Norwich’s decision to sack Chris Hughton was made in a bid to give the club the “maximum” chance of avoiding relegation, according to a statement released on the Canaries’ official website.

The East Anglian side elected to part company with their boss following Saturday’s loss to West Brom, which leaves them just five points clear of the drop zone.

Youth team coach Neil Adams will take charge of the remaining five games, starting with a tough trip to 18th placed Fulham next weekend.

Norwich have endured a difficult season under Hughton, who oversaw a large spend last summer to attract big stars such as Ricky van Wolfswinkel to Carrow Road.

Although the decision to axe their manager came as a slight shock with so few games remaining, the club’s board said that their judgment has been made with the team’s safety at the forefront of their minds:

“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.” The statement read.

“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.”

After their relegation battle with Fulham, Norwich face tough clashes with Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.

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