Norwich City will not be found wanting ahead of Championship kick-off

Norwich manager Neil Adams is leaving nothing to chance in pre-season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich manager Neil Adams is leaving nothing to chance in pre-season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
7:00 AM

Neil Adams is leaving no stone unturned in his pre-season preparations to ensure Norwich City hit the ground running back in the Championship.

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Adams took the Canaries’ first team squad to the FA’s national football centre last week and the City boss has personally vetted their Italian training base for a three-game tour later this month.

Norwich fly out to northern Italy on July 19 for a week-long trip designed to put the finishing touches to their plans for the Championship opener at Wolves on August 10.

City make their seasonal re-appearance at non league neighbours Dereham this Saturday before travelling to Conference Premier Braintree three days later.

“Most of them will get a game at Dereham. We have Wes (Hoolahan) and Pilks (Anthony Pilkington) to come back yet and Leroy (Fer) is still heavily involved with Holland but most will get a run out in the Dereham and Braintree games,” he said. “I’ve been out to Italy to have a look at the facilities as well and primarily at this stage it is about getting that good level of fitness. We did triple sessions (at St George’s Park) and the players have been fantastic.

“On a training camp like that, where you’re away from what you’re used to, you get to know the players’ strengths and weaknesses and you get to know their character. In the hard sessions you’ve seen every one of them gritting their teeth, getting on with it and getting it done.”

City were in good company at Burton with Romanian champions Steaua Bucharest also using the world-class facilities and Spanish giants Barcelona poised to visit later this month.

“It is a little bit remote, it is in the middle of nowhere but probably coaches would tell you that is a good thing. They have to work, there is nowhere to go,” said Adams to the club’s official site. “Right now it is the fitness side of things. We’re doing some possession work but we’ll look more at the tactical side and the shape and how we are going to play in due course. On day one I said the very minimum I expect is high-intensity. That has to be a given in the modern game, the players have to be at it and then you can take mistakes and tolerate mistakes and you can work on it, but what you can’t tolerate is 80pc work.”

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33 comments

  • Indeed you did, Steely. Clever D!ck. You should have enjoyed that r!pping bottle of beer with a naked lunch. Timbo has borrowed Mattias`s Time Machine.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Nice one Lincs. Actually about a dozen comments before my beer one I did mention the possibility of 7 one or even 4 nil. Brazil only managed to get through the previous game with continuous fouling and time wasting.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • So you didn't fancy a bet on the home team playing in yellow losing 1-7 Steely? And why weren't German fans singing "Are you Norwich in disguise"?

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • I predict a 1-7 win for Germany.

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Brew - I have just poured out that bottle of Green Jack Ripper that you gave me. Mrs Fagen is away and there is football on the box. Hoping for a decent match but not hopeful. The WC has died on its feet in the last couple of weeks. Too much play acting, fouling going unpunished, huge amounts of time wasting etc. Nil nil after 120 minutes and then Germany on penalties my prediction. Never mind ,the Evo Stik fixtures are out next week.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Stew PydSOdd - you know I`m just giving The ModeratOrS some space to do their job. (You dug the Devil up a while back, you rascal). Their task is to StOp SOmebody pOSing as me. SO far SO good, but I will not be too ShOcked ShOuld there be a relapse. Btw; it`s "TrOSsachs". Near Koch Latrine. Achray in the dark.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Cecil - I fully agree with your comment, but don't have a lot of confidence the "committee" we have running the football side has the necessary ability to make that happen. Maybe I have missed it, but who is the head-man on the committee who makes the final decisions? If one person is responsible and makes the decision based on all the input, that can be positive. If there is no-one overall person responsible and it is a committee decision (often based on lowest common demoninator to pacify all) then we are in trouble.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • If we aren't promoted next season he will have failed in my book.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • …..wiv.. ..It must be assumed that it's similar to putting them in the Army for a couple of days!...albeit with all mod cons.,...unlike the wooden blocks I enjoyed in Oswestry....You soon made friends...you damn well had to!...and no running home to the girlfriend with your woes!....Many of the current squad could and should be introduced to one another....All good for the Bonding process!.....and they can all begin the new season as equals!.....Made a mistake Brew ...I thought you had emigrated for a week!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Anyone know how you get a ticket for Dereham, guess you can just turn up on the day but do they have a limit to how many they let in ?

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    Jimhow

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • just wondered what the facilities at Burton have over Colney, which have always been touted as state of the art.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • In the unlikely event of NA producing the same sort of "football" as Clueless Chris aka brave Sir Robin in Python + the Holy Grail ( RUNAWAY,RUNAWAY...) we may have a ready made replacement in Gary Holt. Holty with Iwan or Hucks as his deputy would really excite me, but more than happy to give NA + crew a chance. OTBC !

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Exactly Lincs and co, im sure everything will be fine, but it does worry me what happens if it isn't all ok, sunshine and lollipops etc.At Reading or WBA for example it would simply be the head coach gets the chop (i.e Steve Clarke) & the football management team stays in place because technically prior to the managers appointment they had no relationship (buddy buddy system) with them. At NCFC its tricky because Royle appears to have been brought in under Adams suggestion (at least thats what the EDP articles suggest), likewise with Holt and co. Like I said I dont want to make a big deal (like some on social media assumed last night) out of it because hopefully this worst case scenario never raises its ugly head. Just interested to know what would happen.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • If they are to start by hitting the ground running in about a months time they need to get their squad sorted out pretty quickly - who is going, such information not to be entrusted to the people who pay the wages, and who is coming in, to identify positions they are thinking about would help. It seems that our transfer machine is still only grinding through first gear at the moment. In the old days there used to be a retained list and the rest were on offer - I'm sure that's the case now but that remains secret in the depths of Carrow Road.

