1. ITV Report

Neil Adams new Norwich manager after Chris Hughton is sacked

Neil Adams is the new Norwich City manager Photo: PA

Former Canary winger and FA Youth Cup-winning coach Neil Adams has been appointed as First Team Manager at Norwich City following the sacking of Chris Hughton and his backrooom staff.

Norwich City were beaten 1-0 at home by fellow strugglers West Brom and now sit at 17th in the Premier League table, just above the relegation zone.

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton before kick off of the match against West Bromwich Albion Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

In a statement, Norwich City confirmed that Chris Hughton, Colin Calderwood and Paul Trollope had "parted company with the club with immediate effect."

"The Norwich City Board has taken the decision to give the Club the maximum chance to secure the points required between now and the end of the season to ensure retention of our Barclays Premier League status."

– Norwich City Football Club
Norwich City's Youth Team Coach Neil Adams (left) celebrates with the trophy in 2013 Credit: Nigel French/PA Archive

Neil Adams Factfile

  • Age 48
  • Steps up from role as Under-18s coach
  • Made 206 appearances as a Norwich player from 1993-99
  • Won a league title with Everton in 1987
  • Guided the Norwich City Youth team to FA Youth Cup victory against Chelsea in 2013
  • Was a media football pundit for BBC Radio Norfolk
Neil Adams scores from the penalty spot against Wolves in 1998 Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport
Neil Adams celebrates with Craig Bellamy after scoring a penalty against Wolves in 1998 Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Neil 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 our top-flight status for next season.

"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."

– Neil Adams
Norwich City praised Chris Hughton get getting Norwich to 11th in the table last season Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The statement by Norwich City went on to praise Chris Hughton and his coaching team for guiding the Canaries to 11th in the table last season. Hughton joined the club in 2012 following the departure of Paul Lambert to Aston Villa.

The statement said: "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."

Neil Adams celebrates with Robert Fleck after scoring a goal against Wolves in 1996 Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

"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."

– David McNally, Norwich City Chief Executive
New Norwich manager Neil Adams as a player in 1998. Credit: PA/PA Archive

More on this story