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Neil Adams resigns as Norwich City boss, Mike Phelan to take temporary charge

14:25 05 January 2015

Norwich first team coach Mike Phelan and Norwich manager Neil Adams during the FA Cup match at Deepdale, Preston

Norwich first team coach Mike Phelan and Norwich manager Neil Adams during the FA Cup match at Deepdale, Preston

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Neil Adams has resigned has Norwich City boss following the club’s erratic form.

Relegated last summer following three seasons in the Premier League, the Canaries started their first season back in the Championship well – their 1-0 East Anglian derby win at Ipswich Town among five early league victories.

The Blues have lost just one of their last 21 matches to rise to second in the table though, with their Norfolk rivals having won just five of their last 19 in all competitions to sink to seventh.

The Canaries thrashed Huddersfield and Millwall 5-0 and 6-1 respectively last month, drawing 2-2 at Derby in between, but then lost 2-1 at Reading in the league and, on Saturday, crashed out of the FA Cup with a 2-0 loss at League One side Preston without mustering a single shot on target.

First team coach Mike Phelan – only appointed on November 20 – will take charge of team matters until a new manager is confirmed.

Former Norwich winger and successful youth team coach Adams will take a break from the game before returning to work for the club in July, in a role to be confirmed at a later date.

Adams appointment as first team manager on a full-time basis last May 2014, following after a brief five-game spell as caretaker at the end of the 2013-14 Premier League campaign, drew a largely underwhelmed reaction from Norwich fans.

Adams said: “I firmly believe that we are still on course for a crack at promotion back to the Premier League. That is where this club belongs.

“However, I feel it is in the best interests of the team that an immediate change is made in order to ensure a positive impact on results.

“It goes without saying that I sincerely hope the team achieves success this season and I would like to say a huge thank you to the supporters who have backed me during my tenure as manager.”

A club statement read: “The club would like to thank Neil for his hard work and dedication during his time as manager and over many years as a player and coach. Everybody at Norwich City looks forward to working with him again when he returns in the summer.”

Norwich take on table-toppers Bournemouth, at Dean Court, this Saturday.

30 comments

  • So NCFC are talking to Alex Neil the Hamilton boss, but he has to get released first from his current boss Ronald Macdonald. The compensation package includes NCFC getting onion rings and double fries.

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    Kingfisher

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • LOL letsby my grammar iz all ur dig'in init yeah lol. Mick won't quit town as lambert must of seen the ship taking on water. Town are 10 points clear and lost one since losing to them. Norwich had a youth team manager with some PL players that seems to imploded within. Guessing now that some are in the squad looking for there transfer out with town being 2nd and playing well. why wouldn't they want to slide down to town, play for a team that don't think they deserve to return back to the PL on merit.

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    Peter Bland

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Looks like things are desperately bad in three finger country. A third rate nobody as caretaker manager on top of being thrashed by Preston. Can it get any worse? YES hahahahahaha. Wait until a class side like Bournemouth have demoralised your fickle fans some more.

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    Craig Warr

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Captain Slog, if he did it would be a spin off from his current series, called Not Going Up!!!!!!!!!!

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    daniel ......

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • No one likes to see anyone loose their job. However, when you read what Adams says in this article, it's not difficult to see why he was so misguided. Norwich belong in The Premier League? No one belongs there, not even the likes of Manchester City. But to say this about a club like Norwich, is truly laughable.

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    NB

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Looks like the grammar checker tripped Peter Bland up.

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    Letsby Avenue

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Richard, Burley's achievements far outweighed what MM has done to date. Burley took the club up (which MM hasn't yet done) and then came fifth in the first season in the Prem which was a revelation, all the while playing attractive, passing football. Burley got us promoted with even less money than MM has and lower attendances on the whole. Whereas Evans has enough money to bankroll the wage bill and underwrite losses, so that we could turn down a large bid for McGoldrick in the summer, Burley frequently had to sell players to balance the books - Taricco, Sedgley, Dyer etc. I agree MM has done well so far but until he has got promoted and then equalled Burley's record of fifth in the prem, plainly he is not a more successful manager.

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    Tom

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Looks like the spell checker tripped me up with joe royle

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    Richard Gardiner

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Scott Duncan excepted (such a long time ago), mick McCarthy is only behind sir alf & sir bobby in the Ipswich manager stakes. Some might argue that bill mcgarry, joe Royal & George burley (at his peak) were every bit as good as mick. I'm not so sure. He has worked wonders for us on a limited budget compared with our main rivals,

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    Richard Gardiner

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • They put it on here for hit and so Town fans can laugh at fools like letsby avenue is that budgie or Cyril never to sure haha, fact is that £26m and PL players and still below us and knocked out by preston! wow yeah that is the EAST first team then and still haven't won nothing.

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    Peter Bland

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Lee Mack could take over and no-one would notice...

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    Captain Slog

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • I understand from a source at NCFC that Norwich intend to scour the whole of Cromer to ensure that they get the best man for the job...no crab will be left unturned...

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    Alan Mason

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • So has Cyril nothing to say about this? First time for everything, I guess ...

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    Northstander

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Well put Rod. I want to read posts by fans about the game or story's relating to their own club. Trolls from both clubs gloating on other teams results is just pathetic. NCFC fans in Suffolk will be logged on to the EDPEEN pages this evening.

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    Tone the moan

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Rod - I've hardly "fallen into a trap" - this is a story about Norwich a club which I am completely ambivalent about.......I care not one bit who is or isn't their manager

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    bluearmy78

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Don't understand why this story was posted here in the first place - it is totally irrelevant to us. Getting back to all things Ipswich, i.m looking forward to our next two games at Portman road. Win those and we will be really well placed for the rest of the season.

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    Richard Gardiner

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Whoever comes into Carrot Road will never have the qualities of Mick McCarthy.

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    Kingfisher

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Deeeeeelia!! Etc..etc..

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    Staidtastic

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Why would supermick go to a dungheap like Norwich.

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    Craig Warr

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Who's Neil Adams?

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    Ken Hairy

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • You just don't get it do you? MM will resign from his current job, probably tomorrow, and take over at Norwich for the rest of the season his objective will be to get East Anglia's first team back to the Premier League where they belong. Ipswich will be consigned to another 15 years in the wilderness. Got it?

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    Letsby Avenue

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Well said Rod Cross, the pathetic backbiting and constant sniping of Ipswich and Norwich fans is tiresome and childish. Why do we care what happens there except when we play them next.

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    bristan

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Roy Keane is available

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    this is what we pay tax for

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • I'm surprised that bluearmy78 hadn't noticed how important Norwich City is to posters on the Comments Board. It seems that whatever the subject under discussion, somebody and often more than one person, has to relate it to Norwich City and make some snide comment. Little wonder that Archant feels obliged to print a piece about Neil Adams. They expect to get a reaction and it looks like you've fallen straight into the trap...

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    Rod Cross

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • How many manager's is that in the last 10 years Delia? If you want to do well in the Championship get a man who's been there and done it,not some 40 something who was making the half time tea last year!!

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    Chopper Hammond

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Who cares about that Sunday morning league team.

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    Townman

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • I see Archant are blatantly showing their true colours by posting this article under Ipswich Town News ?!? This has nothing to do with ITFC and should be removed

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    bluearmy78

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Thank you Agent Adams, your work is done!

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    Paul Wauly

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • That is a shame, I think Mike Phelan knows what he is doing and will probably have a positive impact. Neil Adams was a joke

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    daniel ......

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • That's a shame. I think Adams was capable of keeping them out of the play offs!

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    55 years a blue

    Monday, January 5, 2015

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