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Norwich’s FA Cup loss to Preston sealed Adams’ fate, says Iwan Roberts

08:47 06 January 2015

Josh Murphy of Norwich looks dejected at the end of the FA Cup match at Deepdale, Preston. 
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Josh Murphy of Norwich looks dejected at the end of the FA Cup match at Deepdale, Preston. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Iwan Roberts believes the writing was on the wall for Neil Adams after Saturday’s dismal FA Cup exit.

Norwich City announced that their manager had fallen on his sword yesterday less than 48 hours after the club’s 2-0 third-round defeat at lower-level Preston North End. It was the Canaries’ second loss on the bounce and one that their former striker feels convinced Adams to resign.

The City hero, pictured, said: “I think he’s been naive at times – putting so much emphasis on attacking football it looked at times his team had forgotten how to defend. The final nail in his coffin was that shocking display on Saturday when they were embarrassed at Preston and couldn’t even muster a shot on target.

“His win ratio of just over 34pc obviously wasn’t good enough.”

Roberts however admits he was not certain that a parting of the ways would take place despite a weekend performance that saw Adams – who took over at the end of last season – apologise to supporters. Yet it arrived as City look to build on their seventh-placed position in the Championship and improve their chances of an immediate return to the Premier League.

“Nothing really surprises me in football but I have to admit it did come as a bit of a shock to me when I heard that Neil had resigned,” added the Welshman.

“The season hasn’t panned out how everybody had hoped. Norwich are just outside the play-off positions but 10 points behind Ipswich and 11 behind Bournemouth, who occupy the automatic positions, which just isn’t good enough for a boss who probably has the best squad in the league.”

21 comments

  • I'm watching a Chesterfield game now, clearly I'm a Chesterfield fan, update your notes Suffolk.

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    jaemae2 .

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • .....There is No job going Waclor...It has already Gone!.....just got to wait until the criticism subsides!.....First job for the new manager is to buy a razor!....looks like a tramp!....He has to present himself better than that 24\7!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Is this outstandingly brilliant contribution to the debate, Iwan's declaration that he is not interested in the job?

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    waclor

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Jaemae. Isn't there a Watford FC board you can frequent?

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    suffolkcanary

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Don't now if any manager would achieve a higher win % with these lazy underperforming players we have at the moment!Good luck Neil,you deserved better performances from your over paid players!

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • And has Iwan Roberts ( pictured ) been away on holiday ? He appears to have gained a lovely tan . . . . .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • WHY should concentrating on playing attractive , free-flowing , passing , attacking football mean the abandonment of stout defending ? ? ? Those are not mutually exclusive , and nor should they be . On the attack you simply go for the FFPAF as listed above , and when it's time to defend you do that competently too . ( As Obi-Wan might say " as Ani Fule Nowe " ) Cant see Roberts getting a sniff of the manager's job . Not with Archant Spurt-writers banging on all the time about the necessity to get one with teeth . . . . . . . . .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • With people like Michael Turner who AT HIS BEST is a rotation CB on a middle to bottom League 2 squad, and Gary Hooper who would be over his head in 8th Division English Football we don't "have what is possibly the best squad" in this league. Not close when those 2 are on the roster.

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    jaemae2 .

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • And 4 out of 5 NCFC fans eat the same cat food!?

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    whereareyou

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Sod this auto-correct, read defenestrated.

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    whereareyou

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • So, Neil Adams WAS defenestration then?

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    whereareyou

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Perceptive as allways Iwan!

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    whereareyou

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Who started this nonsense about City having the best squad in the league. So many people even those that should know better seem to have swallowed that line. Only more wins than losses would make any sense to that statement.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • .....Wonder how training will go this week?....Will it be all smiles and talk!...nudge!..nudge!...wink!...wink!....will they be told to get out there in the cold,while someone else watches them through the window? Will they be shown new tactics, and asked if they will give them a try....Will the more senior players report in with a minor injury?....It's all problems!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Shame the Big Yin isn't interested in managing City.I'd carry him from his house to The Carra on my back.....

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • 34pc is second highest since Worthy...

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    Norwegian Canary

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Not Considering Lambert, Adams had the best win percentage record of all managers since Worthy...

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    Norwegian Canary

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Recalling Neils Saturdays after match comments there was nothing to suggest resignation was on his mind. It is most likely that this came after the meeting with the CEO with a push before the shove ultimatum. I believe that the Adams Phelan partnership was not so harmonious and this was easy to spot listening to Adams low key references to Phelans influence on the teams performances. Also the body language between them to be generous was inert. By stepping down Neil Adams deserves respect from those who like me never ever supported his appointment and I believe that will be so. He was ultimately responsible for taking on that massive responsibility and because of his limited CV minus any experience or achievements at any meaningful level he would always be an aunt sally for his detractors should the results be poor. The business comes first above all or else it would perish and whilst the rewards are obscenely massive if fortune shines upon you the termination axe waits nearby as a consequence of mediocrity and that is the way it should be. I believe it was well meaning naivety and incompetence from the executives to have subjected the club and a manager to this failure for the second time around however their culpability will escape with fleeting public admonishment but unjustly go unpunished. Do not expect a quick turnaround in fortunes that is not the way it works else every team would be promoted every season.

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    Regulador

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • the national press has it that city have recalled bassong back from watford.make of that what you will.

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    bluelight

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Oh, Iwan, not you as well, talking about us having the best squad in the league! I thought that old chestnut had been well and truly laid to rest by now - firstly because this view was by and large based on the fact that we had retained most of our Prem League squad - avoiding the obvious fact that they had collectively been a complete failure. And secondly, based on results from the first half of this season, which again shows they are seventh best to date and a long way behind the two league leaders. Having said that, I know some blame had to be laid at Adams's door but partly unfair as it was too much to ask or expect a rookie manager to take us straight back up, which was the Board's stated aim and which was always far too big an ask and gamble. We will wait and see who takes the job, but given the fact the Board wants a quick appointment, it rather sounds like Phelan - if indeed he wants the job and who knows if he does?

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • I cannot agree that we have the best squad, we have no left winger nor a settled back four and are in desperate need of a decent ball winning central midfielder. I watched Wimbledon play Liverpool last night and the player who stood out for me was George Francombe, a hard working ball winning midfielder who did not look out of place against a Premiership team, why did our club discard this player I wonder. I was also very impressed by the Wimbledon keeper, far more agile than big John of late.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

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