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