Norwich City sack Chris Hughton: Norwich announce manager has left the club and has been replaced by 'progressive' youth coach Neil Adams

Hughton has been dismissed after the 1-0 home defeat to West Brom on Saturday

Norwich City put their Premier League future in the hands of youth-team coach Neil Adams on Sunday after sacking manager Chris Hughton and his backroom staff following Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to fellow relegation strugglers West Bromwich Albion.

Adams, a former Everton and Norwich midfielder who guided the Canaries to the FA Youth Cup last season, will take charge of the first team as they seek to halt a run of six successive away defeats in the six-pointer at Fulham on Saturday. Norwich are just clear of the drop zone, five points ahead of Fulham in 18th, but face a daunting run-in after the visit to Craven Cottage.

Hughton had been in charge since June 2012 and guided Norwich to an 11th-place finish last season but the club decided to act after the manager was booed by sections of the Carrow Road crowd during Saturday’s defeat, with a number of fans chanting: “We want Hughton out”. A yellow paper clapper, one of thousands handed out to improve the atmosphere at the ground, appeared to be thrown at Hughton and several players were involved in altercations with supporters at the final whistle.

In a statement released last night, Norwich paid tribute to Hughton’s dignity in what has been a difficult season but insisted the change was necessary to keep them in the Premier League. Chief executive David McNally said: “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.”

Adams added: “To say that I am delighted to have been offered the opportunity of managing Norwich City 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.”

Hughton has worked under the threat of the sack for the past two months as hopes of a strong challenge for a top-10 place raised by a summer spending spree of £27m rapidly dwindled. The former Newcastle and Birmingham manager’s new expensive strike-force of Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Gary Hooper and Johan Elmander was especially held against him. Between them the trio have scored just seven goals.

Neil Adams has been given five games to keep Norwich in the Premier League:

Saturday v Fulham (a)

20 April v Liverpool (h)

26 April v Man United (a)

4 May v Chelsea (a)

11 May v Arsenal (h)

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Ben Stiller as Derek Zoolander in the leaked trailer for Zoolander 2
film
Sport
footballArsenal take the Community Shield thanks to a sensational strike from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Arts and Entertainment
Gemma Chan as synth Anita in Humans
film
News
Keeping it friendly: Tom Cruise on ‘The Daily Show’ with Jon Stewart
people
Arts and Entertainment
Ensemble cast: Jamie McCartney with ‘The Great Wall of Vagina’
artBritish artist Jamie McCartney explains a work that is designed to put women's minds at rest
News
Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump
people
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems

Bettany Hughes interview

The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
Bill Granger recipes: Heading off on holiday? Try out our chef's seaside-inspired dishes...

Bill Granger's seaside-inspired recipes

These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

Andrew Grice: Inside Westminster

Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen