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Former Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has expressed disappointment at the timing of his sacking and believes he was on course to keep the Canaries in the Premier League.
The former Newcastle and Birmingham City manager was shown the door at Carrow Road on Sunday after back-to-back defeats left Norwich in trouble as they approached a difficult run-in.
Youth team coach Neil Adams was placed in charge following their 1-0 loss to West Brom last weekend which left 17th-placed City five points clear of the relegation zone ahead of their trip to fellow strugglers Fulham this Saturday.
However, with tough-looking fixtures against Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal to follow the trip to Craven Cottage, some fans believed the departure of Hughton had not come soon enough.
But Hughton has outlined his belief that he was on course to achieve his job remit of keeping the Canaries in the top flight for a fourth consecutive season.
“I am naturally very disappointed to have lost my job but immensely proud to have served as Norwich City‘s manager,” Hughton said in a statement issued by the League Managers Association.
“I understand the recent frustrations, but I remained totally confident that we were on course to create history at the club by retaining our top-flight status and move into a fourth consecutive season in the Barclays Premier League.
“Collectively we were ready for the challenge that the final five games presented and we believed we would reward the club and the supporters by achieving that objective.”