Neil Adams will be thrown in at the deep end with the task of guiding Norwich through a perilous run-in after replacing the sacked Chris Hughton on Sunday night.
The 48-year-old Adams steps up from Under-18s coach, charged with keeping the Canaries out of the bottom three in a final month of the campaign which will see them face Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal in succession.
Before then, Norwich travel to Fulham next Saturday, an opportunity to increase their cushion over the bottom three to eight points or a match which could see it shrink to two to leave them on the brink.
Adams was named first team manager by Norwich after they sacked Hughton and his backroom staff on the back of consecutive defeats, the latter a particularly disappointing 1-0 home loss to fellow strugglers West Brom on Saturday.
Chris Hughton has been sacked by Norwich. Now? With 5 games to go? Utterly bonkers!
Statistics show that the thinking, that a new man in charge brings an immediate upturn in fortunes, is a complete myth.
Norwich have sacked Chris Hughton and his backroom staff after Saturday's defeat at home to West Brom.
Saturday's 1-0 home loss to fellow strugglers Albion proved the final straw for the Norwich board.
The Canaries announced their youth coach Neil Adams has been named first-team manager.
– Club statement
"Norwich City can confirm Chris Hughton, Colin Calderwood and Paul Trollope have parted company with the club with immediate effect - and former Canary winger and FA Youth Cup-winning coach Neil Adams has been appointed as first team manager."