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Friday 6 December 2019

Whittaker hopes to get Adams a job

Steven Whittaker wants Norwich to appoint Neil Adams as manager on a permanent basis
Steven Whittaker wants Norwich to appoint Neil Adams as manager on a permanent basis

Scotland defender Steven Whittaker hopes Norwich can secure Premier League survival and earn Neil Adams the Carrow Road manager's job on a permanent basis.

Whittaker was a peripheral figure under Chris Hughton, who was sacked two weeks ago with five games to play and Norwich in the relegation mire.

Adams, who led the young Canaries to the FA Youth Cup last season, has given the players a boost, but is still searching for his first points when he takes his side to managerless Manchester United on Saturday after losses to Fulham and Liverpool.

"I hope he is the manager here next season," said Whittaker, who believes the players are benefiting from a positive playing style and a higher intensity in training.

"A lot of the boys had a boost, training's been a lot higher tempo than before and that's taken it into the games as well.

"I think there's been a big change the way we're playing, the positive approach that we've got and he's got is rubbing off on the boys and hopefully we can get the results.

"We've done well in the two games he's been in charge of so far, but the results haven't quite matched the performances, so that's something we're looking to improve on.

"We've got the performance, but without getting the points on the board that can push us up the league a little.

"Three points in this division's massive and it's still tight down there. We could go up a couple of positions with one win."

With their three remaining matches away to United, away to Chelsea and at home to Arsenal it is difficult to see where that win could come from.

Norwich have two wins and eight points away from home all season.

Whittaker has taken heart from the second-half showing against leaders Liverpool last Sunday ahead of the trip to Old Trafford, where United have been beaten six times this term.

"We've taken confidence out of the last two games, even though the results haven't gone our way," Whittaker said.

"We believe we can pick up points, hopefully enough to stay in the division.

"We're looking to start the game well, how we did in the second half against Liverpool.

"We got in their faces and when we did that we put them under a bit of pressure.

"If we had started the game like that the result might've been different.

"We need to make sure that we're like that for the 90 minutes."

Just as Norwich have been boosted by a change of management, Whittaker concedes Ryan Giggs replacing David Moyes could provide a fillip for United.

"It might give the players a lift, but we need to concentrate on what we're doing," the former Hibs and Rangers defender added.

"We would do our homework on the team that's played the weeks before, but it's going to be different.

"It's hard to know what's going to come at us, but they've got quality players so it's going to be hard no matter what."

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