Struggling Norwich City FC have replaced manager Chris Hughton with youth team coach Neil Adams in a bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
The Canaries sit one place above the relegation zone following Saturday's 1-0 home defeat by West Bromwich Albion FC. "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," read a club statement. "The club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Chris Hughton. He has represented the club with dignity throughout his tenure."
Former Norwich player Adams replaces Hughton, who joined from Birmingham City FC in June 2012. The 48-year-old steps up from his role with the Under-18 side, whom he led to the FA Youth Cup trophy last season. Adams made 206 appearances for the East Anglian club between 1994 and 1999, after winning a league title as a player with Everton FC in 1987.
"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," said Adams, with his side five points ahead of 18th-placed Fulham FC. "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."
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