Chris Hughton Fired as Manager of Norwich City

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IApril 6, 2014

Norwich City's manager Chris Hughton looks on from the dugout before the start of their English Premier League soccer match against West Ham United at Upton Park, London, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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Norwich City have parted ways with manager Chris Hughton following the Canaries' 1-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion at Carrow Road on Saturday.    

The club's official website confirmed the decision, announcing Neil Adams as Hughton's replacement.

The club explained its reason for making the coaching change this late in the season:

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.

BBC sports journalist Ben Smith finds it hard to believe a change would be made with a little over a month remaining and these opponents on the schedule:

Following the club's most recent shutout loss to West Brom, which marked Norwich's first home defeat of 2014, Hughton voiced his frustration, per ESPN FC:

The frustration is we conceded an early goal in the game which gave them a lift, and they then set back and we did not show enough quality and guile to exploit what was fairly rigid West Brom side.

We hit the woodwork twice, but we need to show more than that and did not work our goalkeeper enough.

I am not so sure we deserved to lose it, but we certainly did not show enough to win it.

Hughton had been manager at Norwich since June 2012 and led the Canaries to an 11th-place finish in the Premier League a season ago. However, the club won only 10 games and now finds itself sitting on a mere eight league victories with five matches left to play in the 2013-14 campaign.

With 32 points, the Canaries are just five points clear of 18th-place Fulham. Therefore, it will be imperative that Norwich turn in some positive results under the newly appointed Adams in order to avoid falling into the bottom three and being relegated to a lower league at season's end. 

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Moving forward, Adams must find a way to generate offense. Although Norwich have only conceded 52 goals through 33 league matches, they've scored just 26 over that span, ranking second to last in the Premier League. 

Only Crystal Palace have been less effective on the attack.

Gary Hooper and Robert Snodgrass have been the Canaries' most dangerous weapons this season, combining for 10 league goals, but Adams will need to find new ways to utilize them in order to yield better results down the stretch.

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