Adams wants a shot at promotion

09 May 2014 04:16

Caretaker-manager Neil Adams would relish the opportunity to try to get Norwich back into the Barclays Premier League next season, but admits he has no idea who will be handed the task.

The Canaries were all but relegated to the Sky Bet Championship following Sunderland's midweek win over West Brom, bringing to an end a three-year stay among the elite.

Former youth team boss Adams was given the almost impossible job of halting an inevitable slump towards the bottom three after the board finally ran out of patience with Chris Hughton following the 1-0 home defeat by the Baggies, which was followed by ugly scenes from the disgruntled Norfolk faithful.

Adams was at least able to secure a point from a battling 0-0 draw at Chelsea last weekend, although not enough to stave off relegation, barring an amazing goal swing in Sunday's final match against Arsenal at Carrow Road.

The Norwich board must now decide who is best qualified to lead the club in their promotion quest - with Malky Mackay, a former Canaries defender, among the frontrunners after settling his dispute with Cardiff.

"I thoroughly enjoyed being involved with first-team football, so absolutely (I would like to stay on)," said Adams.

"I don't know what is going to happen, but it is something I am comfortable doing. I feel I am suited to it and have the skill set to do it.

"I made the step up to first-team football and it is something you don't want to step back from.

"I have got my fingers crossed and I am hopeful that I am able to carry on in some capacity, hopefully as the manager, if that was not to be then obviously I would have to look at it as and when."

Adams added: "I feel the club deserves to be in the Premier League, it is where Norwich City should be playing their football.

"We are not in it, but hopefully in a year we will be back in there."

Adams played alongside Mackay during their time at Carrow Road, and could be reunited in the dugout.

"We have chatted sometimes when we saw each other at games, when Norwich were playing Watford and Cardiff, bumping into him, we were team-mates in the late '90s of course," the 48-year-old said.

"Is it a 'Dream Team'? I don't know. It is nice of you to say so, but I can't comment on that."

Despite Norwich's fate and FA Cup finalists Arsenal already secure in fourth place, Adams maintains there should be no sense of just going through the motions on Sunday.

"There is everything at stake. There is a lot of money in terms of position within the Premier League and for me there are 27,000 reasons why there is everything at stake," he said, referring to the anticipated sell-out crowd at Carrow Road.

"Is it going to keep you in the division what happens on Sunday? No. But those fans deserve a performance, like a second half against Liverpool, to hopefully send them home not rejoicing, but maybe with a bit of a smile on their face, confidence and enthusiasm that if this carries on next year then hopefully we will be back in the Premier League in the not-too-distant future."

Source: PA