Adams sacked as Colney coach

Matthew Chambers Glenn Roeder has wielded the axe once again with four more members of staff leaving Norwich City. First to be given the push was Evening News and Pink 'Un columnist Neil Adams from the under-14 Academy set-up.

Matthew Chambers

Glenn Roeder has wielded the axe once again with six more members of staff leaving Norwich City.

First to be given the push was Evening News and Pink 'Un columnist Neil Adams from the under-14 Academy set-up.

Earlier in the season the two had a public spat over comments Adams made in the media - and it now seems Roeder has had the final word.


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Roeder criticised those who, he claimed, had tried to drive a wedge between himself and Darren Huckerby, who at the time was not figuring in the first team.

Roeder said: “What I don't like is the way people in and around the club have tried to say there is a problem between the two of us. He has gone out of his way to say there isn't. I have gone out of my way - although I don't feel I have to go out of my way - to say there isn't.

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“And yet these nasty, irritating people that try and cause confrontation between myself and a player, between myself and supporters, are just bad people.

“They are people who will never manage a football club, they have little idea of managing a football club and yet they have a voice that reaches our supporters. Me and Huckerby get on very well. I don't have favourites, I don't do favourites. I pick the best team and at the end of the day it is my call.

“It is easy being a manager when you are one of 25,000 sitting in the stand or if you are an ex-player who is now working for the media who will never manage anything better than an under-10 team, thinking he knows best - and you know what I'm talking about, and I will deal with that, trust me. I'm a nice bloke, but not always.”

Adams, who made 206 appearances for the Canaries, scoring 30 goals, had been at the Academy since 2001 and holds a Uefa A licence.

The four other people believed to have to be shown the exit door are Academy physiotherapist Rod Dyer and assistant physio Peter Shaw, sports scientist Dave Carolan, and chief scout Alan Wood. Academy education office Darren Bloodworth has also resigned from his post.

It would appear that Roeder is carrying out a root-and-branch overhaul of the whole set-up at Colney as he looks to turn the club into a force to be reckoned with again in the Championship.

It has been reported that Roeder recently added assistant manager Lee Clark's brother-in-law to his scouting ranks - a move that Roeder has denied.

It was claimed that Paul Baker had left his role as manager of Newcastle Blue Star to join the Canaries' talent-spotting network, following in the footsteps of Geordies Clark and reserve team boss Paul Stephenson.

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