Opinion: Why reaction to Neil Adams’ appointment has been far from positive

Neil Adams celebrates with his players after victory in the 2013 FA Youth Cup final. Picture: Matthew Usher. Neil Adams celebrates with his players after victory in the 2013 FA Youth Cup final. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Thursday, May 22, 2014
10:04 PM

City season ticket holder and columnist David Powles gives his verdict.

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Norwich City fans feel burned - that’s one of the main reason’s why the reaction to Neil Adams’ appointment has been far from positive.

It was only a few years ago after all that many of us, myself included, were excited by the appointment of another city legend - former goalkeeper Bryan Gunn.

And look how that turned out.

After failing to escape relegation, the season began with that infamous 7-1 defeat to Colchester, shortly after which newly appointed chief executive David McNally wielded the axe.

To many this feels like a repeat decision, especially because Adams also failed to avoid the drop - albeit in much harder circumstances.

But those comparisons are not wholly accurate. Adams has a coaching pedigree, he’s been behind the scenes for several years and of course masterminded last year’s FA Youth Cup victory.

That said I’m surprised by the appointment - and a little bit disappointed.

Next season is massive. Fail to bounce back at the first opportunity and the stats suggest Norwich fans will yet again face several more years in Championship obscurity.

That’s why I and many others craved a manager who’s been in this position before - and succeeded. Malky Mackay was the obvious choice - and not because of the Norwich links, but because he has the CV to back him up.

Of course we don’t know if he, and the other more experienced candidates, were offered the chance and turned it down.

Carrow Road may again be a strange place at the start of the next season. A poor start and I can imagine the fans will turn more quickly than they would have done had an external candidate been chosen. The board could also be the ones to feel the brunt of the anger. A good start is crucial.

As is the next big appointment by the club - the technical director. It needs to be someone who will work alongside Adams, not clash with him as others in that position have done at other clubs.

Whatever my views, it won’t impact the support I give Adams and his team. What is not in doubt is his passion for the club, decency as a human and potential.

I just hope they are enough to help him succeed.

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26 comments

  • Agree with Gordon Jablonski on this. We managed OK when Stringer and Walker and indeed Ken Brown were promoted from within. Bit surprised it's a three year deal but maybe there's a ' get out ' clause for NCFC if it all goes pear-shaped. (By the way are the Gordon Jablonski I went to school with and who then emigrated to Australia ?)

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    Graham Last

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Well Delia (bless her) thought Bryan Hamilton was a good manager + said his treatment was "shameful" when he was sacked ! ( He had a 28% win rate....). She pays the piper so I wouldn't be surprised if she's called the tune re: the new manager. She tends to let her heart rule her head. I'd feel a lot happier if Culvers could be brought in as part of the "Adams family". His experience with Lambo would be massively helpful to us now- OTBC .

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    Timbo

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • I for one wish Neil the very best, my main question is Why give Neil a 3 year contract ? I hope he is mindful that Leicester and Burnley got automatic promotion loosing just 6 & 5 games !!! and something that has bugged my mind is How much has the board earnt individually in pound notes since Norwich were in the Prem, thats 3 seasons ?

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    Colby Army!

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • I am fully behind Neil Adams but the Board have made themselves look stupid again, whilst this log of clowns run the club I cannot see Norwich ever again attracting serious quality managers or players. Delia your time is up, you live in a Victorian past, please sell up and get out, then we will still love you for ever

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • What is so special about the premier league? There are about 8 teams which make it premier and they let the little children join in. The little children just play to avoid relegation. Now I want to see NA bring back an entertaining style of football, one that gives us hope from day one of the new season that Norwich City can gain promotion. It is the fault of circumstance if we do not get there but whatever happens let us all enjoy the journey. I do not want to see promotion because Neil Adams has written a magical formula which earns a dull 3 points game after game.

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    George Ezekial

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • I was stunned yesterday but having slept on it I'm beginning to feel a bit more positive, we need to see who will be the Director of Football and how the whole thing stitches together. Having a director to directly support him will free up more time for NA to have direct contact with the players. Some manager only get to be with the players on match day.

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    cutty

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Well, Neil has to be better than the previous clown....... The last 5 games were always going to be a struggle, given the teams that City were up against, and by that point the damage was already done, and he was having to make the best of a bad situation, which would have been an uphill struggle for any manager, given the decline in the team over the previous 2 seasons under CH's control. During the last few games under NA there was some good attacking football, unlike the previous "one up front" that CH liked to play nearly every game. You play defensive, once it's breached, you have a problem. Play on the attack, keep the ball up the other end, and then you have defensive to fall back on if that fails..... I'm no tactician, but anybody could see with one up front, Wes or RVW would get the ball and run forward, only to get mobbed, as there was no backup for him. I'd say give NA a chance..... It cannot be any worse than under CH!

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    Jay Hill

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • The biggest surprise to me was the award of a three year contract, surely one year to allow him to prove himself would have been a more sensible approach. There is little point discussing other options now as the club must move on, can we expect a director of football to be announced in the near future, Glen Hoddle would be one name I would put into the hat although I think his strength may also be in coaching.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • As much as I wish Neil Adams all success, I must agree with Michigan`s assessment of NCFC as an Institution. We don`t want to go down `Shady Lane` with dodgy new owners, but are there `respectable` options out there somewhere? I don`t see much merit in a business plan that not so much builds in contingencies for relegation, as plans for that event - as if it were inevitable. I fear the whole sorry episode reeks of dithering. There was nobody suitable available in January, according to Smith. Adams was... Jones managed a cute quip about `only` being a Norwich supporter for 61 years. Helpful. Alas, Smith & Jones. The Club has become a private party for the glitterati. Good luck, Neil - you`ll need it.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Suitably experienced, proven commitment to the club, full knowledge of his players, passion and inclination towards attractive and attacking football. As with any other manager, nothing is guaranteed but an excellent appointment. Good luck Neil!

