When it was announced that Neil Adams had been made Norwich City manager on a permanent basis, the reaction amongst the Yellow Army was at best one of bemusement.
Personally, I thought it was a step backwards and a sign that the football club was regressing back into ‘little old Norwich’.
The same little old Norwich that decided to give Bryan Gunn a chance despite all the evidence pointing to him being nowhere near good enough as a manager- although of course his legend as a player can never be questioned.
The same little old Norwich that failed so miserably to cope with relegation last time we tumbled out of the top flight.
We were told that Neil was an ‘outstanding candidate’ amongst the choices for the hot seat at Carrow Road – even after the Board had ‘scoured Europe’. I’m still sceptical about that although it has of course since transpired that the decision to avoid Malky Mackay was the right one.
I wasn’t opposed to Neil because of his experience (or lack of) of first team management, I was against his appointment because I felt that the football club needed a clean sweep – bearing in mind what had happened in our most recent relegations.
Having been to four of his five opening games during mission impossible last season, I was impressed with how he set the team up against Fulham, Liverpool and Chelsea.
Personally speaking, I would have preferred that we’d stayed with Hughton to the bitter end last season, so he could have been the one to relegate us but that argument has been done to death.
Wolves away was a very disappointing. Despite Neil asserting that we’d played very well and would have won or earned a point had it not been for the red card, I disagree with his claims. The hosts over-ran us in midfield from minute one and if they had a better strike force would have scored more than the one.
Carrow Road is the place where most of our success is based and the following games against Watford and Blackburn followed in that trend.
Certainly the early red card helped City against the Hornets but then again, I have lost count of the number of teams that have had a man sent off, sat deep with 2 banks of four and left Norfolk with a point or three.
Credit therefore to Neil and his band of merry yellow men for showing enough desire and passion for the cause that they kept on going. Three spectacular goals gave Norwich the three points that game and they were more than deserved.
Alex Tettey’s low drive was my favourite goal but in truth I was just happy to see a win as prior to Watford the last time I was at a game which City won was in January – at home against Hull City!
Neil Adams had claimed his first win as boss – an important mile stone had been passed.
Night matches at Carrow Road are always occasions to be savoured and the fixture against Blackburn was no different. That game asked some serious questions of the desire running through City’s veins and backed by a wall of noise generated by the Yellow Army two late goals proved enough for a yellow and green victory.
After the game against Blackburn, Neil appeared to be growing into the role of manager at ‘his football club’ but how would he fare in an East Anglian derby clash against the oldest of Norwich City’s enemies?
Pretty well as it turned out! One header aside, Town never looked like scoring and so the three points (and more importantly bragging rights) headed back up the road to the capital of East Anglia.
To be at the game and witness Neil jump around and celebrate with the travelling faithful was a joy. Three wins in a week was a great achievement and one that was fully deserved.
The point against Bournemouth at Carrow Road leaves City three points off the top of the league going into the international break- and in the top six.
For the Championship we have arguably got one of the best squads and Neil has done very well to root out of the players that didn’t want to be here- although quite why SebBassong is still here is a mystery.
I have to admit that I had grave doubts about the capabilities of Neil to mould us into genuine promotion contenders but not for the first time it seems that I could have been wrong. And on that score and I am glad he is answering his critics.
We’ve only played five league games this season but Adams has been almost one hundred percent spot on in his decisions so far.
The very best of luck Neil. I hope you prove me spectacularly wrong- it wouldn’t be the first time!