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    VictorM

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Well spotted, Mattias ;) Just giving space to the Site Moderators, in case there is another invasion by the dementess. It`s a sair fect.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • You've started something Matt. But what if we don't "hit the ground running"? NA is already on a 5 match winless run and an indifferent start could make for some poor stats. Maybe he should be given a brief like CH. Top two or play offs. With five games left and if we are still outside the play offs then the football board can gang up on NA and sack him, promoting Gary Holt to manager and Big Joe his assistant.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Brew has commented today folks. On the youth article I believe.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Hope the poor chap is not looking for a decent pint in that neck of the woods!

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    Igno Rance

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • …..Where's Brew !.... The cry goes out.....reading between the lines...my favourite pastime.. I have the feeling that Brew is sampling something or other in the Trossochs....He did mention that he would be heading that way about now!.....He is probably out of touch having left his computer at home...not having a Tablet at his disposal...and can't understand this Wi Fi lark!...I believe that e.mails are only collected twice a week from the village stores before being netted!...so a delay has to be expected!......We shall all get an up to date upon his return... He will more than likely have picked up a different language to add to those he already converses in!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • No logic really behind it adelaide. Just generally wondering. For example if the board decided enough is enough under what ever circumstance is happening at such a time that they feel a change is required (the time any normal club would sack the manager), what would happen? Surely cant be as simple as sacking the head coach Neil Adams. Hopefully its not something we as fans even have to worry about and we go on to have a good season. Did get me thinking though. Would the entire football management team (as the club puts it) have to go or would they just sack Adams. I get how this system works at other clubs who have operated like this for years (Like WBA, Reading etc), Steve Clarke for example was sacked and the football management team stayed in place. However at NCFC the whole thing seems to have been built around Adams suggestions etc. He suggested Royle, Holt etc....Im just rambling most likely as ultimately it doesn't matter right now and hopefully never will but did get me thinking.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • My idea of things going horribly wrong would be a 7 one or 4 nil defeat on the opening day a la Gunny and Worthie.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Mattia333 I read your articles and you have good knowledge. What is your criteria for the act failing, do you mean if we do not finish in the top 3 Neil Adams and co have failed even if we end up fourth spot, or say above the midway line. I like most others want us to get promoted this coming season.

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    Adelaide Canary

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Victor - I too remember those old school managers. Pre season was spent pounding the streets or running all day up and down the terraces. A football was only introduced in the last session before the start of the season. The Brew will still be out there. He gave me a bottle of Green Jack Ripper which I am going to consume tonight during the match. It may be strong enough to keep me awake watching another insipid match. The WC is disintegrating fast and is in desperate need of a decent game. Another problem is that I don't like any of the teams left. They have all been guilty of niggling fouls, time wasting, play acting, trying to influence the referee etc. I'll go for Germany on penalties.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • 'Mon the Magpies! I'm from Dereham! Which is probably something I shouldn't be proud of... What the point is of playing Dereham Town is beyond me, but it's exciting, like when the Tour of Britain came through the town a few years ago... Matthias - I kind of thought this too yesterday, but you hold more sway with your posts so I cowardly backed away from the 'send' button. It's nigh on 1 month 'til it all kicks off and we're so uncertain who's stayinggoing and then who does stay has to gel in his pre-match preparation. It still feels so shambolic and the ghost of Hughton lingers on. I'm not being a pessimist and I guess you're not either but realistically I still think there's a long way to go and very very little time left to do it in. The World Cup hasn't helped either. Classic Norwich City luck,

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • DISCLAIMER!!!! This is not a negative, 'I want Neil Adams out' post at all, just me generally thinking out loud. What happens 'IF' this whole Neil Adams, Internal\good old boys appointment act, does NOT work out? Who bites the bullet 'IF' things go horribly wrong and we struggle. Does just Neil Adams get sacked and the football management team stay in place, or does the club face the task of having to pay off everyone. Personally I dont see this happening either way (and certainly hope it dont happen) so hopefully it wont matter but just got me thinking that with this new outlook on how the clubs run, I personally have no idea how it works should things go wrong. I get the feeling even if we finished 7th to 10th we'd stick with the current staff setup. Once again this isnt aimed at being negative. Personally im quietly confident regarding this season as long as we dramatically change how we go about playing football and create chances for our 'many' strikers. Fingers crossed. OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Brew's absence could be down to the Eritrean Parsnip wine which is the new Championship elixir that guarantees instant promotion ! Packs a pretty mean punch so could have knocked old Brewer for six. City could go one better on 23 August and knock our friends down the road for six too ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • What's happened to Brew? Has he gone walkabout? Last week we had two now we seem to be brewless.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • The fittest team I've ever seen at Carrow Road was under the leadership of Ron Saunders whose training facilities included the hill at Mousehold, Hemsby sand dunes and a purpose built sweat box at Trowse.No state of the art training facilities fot thar squad but my goodness were they fit.

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    VictorM

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Mattias333

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Nice one Downunder.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Probably Lafferty, cutty - but not necessarily on the pitch.

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    canarydownunder

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Still talking the talk Neil ....... I like it ! Such a breath of fresh air ......

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    nevermindthedanger

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Be interesting to see who scores at Dereham.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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