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Neil Adams resigns as Norwich City manager

16:18 05 January 2015

Neil Adamsresigned as Norwich City manager on Monday. 
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Neil Adamsresigned as Norwich City manager on Monday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Neil Adams has resigned as Norwich City manager.

The Canaries released a brief statement on their official Twitter feed on Monday afternoon confirming the club’s former FA Youth Cup winning coach had tendered his resignation as first team manager before a full statement which confirmed first team coach Mike Phelan will take charge of team matters until the new manager is confirmed.

Adams departs with Norwich seventh in the Championship and dumped out of the FA Cup at League One Preston on Saturday.

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The club statement read: “Norwich City can confirm Neil Adams has resigned as manager with immediate effect. After Saturday’s FA Cup Third Round exit at the hands of Preston North End, Adams met for discussions with the board and agreed to resign.

“The process of appointing a new manager to take the club forward is already underway. The club would like to thank Neil for his hard work and dedication during his time as manager and over many years as a player and coach. Everybody at Norwich City looks forward to working with him again when he returns in the summer. The club will not be commenting any further at this time.”

Former Canary winger and youth coach Adams will take a break from the game before returning to work for the club in July, in a role to be confirmed at a later date.

“I firmly believe that we are still on course for a crack at promotion back to the Premier League. That is where this club belongs,” Adams told the club’s official site. “However, I feel it is in the best interests of the team that an immediate change is made in order to ensure a positive impact on results.

“It goes without saying that I sincerely hope the team achieves success this season and I would like to say a huge thank you to the supporters who have backed me during my tenure as manager.”

Adams was appointed to the first team manager’s position on a full-time basis in May 2014 after a brief five-game spell as caretaker at the end of the 2013/14 Premier League campaign.

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196 comments

  • Waclor, I was wondering that too. :-)

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    suzyfan

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Obi Old Chap, are you related to the Kerr family of Attleborough at all?

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • When are they starting to film the next Star Wars?

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Suzyfan , all the money you talk about to over haul the squad will cost many million more than Hughton spent at today tranfer fees but it you think thin tight spineless Board will do that you arr living a dream , plus it will take more than the Bournemouth game to turn it around we seen it all before it will take a long run of wins but this squad is to poor to do that.

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    Obi- wan

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Suzyfan , All the teams you talking well far as I'm concerned they can have them , I will even pay for their petrol for the journey so she not out of pocket.

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    Obi- wan

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • People calling for the resignation of the board?? Really.? I think Leeds, Birmingham, Blackburn etc, etc, would love to have Delia, Michael and McNally at their clubs. Mistakes have been made but Delia and Michael have shown loyalty and love for this club and have it's best interests at heart. Adams wanted flowing, attractive, attacking football. I'm sure he always sent the team out with instructions to go and win matches. Failure to manage even one shot on target against a league one side is nothing to do with the manager. We constantly hear that "This is the best squad in the division" but this is total cobblers. With the exception of one or two, they are simply not good enough. A massive overhaul of the playing staff is needed. Big money needs to be spent. The current bunch are stale and complacent. They can turn it on against a pathetic Millwall or 10 man Huddersfield, but when anything difficult is put in front of them, they have no idea how to deal with it. PLEASE PROVE ME WRONG ON SATURDAY.

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    suzyfan

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • I don't think that Neil Adams stepping down will do much to get the players to perform it didn't work after Hughton was sacked. It wouldn't be surprised to see Bournmoth make a easy win for them they are winning every match and are scoring lots of goals every game.Sorry you got to look how thing are at the moment

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    Obi- wan

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Probably be Phelan unfortunately , good man but not a manager , team looks clueless and lacking a leader , a hiding at free-scoring Bournemouth could be what it takes for the board to see sense

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    Foggo

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • If this club was put up for sale for ever one to see around the world , and considering City are dept free it make this club very interesting to sell and you don't know who would come forward with the funds to take city further.

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    Obi- wan

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • And the answer is yes as long as the club comes first and their are sertaine agreement to safe guard Norwich future and don't leave it in the lurch. And as you now some of these consortium that are into sport and are very successful in running them.

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    Obi- wan

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • And your answer do I want a American consortium because they are involved in sport and no how to run clubs.

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    Obi- wan

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • You get the board out by stop going to matches and don't renewal season tickets . But as we now most of these stupid surporters wil just put up with all the mistakes that are constantly made because they afraid of changes.

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    Obi- wan

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Sorry spelling mistakes I do this my iPad to quickly and don't check it after again sorry.

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    Obi- wan

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • To staying up, I have just submitted a post that clearly and succinctly sets out reasons for a change of board. Archie has thanked me for my comment, says there may be a delay but no need to resubmit. In which case you will never know, sorry.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • The "careful what you wish for" warning pops up every time we debate the board's competence, usually when results have taken us to a new low. This time, oddly, we are not that low, just in a familiar position a few points off the play offs. The low point with this board was delivering Div One football after a series of bad managerial appointments and a debt that had us close to administration. Then like a gambling man putting his last nickel in a fruit machine they hit the jackpot with Lambert. Now we are debt free with high expectations but heading down a familiar path of dubious managerial appointments, hence the calls for change of owners. Agreed such change can be risky but the concern has to be we could end up back in Div One and next time no Lambert. "Careful what you wish for" is a double edged sword.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • concerning the board.as far as i know,one is a pie queen,there is a risque entertainer,a couple of accountants and no idea what any others have achieved?,i suspect very little in active soccer experience,so yes,,,if possible might as well have a arab billionaire or similar

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    dis dressed

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • i think adams new his objectives,fast tempo,incisive movement and committed defence,but neither he nor the players could deliver,not least because central defence is slow ,needing cover,and playing possession football within a crowded midfied

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    dis dressed

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Given some of the earlier vitriol it was difficult to believe that`t Adams wasn`t hated.. Anyway to those who want the board out please set out your reasons clearly and succinctly and just possibly some people may agree with you. Please explain how you go about getting rid of the board and who you want to take over. Do you want some ThaiMalaysian business man, an Arab or American consortium or what. Just be careful what you wish for. Yes the board are not blameless but lets all calm downtake a step back and give them a chance to get it right some time. Nobody on here could manage an under 11`s football team on a wet Sunday morning so its very interesting to read just what should be done to stop the rot!

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    stayingup

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • The worst ever manager at Norwich was Gunn,the second worst was ADAMS,the third worst was Roeder ,the forurth worst was Hamilton.That is why the useless ADAMS is no longer Norwich manager.If you think he resigned you live in cuckoo land.He was sacked because he was hopeless.To blame 100% is the board once again

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    Leslie GRAVENALL

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • What a hoot, just to be clear, I was behind Adams from day one right the way through. In saying that I agreed with a lot of the criticisms of the lack of commitment shown in a lot of games, which was coming from the pitch. We didn't need a new manager, we've seen some of the best games we've had in a long time since August, what we needed, and still need is a squad that will deliver 100% commitment every game and I'm sorry to say that means a careful going through the players and moving on the ones that aren't prepared to turn up every week.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • It's funny this - there are at least seven posters I've noted below who blame the board for NAs appointment who were shouting on these boards for him to replace CH last season. Perhaps we should appoint Roeder to the role of CEO in place of McNally...he openly judged NAs managerial ability years ago with nailed on clarity. Anyway, on the basis that you judge on results, I still have some faith in McNally. The club is still in a much better position now than when he was brought in. We're still in with a good playoff shout and are debt free. What chance a Wembly playoff final verses Ipswich. Wonder what scarf Delia would be wearing for that match....

