Neil Adams has become the latest managerial casualty in the Championship, with the East Anglian club parting company with him after Saturday’s FA Cup defeat against Preston.
Adams presided over the Canaries for 32 matches, winning 11 times, drawing on 8 occasions and losing 13 times, with the club deciding that results this season haven’t been good enough as the club attempt a return to the Premier League.
Tim Sherwood is reportedly in the running to replace Adams even if the former Tottenham boss is among the favourites to become the next Newcastle United manager, with Sherwood having previously been a Norwich player.
Mike Phelan is another name who has been linked to the vacant post, with the former Manchester United assistant stepping into a caretaker role until a permanent successor is found.
There are several other managers out of work and available for duty, with Neil Warnock potentially able to do a big job at Championship level, while Nigel Adkins and Steve McDermott have also performed well with Southampton and Reading respectively.
Norwich will search long and hard for a successor to Adams in a bid to retain some stability following the manager’s short stint at the club, with many surprised that he was given a three-year deal following the departure of Chris Hughton as the Canaries headed down to the Championship.
A full Norwich statement was made as per the below.
Norwich City can confirm Neil Adams has resigned as manager with immediate effect. The process of appointing a new manager to take the Club forward is already underway.
Meanwhile, First Team Coach Mike Phelan will take charge of team matters until the new manager is confirmed.
Former Canary winger and successful youth team coach Adams will take a break from the game before returning to work for the Club in July, in a role to be confirmed at a later date.
Adams was appointed to the first team manager’s position on a full-time basis in May 2014 after a brief five-game spell as caretaker at the end of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League campaign.
Following the Sky Bet Championship defeat at Reading on December 28, the Canaries currently sit seventh in the league table. After Saturday’s FA Cup Third Round exit at the hands of Preston North End, Adams met for discussions with the Board and agreed to resign.
Neil Adams commented: “I firmly believe that we are still on course for a crack at promotion back to the Premier League. That is where this club belongs.
“However, I feel it is in the best interests of the team that an immediate change is made in order to ensure a positive impact on results.
“It goes without saying that I sincerely hope the team achieves success this season and I would like to say a huge thank you to the supporters who have backed me during my tenure as manager.”
The Club would like to thank Neil for his hard work and dedication during his time as manager and over many years as a player and coach. Everybody at Norwich City looks forward to working with him again when he returns in the summer.
The Club will not be commenting any further at this time.