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    Geolis

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Why is it that blame is always put on the manager? I don't really know a lot about football but surely the players have a part to play in this relegation. Ok, a manager needs to motivate their team, but if the team are feeling demotivated should they not come to the decision of playing the game their way rather than the way the manager tells them? Anyone asked the players how they feel about NA getting the Job? See I said I didn't know much about the game

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    melalmighty

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Can see McNally leaving pretty soon as I cannot imagine he wanted Neil Adams as permanent manager. Looks like he's been outvoted by an outdated club board mentality once again.

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    Powers1902

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • .....Too many stories on this subject by those for and those against the appointment of Neil Adams!!....Like it or not, that's what we have for the future!!....Perhaps everyone should accept it, and be positive....We have escaped from the Premier experienced previous manager who brought so much joy to one and all, and have the opportunity to support an 'ex-footballer'..not a goalkeeper or Centre Half, or Full Back, but an attacking winger!...You know it makes sense!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Carrabuh, don't assume "virtually everyone" is against this. Simply not the case. I think he will prove many people wrong. I certainly desperately hope so.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Neil Adams may not have the amount of senior managerial experience as some possible candidates but he has a love for the club and the want to win - we all saw the immediate positive change in attitude of the players. Next season will not be an easy task. The majority of these other experienced managers are generally only available because they have been sacked for failing elsewhere so let's get behind the guy and give Neil a chance. OTBC!

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    CANARY-CRUISE-GIRL

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • So carrabuh you know who the options were and the demands they made. You know what the consensus of the players was and the identity of the director of football it seems is to be appointed. To reach your conclusion you clearly know all aspects of the boards decision, please share?

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    FlickyLicky

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Really frustrating me this whole we are doomed depressants. ..Adams is a proven coach, he will be his own man, he will tactically flex the team, he will instill an attractive attacking mantra but to Carrow Road. There has been little joy supporting the team over the last 2 years. So kill the cancer, draw a line and move on. This will not help galvsnise the club. WE ALL NEED TO GET BEHIND THE TEAM!!!! OTBC

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    andy bygrave

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • All this emphasis on promotion is so futile. If every club in the championship were managed by a 'so-called' top international manager three would still end up relegated and only three could get promoted. The emphasis should be on an entertaining style of play leaving promotionrelegation how it's always been....dependant on a lucky or unlucky winninglosing run.

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    Armchair fan

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • According to Delia back in January there was no viable candidate so they did not get rid of CH. So why is NA suitable as permanent manager now and not back then. Don't get me wrong this is not questioning NA's ability it is questioning the judgement making powers of the board. I hope NA is a success as we need to hit the ground running if we are to bounce back and I will back him at the start. It will now be interesting to see who comes in as director of football as in the UK, not so much abroad, it seems to be a poison chalice role. If, as has been suggested, if this more a Smith & Jones decision I and it fails then I fear McNally will be out and then I think our financials will be gone also. At least NA has had the coaching experience albeit not at the level we will be playing and if he keeps the right players and brings good replacements in it may work. OTBC

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    Jakarta (ex-Singapore) Canary

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • I think that this is a good move. Malky is a CH defensive clone which all have been moaning about. All the other contenders have not done anything as managers. Lennon wins 3 out of 4 in a one team league. Adams will get us playing the right way (Signs were there in his last 5 games). Get behind him and support our team. He is no Gunny, he is a coach, Gunny was sponsorship director!

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    DaveG

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Funnily enough, I've been checking out Norwich City Pro and the Norwich City page on facebook and most of the comments are very encouraging. I'm starting to think that the Pink'Un attracts depressives.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • I think the board has made a bad mistake with Adams I have been a supporter for69 years and I think this is a huge mistake oneof the worst decisions in my time. I think it is time rhe board moved on, they said they listen to the supporters but they certainly did not this time.

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    David Whiteside

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • I have supported NCFC for over 50 years. I wish Neil Adams the best; I hope he succeeds. I am just so frustrated with the board, I would really like to see the whole lot of them out, and the club sold. This really reeks of "cheap-skate". They have appointed Neil Adams as the cheapest solution, and must be hoping he works miracles for them. Obviously we don't know what he can do in the way of selling the players who did not give 110 percent last season, or how much money he has to buy new players. Maybe from his youth team years, he has his eyes on a lot of up and coming "Redmonds" at great prices, but even that says the board is prepared to risk the club's future in the hope that we get lucky. I have not been a fan of the current ownership for a long time, as I do not see them as business leaders who can lay out an agressive plan and keep it on track with minor adjustments as required. I see them as "corner shop" owners keeping the family employed without costing too much, and hoping someone builds a big estate close to the shop so more people shop there - living on a hope and a prayer. I guess they got lucky with Lambert, so maybe they will again, but any success will not be down to the planning and management of this board.

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • McKay - negative like Hughton Zola - Failed in last two or three tries Lennon - Desperate because he knew he was leaving Celtic Adams - Just as a matter of interest...how did all the managers in the Premier League get a job if we only accept people with experience?

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    Gordon Jablonski

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Why a 3 year contract for an unproven manager, our board make vincent tan seem smart

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    Jimhow

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • The board have seriously mis-judged this if they think it will unite the fans. Virtually everyone thinks it is a truly ridiculous decision. I can see McNally quitting over this because there is no way he is stupid enough to have made this decision. This decision has the wretched stench of Smith and Jones.

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    carrabuh

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

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