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Tough times will not break Norwich City’s Neil Adams

07:30 02 December 2014

Norwich boss Neil Adams is facing the toughest spell of his management career. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich boss Neil Adams is facing the toughest spell of his management career. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City boss Neil Adams insists the toughest spell of his fledgling managerial career will not break him.

Adams is under intense pressure to revive the Canaries’ flagging Championship promotion bid after one win in the last 10 league games.

Large sections of the Carrow Road support delivered their verdict after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Reading, but the City chief remains convinced he can lead the fightback.

“This is definitely my toughest time as a manager, without a shadow of a doubt, because we need to do better. It’s a tough time for us all, not just me, players, staff and supporters alike,” he said. “We all want the best for this club. That goes without saying.

“Promotion will always be the target. We are still capable of it. We are not showing that at all right now but promotion is the remit. When you are relegated the immediate priority is to bounce back. There is no other option so we are all aware that is our target.

“I don’t look at what could happen if we don’t do that. I focus on what we are trying to achieve. We have been open from the start about what the target is and that will remain so.”

Adams accepts only results on the pitch will ease the pressure on City’s management and playing squad, which means getting the better of former team-mate and Wigan boss Malky Mackay this weekend.

“The be all and end all is winning football games and it is amazing what a win can do for you in the same manner of what a defeat brings,” he said. “We are finding that out to our cost now. There is no side in this division that should play us off the park but we are not producing ourselves.

“It is nothing to do with the opposition. It is about us and we have to change that and quickly.”

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81 comments

  • Good stuff cutty, your post made me chuckle a lot. You and the Brewster talk a lot of sense most if the time though reckon MB was a bit quick to change his stance on NA. INIT to BINNIT overnight

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    Monkeys Thumbs

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Tea Clippers and Chinese. Bit of an oriental theme going here Monkey, didn't your name sake prance about with a bamboo stick? Reckon Brew and I have supported City through the ups and downs for more than half a century, players and managers come and go but we're still here giving praise where it's due and criticism when needed.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Brewer - I think you should eat a large slice of of the old umble. After all it is your own Dictionary of Phrase And Fable that is responsible for the Chinese whispers

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    Monkeys Thumbs

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Rob Sterooo - I wholeheartedly agree with your comments. Ignore Cutty Sarky. NA needs time - if were more than 8 PTA off automatic promotion in Feb then look again.

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    Monkeys Thumbs

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Rob, no kin to Ged then, a troll who pretends to be a city supporter. Sorry to link you with PR but I did thank you for your kind words. The worst thing I have said of NA so far is that he's still learning the job, all being it not very well.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • I am Norwich through and through thank you cutty, not a regular poster I agree, but also not somebody who would ditch one of our own after a few below par performances. I DO believe he needs time as do all managers and I also believe the issue is the players and not so much the manager, as our last 2 managers can now testify. Open your eyes and stop thinking that sacking every manager is the answer after a run of a few bad games..

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    Rob Sterooo

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Or is it Rob? I have trouble understanding you southerners.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Now then Rod, the other day one of your fellow blues was claiming that there were demonic powers at work in Portman Rud keeping the seats vacant. So in response to your kind words of support I shall summon my K K Brethren to attend to said problem.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • I think NA is doing a good job in tough circumstances. I believe he is the man for the job, he just needs time.

