Norwich City defender Steven Whittaker, has been talking to the press ahead of this weekend’s visit to Old Trafford and was full of praise for new manager, Neil Adams and his methods.
Whittaker has started both games since Adams replaced Chris Hughton and the fact that he’s played a game and not been dropped immediately afterwards, makes it fairly obvious why he likes Adams.
“Personally I hope he is the manager next season,” said Whittaker. “There has been a big change with the positive approach we are now playing games and his own positive approach as a person and that is rubbing off on the boys and hopefully we can get the results we need. As far as I am concerned Neil is the manager so we are looking at it that he is here now and we all want to do as well as we can for him. I think it is a fresh start for everyone in the squad and some of the boys do get a boost from it. We need to get the results that keep the manager, the club and the players all pushing forward in the right direction.”
Whittaker also spoke about a change in training methods, installed by NA.
“Training has been at a lot higher tempo than before,” he said. “He has changed a few things and he is demanding a lot from the players. We have taken that into the games. I feel we have done well in the two he has been in charge but results have not quite matched performances. He is working us harder and he wants us to train as we would play at the weekend. I think that has shown already.”
We’ve all noticed a more positive outlook since Neil took over and that has been pleasing to see. But the over riding feeling for me, as we stare down the barrel of relegation is that had this been done even a couple of months ago, we could be safe by now.
The board have to take the blame for that decision but I can understand that Hughton the magician kept winning those ‘must win games’ when he needed to. Had there been a run of losses then it would’ve been a much easier decision to make.
It’s also fairly easy to read between the lines that Whittaker didn’t like life at Carrow Road under Chris Hughton, who took him to Norwich in summer 2012 from Glasgow Rangers.
As the weeks and months go by, I wonder how many more players will offer veiled insights into life under CH?
Quotes courtesy of EDP