Norwich City confirmed last night that first team manager Chris Hughton had left the club with immediate effect.
The Canaries lost 1-0 at home to West Bromwich Albion, to throw them alarmingly close to the Premier League drop zone.
Hughton had been in charge at Carrow Road for just under two years after being poached from Birmingham City, having previously bossed Newcastle United to promotion.
But he leaves the club just five points ahead of 18th placed Fulham after a sorry season.
He has been replaced by Norwich's former player and Youth Cup winning manager Neil Adams, as Hughton's backroom staff of Colin Calderwood and Paul Trollope also follow him out of the club.
The side have lost four of the past six matches and with a tough run-in of; Fulham, Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal, Hughton has seen the axe fall in an attempt to steer the club away from the relegation places.
New boss Adams was formerly the Norwich Under-18 coach, and played for them for six years in the 1990's, knowing the club inside out.
Hughton had struggled for fan support in recent months, and leaves with a win percentage of less than 30 per cent.
Norwich's Chief Executive David McNally told the club's website: "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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