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3 June 2014

Neil Adams explains why Joe Royle was the first man he called...

EARLIER this week, Neil Adams and Norwich City confirmed the appointments that would complete the coaching team to lead the Canaries into the forthcoming 2014-15 campaign.

Mark Robson has retained the first-team coaching role he was handed towards the end of last season, while former Canary Gary Holt joins City in the same capacity after a successful year managing Falkirk in the Scottish Championship.

Joe Royle joins the club as football consultant - a special advisory brief that Adams says will allow both him and the club to benefit from his "vast skillset and knowledge".

"Joe was one of the first people I called when I got the job. Everybody knows Joe Royle in the game, knows what he's done. He's managed at Everton, Manchester City, he's been a Player of the Year at Norwich, a hall of famer... he knows what the club's about, but knows the game," says Adams.

Adams says his own lack of senior managerial experience made calling on Royle's lifetime of expertise a simple decision.

"There's nobody more experienced than Joe," he adds.

"He'll be part of the team, along with Mark and Gary, and if you look at what we can all individually bring to the table as a coaching team, I think we tick all the boxes."

But it's not just about ticking boxes. Adams adds that, alongside the experience of Mark Robson, the fact he, Royle and Holt all share a long association with Norwich City is also a key factor in helping him feel satisfied that the team he's assembled is up to the job of delivering what City fans want to see.

"The supporters want to see Norwich City playing attractive football. We want to get people smiling again, and get people off their seats when they come to Carrow Road. They want to see players who know it means something to wear a Norwich City shirt.

"Fans will generally tend to stick with you if they can see you're giving 100% as a player. We have to be doing that as well as a coaching team."

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