Struggling Norwich sack manager Hughton

Apr 6, 2014 - 8:54 PM Norwich City have sacked manager Chris Hughton in a bid to retain their Premier League status.

Saturday's 1-0 loss at home to West Bromwich Albion left the Canaries just one place above the relegation zone but still five points clear of a bottom three spot that will ensure demotion from the lucrative Premier League to the second-tier Championship at the end of the season.

But, with five league games left to play, Norwich decided to ditch Hughton and promote current Under-18 coach Neil Adams, into the manager's chair at Carrow Road instead.

"Norwich City can confirm Chris Hughton, Colin Calderwood and Paul Trollope have parted company with the club with immediate effect - and former Canary winger and FA Youth Cup-winning coach Neil Adams has been appointed as first-team manager," a club statement said on Sunday.

"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."

Hughton took charge at Carrow Road in June 2012 and last season guided the East Anglian club to an impressive 11th-placed finish in the Premier League table.

However, recent results have gone against the 55-year-old former Tottenham and Republic of Ireland full-back, previously in charge of Newcastle.

Norwich thanked Hughton for his service but their statement added: "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."

The Canaries have an awkward run-in, starting with a match away to relegation-threatened Fulham before Premier League leaders Liverpool come to Carrow Road.

Norwich then have tough away games against a resurgent Manchester United and title contenders Chelsea before finishing the season at home to Arsenal, who could come to Carrow Road needing a victory to secure Champions League football next season.

Source: AAP

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