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Norwich sack manager Chris Hughton

Norwich have sacked manager Chris Hughton.
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Norwich are facing a relegation battle, and they no longer think Chris Hughton is the man to lead them into the fight.

The club have given Hughton the sack and replaced him with youth coach Neil Adams.

This change comes on the heels of a 1-0 loss to West Brom. The Canaries are just five points clear of the relegation zone with five games remaining.

The bad news is that the run-in will be tremendously difficult. Fulham, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are all left on the slate.

“The decision has been taken to give the club the maximum chance of survival,” read a Norwich statement.

Under Hughton’s leadership last season, Newcastle finished 11th in the league.

Adams is a familiar face around the club having made 200 appearances for Norwich in the 1990s. He does, however, not have any management experience at the first-team level.

“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,” Adams said in a statement.

“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 of achieving our objective.”