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    Rob Sterooo

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • DCLegend; am I alone in being fed up of the `Humble Pie` cliche? Look up the origins. There is back-construction involved, and you may find the results of your Google research just Offal. The last (only?) person to take the trouble to look it up was Cutty, my Mentor and Life President of the MOGs. Cutty`s portrait is stored in his attic, so I have no chance of ever getting his job. A job for life... and beyond. Cue spooky music and a voice-over by Vincent Price.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Thank you indeed, DeanConeyLegend. My Nosferatu-themed fancy on the "Fresh Blood" board was serially ethered. I haven`t bothered to check my inbox to find out why. Probably "Duplicate" because I sent it thrice, with attempts to filter out anything that Archie might`ve deemed offensive, like reasonable grammar. Perhaps there are portraits of Delia & Michael in a Carra Catacomb? I think Holty took his with him, and Hyacinth was too mean to have one done... But a bit of Wildean whimsy, my dear old thing.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Jakarta - my feeling as well. We are actually in a bind beccause ideally we ought to give Phelan a month or two to see if he can make a significant difference. However we don't have that luxury because if we do need to make a change of manager that should, as you say, be done in time for the new incumbent to be able to sell on and bring in new blood in the January window. That would be especially critical if (and I mean if!) we are still within striking distance of the playoffs or even an automatic promotion place.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Jakarta - my feeling as well. We are actually in a bind beccause ideally we ought to give Phelan a month or two to see if he can make a significant difference. However we don't have that luxury because if we do need to make a change of manager that should, as you say, be done in time for the new incumbent to be able to sell on and bring in new blood in the January window. That would be especially critical if (and I mean if!) we are still within striking distance of the playoffs or even an automatic promotion place.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Niceone very balanced comments and I agree with many of them but it seems we have had a stepped change in performance and it has not just been a few games. Whether this change was part and parcel of Robson leaving I guess we will never know. I am hoping that by bringing MP in it will arrest the slide as he will bring experience and should bring a presence to the management team. I was skeptical of the appointment but then we had the good run and I then ate humble pie now I am in two minds as how long he should get. If no improvement over next three games then I feel we either accept another year in the Championship or we change and hope for the PL! Again I hope to be proved wrong on my judgement of NA's abilities. OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • We may well have to look to the long term for improvement let alone any possibility of a PL return. The problem this season was that the Board hyped up our expectations. This was echoed by sections of the media who parroted the line that we have the best squad in the Championship (based it seems solely on the flawed argument that we retained most of our Prem players). So fans expectations were heightened even before a ball was kicked. Now the reality has dawned and that is we are far off being either having the best squad or Prem League promotion favourites. What we have is a squad whose fragility last season continues unabated. Much of this is probably in their minds. They appear now to have a deeply entrenched fear and no confidence. Allied to which it is clear the squad is not what it was hyped up to be. Our limitations across the pitch have also been exacerbated by poor team selections and set ups and a failure to make logical substitutions and tactical changes during games.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Wake up you wussies devious deals are being done .Roy Keane overnight flight from Dublin. Message from the dark side. Reuters.

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    rikki nadir

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Ladies and gentlemen please calm down .As a supporter from 1963 I know how long good things can take to come to fruition .May be a few seasons in the so called wilderness won't do us any harm.It Live with it .

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    rikki nadir

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • NA is a good man but in the wrong job. Unfortunately he needs to be saved from himself. He will not pull this round. Things will get nasty and he will be crushed. The board are penny pinching and clueless. That is where most of the blame should lie.

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    suffolkcanary

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • I like Neil Adams. He appears to be a genuine man with honest and good intentions. I want him to do well and succeed. The problem is that he lacks the experience or the skill set to do the job in the time available. Time is a luxury that few Managers are ever given.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Why not Karl Robinson from MK Dons

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • While it is right and proper to remember the cash backing various members of the Board gave the club during its financial troubles, this doesn't mean they have got it all right. Nor that it is wrong to criticise them when fans feel it is merited. By their own admission they held on to Hughton too long. It also appears it was a non-sequetor to appoint a rookie manager while stating the avowed intention to make an immediate return to the PL. However, while I for one accept they have made errors of judgement, I wholeheartedly agree that calls to "sack the Board" are facile and pointless. Apart from anything else we can't sack them! And even if we could, who would then run the club? Things are to say the least not good at the moment but it is not entirely the Board's fault. The players must accept a lot of the responsibility because when all said and done, it is down to them to put in a shift, show professional pride, be together and be determined to give everything for the fans. For whatever reason that doesn't appear to be happening.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • The Championship is a battlefield of clubs straining to get to the Promised land of the Premiership. In battle time is a luxury that you never have. Neil Adams requires time to learn his trade as a Manager and time to turn this squad of under performers into a cohesive team instead of 11 individuals each with his own agenda. Time is something which Neil needs but does not have. The Board and the Supporters expect a rebound THIS season to the Premiership..So after the record of one win in eleven games Neil has painted himself into a corner and MUST start winning again NOW, because there is no more time left to turn this season around before the others are out of sight and even the lottery of the play-offs will be out of sight. I have nothing against Neil, he seems to be a genuine man with honest and good intentions. However, I do not believe that he has the experience or the skill set to achieve the ambition of promotion in the time available. He is not being aided by a squad of players who clearly are not engaged with the Club or the Manager or the Supporters and who obviously are not prepared to give 100 per cent for this Manager. That is evident from the recent form and the embarrassing performance against Reading at Carrow Road. So the Board have a decision to make. A decision that they have previous form of not confronting. I fully expect that Neil WILL be given a few more games to see if the new Coach can effect a sea-change in player motivation, by which time it will be past Christmas and if all probability the leaders will already have won the battle and will be out of sight at the top of the table. A Hughtonesque scenario.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • tough times wont brake neil adams just brake our chances of getting promoted. Hughton should of walked but was hell bent on destroying this club. Adams must know hes running out of time but he wont walk and the brady bunch wont sack him.

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    NCFC1978

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Too much forelock tugging again. We need a couple of real football people on that Board. Right quick.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Wrong call Noggin. The Stones are SUBLIME. So what if parts of it don't work? This is football not rock. And while I understand what you mean a band don't have any opposition except themselves. And sometimes the audience. I would rather see Ronnie Wood mess up Start Me Up than watch our back four just now.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Nogster - I was told by a reliable source at Colney that it all started when the PTB decided to replace the chocolate hobnobs with digestives and has just spiralled from there. None of the players were consulted and has really effected morale

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    Monkeys Thumbs

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • I do love your comments Mad Brewer! I have to use the magic and wonder of google to learn about half the stuff you talk about but my word what a teacher you are! Delia forever? It's a possibility. I doubt she'd go down the sucking (blood...) route though, think those days are well past her. Robo-Delia maybe? As bits drop of they are replaced with new and improved cybernetic implants? Prime directives as follows: 1) "Serve the half time pies." 2) "Protect the bakery." 3) "Uphold the flan." 4) "Classified!" (probably "Employ the cheapest manager we can get away with.") Robo-Delia - the future of sweet and savoury law enforcement! Cue iconic music, credits etc.

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    DeanConeyLegend

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Agree with NICEONE's post except for the team selection. I really would like to know what caused the recent downturn - could it be something leading upto Robsons dismissal , is there discontent with the players over something we don't know about. Carrow road and Colney don't seem to leak internal secrets. For those of you calling for Delia, McNally etc to go. I really think you need to get real. Delia and DWJ own the club having put their money in to save it, they appointed McNally to run it for them which he appeared to do quite well as they gave him a good salary and a bonus as well. If some of you deluded fans think you are entitled to influence any decisions they make you need to get real. None of you have put any of your money into the club except a few of you who may have a hundred or even a couple shares but I' m afraid you count for nothing. Likewise those of you who have bought season tickets doesn't mean you have any special rights no more than any one turning up at a Stones concert has the right to moan if your not happy with the performance but you won't change the Stones mind. Of course we all want a happy winning team to support but your opinions on here won't change the decisions of those who count, ( Glazers taking over Man U for example)except for them to get sick of the whole thing and move on and let someone else take all the sh#t. That is not a road we want to go down regardless of what some of you think.

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    NoggintheNog

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Cheers Mella Fella - what is your view on formations then? DB

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    Monkeys Thumbs

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Maybe the players have decided they don't like the fans and express it by way of not really trying much. Probably read what we all write and think nuts to them.

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Poor guy is another sacrificial lamb for the Lotus Eaters in the Executive Box. The last one that was too tough to be sacrificed was Lamb-o. I wonder if `the likes of` Hyacinth and his ilk will last for eternity? Back to the Nosferatu theme, as banned on another board.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Donkeys Bums...as you asked... NICEONE has summed-up my own opinions quite succinctly - team formation aside.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • What a refreshing change it is to read a sensible and well balanced post NICEONE.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • borderman - or possibly a whole hole.

