We reported yesterday that Norwich City boss, Neil Adams has stepped down as manager of the Canaries. Adams who was the Norwich City Youth Team Manager before his appointment has so far struggled to live up to the expectations set by the club.
The size of the job seems to have bettered Adams as he said on departing the club, “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,” former City winger Adams said.
“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.”
Norwich currently lie in 7th place in the Championship, eliminated from both Cup competitions and in a spot of bad form. First team coach, Mike Phelan has been given the role as caretaker manager which the club look to make their permanent appointment.
Interestingly, when Phelan arrived at the club, questions were immediately asked to Adams, “has Phelan come in to take over your job?”, the former City player merely answered, “no”. However, a closer look at the situation, could Norwich have probed Adams to resign, giving their favoured man, Mike Phelan a chance to be the main man.
Since his arrival at the club, glistening in silverware from his time at Manchester United; it has been suggested Phelan has become the top dog and was making the decisions for the team. It might be merely speculation, but with the character of Phelan sitting under the inexperienced figure of Neil Adams, have the Norwich board seen a shift in role responsibility?
As a Norwich fan, I would jump at the chance of Phelan to be out full time manager, a CV that would attract any club in the world, to have him at a Championship outfit shows the potential the Canaries have.
A huge role model in the game and not afraid to make cut-throat decisions, it seems its time to move away from the nice guys and adopt a bit more of a discipline at Carrow Road.
Norwich need someone who can instil fear, passion and gusto into the players and I think Mike Phelan could be that man.
By Oliver Baines | January 6th, 2015