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    PutneyCanary

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • As someone who knows Neil personally from his time as a player here, I feared for him from the outset. Given an impossible task after Hughton ripped the heart out of this club, Neil has a relegation on his CV and now a resignation. Most people on here have the greatest respect for him, me included, but it is the board and NcNally coming under fire for their failures. I totally disagree, it is the over paid, under performing prima donnas who think that they are far better than they actually are and prefer to concern themselves more with the length of their stubble or fancy haircuts than running through brick walls for this club as per King Holty. A leader such as he, and getting rid of some of the overrated dross we have, will get us far further than getting rid of Delia. MWJ and McNally

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    oldtimer

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Looking at the wider issue, didn't we appoint a Football Board in the summer? What has become of that? Has it contributed anything worthwhile? Or does it just add confusion with too many cooks? Perhaps we need to get back to basics and concentrate our resources on an experienced tough manager and a couple of decent centre backs who can hit the ground running and bolt the door ?

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • I don’t know if the board had luck with the appointment of Lambert once or it was a good perception from David McNally, but the new manager has to have the same desire and hunger for successes as Lambert and try to bring at least 2 or 3 players with the same attitude. The problem with NA is that he trusted this group of players too much. Although the current squad consists of generally good players for this level, as a group they have used to play for not being relegated and not for promotion. This is where the inconsistences in their performance come from. New blood is required, that has to lift the performances of other as well.

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    canary_sofia

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Just caught up after a day out and an early night. I have huge respect for Neil for giving it his best shot, and wish him well in his sabbatical and on his return. MP, and whoever takes over "permanently" will have my support. A new broom bounce might surprise Bournemouth, and I look forward to Saturday week at Carrow Road.

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    MGNdweller

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • I wonder if they would consider a director of football over Phelan to help with some of the transfer stuff, with Phelan as the full on head coach in the continental model. Years ago the board talked about Auxerre in France being the model of club they wanted to follow.

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    jops

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Just think about it BoF. That is exactly why he calls himself "CLEVER PE Teacher" isn't it? Could it be exactly because it is a rarity? You wouldn't help identify a car by describing it as "The one with wheels". However if you said "The yellow estate car with blue wheels", it may help the identification process. I know these are exciting times but do try to keep up.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Isn't " Clever P E Teacher " a contradiction in terms ? All the ones I was unfortunate enough to encounter would have struggled on University Challenge against an opposition line-up of assorted root vegetables . . . . . ( just sayin' . )

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    Bring on Foggo

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • The Board must go as soon as possible. Delia you can be an honorary president to replace the dear Sir Geoffrey Watling.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Johny, the club addressed the financial issues? You are having a laugh. lambert got us promotion to the EPL and Sky handed a big fat check for 3 years to us. Apart from appointing lambert a piece of luck after we were beaten 7-1, I don't see what the Board have done right. Any fool could make a profit on Sky handouts well all except Harry that is

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Perhaps the board should give Roy Keane a call. I reckon he could manage a decent halftime hairdryer !

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    shedweller

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Superfan, agree entirely it was lucky for Norwich we were not playing a non league side so that we avoided another complete humiliation. It would give all the players who played on Saturday their P45s

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Managers may change but Norwich fans dont. Adams has been crucified of late and now he has gone it seems you want to canonise him. Never mind, another day tomorrow and yet another chance for a change of opinion. Fickle.

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    What a Hoot

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Went to the Preston game-----just watched the Wimbledon game-----i could not care less if the next manager dumped the entire squad----dont think any of them would get into the Wimbledon team.

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    superfan59

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Clever pe, we are on the same page and just want a team that will try week in and week out. After all it is the least we can expect as they are highly paid professionals. I was an amateur soccer player and always gave my best . In todays professional game I do believe that most players have forgotten how very lucky they are to be paid to play a game they,supposedly,love. Here's to the future and may it bring what we both want a successful City team in the premiership. Keep on posting.

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    norman hall

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Does that caption mean ...." times up" ?

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    Colby Army!

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • A nice guy who loves NCFC, Neil Adams must be devastated that it didn't work for him. I'm glad he went before we had fans demonstrating. The team appears to need strong leadership both from the manager or the coach and in the team. McNally's task is not easy finding a leader. Phelan might work if a strong personality came in with him. Anyone for Dion Dublin?

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    nycanary

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Obi-wan how long is a tree year ban. spellcheck back on please

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • New managers are a lottery. Even a manager with a good track record might not work out at the next club. I've no doubt he was encouraged to resign and no doubt that was a poor showing against PNE, but after a relegation it's always a struggle turning around the momentum. I'll be delighted if the next guy waves a magic wand and gets these players giving everything every single game, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Greatest Respect for Neil Adams. Glad he will be staying in the club, Hopefully the board can convice Tim Sherwood to make a move to Norwich as he has stated that he would not be opposed to a move down to norwich even if we went to the championship. He is the type of manager we need and not a defensive manager mediocre manager like Chris was.

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    21

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Yes, I think they'll go for Phelan as well; it's the easy option after all, although not the right one in my opinion. Not sure about Sherwood. My best mates a Spurs fan and couldn't stand the guy. Don't think he's got enough experience to steady the good ship City during stormy waters. I'd love to give a league 1 manager a chance, someone who's done the hard graft and earned their shot at a higher level - ala Lambert.

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    DeanConeyLegend

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Obi-wan - thanks, your spelling, punctuation and grammar have amused me enormously all evening. Keep 'em coming!!

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    clever pe teacher

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Yep Worthy was a decent one for you. Sherwood would be a really good shout, did well at Spurs & was unlucky he wasn't a big enough name for them, sssh don't give the board any ideas. However, I think Phelan is nailed on.. did Adams really make all the decisions bringing him to the club..??

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    Warkys_Tash

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Good old Nigel Worthington. I did consider putting Martin O'Neil in the 'good' category but alas he wasn't at the club long enough to really say that for sure. BAH!

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    DeanConeyLegend

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Tim Sherwood seems a good bet. He proved at Tottenham that he can handle good expensive players and had a good rapport with the younger player. He would be ideal for City.

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    VictorM

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Obi-wan.....which is spelled (spelt ) which..!!!! Perhaps N.C.F.C.need a witch to cast a magic spell to get them out their present dilemma.

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    Al Gurgleman

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • DCL, you are spot on there.. it is hard to find a good one and somes a good one at another club, a la Jewell is not always a good one at your own. I agree with your first 3 names, Lambert is obviously the 5th, who is the 4th?

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    Warkys_Tash

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • it's time for DS and her board to step down and sell up you're done what you can now move aside and let other who have the funds to take this club where it needs to be . Build the new stand witch is needed for the waiting fans put a top class manager in charge and top players . DS stop thinking of your own selfish needs and put this club first and sell up.

