Norwich City dismiss Chris Hughton; Neil Adams appointed as manager
22:39 06 April 2014
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Norwich City have dismissed Chris Hughton and his coaching team and appointed FA Youth Cup winning coach Neil Adams with immediate effect for the rest of the Premier League season.
The Canaries board have taken the decision following Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to West Brom which sucked the club deeper into the relegation mix. City will hold a full press conference on Monday but released the following statement on their official site.
It read: “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.
“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.
“Neil Adams, 48, steps up from his current role as our Under-18s coach with a wealth of experience as a player, having won a league title with Everton in 1987 and made 206 appearances in all competitions as a stalwart wide player for Norwich City between 1993 and 1999.
“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.
“Meanwhile the club would like to place on record it’s sincere thanks to Chris Hughton, Colin Calderwood and Paul Trollope for all of their hard work on behalf of the club 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, with five games still to play in the current campaign.”
Chief executive David McNally added: “Neil is a progressive and successful coach who has served this club as a player and a member of our coaching staff in exemplary fashion over two decades. With our fantastic fans getting behind Neil and the team in the games ahead we will greatly improve our chances of a successful end to the current campaign.”
Adams himself said: “To say that I am delighted to have been offered the opportunity of managing Norwich City football club would be a massive understatement. 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.”