Neil Adams plays down talk of Norwich City double act with Malky Mackay

Norwich manager Neil Adams wants the top job at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Norwich manager Neil Adams wants the top job at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Neil Adams wants the top job at Norwich City but would consider a coaching role in a new-look set-up if the Canaries' board opt for a different manager to lead the revival.

Adams expects his own future to become clearer after this weekend's Premier League finale against Arsenal, with former City team mate Malky Mackay heavily tipped as Chris Hughton's long term successor following relegation to the Championship.

Mackay released a statement on Friday confirming he had reached a settlement with previous employers Cardiff City after his bitter exit from the Welsh club earlier this season, but Adams declined to be drawn on whether he could form a potential double act with the Scot.

'Is it a dream team? I don't know. I can't comment on that,' he said. 'I played in the same team as Malky and I would see him at games when Norwich played Watford and Cardiff so obviously I know him very well.

'After the Arsenal game is when we need to sit down and decide one way or the other, but that is a decision for the chief executive, the chairman and the board of directors. I don't know what is going to happen yet. Of course I want to be the manager.

'If I wasn't fortunate enough to be offered the position I want to play a part in getting this club back to where they belong, in whatever capacity. The priority is the football club and the board need to make the best decision.'

Adams admits it would be tough to return to his previous academy role after his elevation to the big time.

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'I made the step up to first-team football and it is something you don't want to step back from. That is me being honest with you,' he said. 'I have got my fingers crossed and I'm hopeful that I am able to carry on in some capacity, hopefully as the manager.

'If that was not to be then obviously I would have to look at as and when. Whether it is myself or whoever it is, it needs to be sorted as quickly as possible.

'I would like to do the job and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I feel suited to it. People have seen the organisation and discipline and the spirit has been spot on. That has probably been the most pleasing thing I have had in the four games to date, with the exception of the second half at Manchester United.'