Bad news today for Chris Hughton and assistant manager Colin Calderwood, as Chris has been fired following Norwich’s 1-0 home defeat by fellow stragglers West Brom on Saturday.
Chris Hughton – fired as Norwich manager
Norwich City announced the sacking today on their web-site, and this is some of what was posted in a rather lengthy 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.
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 Barclays Premier League status.
Neil Adams, 48, steps up from his current role as our Under-18s Coach with a wealth of experience as a player, having won a league title with Everton in 1987 and made 206 appearances in all competitions as a stalwart wide player for Norwich City between 1993 and 1999.
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.
With all the money involved in the Premier League these days, it’s a cut throat business, but Chris is still a very good manager and some Championship club could hire him in the summer, and Chris certainly has the ability to get a club promoted from the Championship.
We’ll never forget how brilliant Chris was in the 2009-2010 season when Newcastle got a massive 102 points to come straight back to the Premier League after being relegated in May of 2009.
But then of course he was then ruthlessly fired by owner Mike Ashley in December of 2010 – and that’s when Alan Pardew came in.
But Alan is really struggling at the moment, with Newcastle in one their very bad runs (again) – losing 10 of the last 15 league games.
Chris Hughton is one of the most respected and well liked men in football, and he is a real gentleman, and will take this set-back with the class he has always shown.
We wish Chris Hughton all the best in the future – and we expect to see him back in football management very soon.