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    DeanConeyLegend

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Blimey, the EDP are loving their NA click bait at the mo aren't they? Not a day goes by without 3 or 4 quite tedious sentences being reported on. I wonder what NA has for breakfast? Get on it EDP! I don't want NA to break as he is a City fan at heart. That said, so I am, but you don't see me slipping on a track suit and getting my cones out. Even if MP sorts us out, won't that simply mask the real problem - that NA isn't really up to it? OTBC.

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    DeanConeyLegend

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Or a hole !

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    borderman

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • From the photo it is clear Adams is looking for whole to crawl down !

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    borderman

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Goldie you big bulb - con artists? Really?

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    Monkeys Thumbs

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Mellow Fellow - what's your view re NA then?

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    Monkeys Thumbs

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • youth football including U21 is NOT the same as first team football, players need motivating like Lambert did, sorry NL you are NCFC thru and thru, but we need an experinced manager ASAP.

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    David Fulcher

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Most of the comments below are so ridiculous I'm beginning to wonder whether there is a single brain cell between you.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Nice one NICEONE. At last a sensible, rational post. Let the flouncers flounce and throw their little baby toys out of their prams, their babies out with the bathwater. We are 4 pts off the play-offs having had a rotten patch of form. This will improve, we'll be back in the automatic promotion mix then words and humble pie will be eaten. INIT OTBC

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    Monkeys Thumbs

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Possibly,but from the information I've heard they did'nt get much tougher!!Don't really see the point of the annual get together.

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    Manning's bandy legs

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • It beats me how the fans clap the team as they come out of the tunnel each game. When you get applauded everytime you step onto the pitch you must think you are a super star or something. Silence should greet them until they start to give something for the fans money then they may realise we are fed up with their lack of effort and that they are not admired but scorned as con artists.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Mannings BL that question about the commentary box, could it have been a planted question.?

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Considering that the the very first question asked at the agm was not concerning adams or the board or the position and performances of the team,it was "why have they changed the position of the commentary box",perhaps I am in the minority!!!!

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    Manning's bandy legs

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • There's no luck about it. If you have the right tools you can do the job. In this case we have the wrong tool ,being the Manager. It requires a swift rectification by Mr.. M. and the correct tool , an experienced Manager (and there are one or two about) put in place. Leadership and direction of the players would then ensue and normal service would be restored, hopefully quick enough to get the team back into the promotion race. Let's see some swift and decisive action from the powers that be.

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    Allend

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • the luck or lack of it can apply to any appointment. The ineptness comes when the appt is clearly going pear shaped, and you[the board] cross fingers and hope the fickle finger of fete will change your luck so you dont have a decision to make.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Well......well the majority of posts on this board are saying the same thing.....NA out. Let me be up front here and say that I am firmly behind NA. The posts on here today pretty much all espouse the same solution but I can't help feeling that this is just a little bit too simplistic and could use a little bit more insight. Well we all know, or believe, that the grass is always greener somewhere else and it seems to me that many of the posts are bemoaning the fact that this may not necessarily be true. I have heard it alleged on here that NA is not a good manager and is not up to the job but if you look at our current position in the table then there are 13 worse managers in this division and some of those have a lot of previous experience. I also think that a number of posts on here are taking the bits out of our whole season that match their own reasoning e.g. very little mention is made of the first 10 games of the season where we took 20 points out of 30. This contrasts with the following 10 games when we took only 6 points out of 30. Clearly something happened after the Blackpool game that we are not aware of so dramatic is the change in form. Without knowledge of the circumstances I don't see that we can accurately apportion blame and therefore the scatter gun approach is unlikely to find the correct target. We know certain facts as a result of attending games i.e. JR is nowhere near as commanding as he has been previously, LG has stopped scoring, the defence seems all at sea & as a team we do not appear to be as committed (determined to win the ball, determined to get a shot on target off) as many of the teams we are facing. What's my solution I hear you cry!!......Well I would drop JR and put DR in his place, play GH up front with CJ, play 4 in midfield AT, BJ, JH & NR and at the back I would have RM at right back, MT & RB (when available) with JG at left back. Positionally I think this would be better, if less adventurous but the whole team need to cut out some of the short passing as it isn't sufficiently accurate and not be afraid to attack teams through the middle with balls into GH and CJ's feet. In short mix it up and become less predictable.

