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Managers would love to get their teeth stuck into Norwich City vacancy, according to Joe Royle

01:12 07 January 2015

Former Ipswich Town manager Joe Royle believes Neil Adams has left Norwich City primed for a Championship promotion push.

Former Ipswich Town manager Joe Royle believes Neil Adams has left Norwich City primed for a Championship promotion push.

The Norwich City vacancy will be a red-hot ticket for out of work managers, according to Joe Royle.

Neil Adams’ agreed resignation on Monday means someone else is about to be tasked with taking the currently best-placed side of last season’s three relegated Premier League teams back to the top flight.

A former City player of the season, Royle was appointed football consultant to aid Adams’ arrival as City’s full-time boss in May – although family reasons meant Royle returned north for an academy role at Everton six weeks later.

“Listen, the phone will be buzzing already,” said Royle. “There will be lots of applicants and obviously Mike Phelan is there as well. I know he has thrown his hat into the ring for other jobs, so there’s no reason to assume that he wouldn’t be after this job. And Norwich will have plenty of good quality to choose from.”

Royle had high hopes for Adams’ tenure at Carrow Road after seeing first-hand his influence on the Canaries squad during pre-season.

Check out part two of Monday’s Mustard News for Sport Extra – and our initial reaction to the news of Neil Adams’ resignation as Norwich City manager

And while Norwich City have said there will be a job for Adams to take back at the club in July, Royle believes the situation may not be so straightforward come the time.

He added: “He needs a good rest. And he will have a good rest. He would have found out the hard way the pressure that goes with the job, and now he has got to decide which way he is going to go in the future.

“I’m sad for Neil it’s ended this soon. I was impressed with the way he was setting about the job. He was both liked and respected by the players.

“On the face of it they are still in with a very decent chance of at least the play-offs, and it looks like they’ve arrested their pre-December problems.

“He is a man of principles and integrity. I know he’s a big Norwich City man – he played for Everton, Oldham and Stoke but I’d say Norwich City is his club.

“I was a little bit surprised by the timing, but Neil is an intelligent boy. He knows what he’s doing and if he’s resigned, he has done it for the right reasons.”

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21 comments

  • Thanks for the comments JimBob and Sharky. I have supported Norwich for many years. I will admit my views on Hughton and Gunn are a bit strong because I hate to see anyone performing badly in an important job who hangs on in there for the money and doesn't give a hoot about the effect on others. Hughton should have resigned and Gunn should have realised that he was inadequate before taking the job full time. Neil has done that and he has my admiration for behaving like a gentleman. I wish him all success in whatever he undertakes in the future. My comments in response to those from Joe Royle come from his assertion that the pre December problems were over. Has he not read the Reading or Preston scores in The Liverpool papers? I also very much doubt that Norwich is a dream job for an aspiring manager. It can hardly be seen as secure employment on recent history. Finally can I say that in hindsight my comment on Chris Hughton was over the top but it disgusts me that he will now earn another fortune paid for by those who will never see that kind of wealth while he wrecks their dreams and ruins their weekends.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • We have a road called the A11 which is duelled all the way from the M25 to Norwich so the old adage that Norwich is out on a limb is old hat. Most Managers in the Prem. have come from abroad and must have a much more difficult journey home. So that will not deter someone who wants the job seriously.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Sharky and we take no notice of your opinions either because we all know you to be the Hughton cheerleader

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Agree about waclor Jim. Just remember he is not a supporter. Especially when he posts here that a certain recent manager should rot in h"ll. That says alot about the man.

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    sharky

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • There's some weird comments on here. Prob best not post about NCFC again Diss Mercury...too close to ITFC and they have nothing better to do than spout about location even tho they live in an utter hole.

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    JimBob

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Give up Waclor - just support your own team for once, esp whilst it lasts

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    JimBob

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • whoever takes over and thank our lucky stars it looks like Warnock is not in the reckoning, needs to first of all stamp their authority on the players so they are only too clear that not turning up isn't an option and if they ever want to play in the premiership again they need to pull their socks up . Then the attractive football has to be shelved until we have the time and the lead to accomodate it - the quick touch direct football for 3 of the Millwall goals is what we need. Phelan at least should have seen the managerial style of Sir A and that is what the overpaid spoilt little boys at Carra rud need - some discipline - if can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen.

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    bigdunc4ever

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Had Joe Royle stayed here and given Adams the support he badly needed from the start, this situation may not have arisen. So it is a bit rich hearing him talking about something he could well have helped avoid in the first place.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Why are there manager's who would love to come to Norwich?, it wouldn't be because they are not very good at their job and have been sacked......would it ??

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    Al Gurgleman

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Oh, and Martin Peters found his way up from the smoke.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Ha ha, " That's a cracker"

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    Al Gurgleman

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Nonsense being posted about location affecting managers coming here. If you want isolation try living in Lincs. Just to jog some memories past managers include Ron Saunders, John Bond, Martin O Neill, all of whom came here with big ambitions and left for football reasons, not geographic. On our books right now is Darren Huckerby who fell in love with the club and the area. I know the club has issues to address but let's not beat ourselves up over location.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Bring on Foggo and Derek have highlighted the real problem and shown us the solution. Norwich in 90 and a dualled A47 will get us not only a better class of manager but more TV coverage - in about 2025. I await a statement by Chloe Smith on the importance of these issues.

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    MGNdweller

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • He is one manager I would not want down here. And Bring Foggo, I agree in East Anglia we are out on a limb, not every one fancies the trip down here, even Sky TV don't venture this way to much

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    Derek McDonald

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • IS that why you chose to go back and assist at Everton !!! who, since you went back to are having a cr@p season !!!!!

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    Colby Army!

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Actually , Norwich is a long long way from anywhere else in big-time football , and I suspect plenty of managers would find the social isolation here difficult to take - You are STILL half a day's journey from anywhere much . Perhaps that gets to some of the players too , which might account for many past disappointments who turned out to have feet of clay instead of being the new Pele as they were touted . Mild Clinical Depression ?

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    Bring on Foggo

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Something coming for Joe Role who stuck around long enough until his office furniture arrived at Everton. And it is not rocket science that any manager without a club would love to come back into the high wage bracket. If City were willing to throw their Youth team coach into a Premiership relegation battle. Why look further than Mike Phelan. He has played,coached and has been the right hand man of the most successful manager in the history of British football. Could he be a tad too expensive ?

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    norman hall

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • If the Norwich City vacancy is such a red-hot ticket for out of work managers perhaps Fergie could be tempted back!! Phelan's already in place, it makes perfect sense...right?

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    gordon's alive

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Joe did you not see the last two results or was this article written on Boxing day?

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Only Huddersfield and Millwall bit off more than they could chew.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Trouble is Joe a whole load of managers already have this season and spat us out.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

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