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No crisis talks for Neil Adams with Norwich City’s board

15:24 04 December 2014

Norwich manager Neil Adams will lead the Canaries into battle against Wigan in the Championship. 
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Norwich manager Neil Adams will lead the Canaries into battle against Wigan in the Championship. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City boss Neil Adams insists there have been no crisis talks with the Canaries’ top brass in a bid to revive the club’s Championship fortunes.

Adams and his squad came in for heavy criticism after last week’s 2-1 Championship defeat to Reading at Carrow Road with a small pocket of fans carrying on their protests outside the ground.

City have won one league game in 10 but Adams revealed at Colney on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s trip to Malky Mackay’s Wigan he is in regular contact with chief executive David McNally and the club’s board.

“I speak to the board almost on a daily basis. It is not a case when you get a call or they speak to you that it is out of the ordinary. It is an on-going thing now,” he said. “We all know it is about results. They haven’t been good enough so we all know at the club and we are under no illusions that we are under-performing in terms of results. We are not playing badly but we are not doing well enough to win games. Of course we were all bitterly disappointed on Saturday, supporters, players, fans. It is moving on. I can’t stress that enough. We look and the game and we analyse it but we have to move on.”

Adams delivered a positive injury bulletin, with Ryan Bennett, Wes Hoolahan and Vadis Ofoe all in contention for the Latics after recent injuries.

“It’s probably unlikely (for Saturday). I wouldn’t rule it out because the players will tell you themselves that they’re ready, but it’s just a case then of making absolutely sure,” he said. “What you don’t want to do is have them getting an injury – even if it’s not the original injury – because they’re not quite ready.

“Players will always want to play and it’s great that all three of them do, and of course I want them back in the squad as quickly as possible, but we have to do what’s right.”

Midfielder Alex Tettey is available after hobbling off in the closing stages of the 2-1 Royals’ defeat and Adams has reported no fresh injury concerns.

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34 comments

  • Woodforde`s have produced a House Beer for the Troll Cart in Yarmouth - "Golden Troll". Very nice indeed, though I suspect it`s one of their regular beers with a brand makeover. Something to do with a river that enters Breydon Water from the North... Jaundiced views can result in being labelled a "troll". Someone once accused me of being Ged Steroo. Then one of my fans\pals, CanaryWest(?), pointed out that it couldn`t be true, because at least Steroo is amusing. So true. Respect, C\W. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, December 5, 2014

  • No crisis talks! There should be, because the current form is relegation oriented, not promotion bound. Why are the Board and Adams stubbornly refusing to see the reality of the situation or admit that the appointment has been a complete disaster? Do they honestly think that there can be any kind of major turnaround? Is it a contract issue? If there is a complete meltdown as a result of this current blindness and ineptitude then maybe it will finally push out some of the prehistoric board members... even encourage Delia to move over. I'm very grateful for everything that our former Ipswich supporting owner has done for the club, but at the moment we seem to be returning to the bad old Doomcaster and Mumby days. The NCFC executive seem to have a complete lack of respect for the feelings and opinions of the supporters who invest heavily in the club themselves every year... win, draw, or lose. I am very worried by the lack of vision and creativity. We may be in a healthy position financially but as a unified FOOTBALL club we are not... from top to bottom.

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    wallybrain

    Friday, December 5, 2014

  • Oh Yeah, and about the edp story, comment WHY NOT ?

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • Noggin the Nog , beware of Thornogssen the Bad. Brilliant little series for kids of our age !!! Seriously Hoots lost me after 'Luton' and Neil Adams lost it after 'Shrewsbury'

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • He's got the second part right.

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    cutty

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • According to Russell Grant's astrological reading this week. Wigan will win by 2 goals and we shall all die.

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    pug

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • No crisis talks between the Board and the Manager. No , of course not, why would the Board undermine what little confidence our embryonic new Manager must have. BUT surely there MUST be crisis talks between Board members. Surely Delia must be asking McNally what in the world are we going to do? Our investment and our bonuses are all at risk with this failure to compete? Do they think that they are giving the Supporters value for money? Do they believe this season is any better than the last two? Crisis talks MUST be going on somewhere or else the Board is failing in their responsibilities to the Board , the shareholders , the Club, the Supporters and yes even to the Players who are mostly responsible for the lack of points with their lack of commitment on the pitch.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • In my experience in the world of work, you only have daily contact with the Board as a Board where there is crisis management. If he means talking to individual Board members in relation to their specific Board responsibilities, that is normal management. The article leaves the nature of the contact totally in the air...

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • I may be a troll, cutty, but I am a committed supporter. Perhaps I ought to be committed.

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    Cecil

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • "In contention;probably unlikely;would'nt rule it out;not quite ready;!!!God help us!No crisis?!

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    Manning's bandy legs

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • Dave 123- Rangers had good support, decent manager, decent players but the board plundered the till, Portsmouth lived way above their financial clout with Arry Boy in his usual spending mood, Blackpool in dire mess caused no doubt by the boards stance. People complain about our board but look how things can turn out without a prudent board. I can't see why appointing Adams is cheapsgate and employing an inexperienced manager from within, so wrong other clubs do it and its worth a try- Swansea, Wolves, Birmingham , Bournemouth to name 4 If it doesn't work out we can always employ some of the one season wonders that are available- Rosler great at brentford sacked at Wigan, Hughton did OK with Newcastle and Birmingham but not for us even Rodgers at Liverpool has had one good season but not doing the business this season . On the other hand you have Pardew and Big Sam who looked dead and buried last season turning things round this season. Getting Adams out is OK if your sure the one you get in is going to turn it all round and even Pullis can't be guaranteed to do that because ' experienced ' managers appointed on past sucess are not always the surefire certainty many people believe.Like I said previously I have a bit more patience that Adams and Phelan will turn this round. I'll be sorry if they don't but will going supporting City as long as they try to play attacking and entertaining football which is the aim but not happening for the past few games

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    NoggintheNog

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • so adams says we have to do whats right.do"s he know.?

