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Norwich lose patience with Hughton

Norwich have sacked Chris Hughton and his backroom staff after back-to-back defeats left them in a relegation dogfight in the Barclays Premier League.

Saturday's 1-0 home loss to fellow strugglers West Brom proved the final straw for the Norwich board, with a daunting run-in meaning their current five-point cushion over the bottom three offers little comfort.

The Canaries announced their youth coach Neil Adams has been named first-team manager.

The club said in a statement on their website: "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."

Adams 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 top-flight status.

"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."

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. 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."

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