Gunn fired as Norwich manager

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Bryan Gunn has been sacked as Norwich manager less than a week into the new Coca-Cola League One season.

The Canaries, relegated from the Championship last term, crashed to a humiliating 7-1 defeat at home to Colchester in their opening fixture last Saturday.

A 4-0 midweek Carling Cup win at Yeovil in midweek could not save Gunn, a legendary figure at Carrow Road from his days as a goalkeeper, and assistant manager Ian Butterworth has been placed in temporary charge for tomorrow's trip to Exeter.

Gunn, a former Scotland international who made 477 appearances for Norwich between 1986 and 1998 and then held various roles behind the scenes, took over as caretaker boss in January following Glenn Roeder's sacking.

Despite a 4-0 win over Barnsley in his first game in charge, results soon dipped and City were relegated on the final day of the season.

Nonetheless, the 45-year-old was appointed permanent boss in May, only for the Canaries board to lose patience following Saturday's drubbing, during which Gunn was confronted by two angry supporters on the pitch.

Chief executive David McNally told the club's official website, "Bryan has worked tirelessly for this football club for more than two decades, not least since taking over team affairs in January.

"However, the board met this week following Saturday's unacceptable record home defeat in our opening game of the season.

"The board, after lengthy consideration, unanimously felt a change was in the best interests of all parties concerned, in order to give us the best possible chance of achieving our objectives."