Russell Martin - Neil Adams can count on the full support of Norwich City’s squad

Russell Martin insisted Neil Adams can count on the full support of Norwich City's squad. Photo: Bill Smith Russell Martin insisted Neil Adams can count on the full support of Norwich City's squad. Photo: Bill Smith

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
3:15 PM

Norwich City club captain Russell Martin revealed Neil Adams had already made a huge first impression on his first day in charge of the Canaries.

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Adams made an impassioned plea to the club’s first team players to go out and prove they are good enough to win City’s Premier League relegation fight. The FA Youth Cup winning coach will be in charge for the trip to Fulham at the start of a critical five-game run.

“If there were any doubters amongst the lads there are certainly none now. He imposed himself on us when he spoke to us,” said Martin. “It was inspiring and the lads have full belief in him. What came across is we are too good to be in the position we are, but this is still in our hands and we control our destiny. The boys are looking forward to it. It was one of those chats where the lads would have played tomorrow if they could. There is certainly a different feel around the place.

“The ones who had not been featuring recently now have a chance to impress the new manager, regardless of whether he has come from inside the building or not. He has been watching the games, he knows the strengths and weaknesses and I am sure he has some ideas on the style of play and formations. Whenever you get a new man in it creates a fresh impetus. He’s said he will make a few changes and if you are not on board you will be out the side.”

Martin retains an unshakeable belief Adams’ Norwich will survive, despite a wretched recent run that culminated in Chris Hughton’s exit after a 1-0 home defeat to West Brom.

“He will bring a freshness and a lot of time that can galvanise people,” said the Scottish international. “He has already told us we will go down to Fulham and look to win the game. There is no other way with him and for a group of lads to hear he has 100pc belief in us to play the way he wants us to play is great to hear. He doesn’t have a long period of time, but it is certainly long enough to impress his ideas on us and impose his own style and character. We look forward to working with him.”

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53 comments

  • Just hope Adams don't rely on Hughton old pals who he knew and brought in from previous clubs as they may not be happy following his sacking and could disrupt things .

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    burtonr57

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • All sounds good and hoping for a big turn around. I alsohope he has got into the players minds enough, so should they go a goal down they will come back with renewed vigor vs giving up.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Sorry- "SUM""...LOL!

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Thank you Russ and in return for this public spirited gesture, the club will pay you all vast amounts of money. In fact they will regardless like they have all season. Bless you all.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Just hope Adams don't rely on Hughton old pals who he knew and brought in from previous clubs as they may not be happy following his sacking and could disrupt things .

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    burtonr57

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Well done martin this is the first time this spirit has been seen or heard in the media for over two years, up and at em !

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    richard grout

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Basically he knows what he's talking about, unlike Roeder, Grant, Gunn and Hughton.

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • What a breath of fresh air! Already Neil Adams is setting the tone.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • My only issue with Hughtons departure Brew is my bet winnings will surely dry up as id developed quite the knack of winning bets based on NCFC final scorelines.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • A motivational quote for a good team "Tough Times Don't Last, Tough People Do"

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    Simon Hartstone

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I assume you get neither streams, match reports nor MoTD on the moon but I expect you still keep a close eye on things. How is the Great Wall of China?

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    waclor

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Oh dear this articles turned into a ITFC troll fest. I save my good put downs for another day.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Totally agree with MB's comparison of Gunn and Adams. Adams has always been a football man, Gunn is a corpulent salesman who took the job knowing that he had no qualifications.

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • 1 thing for certain is nobody will hold Adams responsible. McNally gave Hughton more time than any other club would have to get it right. Side note but Gunny had around 19 games to save it, Adams 5. Cant imagine any fan even the numptys having a go at Adams.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • lets hope ALL the players are behind neil adams.Im sure he knows already the ones who maybe not!

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • This just feels so different to when Gunn's rabbit in the headlight mentality struck. Adams' infectious confidence, optimism and communication will see us through.

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • We've never really been able to afford to buy big name players, so the only way City can survive in the Premiership, is by the whole adding up to more than the some of it's parts. For that to work, the team spirit has to be excellent + everyone putting a 100% shift in. When you do that, all things are possible. Look@ how far the Wimbledon Crazy Gang got. We need an up + at 'em manager like Lambert or John Bond. Neil Adams looks perfect !

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Adams is not another `Gunn`. Gunn had not put the hard miles in. Unless you count golf, lunch, dinner and general corpulent entertaining. Neil has done his coaching work, as evidenced by his team winning last season`s Youth Cup - and with some aplomb. He will give full credit to the support he has had from others in the Club. Good chap. Long term manager? Who knows, but he is a `real` football man. Gunn was arrogant, preening and foolish to think he was up to the task. Yes, let him back into Norfolk. Plenty of golf courses, restaurants and lodges.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • and based on you and Neil Adams comments Russell we cant wait either! Roll on saturday where I, along with 1000s of other NCFC fans will be waiting singing our hearts out! OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Never mind the words of the knockers and doubters, let's give Neil and the boys the chance that they deserve. Think positive! It's the start of a new era. Onwards and upwards! Roll on Craven Cottage on Saturday and 3 points for us in the proverbial 6 pointer game.OTBC!

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    Honest Injun

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Worst manager in Norwich history???? What planet are you on Slovenia. Like it or not, he's arguably the 2nd best manager since the great Mike Walker.

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    Canary on the moon

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Hope so Powers. While I honestly dont know if we will survive let alone win or draw at fulham its certainly given us a sporting chance now as it was impossible under Hughton and how it turned at full time saturday just gone. OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Well done martin this is the first time this spirit has been seen or heard in the media for over two years, up and at em !

