The manager's in-depth view after his appointmentNORWICH City's new permanent manager Neil Adams talks through six key topics after being introduced to the media at Carrow Road on Friday.
ADAMS ON… GETTING THE JOB
“It’s a huge honour. A privilege is probably the best word for it. I had the five games, it was something I really enjoyed, and there’s been a long process to get the manager in full-time. Of course I’m absolutely delighted to have been given the opportunity. Work starts right now in getting the job done, and on the challenges ahead, but I’m obviously thoroughly pleased.
ADAMS ON… THE TWO WEEK WAIT FOR NEWS
“A club of these size and stature have got to do things the right way. Of course there are other candidates that would want to come and manage this football Club - that goes without saying. The Board have stressed that they followed that process through rigorously, and of course you’ve got to wait and rightly so. Obviously I’ve been given the job at the end of that process, and I’m thoroughly delighted that’s happened, but it’s part of football that they need to make the right decision, and that takes time at times. I’ve been working through as though I was going to be the manager anyway, which I had to do. Work starts now, but it’s already been in place as well and now we carry on.”
ADAMS ON… WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
“We’ve got to look at the squad and what needs to be added in each department. It goes without saying that last year, we didn’t score enough goals, so that’s certainly a department that we have to address, and certainly there are players that we have to look at to see whether they’re going to be part of the plans or not. I spoke to all of the players towards the end of last season, but now we need to sit down and put a structure in place to which way we’re going to go.
“I think it was an excellent core group of players. You can never keep everyone happy, we know that, and of course there will be players who will leave the Club, I think that’s inevitable, especially after a relegation, but you look at the nucleus, the core group as we call it, and there’s a lot of talented players there with fire in their belly who want to play for Norwich City. Those are the types of players that we have to have here. It’s a case of building on that, adding to that, to make sure that we’re competitive and able to go out and play football the right way, the Norwich way.
ADAMS ON… HIS FOOTBALL PHILOSOPHY FOR NEXT SEASON
“Ever since I’ve been here, and even before that, but I’ve been here 20 years and you mention Norwich City to anyone, and they’ll talk about a team that plays good football, a team that plays an attacking-based possession game. That will never change, I don’t think it can. I think it’s engrained into the DNA of the Club. The supporters want to see that. You’ve got to go and please them – we get 27,000 fans here every home game, and we want to entertain them.
"I like playing an attacking game – of course there are going to be games where you can’t go with seven strikers up front, but there are ideas and principles that need to get in place. We want to get about teams, and if we want to get back into the Premier League then we’re going to have to score goals and win games. All that sort of thing will hopefully underpin what we can produce on the pitch."
ADAMS ON… THE ROLE OF THE TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
“People look at a technical director in terms of what they’ve seen at other clubs – someone there who’s making football decisions, but that isn’t the case here. It’s a technical director in name, it’s not a director of football if you like. The technical director will be taking things off my hands and allow me to go and concentrate on managing the football team. Things like the nutrition and hydration, their rest and well-being, and the running of the training ground, things like that. It’s someone who’s going to help immensely, but it’s not someone who’s going to make decision directly regarding the first team. That’s obviously my remit with the coaches.
ADAMS ON… THE NORWICH CITY FANS
“I can only repeat what I said at the end of last season. The support I’ve received personally and also with the team was amazing. I can’t thank them enough, but obviously I’m well aware that there will be supporters out there who have their doubts, but all I can say is that we need every one of them, because if we’re going to have a good crack at this. We need 27,000 fans fully behind the team – I’m a fan myself, so I know what they’re thinking and I know how they’re hurting right now. They’ve been fantastic for this football club and we need them next season.