Neil Adams will not cheat his Norwich City players in Championship title quest

Norwich City manager Neil Adams is setting the bar high. Picture by Paul Chesterton

Norwich City manager Neil Adams is setting the bar high. Picture by Paul Chesterton - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Neil Adams would be cheating his Norwich City players if he didn't target the Championship title.

The Canaries' boss wants his players to strive for top spot in their promotion quest this season and City's squad have so far responded to the challenge, with five wins from the last six league games ahead of Birmingham's Carrow Road visit.

'That is the target. We have to set the bar that high,' said Adams. 'If we look to get a top-six place and we just miss out on that, then it's not a good season. If we aim for the title and you just miss out you still end up getting promoted. It would be disrespectful to the players I have here to tell them to aim for a top 10 and see how we get on. I'm obviously delighted (with the start). We set ourselves goals and we are slightly above where we want to be if you base it on two points per game.

'Full credit, they had to deliver – and they have. It has not been unexpected tforme because I know the quality of the players we have and how hard they work in training and in matches. Every day we insist on really high intensity training. That is the key for me. Obviously we don't want them smashing into each other, but we insist they are at it and it has become the norm here.'

Midfielder Alex Tettey was the latest member of Adams' inner circle to pledge his future to the club this week – another positive signal the Canaries are on track.

'He was one of those in the last year of his existing contract who we had made a priority of trying to get signed up,' said the City boss. 'Alex has started the season in fantastic form alongside Bradley Johnson in the middle of the park and it's pleasing in as much he wants to stay here, the same with all the others who were in the last years who wanted to be here. They wanted to pin their colours to the mast, so to speak, which tells me they believe we can play in the Premier League within the length of their contracts.'

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