Iwan Roberts questions Chris Hughton sacking

A dejected Chris Hughton manager of Norwich City looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Norwich City at St Mary's Stadium on March 15, 2014
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Former Norwich City striker Iwan Roberts questions the club's decision to sack manager Chris Hughton with five games left of the season.

Former Norwich City striker Iwan Roberts has criticised the club for sacking manager Chris Hughton with five games of the season remaining.

The Canaries dismissed the 55-year-old after their defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, a result that saw them drop to 17th in the table, just five points above the relegation zone.

Neil Adams has been appointed as the club's new manager, but Roberts believes that the former Under-18s coach has been left with little time to make an impact.

"I think the timing is very, very poor," Roberts told talkSPORT. "There are only five games to go and what do you expect Neil to do in that space of time with the games coming up?

"There was a period from mid-December to mid-January when they didn't win in eight games. They weren't playing well, they weren't scoring goals, and I think the crowd were calling for Chris to go then.

"I think that probably would have been the right time [for Hughton to go] because you give the new man enough time then to come in and have an impact and the transfer window to bring his own players. With five games to go, it is a bit of a panic situation."

Adams's first match in charge will be at Fulham on Saturday.

Chris Hughton, Manager of Norwich City on the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Norwich City at Liberty Stadium on March 29, 2014
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