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    richard grout

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I can't remember if Tim Sherwood played in the same side as NA but they would make a great managerial team next season if we avoid the drop !

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    spark

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • and another thing..... can we stop these inane articles where players promise to do well. I've heard enough of it. Just perform on the pitch Russell and forget the soundbites

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    Canary on the moon

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Goldie Boy, about Ipswcih's ground , they dont own it but rent it from the local council.!

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Wish there was more of the season left - I just want to enjoy lots of football under Neil !!

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    Mel Lacey

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • OLDYELLA, indeed. Spot on.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • All sounds good and hoping for a big turn around. I alsohope he has got into the players minds enough, so should they go a goal down they will come back with renewed vigor vs giving up.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Well done martin this is the first time this spirit has been seen or heard in the media for over two years, up and at em !

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    richard grout

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • We can only hope that the FNG knows that left is left and right is right.

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    canarysounder

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Hope you are right as I know Bassong just love Hughton as he carry him where ever he goes and as sure as eggs are eggs they will be back together one day in a lower division prob next season.

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    burtonr57

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • The players who thought CH was a good manager, should come and sit in the stands, and they would have seen the ineffective footie he dished out, and the poor quality of basics that we watched week in week out, and his blind faith in a striker, who clearly was not up to the mark, and a team Captain, who has clearly had his worst spell in football, who I had never been vocal or animated on the pitch (watch Jonh Terry), CH was never up to the relentless pressure that comes with the job, and he made choises that made him feel comfortable(he was a nice bloke), he liked who he liked, because they made him feel comfortable, he was happy playing safe, yes there are some players who will miss him, they are the ones who will have to step up to the plate and prove they up for it, play for the honour of pulling on the shirt, and play knowing they are lucky to be in a very well paid job and they owe, big time the fans who pay there wages, anyone can put in effort and sweat, but is there heart in it, would they take a bullet for there pal... forget the stupid "Huddle", some idiot may suggest it galvnise and create team spirit, but should come the second you touch the grass, not have a "love in" and kiss... step up prove your the best....

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    OLDYELLA

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Citizen- I think that was unfair on Martin, lets give the players a second chance it cant have been easy playing for the worst manager in norwichs history. Lets now all get behind the manager and all the players he picks on saturday

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Just ignore the trolls, Mattias! I do a regular bet with a pal, for Norwich to win 2-1 + links to first and last scorers. He`s the expert, so normally I give him my share of the stake and he places the bet. We have not had a penny back this season. So, he suggested I place the bet for the WBA game to `change our luck`. Well, we still got zero returns, but the Board finally parted company with Hughton. So it `sort-of` worked! I`d trade a few quid for that outcome any old day. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Good on yer Mattias. We have got what we wanted, most of us. Late in the day but anyhow it behoves us to get behind the team now. NA has very little time in which to turn things round but he's made a good start by the sound of it.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Basically he knows what he's talking about, unlike Roeder, Grant, Gunn and Hughton.

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • and the way you played on Saturday you should be one of the first to be dropped Mr Martin.

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    citizen

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • McNally is a canny chappie. If he'd kept Hughton he knows the fans would have had a lot to say against him personally for not changing it. If we still go down, then he can say he did change it around. As someone mentioned before, I don't want Neil Adams to suffer the same fate as Bryan Gunn. Hopefully, if we are in the Championship next year, he'll stick with us and bring us up again. It could be a great appointment.

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    Flying Canary

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • The appointment of Neil Adams has galvanised the team and the supporters. I'm confident we'll be OK now. The NCFC ship is in good hands once more. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Yeah right wait till 4.50 Saturday after you get stuffed by Fulham again then what Adams out lol

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    Townman

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • You are so disloyal, Matt. after a carafe of Dubai`s Pollyanna Potion, I pop down to BetFred to place a pound or three on a possibility that we would perchance prevail. You are just a Matterialist! Anagram: `Rile Mattias`.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • You mean you still have a ground, and 97% empty seats

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    Goldie Boy

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Well done martin this is the first time this spirit has been seen or heard in the media for over two years, up and at em !

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    richard grout

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Time for war-war, not jaw-jaw. Is Cafu still Captain? A win on Saturday would mean so much to the fans, the club and some of the players.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I'd be amazed if they did. Redmond, Bassong and Gutierrez are all terrific characters at the end of the day and Adams has always been a great bloke. Sure they'll be fine.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasasssaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Welcome to Portman Road.

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    Northstander

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Leave McNally alone, he made the right call at the right time. He invested in the manager and gave him all the support he needed, just didn't work out. Also I think it's time to let Gunny back into Norfolk, he was just trying to do his best an all. As for roeder, he'll never manage any higher than an under 14's side. RM for captain.

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    Admiral F

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • Hope you are right as I know Bassong just love Hughton as he carry him where ever he goes and as sure as eggs are eggs they will be back together one day in a lower division prob next season.

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    burtonr57

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I nearly forgot about Ipswich.That's the worrying thing about relegation who cares about the championship let alone League one !

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    spark

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Be economical in the use of your vocals until Saturday, then be constant in singing to turn Craven Cottage into Carrow Road. Canaries are the best songsters of all! Canaries on the pitch remind each other to give it the 'Nelson Touch' - "Norwich expects every man to do his duty!"

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    mardler

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Remember, "Holt is going nowhere", and "Hughton is going nowhere", have you got any more words of wisdom 'steady on'. You're like the kiss of death. Can't wait for Saturday, my interest in the season has been well and truly rekindled.

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • We all have something we didn't have at the weekend - hope. It means a lot...

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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