Chris Hughton sacked by Norwich City, replaced by Neil Adams

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton prior to kick-off during the match against Tottenham on September 14, 2013
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Norwich announce that they have parted company with Chris Hughton, replacing him as manager with Neil Adams for the final five games of the season.

Norwich City have sacked manager Chris Hughton with just five games left of the Premier League season.

The Canaries slumped to a costly defeat at the hands of West Bromwich Albion yesterday, a result that saw them drop to 17th in the table, just five points above the drop zone.

Bottom-of-the-table Sunderland have three games in hand over Norwich, meaning that their Premier League fate is out of their own control, and the board have decided to act in an attempt to retain their top-flight status.

Under-18s coach Neil Adams has been appointed the club's new manager, with a number of Hughton's coaching staff, including Colin Calderwood and Paul Trollope, also dismissed.

"The club would like to place on record its 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," read a statement on the club's official website.

"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."

Adams, 48, will take charge of the team for the first time in a crucial relegation battle against Fulham at Craven Cottage next Saturday before matches against Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.

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