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    Obi- wan

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • manxcanary

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • The club really need to get the next appointment right or we could be looking at a lengthy stay in a division that has swallowed so many great clubs. Our track record isn't great - I took a trip down memory lane to the year I went to see my first game (1986) and noted that we have had 16 managers during that time (excluding stand ins). I would say only 5 of them were successful - and 3 of those were the first 3 managers I knew of (Brown, Stringer, and Walker)! After that it's 2 good managers in 13 - ouch!

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    DeanConeyLegend

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Had his predecessor done the same honourable thing we'd never of got into this position. Neil is a great man with a proven record but just not quite right as a top league manager. Being a manager is a real public cut throat job and you'd never take it on if you didn't think you had a chance. As with Gunny it's so easy to go from hero to zero overnight. So well done and thankyou for accepting this just wasn't quite right. Remember on paper Neil is still one of our most successful mangers for many a year with only Lambert, Worthington and O'Neil having a better average. Albeit we'll never know what the longer term average would of been. Good luck Neil, I really do hope the board respects that you gave it a good shot, did well but not quite well enough and keeps your talents in house.

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    Jonno65

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Canary insolvenia , I am now also in my tree year boycott I miss going to the ground like hell but I said I will never return until this spineless no ambition Board are gone how ever long it take and I now several others that have done the same.

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    Obi- wan

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Maybe The Brew is about to emerge from hiding as our new manager? I'm with Cutty and Stew Pydsodd...One place outside the play offs; hailed as a 'tactical genius' after early results - feel sorry that NA felt he had to go. Interested to see who posters calling for NA's head would like to see appointed - can't see too many inspiring or realistic suggestions. Perhaps things haven't gone as well as we'd have hoped for recently but this is Norwich City FC not Melchester Rovers. Please not Warnock or any of the usual suspects...please.

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    Wobbly Jnr

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • The Board will go for the cheapest option again because they don't want to pay a high salaries for a top manager that's why they went for Addams, in witch I think he was push and offered a new roll to cover up their own mistakes . Neil would have paid the price either way if he stayed as manager it would ended up with being sacked this club need a manager who will not put up with haft heart and very poor performance and someone who had vast experience but I beleave its not Phealan . He got coaching experience but not as a manger in buying experience I don't want to see any ex players again. We try that at least three time now as for this spineless Board in witch their are a lot of fans that want to see the back of Delia and her board.

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    Obi- wan

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • 7th in the League, in with a shout of automatic promotion and the board 'ask' the manager to 'resign' - crazy times at NCFC. Becareful what you wish for Mr McNally.. Remember you scoured Europe for poor old Neil.

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    Warkys_Tash

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Johnny that was welcome a LONG time ago. Their recent track record has been abysmal.

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    el dingo

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • You will be welcome back in a different role Neil. Board? You are welcome to depart. Asap.

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    el dingo

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Canaryinslovenia, I'm sure everyone at Carrow Rd is missing your presence. Actually, I think the current board have done a great job. If you look at the bigger picture before they appointed Lambert, the club was on the brink of disaster and in a very bad financial situation. You can't compare Norwich to Leeds, our directors addressed the financial issues whereas Leeds nearly bankrupt their club with crazy over spending.

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    Johny

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • I feel that this is the right move for Norwich City. Huge respect to Neill Adams for having the integrity to realise this was the right thing to do. With a different scenario and a different set of players he could have made a success of the job.But with such a huge weight of expectation upon this appointment he has under great pressure . I feel he was let down by a squad who would not perform for him and let down by the Board who should have known better than to appoint an inexperienced Manager.

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    kenfoggo

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Oh the troubles and tribulations of Norwich City.. In and out of the PREM 2 times in the past 10 years ... And had a few different managers .. Sold many good players ... And still ended up back in the championship ... A long trip and time to go nowhere ... Still not to worry it is only a game and whatever Norwich do win or loose, it will not pay the fans mortgage, rent or bills .. So Norwich will no doubt carry on like the rest of the 90 plus teams in the football league .. 90% of teams never win anything each year... So Norwich need not be worried if they cannot achieve anything... But if they really want to get back in the PREM again and stay there, then buying players that will good enough to achieve it , will cost millions, maybe £30 million. It costs a lot of money to get into and actually STAY IN THE PREM.... So what will happen in the next 10 years ..I do not know if even the FANS know ... I wonder who the REAL winners are a Norwich .. It Makes you think doesn't it.. .. One clue it is not the FANS..

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    Lionel

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Correct decision I think. NA is a good guy but it was soon clear he was out of his depth as manager. He will always have a 100% record against 1p5wich and some good results to look back on. The fault lies with the board for appointing him permanently. Now ditch the ex Norwich thing and go out and appoint someone good for once. Even ITFC managed it after several duds. Lennon for me but I expect it will be Phelan, Holt, Alan Irvine or Adkins based on previous appointments.

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    suffolkcanary

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • On re-reading, not much cynical stuff at all. Apologies

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    Canary on the moon

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Hey Canaryinslovenia - what's this about a boycott? Might be a bit more significant coming from Canaryinsprowston.

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    Canary on the moon

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Lay off the cynical stuff some of you. I was against his appointment from the outset, but the way in which he has clearly put the club first is both humbling and refreshing. Good luck Neil and I hope you are able stay with the club. We need people like you - just not as manager unfortunately.

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    Canary on the moon

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • I'm with those - especially manc exile - who retain huge respect for Neil Adams. I think the writing's been on the wall ever since Mike Phelan was appointed, and what I read between the lines is that the board engineered this to get Phelan in the driving seat. If so, very shabby treatment of Neil. As he himself said, only 2 games ago, after the 6-1, things were looking up. Cuellar got injured then and Ryan Bennett gifted Reading their second goal - on such slender threads... I'm not sure whether the loss to Preston, humiliating though it was, would have mattered so much if we'd got a result at Reading. Good luck to you, Neil, you have many friends among the Carrow Road faithful.

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    canary tifoso

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • So Neil "agreed to resign"? Nothing about tendering or offering his resignation, which suggests it must have been put to him as (a) resign and you can come back in another role next season or (b) we'll sack you.

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    Outside The Box

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • The great thing is that Neil leaves with his reputation and standing with city supporters intact. He's a throughly decent guy who did the honourable thing, and because he has acted with integrity, he will be able to come back into the fold after a good rest. Judging by the results of the under 18's this season, there may well be a tailor-made slot available! And let's not forget that he has made some very good signings. There's nothing wrong with the quality of the squad except maybe another defender needed. The other thing to say is that, with managers, you never know. Some are good at some clubs and rubbish at others, some can step up, and others can't. Just because someone has experience, it doesn't mean they will be a success!

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    manc exile

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Norman - thanks for the enlightenment. Let's hope whoever ends up in charge tells the players 1. To work harder and, 2. To want it more than them. Job done. Then, if the players don't work harder or want it more than them, he can shout at them or fine them maybe. As someone who has taken good money for playing sport, no matter how hard you tried, at times it just didn't work out. I cannot remember a single game where I or my team didn't try our very hardest. Your Johnson quote is just him articulating the same thing.