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    NICEONE

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Ahhh, there's the 'got lucky' phrase again. I find it amazing how those who consider any positive to be an example of 'getting lucky' and anything that's wrong as being 'inept' and 'clueless', never just 'bad luck'.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • I don't think luck comes into it. If you remove the problem, in this case the manager and replace the problem with the right Manager the issue will be resolved, the players certainly have the ability to take the club back to the premier league they need organising and direction. The skill is in selecting the right replacement, there are a few still without clubs- So come on Mr. McNally get your thinking cap on and make a decision, don't sit on the fence until a decision has to be taken following further poor performances. and NA gets more unwanted and unnecessary stick..

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    Allend

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • It seems to be clear to almost everyone here what the issue is - the owners and board. So sacking Neil Adams at this point and replacing him with another choice of this board may just prolong the problem. The board got lucky with Lambert, and now believe they know how to run a football club. However, they drove him away. Now they need replacing - either new owners who bring in their own board, or a strong McNally replacement who knows what he is doing and has the football knowledge to appoint the right manager. This will not be sorted overnight unless the current board gets "lucky" again.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • "no side in this division that should play us off the park".Derby coming up,their movement and passing will ensure they do just that!!! Please neil, just do the decent thing and spare yourself and us any more of these pointless soundbites.Just go!

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    Manning's bandy legs

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • This is all down to this useless boards penny pitching to save a salary witch has back fire on them again they never make the right decisions one big mistake after another they will never learn as far as they are concerned it all down to money in the clubs bank account witch is not theirs but the bigger the amount in the clubs bank the more goes into their own pocket what they make on their shares.

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    Obi-wan

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • I'm sure NA will get it right, and keep stability at the club

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    Jimbo

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • If Neil Adams has got this club at heart then should do the right thing and tell the board ,I want to step down as manger as I don't have the experience at the moment and go back to my old job and bring somone who has the experience to turn things around.

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    Obi-wan

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Come back Chris Hughton... all is forgiven. Joking apart, if the boot had been on the other foot and the management cards had been shuffled in another order, and Adams had been replaced by the Hoots, I'm pretty sure that with this squad he would have taken us back up easily. At least he knew how to organize a defence. The goals would have followed. However, this is neither here nor there. The Adams experiment is already 'broken' as far as I can see, irrespective of all the gung ho spin being pumped out every week. Time for a change. Fed up with Adams saying he can turn it around. As for fresh blood... it won't change a thing as long as Adams is at the helm. Fresh management, yes!

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    wallybrain

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • The big change really has been the dramatic rise in goals conceded over the last four games after keeping it fairly tight before that, we'd only conceded more than one goal a couple of times up until then. That's the biggy that needs addressing because other than that we've been maintaining quite a good standard on shots on target overall. Cool heads are what are needed to turn this round.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Maybe the players do not have respect for Adams. But they certainly should have it in spades for the fans who they are short-changing week in, week out. I agree with many of the posts here - taking aside the failings that clearly show in a rookie manager, once they get out on the pitch the players ought to owe it to their professional pride and, as I say, to the fans to work hard and to make every effort to put together decent individual and collective performances. What is inexcusable, is the lack of commitment which, whatever they say, is all too obvious to the fans.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Cannot really blame Adams. The board should have gone for an experienced manager. Sadly as usual they went for the cheap option and gave the job, in this crucial season, to a manager with zero experience. Another example of the board's non-existent "ambition". Not really Adams' fault he is out of his depth now.

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    CanaryWest

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Keep the faith

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    Carrot Blue

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • You are absolutely correct Henry, You have to command respect- some people have it and others don't and unfortunately NA appears to fall into the latter category.

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    Allend

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • I dont think the players show Neil any kind of respect that they would do to an experienced and stricter manager. Neil is a nice guy with no authority and I think thats where the problem lies. Just not cut out to be a manager.

