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Norwich sack Chris Hughton

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Hughton sacked by Norwich

Norwich City have sacked manager Chris Hughton after Saturday's 1-0 defeat to West Brom left their Premier League survival hopes in the balance.

The club confirmed on Sunday that they had decided to "part company" with Hughton, as well as Colin Calderwood and Paul Trollope. Under-18s coach Neil Adams has replaced the 55-year-old Hughton as first team manager.

West Brom secured a priceless win at Carrow Road through an early Morgan Amalfitano goal to leave Norwich in 17th place in the table, just five points clear of the drop zone.

The club face a difficult run-in, arguably the toughest of all the teams fighting to stay in the top flight, which begins with a crucial relegation clash at 18th-placed Fulham next weekend.

Norwich then have to play Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal in their final four games of the season.

A club statement read: "The Norwich City Board has taken the decision to give the club the maximum chance to secure the points required between now and the end of the season to ensure retention of our Premier League status.

"The club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Chris Hughton, Colin Calderwood and Paul Trollope for all of their hard work on behalf of the club since they took over in June 2012.

"Chris's achievement in guiding City to an 11th-place finish in the Premier League last season was an excellent one and he has represented the club with dignity throughout his tenure.

"However 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, with five games still to play in the current campaign."

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