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Norwich City Sack Manager Chris Hughton and Appoint Neil Adams as Replacement

chris hughton 600x399 Norwich City Sack Manager Chris Hughton and Appoint Neil Adams as Replacement

Norwich City have sacked manager Chris Hughton with immediate effect.

The Canaries announced today that Hughton and coaches Colin Calderwood and Paul Trollope have been sacked, and that Neil Adams has been appointed as first team manager.

A statement from the club explained why they made the decision:

“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 Barclays Premier League status.

“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, with five games still to play in the current campaign.”

Adams is a former winger for Norwich City and was the under-18s coach with Norwich. His playing accolades include a league title with Everton in 1987 and 206 appearances in all competitions for Norwich between 1993 and 1999.

The statement from Norwich City said:

“He moved into the Club’s youth coaching set-up and last year guided the young Canaries to their first FA Youth Cup triumph in 30 years, courtesy of a shock victory over Chelsea in the final, in which his side won both legs.

“His long experience as a player, coach and as a media analyst for BBC local radio means Neil understands the Club and its fans extremely well and the Club is sure the Canary supporters will unite behind Neil and the team for the crucial games ahead.

“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.”

Details are few and far between regarding the breaking news, but Adams has been handed the ropes to try to keep Norwich in the Premier League this season. The Canaries currently sit in 17th position, five points away from the dreaded bottom three, with just five matches left in the season.

Norwich City lost its relegation six-pointer at Carrow Road on Saturday against West Bromwich Albion. The 0-1 loss will have dented Norwich’s hopes of staying up this season, but the timing of the decision by Norwich seems bizarre especially at this stage of the season. The decision by Norwich City Football Club, at this stage of the season, wreaks of desperation and panic at the club, where they lack confidence in the manager and are willing to throw the dice to hand it to a manager with no experience.

Presumably the Norwich board felt that Hughton has been unable to motivate the players to get results. In the last six Premier League matches, the only team who has had a worse run of results has been Sunderland.

What’s your reaction to the news that Hughton has been sacked and replaced by Adams? Express your opinion in the comments section below.

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12 Responses to Norwich City Sack Manager Chris Hughton and Appoint Neil Adams as Replacement

  1. Iancransonsknees says:

    Used to play for Stoke and Everton. His nickname is ‘shoes’.

  2. Brian says:

    Sacking the entire coaching staff this late in the season is questionable. After Fulham away on Saturday, Norwich play Liverpool at home, Man United away and Chelsea away. Good luck to Adams.

    • Guy says:

      Wow. That is a brutal run-in. They need to win on Sat., but so do Fulham and they’re home. Could be a great match to watch.

    • goatslookshifty says:

      That’s why they sacked him now. Norwich have nothing to lose with that run of games. The players might be revived with the change and play with a new sense of purpose.

  3. Brian says:

    Should have added Arsenal to the list of matches Norwich have left to play. After Fulham, it’s Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsnenal. That’s a very tough run-in. Norwich have taken a huge gamble with only 5 matches left.

    I think the last time this happened to Chris Hughton at Newcastle, also very late on, Newcastle were relegated. Will the same fate await Norwich?

    • Brian says:

      Just checked and he was sacked at Newcastle in December and not very late into the season.

    • Guy says:

      Probably, but I don’t think it’s much of a “gamble”. They weren’t going anywhere with Hughton. So, why not?

      Of course this all presumes that any of the 3 woeful clubs below them are going to put on any kind of run.

      I love the relegation battle in April and May. Nothing better in sports….anywhere.

  4. jtm371 says:

    They just never clicked with all the new signings.Hope they can stay up.

  5. Smokey Bacon says:

    Gutsy decision. Houghton had clearly lost the fans and maybe the dressing room. The new guy gets a six pointer first up followed by a mission impossible of a run in. No pressure then. Norwich fans can start making plans for an east anglia derby reunion.

  6. Taylor says:

    Too late. He should have gone a long time ago. They brought Ricky van Wolfswinkel and the team playing defensive, – Wolf never got the supply required by him to score.

  7. Martin J. says:

    Very big week for Norwich. The new manager needs to get things right immediately and get a result at Fulham. A loss to Fulham could mean playing in the Championship next season. After Fulham they have home games against Liverpool and Arsenal and away games against Man United and Chelsea. Their survival will depend on the other relegation-bound teams to drop points.

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