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    Henry

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • How fitting, Regulador, that you talk about Neil's "admiral qualities". Like being in charge of a sinking ship?

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    Outside The Box

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Neil I will tell you this; despite all of the admiral qualities you are reputed to possess, turning the plight of this club around is NOT one of them. for goodness sake just look at you, bewildered and bemused - I mean what does it take to break through your ego to see the truth. You have NOT got what it takes to manage this fine club and the longer you cling dogardly onto your post then the worse it will be for all of us. please do what is correct and proper for our club and step aside . Please

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    Regulador

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • It's plain to see that Neil is bereft of any ideas to halt the rot because he does not understand what is happening. The most nauseating thing is reading the platitudes that he regularly espouses as if we did not already know the failings so evident to all. Neil all you are appearing to do is hang on to your post kicking and screaming when the only honorable course of action is to step down NOW and give the club a fighting chance to recover. Please.

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    Regulador

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Words come easy but unfortunately do not convert to results. There is definitely something not right about the way the team are playing at present and watching recent games I am not convinced the players are being motivated by the management team, there doesn't seem to be the passion you would like to see from a team that wants to win. The longer that NA is left in charge the less chance there will be for a recovery to take place, it is clear for all to see that there is a lack of motivation and passion running through the team, what is required is strong leadership and drive from an experienced manager. What is also a concern is a lack of comment from the directors especially after last Saturdays crowd reaction.

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    Allend

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • After that performance on Saturday NA should have told them to be at Colney at 8am Sunday and you will be there until I am satisfied that you actually want to play with pride when you put that shirt on. For those that don't want to, put a transfer request so that we can deal with it in January.

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    Egyptian canary

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • my life, of late, has mainly consisted of mordbidly watching this unravel. Sad but true. I almost cant wait to see the shoddy scoreline most saturdays. The sooner we all realise that we should be playing for a season of damage limitation and not this promotion nonsense the better, we're simply in a rut and not good enough for that. not yet anyway

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • TK is right. Neil is a good and decent man and the conceited deluded cheapskate idiots at the top should never have given him the job. I will never think of him in the same way as a CH or a GR but I think he should consider resigning because of his health and reputation.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • An interesting headline, for me Neil always looks like a very stressed man and I for one worry about the effects this is having on his health. There is no doubt that he is trying his best but right now it just is not working. We all think we can manage but it is only when we are that we find out id we are suited to the task. I just hope that Phelan is able to make a difference on the training pitch this week so that we play a balance and enthusiastic team on Saturday to relieve the pressure on the team as a whole.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • It might not be breaking you but it is certainly breaking the patience of many fans! They only thing I am sure about is that we cannot go on like this as we are in relegation form. Something has to be done to get this under-performing team and seemingly disinterested team to at least roll up their sleeves, play as though they believe they can win a game, and together work as a unit. The other option, which personally I would like to see, is some of the current team dropped in favour of some youngsters who at least would give us 100 per cent and in doing so get the crowd behind them. As it stands the atmosphere is becoming viral and that also has to change - but that depends on Adams making real alterations rather than just tinkering around the edges.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • @ b inners it's almost Hughtonesque...

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Boring = Bliss.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Obstinacy in the face of undeniable facts Neil is nothing to bleat about or be admired for.

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    B Inners

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Whatever he commented would not be right and I can fully understand that he will try to remain defiant, but it does not change the fact that I firmly believe he is out of his depth in this role and can't see it changing.

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    JB

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • The comments have a familiar ring to them. ..

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • I'd stop conning money out of the poor woman if I were you. Mrs Dingo wouldn't fall for it. She's been to too many City games. .. Mind you 50p pieces only have straight edges so you can get them out of her handbag with a spanner.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • £5 to me again Mrs Danger ........... in your face!

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    nevermindthedanger

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Only another 2 days to go before we get some more baloney from Russ!

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    JOROBIT

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • At least NA's making positive comments about our own quality instead of blowing smoke up the @rse of the opposition .......... or will this lead to the boring comments of "same old tosh" from the MOG's? Another £5 bet Mrs Danger .............

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    nevermindthedanger

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

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