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    clever pe teacher

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • I muse that if someone was writing a fictional novel about a football club the history of Leeds and Norwich would not be believed. I just cannot fathom what does through the minds of the Directors at Norwich! one day I will wake up from this nightmare and find out our whole Board has resigned in the meantime my boycott of Carrow Road now in its 3rd year continues

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Neil you are a great man, a fantastic ex player and a youth teamcoach bar none but when it came to getting us back to the promised land you fell short.Not your fault you didnt have the experience.We will always remember you as a brilliant player

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    canarykid

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • I wish a good night's sleep to all our Board members. Sanatogen anyone?

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    el dingo

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Clever pe teacher. As one of those whose comments are considered puerile by your good self. You might want to add Bradley Johnson to your list . He openly stated after the Preston fiasco, " We did not work hard enough ,they wanted it more than us". Could that be any more puerile?

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    norman hall

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • At least one can respect a man who realises he is not the man for the job and does the honourable thing and resigns, unlike so many others who shall remain nameless. I can only wish him the best and hope he gets his old job back in which he was more successful.. Who they get in, will depend on money they are prepared to pay, I just hope they will not go cheap!!!

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    canuk

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Phelan, meulestene, scholes with Sir Alex as a consultant SORTED!

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    JB

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Neil you have my respect for doing the right thing. With Mike Phelan at the helm, there should not be any great rush to make a permanent appointment, perhaps that will be the permanent appointment. I would like to see Culverhouse in as Assistant Manager under Mike Phelan.

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    waclor

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Tooty - The way you say the club is being run suggests that it is not being run like a business, most real businesses are quite ruthless with regard to failure. Rightly or wrongly we are not like that. This year could be interesting when it comes to season ticket renewals, previously they have been cheap enough for people to renew then we had PL football so the prices went up but people were happy to pay, even this year people gave it a chance, it might be different this year. Whoever we appoint will be a gamble but you do your homework and reduce the odds. This job should appeal to 70% of current British managers

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    JohnnyH

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • The board has the ultimate responsibility for the success of this club. By appointing NA at a critical time of the survival fight to stay in the premiership , showed the total lack of ambition by this board. Youth team coach to First team coach? NA was thrown in at the deep end without a life jacket. Hopefully Mike Phelan will be appointed and his experience might just motivate this bunch of players. Two managers and the same players are here. Still no tperforming at any great level. It is time to end the myth that we have a strong squad. Their skill level is low and as one player recently stated " We did not work hard enough" Time for a new manager and time to unload this very average workshy squad and rebuild. If only the board were as ambitious as the fans.

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    norman hall

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Right decision Neil..... You don't deserve all the s**t that has been flying about. Good luck with the time out and in your new role with the Canairies whatever that may be. Board - you have to deliver this time or some of you will have to walk

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    JB

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Well bugg3r me sideways! I didn't see that coming. Fair play to NA, tried his best but man enough to admit he couldn't take us any further. Who next then? There's not exactly a scintillating choice out there at the mo - Roy Keane anyone? Neil Warnock? Beelzebub? Personally I wouldn't go for MP, simply because while he has bags of general experience as an assistant, he has no management experience as such. I want someone to come in who's tried and tested in battle, a British league 1 or championship up and comer ready to kick us on. I wouldn't touch Sherwood with a barge pole - how would that be any different from NA? Inexperienced manager replaces inexperienced manager. I'll give it a miss thanks. OTBC.

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    DeanConeyLegend

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Sorry to see a thoroughly decent man go , but then he didn't achieve success , and that is everything in the job of team manager . The usual thing to happen now is that we will win nicely at Bournemouth ; - say 3:1 , Phelan will be hailed as the new messiah ;- - - and then city will go on to lose four and draw one of the following five games .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Whats the difference between resignation and sacking? Oh thats right it means no compensation is required to be paid. Nice to see Norwich treating their loyal employees well. I seem to remember Gunn was treated in a similar manner.

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    What a Hoot

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • As a Norwich supporter, I am sad that Neil did not consider himself a success in his role as manager. When you look at both Cardiff and Fulham who came down with Norwich, they have really struggled with managers rated more highly than Neil Adams and yet have struggled below the Canaries. It seems the expectation of almost instant success is simply not realistic. Another manager may have waited for the club to sack him, but Neil felt he was coming up short and did the honourable thing. I do hope he remains a part of Norwich City Football Club. Thanks Neil. Most of us would know you did your very best.

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    Bally High

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • The players are rubbish ... No Manager could make that lot win games.

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    samphirelover

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • As followers we know I have been calling for this. Well done NA for recognising the situation before being pushed. I agree we need a non NCFC connected manager who will command and get these well paid and under motivated players doing what they started early doors in AugustSeptember every match and not when they feel like it. Perform or go has to be writ large there is no acceptance of or excuses for off days.

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    CrichtonCanary

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • A great bloke to have around the club, very honest and sincere but it was not going to work out that was becoming obvious. Let the club move on, we are where we are and lets now go forward with a new impetus. I hope Neil comes back revitalized in the summer and becomes an important cog in the club .... but not the manager lol

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    Retep

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Will people please stop saying that the players are in a comfort zone - the suggestion that they are not bothered enough to work really hard is utter puerile nonsense, and simply puts into context the quality of some contributions. The new manager needs to tighten things up at the back and start linking play to the front men more effectively, and at times more quickly. We also need to keep hold of Redmond this window - there is no other outfield player anyone of any note will be after; he beats men so effortlessly, and that is truly rare. Ruddy will also be a target - he's better than most prem keepers, despite his recent dodgy spell. Respect to Neil Adams too, but I think he should have stayed til after the Bournemouth game, as a win there could have put us into the play-off places.

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    clever pe teacher

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Should never applied for the job in the first place that is why we are not in the top 3.For GODS sake don't appoint anyone with Norwich connections.Please get someone who will kick ar----.and make them earn their money.

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    El tel

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • If only our failed Norwich MPs would do the decent thing too.

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    Mr Cameron Spork-Pies

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Like a couple of other comments on here, I have never bought into this theory that our squad is the strongest in this league. Like Malaga said these are the same players, pretty much who got us relegated, however with the right direction and management I strongly believe that the right person will get the best out of them. NA never had the respect from them, which is shameful on them, so show some respect and dignity for this club starting Saturday and play your skins out, because this has taken a change for some of these players to realise there is no guarantee a place in this team.

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    Bald Canary

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • The Board were wrong to appoint Neil Adams in the first place, they put him in an impossible position. It is quite clear to all that the players have shown no desire to "perform" for him and they must share a considerable amount of blame for his demise. As soon as Phelan was appointed I said on this forum that this was the end game for Adams and so it has proved to be. McNally and the Board owe it to the supporters to make a statement about their intentions of the club. Under no circumstances should they appoint a Canary old boy to be Manager. Fresh blood with some fire in the belly is what is required to liven this club up.

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    Mercia Canary

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • That made me laugh. Thanks

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    Adrian Hook

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Hopefully who ever takes over full time will kick the players ar##s,about time they started to earn their huge salaries!

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    tonyb

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Hopefully who ever takes over full time will kick the players ar##s,about time they started to earn their huge salaries!