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    bluelight

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • We are all fans and we all want to see the club doing well. Having said that it doesn't mean we bury our heads in the sand and pretend nothing is wrong, we are playing well and all we need is some change of luck. It is not just the results, it is the manner of our performances and defeats that is causing the concern. I agree that we are stable and solvent unlike some others. However this actually means we should have the squad and team management to achieve better.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • NoggintheNog- Nice rallying call but the clubs you mentioned did not have a pot to P.. in. Norwich do they have good finances but lack the Bottle to appoint from outside this old clicky NCFC club. As much as we like Neil he was not the man for the job and the results don't lie. Since PL left the football has been poor along with the players attitude-Crisis not quite but if the Board don't act soon then yes it is a crisis!

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    dave123

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • WORRYING, every thing is worrying. The Managers calmness, the boards arrogance and the infestation of trolls on our site? For the supporters sake, someone grab this farce by the b@lls. I bet Malky will be trying this weekend!

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    JB

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • Cecil - of course supporting your team you want to win games but not spit out your dummy when they don't win every game and calling it a crisis over the last 10 games.

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    NoggintheNog

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • Cecil, at the moment we have an infestation of trolls pretending to be supporters and your jaundice persistence made me suspicious.

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    cutty

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • cutty, I have no idea who Cyril is or why you think we are related. It is a curious point of view, NN, that wanting your team to win games makes you not a supporter.

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    Cecil

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • I'm interested to know if anyone went to the AGM and asked any meaningful questions; seems the board got off very lightly...

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    THEGLOVEOFRUDD

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • 7 pts in 10 games is not good. We can't continue that, or we will struggle to stay in the championship! But we have got the squad to get us out of this rut. We have got good quality players. its not about how much they are worth ( look where ipswich are in the league and their squad is worth about £50!) One thing is strange is our strikers, we buy top goal scorers, but they can't seem to score many for norwich. Maybe we need to look at what service they are getting to get them scoring again. And cutting out the mistakes, and we will be fine. I think we need 9 points out of december games, to get back on track a bit. If we don't get many points this month. Then it is, not good enough. (I'm fed up with hearing those 3 words!)

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    Rymarj81

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • Crisis- i'll tell you clubs that are in crisis try Glasgow Rangers, try Portsmouth, try Coventryand one ot two others.we have a club that is reasonably solvent a decent bunch of players and a manager who wants to play attacking football and with the help of Mike Phelan can turn this spell round. Maybe I have a bit more patienc having supported Norwich over 30 years and have seen similar ups and downs over the years- note the word supported not like some of you doom merchants who are in crisis after a period of 10 games of mixed fortunes why don't you take your support to the next county their team are winning games if thats all you want. You could always come back when we start winning again but don't come back too soon because we might lose another game or two before the end of the season.

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    NoggintheNog

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • Irish Canary@ I should point out that it is only 10 games ago that the Norwich fickle supporters were talking about automatic promotion being nailed on and having a squad of Premiership players. I know changing opinion is the norm for the Canary lovers so possibly a point on Saturday will get you supporting the Addams Family (diddle de dum) again and a win will put you back on track for Europe.

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    What a Hoot

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • we got money. for the board that means no crisis

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • Cecil, any relationship to Cyril of the Green Un ?

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    cutty

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • Can you really see Phelan, a man with experience at the highest level, working under Adams, a man with experience at the lowest?

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    Cecil

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • No crisis? You mean like the 'no crisis' with Hughton. Look, we all have to believe that the PhelanAdams combo works and we start on Saturday. No matter how strongly we feel about the fiasco of the last two years I for one will be jumping for joy if we win, particularly if a Phelan influence is discernible

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    Bury Yella Fella

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • I don't really think the title of the article accurately reflects the content. If NA's talking to the Board on a daily basis, he must be aware that results have to im prove and we ARE at crisis point..If not then the Board is being negligent. Can anyone give an example of any other club in England who would not have taken decisive action of our run of results over the last 10 games?..let alone one who's stated ambition is that I thing other than automatic promotion will be tolerated.

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    Irish canary

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • In the form table we're second from bottom. Not a crisis? When we're supposed to have the best squad in the league?

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    Cecil

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • 'We are not playing badly'. I agree Mr Adams, we are playing very badly.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • No crisis? Malky will make sure there is come Saturday!

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    graham garrod

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • There is no crisis, we are going through a bad spell but once the 'crisis 'bandwagon starts rolling a lot of the fainthearted jump on it.Support the team through thick and thin.

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    NoggintheNog

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • Defeat against Wigan will surely mean the end! oh no course it wont theres yet another Norwich old boy waiting to take over! They should follow the likes of Southampton and think outside the box regarding the management team

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    dave123

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • There is a crisis and they ought to be talking about it.

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    Cecil

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • I think we were playing relatively well up until the Brighton game but then even that has changed. The team is not helped by players being played out of their natural or best positions, Martin at centre back and Johnson as a left winger versus Brighton. Likewise, Howson suits a system employing a player in the hole but not a flat four. The management team really need to select plan A then pick the best players for that formation. Plan B should be ready to bring into action with appropriate subs being used. Who in their right mind decided to play three strikers last week whilst taking off a left back, when we were failing to deliver decent balls forward.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

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