Tough act to follow? How Neil Adams' predecessors fared in their first games in charge of Norwich City

Neil Adams will take charge of the club for the first time at Fulham.
Neil Adams will take charge of the club for the first time at Fulham. Photo: PA

New Norwich City manager Neil Adams takes charge of the club for the first time this weekend as the Canaries travel to Fulham for a vital clash at the bottom of the Premier League.

The former youth team coach will be hoping for a dream start to life in the hot-seat after replacing Chris Hughton, but how have other former Norwich managers fared on their debuts?

Chris Hughton - Fulham 5-0 Norwich City (18/8/12)

Chris Hughton wasn't impressed with his side's performance at Craven Cottage.
Chris Hughton wasn't impressed with his side's performance at Craven Cottage. Credit: PA

Amazingly, Chris Hughton also started his reign as Norwich City manager at Craven Cottage.

It proved to be a day to forget though for the new boss, as his side were blown away by a rampant Fulham side.

Norwich were blown away at Fulham.
Norwich were blown away at Fulham. Credit: PA

On a sweltering day in West London, Norwich capitulated to make the worse possible start to the new Premier League season.

A brace from Mladen Petric, plus goals from Damien Duff, Alex Kacaniklic and Steve Sidwell sealed a comfortable win for the Cottagers and quickly distinguished any new season optimism among Canaries fans.

Norwich did regroup to eventually finish 11th, but with the club fighting relegation this season, Hughton was sacked after a campaign of struggle.

Paul Lambert - Norwich City 5-2 Wycombe Wanderers (22/8/09)

Paul Lambert enjoyed a 5-2 win in his first match in charge.
Paul Lambert enjoyed a 5-2 win in his first match in charge. Credit: PA

After dishing out a 7-1 hammering to Norwich City while in charge of Colchester United, Paul Lambert was quickly appointed as the Canaries manager shortly after.

In his first match in charge, Lambert set a blueprint for the years of success that would follow, with his team playing some irresistible attacking football to put Wycombe to the sword.

The scot immediately installed Grant Holt as his captain for the game, and the burly striker repaid that faith by netting twice.

Lambert guided the Canaries to the Premier League.
Lambert guided the Canaries to the Premier League. Credit: PA

The Canaries went on to cruise to the League One title, before sealing a remarkable promotion to the Premier a year later.

After then guiding Norwich to a comfortable mid-table finish in the top flight, things turned sour as Lambert left to join Aston Villa but his achievements won't be forgotten at Carrow Road any time soon.

Bryan Gunn - Norwich City 4-0 Barnsley (17/1/09)

Bryan Gunn sealed a 4-0 in his first game in charge.
Bryan Gunn sealed a 4-0 in his first game in charge. Credit: PA

After the sacking of Glenn Roeder, Norwich turned to a former hero to try and get them out of trouble at the wrong end of The Championship.

Bryan Gunn played nearly 400 games for the Canaries, and he was installed as caretaker manager for the game against fellow strugglers Barnsley.

Gunn did his chances of landing the job on a permanent basis no harm at all as his side hit four past their opponents, with Jamie Cureton, Darel Russell, Sammy Clingan and Wes Hoolahan all on the scoresheet.

A 4-2 defeat to Charlton Athletic sent the Canaries down to League One.
A 4-2 defeat to Charlton Athletic sent the Canaries down to League One. Credit: PA

A few weeks later, Gunn was appointed as the full-time boss, but the honeymoon period quickly faded and Norwich were relegated to the third tier for the first time in nearly 50 years after losing at already relegated Charlton Athletic on the final day of the season.

Despite this, Gunn was backed as the man to lead the Canaries back into The Championship but a disastrous 7-1 opening day defeat to Colchester United sealed his fate.

Glenn Roeder - Norwich City 2-2 Ipswich Town (4/11/07)

Glenn Roeder is introduced to the Norwich City fans against Ipswich Town.
Glenn Roeder is introduced to the Norwich City fans against Ipswich Town. Credit: PA

Glenn Roeder couldn't have wished for a more intense start to life as Norwich City manager as his team took on bitter local rivals Ipswich Town in his first match at the helm.

Despite going down to two first half goals, the Canaries produced a stirring fightback to haul the game back to 2-2 thanks to an Owen Garvan own goal and Jamie Cureton.

Click below to see how Glenn Roeder reacted to the 2-2 draw

Roeder then managed to guide Norwich away from trouble in The Championship, but with the club close to the relegation trapdoor the season after, Roeder was relieved of his duties.

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