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    tonyb

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • I feel I have to comment..... 1) I agree that NA wasnt really the right man for the job. Nice fella but little experience in management. I felt he was appointed simply because nobody else wanted the job and frankly who can blame them. Much of the blame has to lie with the team. The handful of games Ive seen this a season at Carrow Rd have delivered halfe hearted performances. Players seemingly not even wanting to be bothered to run. No wonder they were booed off after the Reading game. 2) When will some of the contributors here get it into their heads that no amount of screaming "McNally out" is going to carry any weight. Contrary to your beliefs NCFC is a business and fans are simply customers. So customers can moan and groan but unless they vote with their feet and stop renewing their season tickets and buying the merchandise then Im afraid the board will only change when IT sees fit. So please, STOP going on and on about things which you have absolutely no control over!

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    Tootyfrooty

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Thank you Neil you did your best for the Canaries, but I feel was always out of depth. Today you were probably given the ultimatum to resign and come back to Carrow road in July or be sacked. Not much choice really. Likely Phelan was brought in to take over, but I hope not. Both Phelan and Adams are coaches, not managers. Manager required who can whip the team into shape, P. Lambert or M. O'Neil type. Both been there and done that, unlikely to return. Like others I feel McNally must get this one right or will go with Neil's successor at the end of the season. Top 2 places or bust. I would be knocking on the door of Steve Bruce, ex Canary skipper with a proven record of getting promoted from the Chump to PL and staying there. OTBC.

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    canaryonaboat

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Some weird odds for our next manager: Mike Phelan is odds on favourite, then next in line are Tim Sherwood, Karl Robinson and Ian Culverhouse. Also Mick McCarthy is 16 to 1, Glenn Hoddle is 25 to 1, Darren Eadie is 33 to 1 and Nolberto Solano 40 to 1

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    jops

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • This board should have fined these players a months salary Maybe that would have buck their ideas up.

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    Obi- wan

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • No one dislike Neil Adams many wanted his to sucksead, it's this board who put into that position he no or very little experience just to same money the players would no perform for him the same way they would not perform for Hughton . What this club needs is a strong no nonsense manager who will come down on them hard . If they did not perform on the pitch. Not a Mr nice guy like Mr Adams & Hughton Phealan is not the one either he done coaching but experience at managerial experience but no doubt the this spineless board will get it wrong again in their appointment of a new manager.

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    Obi- wan

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • suzifan - yes I agree and have also mentioned it before: the squad is not as good as the hype surrounding it at the start of the season. Those who said it is the best in the league based their assumptions on the flawed logic that it was because we had retained most of our Prem League players. What some of these so-called experts seemed to have conveniently overlooked or not taken into account was that they were players who had failed miserably in the Prem. Also agree with you that the truly great players have the work ethic as part of their pedigree makeup. Even Lionel Messi covers acres of ground, often getting back into his own penalty area to cover and tackle. Many of our players do not possess that vital ingredient which is why they are actually not top drawer at all.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Thanks to NA for all his efforts at the end of last season and the first half of this one. All the best for the future. Experience.....How many experienced managers get sacked every season??? Next manager.....Who wants this poisoned chalice now??

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    NICEONE

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • I think Neil Adams has done everything right. He loves this club and jumped at the chance of being a premiership manager, all be it with an almost certain relegation looming, because it was too good to turn down, anyone in his position would have done the same. We started the season well and are still in a great position to make the playoffs, the transfer window has almost 3 weeks left to run, he accepted Phelan coming in even though he was a potential threat. He gave himself a shot at it, but decided to go before the damage to potential promotion was too great and in my opinion got out just in time. Ultimately this opportunity has come too early in his management career but even so his personal sacrifice of his dream job for the good of this club is an act of love and we should thank him for it... God bless you Neil Adams

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    jops

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Just got in and seen the news. Like many here I feel for the guy as he is clearly a decent man and wish him well, especially in whatever his new role within the club will be when he returns in the summer. Looking at it dispassionately, though, it always appeared too much of an ask for a rookie, especially when the Board made the appointment and in virtually the same breath said it expected us to bounce straight back into the Prem. I am wondering what part, if any, the players may have played in this? Looking ahead I have no idea who might either want or take the job. As to this Saturday, if the players weren't with Adams then they have the chance to show it with a performance of grit and determination that has been notable for its absence most of this season and beyond. It will be interesting to see how Phelan sets the team up and who he selects and in what positions.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Obviously, we all wish things had turned out better for Neil and I, for one, am sorry to see him go. The problems at the club run far deeper than the management team and I feel one problem is the team believing it's own press. From day one, the press, pundits and experts have proclaimed, "Norwich are the best team in the division . . they have the best players. . they have a big budget . .they are favourites to get automatic promotion" Etc, etc. Complacency has been a huge problem in my opinion. Look at any great side, eg. Chelsea, Man City and although they are great players, they all work like hell to get where they are. Also, the midfield is vitally important to success and in all honesty, ours is just not good enough. Howson and Johnson couldn't get Leeds anywhere near the play - offs, why do we think they can do it for us? Hoolahan is totally ineffective and the club should have sold him to Villa and called Lambert's bluff. I'm sure Neil didn't want Phelan anywhere near this club (I've not seen any sort of relationship between them on the bench) and if he now get's the full time job, it will be a total scandal. Thank you for your efforts Neil and I wish you well.

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    suzyfan

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • The writing was on the wall, nice fella Neil and thanks but you were out of your depth , glad to see he will still have a job ,done wonders with the youth team Good luck Who next i thought MP was brought in to replace him ,don't know about him as for the rest the best have gone Pulls and Lennon only other one is T Sherwood he had a good 6 months with spurs but not sure ,I will leave that up to D Mc.

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    iMac

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Trevor I hardly ever disagree with you but I do not see Gary Holt as NCFC manager.

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    el dingo

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • don't care if he was forced to resign or not, he did it. more than some Mr Nice Guys in the past. Now he has done the right thing This Fumbling Board needs to do that as and over look ex players. it fails everytime

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    sixtiesbarclayboy

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • I am one of the ST holders who wanted NA replaced. I admire the man for doing what is right for his club and I am extremely pleased that he still has a future with the club. The board must not take the cheap and easy option any more. This team needs someone who knows what they are doing and who can kick their a&&e&.

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    Jim

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • what a joke going gets tough and he jumps ship now the board need to do the same

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    DAVE

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Last try. Neil you did your best. Respect.

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    el dingo

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • NA did decent thing although it should have happened in November. The board should never have put him in the position in the first place and I think an apology should follow. A decent bloke out of his depth. We need somebody ruthless now to shake the players out of their comfort zones and make good use of the window to turf out a lot of the squad and make some good signings and to use the loan system too. Phelan must have plenty of contacts to use and it is a great opportunity for him to show he is not a number 2. Muelenstein might be a good addition as coach. This is a critical month for the club

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    scousecanary

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • First things first.......Thanks Neil for stepping into the breach when we needed someone of your calibre at the end of last season and thank you for all your efforts this season. I for one am desperately sorry to see you go as our situation at the club is nowhere near as bad as many on here would pretend. I enjoyed your post match comments as you had an honesty and insight not found in many football managers and this was truly a refreshing change. Good luck in the future and I look forward to welcoming you back in July. To those critics on this board I think you should remember that, "You don't know what you have got till it's gone" and whilst I'm sure that many of you think the grass is infinitely greener elsewhere you may find that this is not the case. A number of posters have rattled on about NA's experience now and in the past (multiple postings usually) but just ask yourselves how many experienced managers get sacked every season. Now the job of finding a manager to suit the posters on this board begins and I hope that whoever the board select is treated better, post honeymoon, than was the case with NA.

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    NICEONE

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • His expectations and those of many fans was instant success, the truth is that sucess was always going to be a work in progress. Given time NA would probably have made a good and sucessful manager. But in these times of instant gratification only the very lucky will ever make it. Good luck Neil and God help the next manager.

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    cutty

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Trevor I hardly ever disagree with you but I do not see Gary Holt as NCFC manager.

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    el dingo

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Thanks Neil. Please stay with us in some way. I totally blame the Board. Tried four times now.

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    el dingo

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Claire Vouyant , never saw that one coming

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Honourable man resigns - inevitable after PNE debacle. But this has been on the cards since arival of Mike Phelan. Would not be surprised to see Paul Scholes arrive as track suit trainer. The rest like my last light hearted suggestion on PS is speculation and window dressing for which this club should be awarded a gold meal! If we cannot be entertained on the pitch this is the poor substitute regularly on offer!

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    mardler

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • People saying Adams resignation was brave and honourable but I think it was a case of resign and go quietly or be sacked. So he took the most advantageous financial package and went on holiday somewhere nice and warm. Good luck to him.

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    goldie

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Strange things these comment boards. Suddenly hardly anyone will admit to wanting the manager gone. Now they are also saying the last person they want in his place is Phelan. You only have to look at Saturday evenings comments to read the opposite.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Thanks Neil respect to you. No respect to our pathetic Board. You WILL be welcomed back by the fans. Please stay with us. Thank you once more.

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    el dingo

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Neil Adams is Norwich through and through - it clearly wasn't working and he has done the best thing for the club, and that deserves respect. No one seems to have mentioned Ian Culverhouse working with Mike Phelan. It's not as strange as it might at first seem, after all, word is that Ian did most of the graft under Lambert's regime, and that era was the the most successful in recent times!

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    Chris

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • I never believed that NA had the capacity to manage at this level, and often said that he was put in the same tough position as Gunny during his brief tenure as gaffer. I'm pretty sure that all the NA OUT campaigners - myself included - wish Neil all the best and would want him to understand that the negative feedback was in no way personal. It just didn't work out and the Board need to hold THEIR own hands up and admit that THEY got it wrong. After an apparently Europe-wide search the best they could do after sacking Hughton too late in the day was to give another City legend a crack at the whip... an unwise gamble that - unfortunately for NA and the Club - didn't work out. All credit to Neil for stepping down... a courageous thing to do. OTBC

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    wallybrain

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Again, a decent man loses his job, and the players continue to play without a level commitment commensurate to their salaries. This group of players are repeatedly said to be 'quality' players. Yet most of them achieved only relegations for us last season, and this season 'the best squad in the league' cannnot raise themselves above 7th, and defeat against Shrewsbury and Preston! And it's the fault of another manager. The greatest pity I have about NA is that he did not axe the players who would not play for him, and select some of the youngsters who played so well for him in the FA Youth Cup. At least they would have tried! Now, I suppose, we are either going to rely on the same group of 'failed' players. Or go into the transfer market and buy some more. Paul Lambert had it right. Get young, hungry players with good characters who want to play for Norwich and make their reputations. I would like to see a manager who can do this again.

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    Steve Scrutton

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Thanks Neil you did all you could. To "the board" - you hurt the man more than us fans ever did. You put him in a place he should never have been. When you come back in the summer mate I hope that bunch of rich Kate Mossers are history. OTBC.

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    el dingo

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Despite the fact that I have often criticised team selection I was hoping Neil could turn things around and think he may have been misguided by others of late. However, I also commented earlier in the season that he looked like a man suffering from stress and his health is far more important than a game. It is very good to see that the club are happy to reemploy him in another role, coaching once again I suspect. Mike Phelan now has one heck of a task to go down to Bournemouth and stake his claim for the managers job, I hope Gary Holt is also retained and wonder if he might not be a better choice as manger given that he already has experience in the post, albeit in Scotland. Well done Neil you done your best, that is all we could ever ask for, such a shame too many players let you down.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Never mind he will obviously be in line as a TV pundit ready to remark on how the game should be played, how managers are at fault and how they should pick their teams etcetera. We have so many failed managers on TV advising and setting out their team plans, full of advice, I wonder why they are redundant.at all? How many English managers are in the Premier division? The whole set up is just one big farce of ex knowalls ignorant and unable to use correct grammar all who are failures and should be kept well away from any soccer pitch.the claptrap they spout and obvious lack of knowledge of the rules of the game is laughable.

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    Claire Voyant

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Indeed, fair play to Neil Adams. Now McNally is really drinking in the last chance saloon - he simply HAS to get this next managerial appointment right or else he is toast !

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Thanks Neil, well done, your efforts are appreciated and you are a good man who was given a pretty thankless task. You have conducted yourself with dignity and we look forward to you continuing your career with NCFC. Now the board have a job to do, find a manager who can get these players motivated and winning games to get us out of this mickey-mouse league ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Sure he's a decent bloke who did his best however, I assume that as he 'resigned ' he will walk away without a lump of his contract paid up? I wonder? I suspect that Neil's 'resignation' has come at a financial cost to NCFC so not actually a resignation at all but more a 'if you leave now we will pay you this much'. He's got bills to pay like everyone else so to walk away from a well paid job to join the dole queue is highly unlikely IMO. Even so I wish he all the best but sadly am not in the least bit sorry that he's gone as he's been clutching at straws for too long. OTBC

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    baguio

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Did he jump or was he pushed?

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    Cecil

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • It will be interesting to hear what certain players have to say !....I feel sure that Capt Martin – Howson --Johnson – Ruddy--Redmond --Tettey – Turner - –and others who have given frequent interviews in the past, will be singing his praises at the first opportunity! ....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • I see that when he met the board, Neil Adams agreed to resign, not he offered to resign. Did this agreement save him from getting the sack, and ensure he has a job to come back to?

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    outsider

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Another great result for the non-attending managers-in-waiting. What's next, Colin or Pulis perhaps? And has my previous post failed to appear because it doesn't follow the party line? Phelan out!

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    whereareyou

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Another great result for the non-attending managers-in-waiting. What's next, Colin or Pulis perhaps? And has my previous post failed to appear because it doesn't follow the party line? Phelan out!

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    whereareyou

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • …..Just think! The door is now open again for the return of... BASSONG....that could solve one problem...and create another!.

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • I see that when he met the board, Neil Adams agreed to resign, not he offered to resign. Did this agreement save him from getting the sack, and ensure he has a job to come back to?

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    outsider

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • I see that when he met the board, Neil Adams agreed to resign, not he offered to resign. Did this agreement save him from getting the sack, and ensure he has a job to come back to?

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    outsider

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • …..Just think! The door is now open again for the return of... BASSONG....that could solve one problem...and create another!....It will be interesting to hear what certain players have to say !....I feel sure that Capt Martin – Howson --Johnson – Ruddy--Redmond --Tettey – Turner - –and others who have given frequent interviews in the past, will be singing his praises at the first opportunity! ....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Well those that wanted him gone have got their way.NA integrity cannot be brought into question. Now what about a bit of a controversial comment. If PL had stayed here until we had the money to spend on players would we be in this position? He hasn't exactly been brilliant at Villa.

