Adam Drury Calls Time

Adam Drury has called time on his playing days, still only 36  he has not found a club since being let go by Leeds in the summer..  Would have thought the experience would be useful to a League one or two club, like Peterbrough or Cambridge Utd

One of the best full backs we have had, without doubt the best one on one I have seen since perhaps Mark Bowen .  In my view should have had recognition by playing for his country,  while the old boys networks continued to favor the big clubs.

Good Luck Adam in whatever you do. from all at carrowroad.net 

I will  always  remember that goal against Middlesbro in one of great comebacks ....

Adams Stock Continues To Rise

Seven games in and drawing close to that ten game mark which many supporters decided was enough to make thier judgement on Neil Adams as manager.    I admit not to being overly impressed with the board's decision to offer the post to Adams, but more than willing to see just what he could do.   I would never be classed as a total Adams Outer if it went pear shaped,  I would be more sad than anything that another City stalwart would fall from grace in supporters eyes as did Gunn.

I honestly cannot see how anyone can be dissatisfied in any way with what Adams and his Team have done, apart from the first game blip, it has been nothing short of impressive, after suffering what was termed as dull, uninspiring negative football over the last two seasons gone.  What has been on offer has gone nigh on all the way in dispelling that depressive period from the mind.  

Yes things can go wrong, it doesn't take much to throw a spanner in the works of a well oiled machine, we will no doubt lose an odd game here and there, also  there will be games that we will have to grind out any points which will be removed from what will become the norm.  I do believe that Adams philosophy will not alter too much during the road ahead, he had compiled a squad that will ensure his brand of positive attack mind football will continue.  

To back this up you can do no better that read the word of Cameron Jerome in a recent interview  in the Pink Un, where he says:

"I would say he is probably the most attack-minded manager I have played under in terms of the way he sets up a team"


"“I noticed that straight away. He believes in them and he tells us to go out and express ourselves and play good football. That is his philosophy. He gives certain players licence to hurt oppositions but he also wants a high work-rate without the ball.”

He says earlier in this interview that what Adams had to say to him before he put pen to paper made a very strong case for moving to Norfolk, he put it like this:

“Neil probably had to have that transition from when he was developing younger players but every manager has to start somewhere and it is nice to see the club show that faith in him,” he said. “He is an ex-player here and he had great success at Academy level. From what I have seen so far he is very enthusiastic and his philosophy on the pitch is refreshing. The manager has everyone’s respect and you have to earn that. I had a good couple of conversations with him before I joined and I was impressed with what he had to say and he convinced me to make the move here and be a part of something good this year.”


Jerome is no mug,  he has many years of experience in playing in the championship and Premier league , I believe he knows a half decent manager when he works with one, I would sooner place my confidence in a player who is currently working under that manager than some pundit or so called expert who probably has not set foot inside Carrow Road for donkies years.

No doubt the jury is still out for some and perhaps will always be out for a few, and they lay in wait for a slip up or mistake, they will always be there no matter who manages the club.   Often times when putting electronic ink on paper we can appear to start to speak for other supporters  which really isn't the intention;so I will stress I am one supporter that is very content and very happy with Neil Adams and his players.

Martin Missing Tonight

Team line for tonights game at Brentford,. Looks like Martin has not been risked with the back injury . Neil Adams has gone with the team that did everybody proud on saturday  minus Martin. Johnson takes the captain's armband and Whittaker steps into the right back berth.  Lafferty starts on the bench


Ruddy; Whittaker, Turner, Hooiveld, Olsson; Redmond, Tettey, Johnson (c), Hoolahan; Jerome, Grabban.


SUBS: Rudd (GK), Lafferty, Miquel, E Bennett, Josh Murphy, O'Neil, Odjidja.

Jerome Inspires Sensational Turn Around

The old Adage certainly rings true this evening,  " A game of two halves"    I know almost as cringe-worthy as City first half efforts, sorry but I cannot think of any other way of describing this afternoon in Wales.

Leaving the pitch at half time deservedly losing two nil,  City looked anything like a serious promotion challenger, Cardiff were challenged by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to show their promotion credentials and  few would argue they looked the part.

But within 26 minutes of the restart the tables had been turned completely round with City hitting a trio of goals in a deverstating 17 minute period;  

For the first,  On 54 minutes  Hoolahan got the ball into Grabban, he could not turn Morrison, but in the tussle the ball fell for Olsson to slot home..

Four minutes later City were level. Redmond evaded Ralls and John to deliver a pinpoint cross for Jerome to power a header at  Marshall who blocked the effort  but could do nothing as Hoolahan gleefully dispatched the follow-up.

Cardiff were further rocked on 71 minutes as Tettey found space down the right,  Martin  mis-hit  his shot  but Turner  was on hand to turn the ball home. 

Then on 87 minutes the very impressive Cameron Jerome got the goal his efforts fully deserved rounding Marshall and firing home, ending a remarkable and outstanding come back giving City a sensational victory, which looked to be a million miles away at half time.

