Neil Adams’ resignation as manager of Norwich City Football Club was a statement that I took in two completely contrasting ways.
With my yellow and green tinted sunglasses on, I’m disappointed. He is a club legend who I do think, with time, could have eventually turned things around. However, there is also the fact that by changing it now we could – and I still believe we can – get promoted back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
It was a wise move from Adams, having had the pressure piled on him from everyone to start producing results since the end of September.
All this is of course if he did actually resign. Or is stating he resigned just a nice way of saying David McNally sacked him? I certainly hope he did resign, or at least the CEO’s style of dismissing club legends has vastly improved.
Of course it’s not just a simple case of blaming the manager for the downturn in results. The players have had their part to play too.
I don’t believe every single City player at the moment has that hunger, drive and passion that is just the minimum of what the Yellow Army expects of those who put on the jersey.
I have been criticised of late for backing the players too much. But I do believe that there isn’t one opposition player in this league that is of a better calibre than those in the current starting eleven, excluding Steven Whittaker – but even he has silenced me with his recent strikes.
We signed the right players in the summer transfer window. We’ve got a strong spine to our team, strength in midfield, pace and skill in Nathan Redmond and, on paper, the best front two in the league in Gary Hooper and Cameron Jerome.
But these players need inspiration – that’s all they need in my eyes – because it’s clear to see they’re a close knit squad, with everything required that makes a football team a successful one.
The new manager needs to have the ability to help us grind out games, especially when we’re having a bad day. We’ve particularly struggled with this under Adams. I don’t like going back in time too much, but this is something that Paul Lambert excelled in.
You always had that belief that even if we were two nil down, we would go on and get something from the game. And the best thing about this was that both players and fans believed it. Two nil down at Reading and neither the players or the fans thought we could get something from the game.
This will change under a manager that can inspire the players.
For me, the most disappointing thing about the last two seasons has been not the football team, but the lack of ambition from the board. But, despite this, they still have the power to help City regain Premier League status.
It will be interesting to see if McNally finally realises that balancing the books isn’t enough at this club anymore. We need to roll the dice in January.
Mike Phelan becoming the permanent manager would certainly be another cheap, safe appointment that wouldn’t necessarily mean guaranteed promotion. I’m hoping that this time when they scout Europe, they return with a manager that wants to prove a point and has experience of success with teams similar to us.
Look at clubs like Crystal Palace, Swansea and Burnley. They’re clubs that Norwich are bigger than and better than, yet we seem so far away from them now.
The silver lining of Neil’s resignation is that the new manager still has the time to invest in his own players in the January transfer window.
And the fact he believes we’re still firmly on course for promotion to the Premier League shows just how much belief there is around the place, despite the recent run of inconsistent results.
I am delighted that Adams is returning to the club in July, albeit in a role that is not yet confirmed. He is a club legend who has done the best he can. He doesn’t deserve the abuse. I’m sure the majority of City supporters will agree that he’s Norwich City through and through.
The next three fixtures look tough right now but who knows, with a new manager in charge perhaps we’ll change our fortunes around – and I think we will!
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