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Former boss Chris Hughton "honoured" to have managed Norwich City

Chris Hughton was sacked this week. Photo: PA

Former Norwich City boss Chris Hughton says that he is "immensely proud" to have managed the club, but admits that he is disappointed to have not been given the chance to see the season out.

Hughton was dismissed this week with just five games of the campaign left to play and was replaced by youth team coach Neil Adams.

David McNally said Norwich City had "no choice" but to sack Hughton. Credit: PA

A 1-0 defeat to West Brom proved to be the final straw as fans voiced their frustrations from the stands.

Chief Executive David McNally said this week that the club had "no choice" but to relieve Hughton of his duties after a run of four losses in six games, and seven straight away defeats.

Today, Hughton released a statement on the League Managers Association website giving his side of the story.

"I am naturally very disappointed to have lost my job but immensely proud to have served as Norwich City’s manager. I understand the recent frustrations, but I remained totally confident that we were on course to create history at the club by retaining our top-flight status and move into a fourth consecutive season in the Barclays Premier League.

Collectively we were ready for the challenge that the final five games presented and we believed we would reward the club and the supporters by achieving that objective.

Over the last two seasons many new players arrived at the club and it has been a period of transition, but I would like to put on record that the commitment and work ethic shown by them, together with the players still retained from when I was appointed, has been exceptional. The same applies to my coaching and backroom staff whose contribution has been immense.

I now wish to reflect before preparing for the next challenge. However, what goes without saying is that I sincerely wish everyone connected to the club, from the owners and the board through to the supporters who are the essence of every club, all the very best for the rest of this season and into the future. Norwich City is a great club and I feel honoured to have had the privilege of being its manager.”

– Chris Hughton, former Norwich City Manager

Meanwhile, the LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan said that he was frustrated at the timing of the sacking.

"We are all very disappointed for Chris and in particular with the timing of his dismissal. We must recognise that Norwich City has come a long way in a very short space of time and that just four years ago they were competing in League One.

Chris enjoyed an excellent first season in charge by guiding the Club to 11th in the Barclays Premier League which was their highest finish in 20 years.

Chris has an excellent record of managerial success initially with Newcastle and later with Birmingham before he joined Norwich so it is with regret that we see one of our top English managers being dismissed without being given the opportunity to see out the season.”

– Richard Bevan, LMA Chief Executive

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