd have to replace him in that department as he'd be way to busy to do both. Here what you are saying though. I'd hate to see Neil Adams no longer having a place at the club if this does not work out.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • When Lambert left Norwich, they should have went for Gus Poyet, rather than Chris Houghton. He has now proved what a good manager he is by getting great results for Sunderland.

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    Paul Mark

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • I kind of like the idea of Warnock but my view is now somewhat skewed by the Leeds fan I work with. I like to see the ball on the pitch not in the clouds. Malky is similar and too much arm waving, another Peter Grant. NA for me at this stage, but we don't know what fallout there'll be after the weekendcoming weeks.

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    Bookface

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Neil Adams should be given a chance if we are relegated but on a short contract so he can be moved back to the Accadamy if things are not working out. Unless, a proven Manager is available who could make the chance of bouncing back a viable proposition

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    goldie

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Agree Mellow. Who ever we appoint its going to be a massive gamble. There is no rightwrong choice and hes as goodbad as any listed. Personally Malky does not do it for me but ive got this strange feeling itll be him in the dugout come next season. He will get a majority of the fans onside of course but it will only be a short term fix. Not a fan of his tactics or his transfer business in the past. Just worries me that after a short time fans will turn on him like with Hughton when they'd had all they can stomach of his tactics. Half of me wonders whether Warnock would be the way to go. While immediately my brain says NO NO NO, he has a proven record when it comes to getting teams up an he is very much the kinda bloke that you LOVE at your club but HATE when hes against you. Bit like Grant Holt was as a player for us. Clarke I like but does he have the man management side to his game that we have so badly lacked under Hughtons time here? Lennon wont come to NCFC in the championship and im not entirely sure he'd be the man to take us forward anyway but like I said its a gamble who ever we appoint.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • No, City cannot afford to make another novice appointment. They need someone with longer managerial experience who knows how to get out of the Championship. Mackay may not have been ideal for the Premier League, but could be the right man this time.

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    Outside The Box

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • I'm not at all convinced NA is the man for the job next season. I don't think 5 games in this situation, against these 3 or 4 clubs is enough to be able to judge him well enough. I think it's too big a risk, and when allied to the fact he has almost zero reputation in the game - we will find it much harder to convince quality players to come here than under Hughton. I think the club have tried to be stable and prudent with Hughton, and that hasn't worked for one reason or another - so in my opinion we now have to make the choice with the least risk attached. For me, that is not NA.

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    MancCanary

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • MY, NA's the man for me too. There is a risk with almost any appointment. What I've seen and heard from NA, he is more than capable of making us competitive next season. The one area he is totally unproven would be in player recruitment. There will obviously be a significant turnover after Sunday.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • From what I've seen in recent weeks Neil Adams is more than qualified to do the job next season. In addition to his obvious motivational qualities, he has a genuine passion for the club. Forget the other names being tabled - our man is already here.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Turning up the heat? They must be using Economy Seven!

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    la barbe

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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