Adams replaces sacked Hughton as Norwich boss

Norwich City have appointed Youth Coach Neil Adams as their new manager after sacking Chris Hughton on Sunday evening, the Guardian has reported.

The decision to dismiss Hughton comes just five games from the end of the season with the Canaries lying 17th in the Premier League, five points above Fulham who occupy the final relegation place. The two meet in a crucial fixture at Craven Cottage on Saturday, while Norwich’s final four games are all against sides in the current top six.

Throughout the season, sections of Norwich supporters have been calling for Hughton to leave the club, because of what they perceived to have been negative tactics and poor decision-making, but prior to Sunday evening the board had insisted his job was safe despite intense speculation.

Hughton now leaves after 20 months in charge at Carrow Road, while assistant manager Colin Calderwood and First Team Coach Paul Trollope have also followed him out of the exit door.

Adams, who spent five years with the club as a player, has no previous managerial experience at senior level, although he did guide the Norwich U-18s to victory in last season’s FA Youth Cup.

Upon being given the job of manager, Adams said: ‘People know what this club means to me, and so it goes without saying that we will be doing everything possible to ensure that we maintain our top-flight status for next season.

“These final five games will be a huge test for us, and everyone must step up to the mark. But with the full backing of these magnificent Norwich supporters we will have every chance of achieving our objective.”

A statement on the club’s website read: “The Norwich City board has taken the decision to give the club the maximum chance to secure the points required between now and the end of the season to ensure retention of our Premier League status. The club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Chris Hughton, Colin Calderwood and Paul Trollope for all of their hard work since they took over in June 2012.

“Chris’s achievement in guiding City to an 11th-place finish in the Premier League last season was an excellent one and he has represented the club with dignity throughout his tenure. However the recent run of four defeats in our last six Premier League games and six consecutive away league defeats, left the club with no choice but to act.”

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