Neil Adams - Mike Phelan’s Norwich City return is a signal of intent

Norwich City's new first-team coach Mike Phelan unveiled on Thursday alongside manager Neil Adams. P

Norwich City's new first-team coach Mike Phelan unveiled on Thursday alongside manager Neil Adams. Picture: - Credit: Archant

Mike Phelan's return to Norwich City is a 'statement of intent' insists Canaries' chief Neil Adams.

The club's former title-winning skipper was officially unveiled on Thursday after ending his 18-month exile from the game following his departure from Manchester United.

Phelan was an integral part of Sir Alex Ferguson's backroom staff during an era of dominance at Old Trafford and Adams admits that pedigree will give the club's Championship promotion quest a major lift.

'You can see after his first training session it has given everyone a boost,' said Adams. 'You have to make your name in the game and everyone knows what Mike has achieved. The players have been looking forward to it ever since I told them he was joining us. You could see at that meeting one or two of them were genuinely surprised to bring in someone of his quality. It sends out the statement of intent that we mean business. 'Things like that do tend to freshen things up. The gentleman he worked with in his last job knew a lot about the game so those tips and good habits he brings can only benefit us and I will not be afraid to ask him what would Sir Alex have done in certain situations because arguably he was the best of them all.'

Adams made it clear Phelan's remit is to improve his squad on the training pitch.

'Mike is here to coach the first team. I think it is important to nail that,' he said. 'Mike will not be in the office, he will be coaching every day with the first team. That is the priority because I know a lot are speculating what is exact role will be. We are all going to be learning off Mike, because of the experiences he has had in the game. I said it before that it isn't a threat for me because I am not afraid to bring in the best quality we can, just the same as with players. I would be hugely disappointed if I am not learning things from Mike and vice versa. He has to learn about our strengths and weaknesses.'