Norwich City’s Neil Adams is prepared for a Bolton side cast in Neil Lennon’s image
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Neil Adams is warning his Norwich City players to expect a Bolton side cast in the image of new boss Neil Lennon.
The former Celtic boss brings his Trotters to Carrow Road for Friday’s televised Championship game looking for a third win in his first four matches.
Lennon was touted with the City post in the summer, although the Northern Irishman was not on the Canaries’ short-list headed by Adams to replace Chris Hughton.
Adams knew it was only a matter of time before Lennon returned to the game and he has already made an immediate impact at Wanderers.
“It’s a big club and he will know his own mind and he obviously decided that is the right club for him, and you see the response they have got already,” said Adams. “He has had a positive effect on the team in the first three games and I am sure that is what the owners and chief executive wanted when they went out and employed him.
“He has a fantastic managerial record. I played against him a few times at Leicester, at Filbert Street, which tells you how far back it was, and he was a good player. You could see what he was about; he was tenacious, he would put his foot in, but could also play and you can see that in how he throws himself into it as a manager.”
Norwich go into the game looking to end a five-match winless league run, but a victory that would take them level on points with Derby, Watford and Wolves at the top.
“It shows you nobody has really put that spell together like we did it for the first eight or nine games,” said Adams. “I know it’s all ifs and buts now but if we had carried on and got the results we felt our performances deserved we might be a few clear at the top. We’re not, but 14 games in, knowing a win takes us joint top, shows what we have done.”