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Norwich turn to 'new Alan Partridge'

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Hughton sacked by Norwich

Norwich City have replaced sacked manager Chris Hughton with the club's under-18's coach Neil Adams.

Adams won a league title as a player with Everton in 1987 and made 206 appearances in all competitions as a winger for Norwich between 1993 and 1999 but has never managed at senior level.

And The Sun is dubbing the 48-year-old "football's Alan Partridge - because, like Steve Coogan's comic creation, he spent some time working for a Norfolk radio station, where he was a matchday summariser as well as the host of a Norwich City phone-in show called Canary Call.

Neil Adams led Norwich to the FA Youth Cup last year © PA Photos
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Norwich were beaten by relegation rivals West Brom on Saturday - a defeat that ultimately cost Hughton his job - and are just five points clear of Fulham in 17th. Norwich face a difficult run-in featuring games against Fulham, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.

"To say that I am delighted to have been offered the opportunity of managing Norwich City Football Club would be a massive understatement," Adams, once told by former Norwich manager Glenn Roeder he would never manage anyone better than an under-14 team, said.

"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."

Norwich chief executive David McNally added: "Neil is a progressive and successful coach who has served this club as a player and a member of our coaching staff in exemplary fashion over two decades.

"With our fantastic fans getting behind Neil and the team in the games ahead we will greatly improve our chances of a successful end to the current campaign."

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