Norwich City manager Neil Adams apologised after forgetting to shake hands with Ipswich Town counterpart Mick McCarthy in the aftermath of today’s East Anglia derby.
Following the Norfolk club’s 1-0 win, sealed thanks to a 24th minute header from Lewis Grabban, Adams went to congratulate his players on the pitch rather than commiserate McCarthy and his assistant Terry Connor, and the former Canaries midfielder admitted the occasion at Portman Road got the better of him.
“I want to apologise to Mick and Terry – I was out of order, completely unintentionally,” he was quoted as saying in his post-match press conference by the East Anglian Daily Times.
“I was too caught up in the moment and I didn’t shake his hand or Terry’s. I should have shown more respect to them and shaken both their hands before I went off on my celebrations.
“Hand on heart it was definitely not intentional. I would definitely not have been happy if it had been flipped so big apologies to Mick and Terry, they’re good people and I apologise unreservedly.
“Terry came on to the pitch to shake my hand and that’s when I realised ‘I’ve forgotten, I’ve made a big mistake’. It’s my fault, it wasn’t intended and hopefully they will accept that with grace. I don’t want to argue with Mick!”
When told of Adams’s apology, McCarthy added: “I tend to deal with my matters with other managers and coaches individually and on my own. He probably said that because he thought I’d mention it.
“Listen, he’s got a good team, they’re a good side and they’ve just beaten us. If it’s a lesson in etiquette (he needs) then the first people he should shake hands with is me and TC. I’ve done it when we’ve been beaten six and five.”