As bad as City looked at the end of the first half, Cardiff looked far worse at the end of the second  with City lifting their own promotion credtionals  far highier for the rest of the league to see, also being held high are Neil Adams credentials as a manager.   

With an impressive 29 efforts, 11 on target City are proving to be offering just what Adams promised, which is  miles away from the two previous seasons,  where seeing a deficit being defended was more the norm


Not a Bad Summer's Work

Well all the worry, and hand wringing is over until January at least, Redmond, Hooper Howson and Martin are still in the buiulding, no late silly money offers for anyone.  I have to take my cap off and salute Neil Adams and David McNally in their dealings, I am sure there cannot be many City followers who boxes have not been ticked.

It was good to Becchio loaned out to Rotherham at least the guy will get to play some games,  and perhaps get his confidence back, I feel he has had a rotten time here.   Mr Hughton is the man who has to take major responsibility for his treatment.   I was told that Becchio was only purchased as a way of offloading Morison and his big wage, what truth is in that I don't know  but the treatment the player received makes me think .

The score sheet looks like this


Jerome, Ceullar, ONeill, Hoolveld Odjidja, McGranles, Miquel, Thompson, Lafferty, Grabban


Snodgrass, Surman, Becchio   guess who we forgot   Pilkington  


Not a bad summer's work,  I do expect to see perhaps one or two loaned out to lower leagues when the emergancy windows opens next week.   My only question mark remains over Seb Bassong just what is going on here.  I would have thought he would have been shipped out if only to free up his wages


Rumours, Announcements update Miquel reported to have signed

Right been away from computer for much of the day so lets try and play catch up.

Completed Officially

Andrew Surman gone to Bournemouth  no surprise there.

Louis Thompson  (who) Swindon midfielder in and out back to Swindon on loan.


Waiting for Official news

Ignasi Miquel   reported to have signed from Arsenal .. as we forecast mast night.

Jos Hooiveld    on loan for season from southampton

Early rumours

Redmond, Hooper all linked with moves to  Southampton,  Palace.   Nothing new about them and Russ Martin linked with Burnley, no more news on that one..

Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe signs

Looks like  Odjidja has signed on the dotted line

In's and Out's

As you would expect rumours increase with the window soon to slam shut, the latest batch concerning City include both incoming and outgoing.

Incoming Rumours and News

Arsenal's young Spanish defender Ignasi Miquel, is said to be the subject of a City bid in the region of £1.5mill. Miquel  21 is in the last year of his contract and has failed to make the break through with the gunners, he spent some time at Leciester last season as they won promotion.   Does make me think why didn't Leciester make a move for him, my guess would be they needed players with more experience.   Our last young Spanish defender (Aylaya) was moved on by Hughton, a decision I found puzzling.

One deal I expected to see completed by now is that of Viadis Odjidja,reports suggested that he would be signing very soon,  we followed reports from Belgium who were claiming he had agreed terms yesterday.  Also the Daily Mail states we have signed him  ( Mail quote : Norwich have also signed midfielder Viadis Odjidja from Club Brugge for £3million after he flew over for talks on Tuesday)

One we all know about is Falkirk's midfielder Conor McGrandles, 18, signed in a deal worth £1m.  Some are suggesting he is one for the future,  but when you have a look at the amount of games he has got under his belt and in a more physical league, he is probably more expereinced than our own home grown youngsters.   It has been suggested that Redmond is off over the weekend, and McGrandles has been brought in as replacement to share duties with the Murphy's...Only a suggestion what I have heard.

Also on the inward conveyor belt of rumours is Lazio’s Michael Ciani. not that Adams isn't interested,  but I believe this could be an old one,   Hughton was linked with this guy previously very strongly and nothing came of it, so this could be a rehash of that.

Fresh today but been reported before is that Adams is keen on Kris Commons at Celtic, who is seemingly not in new manager  Ronny Deila's plans. I cannot see this one happening as their are several Premiership clubs showing big interest, including WBA Leciester and (wait for it) Palace. Of course Commons was best mates with Hooper so whether that could be used a puling power I don't know. But I would expect him to sign for aone of the above.

Outward Rumours

With our old mate Neil Warnock taking over at Palace, and straight away linking himself with Seb Bassong;  a move that would be good all round, it would give the player first team chances and get him off the wage bill.

Whatever has gone wrong with  Bassong,  it really needs sorting out and soon.   Warnock is also said to be interested in Gary Hooper, we all know Warnock is a lit like Harry,  in being linked with anything that kicks a ball.

I have read many reports stating Hooper wants to leave the club for a premiership, if that is the case, then perhaps selling him  is in the best interests all round.  On the other hand is the rumours are false then Gary Hooper could be a very good player to hold on to.  The official line is he is injured and only just returned to light training, but that line is used rather a lot to mean whatever a club wants,


I would expect there to be more and more links and rumours as we approach the closing of the window,But that will not be the end as the emergancy loan window opens a week later




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