Bradley Johnson: 'Look forward' has become new Norwich motto

Neil Adams - Norwich Manager

The Norwich City midfielder has revealed how Neil Adams forced the club to start looking forward after Premier League relegation.

Having suffered relegation from the Premier League last season, the Canaries have started the Championship season in fantastic form, taking 10 points from five games to sit in fourth place.

27-year-old midfielder Johnson has been central to their early season success, starting all five games and registering two goals - both long-distance lobs in successive games.

Despite being a key man on the pitch, Johnson is keen to push all praise onto Norwich manger Neil Adams - who has started his first full-time management role in strong fashion.

Former Canaries player, and later Academy manager, Adams, took charge of the first-team on a caretaker basis in April following the departure of Chris Hughton, who left the club after four defeats in six games towards the close of last season.

However, the change did not have an immediate impact, with Adams failing to secure top flight survival from his five games in charge, although the 48-year old did record an impressive draw against Chelsea, which knocked the London club out of the title race.

Having been involved in their relegation last season, Adams was as keen as anyone to win immediate promotion back to the Premier League, and Johnson has spoken about how this positive mentality has been key in the good run of form endured by the club.

Speaking to the official Canaries website, Johnson said: “The new manager came in at the end of the season, and that was the first thing he wanted to get out of our system – the disappointment of relegation,” he added.

“Coming back on the first day of pre-season, he said ‘what’s happened has happened, and now we have to concentrate and look forward’, and that was the motto from the whole club.”

Despite heaping praise on the manager, the former Leeds man knows that players are also important, and he has admitted that the playing squad is perfectly up for the task of getting back into the top flight.

“I’ve played a lot of games for this club and I was part of the team that went down, so it’s right for me to stay here and help them try and get back to where they want to be, and that’s in the Premier League.

“I just feel like we’ve got a great squad here and this is the best time for us.

“If we want to do it, we can do it. I’m going to fight for the club, for the team and hopefully get us back up this year and I know the other players feel the same.”

Fans will be pleased to read about the positive mentality at the club, with every member of staff heavily focused upon achieving immediate promotion back to the Premier League.

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