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Neil Adams is fighting for his Norwich City future

07:30 01 December 2014

Norwich manager Neil Adams and first-team coaches Gary Holt (left) and Mike Phelan. 
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Norwich manager Neil Adams and first-team coaches Gary Holt (left) and Mike Phelan. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Neil Adams knows his future as Norwich City boss is on the line after more Championship misery in a 2-1 home defeat to Reading.

Boos and chants of ‘what a load of rubbish’ rang around Carrow Road at the final whistle after Jake Cooper’s headed brace cancelled out Gary Hooper’s first half opener.

Norwich have now won one league game in 10 to slip eight points behind leaders Derby, but Adams believes he will get time to sort out the mess.

“I hope so. I know what I am capable of and it is understandable the pressure is there because results are not in keeping with the quality of the player and size of this club,” he said. “The only thing we focus on is working as hard as we possibly can to change it.

“Of course it is a results business, I am well aware of that, and that means we have to win games, but that is the only thing we will focus on going forward. We have come off the pitch again with nothing to show and probably of greater concern is we need to get back to the manner of performance we are capable of because we are not doing that.”

Adams accepts his squad are short-changing fans, with only one Carrow Road league win since August 19.

“Talk is cheap as they say. We have to win games, simple as that or it gets worse and worse,” he said. “We’re in a bad run of form. We accept this is not good enough. We feel we can turn it around, but we are saying these words too often. The players need to give everything they have got because we’re in a bad place at the minute and it is never nice losing games.”

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19 comments

  • You lot are harsh. Harry Redknapp struggled, despite loads of money. Unlike last season: First sub on before the 89th minute. One goal rarely sinks us. We're better going forward. Neil's biggest mistake is forgetting we're still not great at defending, and that defending a 2-1 lead isn't the end of the world. Why so gloomy over an 8 point gap? There's 6 between 1st and 2nd in the Premier League and everyone has fewer games to try and catch up.

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    Dennis English

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • Phelan has been brought in to make up for NA's lack of experience at this level.He has coached for a top club with a top Manager for many seasons.He needs time to make a difference particularly as he has nowhere near the quality to work with as he had at Man U.He will in all probability be the main man despite not being Manager.Sacking NA at this time will achieve nothing.A new Manager might not want to work with Phelan anyway and I would be amazed if Tony Pulis or anyone of his calibre would want to Manage a Championship Club.

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    irongloves

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • I regret to say that the photo of N A, arms folded, head down, shows a defeated man, not one who thinks he can galvanise a team to give more effort. Now that may sound unfair, and pictures do not tell the whole story, but I think I would be waving my arms about in the Lambert style of encouraging the players. I hardly ever understood what the man (Lambert) said in his interviews but he did seem a little more energetic on the sidelines. As for the board, I would imagine they have got their loans to the club repaid over and over and with 26 thousand paying customers most every other week are quite satisfied, thank you. As for the players, having taken a substantial pay cut I would have thought they would want to get back to the Premier, tout suit, but maybe it could be that as their pay was cut 40% they think they should only give 60% effort, which is where a manager who is used to dealing with self inflated egos rather than youths would be better suited!!!

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    canuk

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • BREWER.? I am absolutely appalled by your ridiculous, crass + inaccurate comments aimed @ an undeserving victim..........Wetherspoons now do an excellent range of salads.....:-)

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    Timbo

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • Is that a case of "Follow The Yellow Pr!€k Road"? Neil certainly wasn`t King of the Forest recently. Next up, Weirgaan to get a beating from Malky`s temporary team, Fake Tan Man permitting. Then we can bring in the Tin Man to inject a bit of heart. I don`t think there`s much to like about most professional "sports" people. Self-seeking, shallow narcissists. Why do we care?? Is watching these poor man`s prima donnas better than B&Q or PCWorld for an afternoon out? Or an All-Day Cholesterfest at Wetherspoon`s?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • I agree with Mad -Brewer the Board are too comfortable and trust the judgement of McNally too much. We need new faces at that level with fresh ideas. The Board is stale and it resembles a family business.

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    Parsnip

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • I really want to get behind scarecrow Adams, with the biggest boot on my foot...... we'll lose at wigan and yet again he'll pop up with " we shouldn't had lost that game".... please get back to oz with the lion and tin man..

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    john dab

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • A compromise. Adams stays but we play Wigan with a side based around the youth cup winning side.(assuming they haven't all been loaned out). Maybe they'll show him some commitment.

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    Pondlife

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • I don't see any benefit of giving NA any longer, it is clear to see from recent performances where we are heading. It is time for swift action and a new Manager with the capability of organising the players ,who are more than capable, to be brought in and get the club back towards the top of the table and actually show leadership in the way NA fails to do. I agree with the majority of the fans who believe NA should remain with the club working with the younger teams.

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    Allend

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • I think the lack of comments on this article speaks volumes. I think the city supporters are losing interest. When it took them so long to appoint Adams, even though he had been caretaker manager, it showed it wasn't an appointment they never really wanted to make. So why did they make it??????? You get what you pay for City (well except in the case of Ricky Van Wolfswinkel).

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    Carts

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • Parsnip said roughly what I was going to say! Neil has done a good job with the youth players, and he doesn`t deserve to be jettisoned for going for a brass ring beyond his reach. This has a slight flavour of the Gunn fiasco, but Neil has, at least, done his hard yards in coaching, while Gunn`s real forté was Corpulent Entertaining. (Perhaps that should be Trust House Forté?). If, as Parsnip hints, Phelan`s lack of `Chief Honcho` experience rules him out as yet another cheap option, who else is there? At the moment I can see only Pulis - who wouldn`t be that cheap. But anyway, would this irrascible man prove to be too powerful a potion for our Lotus-Eating Directors? He proved too strong and ambitious for Palace, after rescuing them from relegation, so why would he fancy complacent old Naaaridge? I can`t imagine Hyacinth and Pulis getting along too well. I hope we at least win the fight against being dragged into the relegation zone. Sum of all Fears.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • Try getting behind the man and giving him your support rather than immediately turning your focus to potential replacements as soon as things get tough.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • Either Neil Adams does not have a Norwich future or Norwich do not have a bright future.

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    waclor

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • I think NA should be given the next two games to sort it out rather than discarding him immediately, especially as Phelan has only just joined us. The reality right now is we are fighting to stay up in the Championship rather than for promotion. Lets not forget we were sitting relatively comfortable in the league at this time last year but once the rot sets in, only positive action can turn things around.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • Please don't remove NA from the club - lets put him back in the youth role. MP is not tested as a manager too so no cheap option there McNally,

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    Parsnip

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • Merdo - he wouldn't jump at working with Phelan. D'oh!

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    el dingo

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • Hey Malaga - can you go and kidnap Moyes from Sociedad? I promise I'll send you Adams in return:)

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    el dingo

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • oops, sorry about the grammar and mistakes...

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    malaga flier

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • Both the words and deeds are so reminiscent of last season. We are always going to turn the corner. Except that the road is straight! So our excuses just continue to roll on; bad run of form, bad luck, dominating possession. What doesn't change is are the unacceptable performance, which us frustrated fans have now come to expect as a norm.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, December 1, 2014

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