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    Egyptian canary

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Give credit to NA, he is a good man, he is a NCFC through and through and I believe that he has done the right thing here. Let us appreciate that he took over an impossible job at the end of last season and that he has done his best. I hope the club stick with him and that he continues his career with NCFC. He did a brilliant job as the FA Youth Cup winning coach and then he was literally 'thrown in at the deep end'. When the board failed to find a manager in the close season he continued in that role and started off very promisingly. Then the wheels fell off and he was out of his depth at this level. Now the board have to look after NA and reward his loyalty & honour and let him continue developing his management skills with the club at the right level. Beyond that, they have to quickly find a new manager in the Paul Lambert mould who can get us promoted this season. Thanks NA you did your best and we still think you are a thoroughly good man !

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • I don't beleave there are anyone who hatted Neil Adams it just the same when Hughton was in charge players didn't was to perform for either of them . The players need to be fined a month salary for what they done it's their players fault in some ways others Neil's lack of experience. And the board for putting him into that position he doesn't need.

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    Obi- wan

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Completely agree Stew. Too many were way too quick to start attacking him and saying he wasn't up to it and, as for motivating the players, well you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink if it doesn't want to. Think we can write off promotion this season now and that's no fault at all of Adams in my opinion.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Sorry to see Neil go why is it always the manager in the wrong I think some of the current players have a lot to answer for they sometimes play as if they don't want to be here.

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    Judyart

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Gutted that it hasn't worked out. Nobody can say he didn't give it his best. He leaves with my full respect and I wish him well for the future, hopefully back with us in some capacity. Best of luck Neil

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Best wishes Neil, a clear and brave move, where others have dithered. I also look forward to his return in another role. We have no need to take a chance, we need someone that fits the stated PL ambition and please not Colin. He is passed his sell-by date and has been for a number of years. I suspect that Palace will prove to be his last gig and he can descend into punditry. We do however need someone who has got a cutting edge who can kick this squad back to where they need to be.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Staying up what makes someone who believes NA was promoted to a job a level above his competance a hater. Many people will accept a promotion in many fields to a level in which they underperform. The financial rewards and the kudos of doing the job make it a chance worth taking. Unfortunately for NA it has not worked, and some could see it and some couldn't.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • I was not a supporter of Neil Adams for manager, but all credit to him for trying, for realizing it was not working, and resigning. Still think NCFC will go nowehere until we have a change of owner, plus not sure who with credibility is available to replace Adams at the moment. Hopefully a young up-and-coming no nonsense manager like PL? Let's hope

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • So the whingers, most of whom rarely (if ever) see a match, have achieved another result! What kind of failure is next on the Norwich hit list? Phelan out!

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    whereareyou

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Theres a few posts on here saying, now are you pleased. Well I think this was as far as he could take us given the amount of experience he had, but full credit to him for doing the right thing, and personally glad he will come back in a different capacity. Looking back it does beg the question, was MP bought to help NA? Or was it to oversee his performances and report back to the hierarchy? If it was the latter one can only assume the board got MP in as the next manager, any other thoughts on this?

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    Bald Canary

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Well on behalf of everybody at FPR I would like to say we regaurd this as a disaster and can only thank the lord that Pulis has got himself a job. Phelan to get the job until the end of the season, if not Sherwood. Thats might prediction on the flipside if this means tatsy top flight derbies next season good luck to you. Good bye Agent Adams, you will be missed.

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    TrueBlue

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Thankyou Neil for doing the honorable thing.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Round and round and round she goes - where it will stop, nobody knows. Will it be Warnock, Irvine or Taylor, they all have been sacked so they meet the criteria. Cynical yes, but that's how it go, the managerial roundabout will be in full flow!

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    green tiger

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • And please note – he resigns, he has not been sacked. What I read into this statement is that he has probably “lost” the changing room. For me the first signs were the home games against Brighton and Reading. Against Brighton we have practically have lost the game. The equalizer from Hooper come from nothing, after a deflection in the Howson’s leg. Remember that Hooper even didn’t celebrate the goal. Now I wish we had lost that game, because NA should have been already gone in November. Now the most important question is whether MP is the right man for the manager chair. I doubt, because if the players had the faith in the duo NA-MP (irrespective from the order), they should have motivation to play in last two games, as in previous 4 and they clearly didn’t perform anywhere near their capabilities. A new man is requested on board and as our board will chose again the cheapest option, I suspect it will be one from lower leagues, or someone which is out of the business from a while. We will see… I hope, I will be prove wrong..

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    canary_sofia

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • A couple of other posters have started to point fingers at the Board. I think that is correct but there should be a distinction between those who are on the Board as investors and those who on there as experts. Those who are investors should be advised by experts who they trust and act accordingly, this is the case with any business in any industry and most of us "lesser mortals" will run our businesses in this manner. Look at the record of appointments and dithering, the failure is at the top, either someone is not advising or someone is not listening

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    JohnnyH

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Allend, we do not want Warnock, he has been sacked more times than anyone

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    Derek McDonald

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • A real shame.Would have loved for city to be successful under Neil's charge.Well done Neil at facing the facts full on.Look forward to seeing you back after your break.Good luck

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    Boblaing

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Well you wanted him out, now he has gone, now who do want, some one else who has been sacked? are you now going to call for the players to be sacked. He did not stand a chance, what a way to treat some one

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    Derek McDonald

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Bury Y F - whatever your evidence for your assertion is I don't know and am not arguing with you. I have repeatedly called on the owners to go but the Board are a collective decision making body. If McNally as CEO didn't agree with the decision then the fact he stays on to collect his fat salary makes his position even more untenable and he should go

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Mike Phelan-Bloody hope not ! We need an experienced manager not a coach.... taking the cheap option again Norwich?

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    dave123

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • On a serious note! I am available until the end of the season! Bit fed up with plucking pheasants! I also own a whip and that could come in handy! Come on back Brew, -I sincerely hope you are still around - You must have something to say about this fiasco!!

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • So canaryinslovenia, you think McNally was the prime mover in appointing Adams manager and so should resign. Simply you are wrong. The owners are the ones culpable. Like others I admire Adams for his decision to go. Lets hope its McNally and Bowkett who are allowed to get the right man in this time.

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    Bury Yella Fella

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • All the Norwich fans being mugged out of their cash for a big pay off, they think it's a good thing lol

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    Rob_H

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Respect to NA for making this move now. I feel he had lost control of the squad and was struggling to make any impact after a great start to the season. NCFC through and through and will hopefully contribute to the club in another capacity in the summer. Not sure MP is right as a manager. Would like to see him paired with either Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or possibly even Rene Meulensteen who both know MP well. Whoever steps up needs to read the riot act to the players and use the January window wisely

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    Winger63

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Neil Adams, victim. Promoted beyond his abilities, I wish him well as his aspirations appear to be somewhat higher than some of the players. The new manager has a major task on his hands in sorting out a regular and highly motivated team, the Board has got to get this right.

