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Norwich to resist attempts to prise Max Aarons away from Carrow Road

Max Aarons lifts the Championship trophy Credit: Pa

Norwich will resist any attempts to prise Max Aarons away from Carrow Road this summer.

The right-back has been linked with Manchester United and Crystal Palace but the Canaries are determined to keep him, Press Association Sport understands.

There is little desire to sell ahead of their Premier League return given how Aarons could progress in the top flight with them next season.

He has been mentioned as a possible alternative target for United if they fail to land Aaron Wan-Bissaka but there are yet to be any enquires for the England Under-19 international.

Arsenal and Chelsea have also kept tabs on the defender, who began his career at Luton and joined the Norwich academy in 2016.

The 19-year-old only signed a new five-year contract in October with the Canaries happy to reward their players often for their progress.

Milton Keynes-born Aarons was named the EFL Young Player of the Season and was included in the Sky Bet Championship Team of the Season.

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Birmingham part ways with manager Monk

Garry Monk has left Birmingham. Credit: PA

Birmingham have parted company with manager Garry Monk, the club have announced.

Monk's future was cast into doubt earlier this week after it emerged his relationship with chief executive Xuandong Ren had deteriorated.

The former Swansea, Leeds and Middlesbrough manager had taken over at St Andrew's during March 2018 and guided the club to safety despite a deduction of nine points for a breach of the Football League's profitability and sustainability rules.

A statement from the club read: "The board of directors believe this to be in the long term interests of the club.

"We thank Garry for his efforts and we wish him the best for the future.

"Pep Clotet has been appointed caretaker head coach and the remainder of the coaching and backroom staff - including Sean Rush, Darryl Flahavan, Ryan Needs and James Beattie - stay in place.

"The board of directors are hopeful that over time the team can adopt a fresh and modern footballing philosophy, whilst maintaining the club's core values.

"It is our intention to drive the club forward and challenge for promotion. As part of an overall review of club operations, we will also seek to enhance our recruitment and scouting strategy."

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