Norwich City board breaks silence, as they confirm new manager will be named within a week
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Norwich City will name a new manager “within a week”, the club confirmed following their tepid Premier League exit to Arsenal.
The Gunners swept aside City, who notched just two goals and one point from their final seven games – finishing 18th, relegated to the Championship by three points and goal difference.
The focus is now on rebuilding, a process moved on by Sunday night’s statement from the Norwich board.
“The board fully accepts that mistakes have been made which have contributed to our relegation,” it read. “It is always our stated strategy to improve the squad in every transfer window. We backed the manager with the funds to sign a number of players this season with every intention of improving the squad, but unfortunately that improvement did not materialise.
“Work is already under way to learn from the experiences of this season and to prepare for a busy summer as we focus all of our energies and resources on competing in the Sky Bet Championship next season.”
The club confirmed their process to recruit a permanent successor to Chris Hughton has already begun. Current incumbent Neil Adams is the running, while reported targets of former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay and Celtic boss Neil Lennon continue to be linked.
“Everyone at Norwich City shares our fans’ deep disappointment that we have been unable to secure Premier League status for a fourth consecutive season, despite the best efforts of players and staff at Carrow Road and Colney,” the statement continued.
“We would like to thank our fantastic supporters for their unswerving and passionate backing home and away in what has been a very challenging season for everyone connected with Norwich City. As always, the Yellow Army has been a credit to their football club and to the county of Norfolk.
“The next step is to confirm who will be our manager next season and this process is under way now. Neil Adams, who has done an admirable job in difficult circumstances, is one of a number of candidates the board is talking to.
“The board will confirm who our manager will be in the 2014-15 season in a statement to supporters within a week.”
However, Adams admitted he remains in the dark over what will happen to him now the season is over: “No talks have taken place,” he said following Sunday’s result. “We are off Monday and back in Tuesday, and I have been told there is a process they must go through and that needs to be seen to its conclusion and I await the decision the same as everybody else.
“I have made my point clear. I would love to be manager of the club and involved with the first team. Again, that is up to the board of directors. I have had no indication one way or the other.”