Manager speaks in-depth to canaries.co.ukIn an exclusive interview with Norwich City TV after the Club's demotion to the Championship was all but confirmed, six key topics were covered by Canaries boss Neil Adams...
… ON THE CLUB’S IMPENDING RELEGATION
“The overriding feeling of course is massive disappointment. You’re keeping your fingers crossed and hoping for a result in the Sunderland game that takes it to the last day of the season, which I think last week’s performance deserved, but it wasn’t to be. I don’t think we can have any complaints as a football club because if you’re relying on other results at whatever stage of the season, then you’re putting your fate in other people’s hands. You need to have done better than that.
We’ve got a lot of disappointed players in there that want to play in the Premier League. We all want to be in the Premier League, and I think this club belongs in the Premier League. We have to pick them up now, we’ve got one game left and we have to make sure we’re right for that, but of course it’s a horrible feeling.”
… ON HIS EFFORTS IN THE JOB
“As I said to you on day one, I pride myself on preparing the team properly. The worst feeling for me would be to be sitting in the technical area at kick-off and feeling like I should have done a little bit more and we should have done a bit more, but that’s not the case. You can feel confident in yourself and content that you’ve done the right job, and then obviously players need to deliver, and I think they’ve been excellent for us in the vast majority of time in these games. Looking back, would we have done anything different? Probably not. Of course you’re always analysing tactics and formations, and it’s easy to say if you’ve done that then they wouldn’t have scored a goal, but everything’s done for a reason – it’s meticulously thought through and that’s one of the things that I pride myself on."
… ON WHETHER HE WANTS TO BE NORWICH CITY MANAGER NEXT SEASON
“Of course. First of all I needed to see how I would be and how I handled the job, and I feel absolutely comfortable doing it. I feel I’ve done a good job. I think we’ve got the spirit back into the team, the energy, the application, but it’s out of my hands, of course it is. I’ve got immense pride standing there, being the manager of Norwich City, and it’s something I’ve really, really enjoyed.”
… ON THE INCREDIBLE SUPPORT OF THE YELLOW ARMY
“Like I’ve said time and time again, they have been absolutely superb. To be standing at Stamford Bridge last week, with three or four thousand or whatever it was, a full sellout of away support, fully backing the team in the way they did, even the personal thanks I got from them - it’s absolutely phenomenal. I’m desperately disappointed for them because they deserve to be watching top flight football week-in, week-out and that isn’t going to be the case next season. Hopefully it is the season after, but I’m pretty sure the ground will be sold out week-in, week-out, and the away support will be as good as it’s always been. They’re the reason you give everything you’ve got."
… ON THE MOTIVATION TO FINISH ON A HIGH AGAINST ARSENAL
“There are 27000 reasons why – the support, as simple as that. It would be nice to send them away in the summer with a smile on their faces. Even though we won’t be playing the top flight, there’s a duty to the supporters to go and put a performance on and win the game. Arsenal have obviously got a cup final the week after, but whatever team they send here is irrelevant to us. We have to go and show the same work ethic and quality of football that we showed in the second half against Liverpool in the last home game and the desire that we showed for 94 minutes at Stamford Bridge. Yes, there’s nothing effectively on the game for us, but there’s so much on the game for us. I feel it’s massively important that we give the supporters something they deserve."
… ON WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR THE CANARIES
“There’s a big job to be done. Obviously there’s the squad, assessing the squad, bringing players in and getting players out, there’s then pre-season and then it’s a huge season for the football club. This club deserves to be in the top flight, it’s as simple as that, and the priority now has to be regaining that status. That began on Thursday morning, and we’re working to it today, tomorrow, Sunday and through the summer.”