Adams appointment can lift Canaries

Monday 7th April 2014 10:46

Chris Hughton: Paid the price for poor run of results

Chris Hughton: Paid the price for poor run of results

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Norwich FanZoner Ollie Baines questions the timing of Chris Hughton's sacking, but says Neil Adams will have the City faithful's full support.

Five points above the relegation zone. Four wins from the last six. Twenty-six goals scored all season and a host of poor performances have led to the demise of Chris Hughton's reign at Norwich City Football Club.

Norwich have been praised for their patient approach with Hughton this season, however, a number of poor results and performances saw the pressure pile on the Norwich City manager. Saturday's 1-0 defeat at home to fellow strugglers West Brom was the icing on the cake and action had to be taken.

Hughton will also be condemned for the amount of money he spent on players during the summer, with a vast majority of them struggling to adapt to life in the Premier League.

Most notably the club record transfer of Holland international Ricky van Wolfswinkel for a fee of £8.5million has not gone unnoticed amongst fans.

In spite of these concerns, I sense there may be an ounce of confusion between fans regarding the sacking. Why now? With five games left, will it disrupt the cohesion of the team even more now he's gone? Could they have waited till the summer?

One thing that is for sure is it shows chief executive David McNally's passion and assertion for the club. Earlier in the season he was openly questioned regarding Hughton's position and insisted action will be taken when necessary. McNally has kept to his word and duly delivered his promise on Sunday evening.

Personally, I find the timing of the sacking unusual. For me, a decision needed to be made back in January. If they didn't do it then, then give him the rest of the season.

Fans have been calling time on Hughton's reign as manager; now he has gone, it seems to have shell-shocked everyone.

However, now the decision has been made, my allegiance is now with the next man in charge.

Youth team manager Neil Adams is the new man in the dugout until the end of the season. Adams, has already begun his management duties as he called out to all City fans to back the club in this tough period: "These final five games will be a huge test for us, and everyone must step up to the mark. But with the full backing of these magnificent Norwich supporters we will have every chance of achieving our objective."

His first stop is Craven Cottage - and a clash with fellow strugglers Fulham, which couldn't get any bigger for either side.

The saying, "it's a six-pointer" has never been so accurate in the build-up to the relegation battle. Adams, who guided his Norwich youth team to FA Cup glory last season, now has to rally his troops and give them a new-lease of life in the wake to Saturday's trip to London.

The Premier League is flawed with impatience and managers are instantly pressured once they take the helm. However, I think there will be a change in atmosphere at Norwich.

Adams, a fans' favourite, will get the support of the Norwich faithful I've no doubt. Additionally, with the monumental challenge of over-coming four of the biggest teams in Premier League, Adams will not be slammed if he fails to get the results.

Hughton has got us into this position. Adams almost has a win-win situation on his hands. If he keeps us up he will be a hero. If we go down, the blame will rest upon Hughton's shoulders.

Football moves fast. One thing that may be dwelling in the back of City fans' minds is who will be the permanent replacement?

If Adams keeps us up, could he keep the job?

Will we have another Bryan Gunn on our hands again?

Who do you want to see in charge?

You can follow Ollie on Twitter here and don't forget you can follow @FanZone too.



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