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    Letsby Avenue

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Adams can keep his head held high, who could blame him for taking the opportunity when it came and in my opinion he gave it a decent go. Shame it didn't work out but full credit to him nonetheless. Hope the next appointment can keep us fickle fans happy for a bit longer! OTBC

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    GossVolley

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • A good call by NA, trust he gets his old job back where he had plenty of success when he returns in July. Moving on let's hope we get a new manager with plenty of passion, maybe Tim Sherwood or Neil Warnock both of whom are capable of getting this squad properly organised and back to the Premier League this season.

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    Allend

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Dont blame Adams, he has the club's best interests at heart. That's why he has gone. Blame the cheapskate board for giving such an important job to an inexperienced manager.

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Absolutely agree that it's a shame the so called most honourable man in football didn't do the same thing as Neil Adams has done. The mess we are in is entirely down to Hughton and his direct employers.

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    Colin

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Stayingup, the fans never hated Adams just thought he was the wrong man at this time for the job. While it was clear to everyone except the Board that the club needed an experienced manager, the Board got themselves into a complete hole by keeping faith with Hughton and then sacking him with 5 games to go. Make no mistake the campaign to get rid of the entire Board at Norwich will carry on until Delia sells out

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • I told you all the day that Phelan was appointed it was destined to develop into an ex-Man Utd set up of Meulensteen& Phelan. Watch this space for Rene to be apponted in the next 7 days. Alternative options on who is free are: Neil Warnock (proven record), Glenn Hoddle (itching to get back into management), Brian McDermott (did a great job at Reading), Arry (destined for the chop at QPR) and possibly Tim Sherwood (may fancy a return to Norwich)

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    Lucioperca

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • It was always a lightweight appointment by the board, a cosy way to tie up loose ends, keep things 'in-house' - and avoid paying compensation. Smacks of a cheapskate, unambitious appointment. To be fair, though, Adams was never duty bound to accept the role and will be extremely fortunate if he's ever offered a managerial role at any other club. Should have 'cut your teeth' in lower leagues, NA, like our famous Scottish boss had done with Wycombe Colchester etc.

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    cromercanary

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • To follow the boards logic now: Darren Huckerby to be unveiled as the new manager. With Robert Fleck as assistant, Phelan and Holt stays as coaches, and Drury new club physio, Sutton kit-manager and Dublin will be head parking-manager at Colney.

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    Norwegian Canary

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • No manager can succeed at a club with a rotten Board, we will find it difficult to attract a top quality manager at this time of year so I think the Board will go for its usual cheap option Phelan, who will then be sacked at the end of the season. Will the Board back him with money to spend though?

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Agree with Canarybell. Hope all the Adams haters are happy now. Oh dear what are you going to do now there`s no one to have a go at. Yes the board I think must take some responsibility but get real folks they`re going nowhere. Just hope they take a bit more time and care in the selection of his successor

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    stayingup

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • A courageous decision from Adams and it is pleasing NCFC accept their responsibilities to continue his personal and professional development.It could be said that in appointing the youth team manager as first team manager of a relegated EPL side,he was set up to fail.However,this season the timing of managerial change gives the new manager a better chance of getting us into the top 6.Neil Adams understands loyalty and deserves praise for his courageous decision.He can still hold his head up high ,one door shuts and another one opens.A case of wrong time,wrong place.OTBC.

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Again this follows the Peter Grant appointment. A few good results from a decent coach who struggled in the top job and who had the courage to fall on his sword when it was clear we were in a pickle. At the end of the day it is not really Adams who needs to carry the can. A chief executive should run a business and make sure that the correct appointments and dismissals are made and that the Board are given credible advice. If McNally has done this then the can goes even further up the ladder.

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    JohnnyH

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Neil was brave enough to take the poisoned chalice from Hughton because no other manager in the world wanted a certain relegation on his CV. At the end of the day this mess is entirely down to the Board, their rank amateurish in a professional game is just unbelievable. Delia you should hang your head in shame

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • I was behind you all the way Neil. Its a total shame it has come to this.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • …..AND YOU THINK THIS IS GOOD NEWS?.....In his shoes I would have probably done the same!.....He tried to take this club back to better things!....but the backing he got from many of his players and the criticism from the lesser mortals that contribute on here was a disgrace to all of them!... ..He may well be back in a lesser role, and this Stew Pydsodd wishes him well!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • I hope it wasn't anything I said. A little late but the honorable and right thing to do. Respect is dented but not broken see you back and welcomed in some form later on.

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    Regulador

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • This reads: Phelan Manager- Adams Coach in july.

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    Norwegian Canary

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Well done to Adams for doing the right thing for the club he loves. And the timing will give the new manager the opportunity of using the transfer window to get in the players he wants and to get rid of the rubbish. He was never the right person for the job but was put in the position and did his best which is all anyone could have asked. Now the board have to act quickly to get the RIGHT person in. Is Mike Phelan the right person? With no actual first team management experience, i doubt it, although i expect he is signing the contract as we speak. Will be another easy and cheapish option for the board.

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    Carts

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Malmo - only two and both at NCFC.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Thoroughly decent bloke - some sad news on a cold, grey January day.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • how many managers have lost their jobs after last two home games being 5-0 and 6-1??

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    malmocanary

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Norwich City is a professional football club run by amateurs. This is what you get.

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    komakino

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Neil Adams is Norwich through and through, and although I did not feel he was ever the right man to lead the Club forward, I have huge respect for the man for stepping down in such an honourable way. When he returns in the summer I hope everyone treats him with the respect he deserves. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • MP as manager with Paul Scholes as assistant

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    malmocanary

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • that was supposed to read 2 or 3. not 23.

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • i think had we of said 23 seasons to rebuild Rome after it was ploughed by Hughton. The board should remains culpable for putting Neil in a difficult position. It was wholly unfeasible to expect an inexperienced manager to get us promoted instantly. Ridiculous. Maybe we'll get Bassong back now - woop.... :-I Good luck and hats off to you Neil.

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • glad to see Neil will come back to the club. Let's also reflect had Hughton done the decent thing last January when we lost to Luton I have no doubt with the right successor we could have stayed up. McNally s made a completes dog breakfast of this and really should be the one to carry the can! McNally out now

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • He is a Norwich-fan after all! Kudos to NA for understanding that he was out of his Depth- too bad his legacy has a dent in it now... Could have timed it better and resigned two weeks ago, but hey- I'm not complaining! :-D Who's in now then? Probably Phelan... or Ole Gunnar Solskjær?

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    Norwegian Canary

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • I honestly thought he had what it took when appointed but sadly not. Will Phelan get the job as caretaker or permanent now? Will Holt stay involved or go also? At least he had the courage to walk rather than wait to be fired unlike most of the previous managers (exceptions Lambert & Grant). I'm saddened but I guess it's probably for the best. I hope he tries again somewhere lower in the ladder and learns from his experiences. Thanks Neil and good luck.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • I hope the fans that wanted him out are happy now, It is a total shame Good Luck Neil and thank you

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    canarybell

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • I know a fair few fans wanted Neil out and whilst he's not beyond criticism don't be too hard on the guy folks.....unlike the previous manager he's Norwich City through and through.....

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    deaf-ears

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Fair play to Adams for doing the honourable thing, deep respect something we could never credit Hughton with who is the clown really responsible for destroying our great club. Still think McNally needs to go as well, overpaid prima Donna

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • i hope i beat nevermind! this is a shocker! too much pressure??

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    Monday, January 5, 2015

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