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Neil Adams resigns as Norwich City boss, Mike Phelan to take temporary charge

PUBLISHED: 14:25 05 January 2015 | UPDATED: 14:29 05 January 2015

Norwich first team coach Mike Phelan and Norwich manager Neil Adams during the FA Cup match at Deepdale, Preston

Norwich first team coach Mike Phelan and Norwich manager Neil Adams during the FA Cup match at Deepdale, Preston

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Neil Adams has resigned has Norwich City boss following the club’s erratic form.

Relegated last summer following three seasons in the Premier League, the Canaries started their first season back in the Championship well – their 1-0 East Anglian derby win at Ipswich Town among five early league victories.

The Blues have lost just one of their last 21 matches to rise to second in the table though, with their Norfolk rivals having won just five of their last 19 in all competitions to sink to seventh.

The Canaries thrashed Huddersfield and Millwall 5-0 and 6-1 respectively last month, drawing 2-2 at Derby in between, but then lost 2-1 at Reading in the league and, on Saturday, crashed out of the FA Cup with a 2-0 loss at League One side Preston without mustering a single shot on target.

First team coach Mike Phelan – only appointed on November 20 – will take charge of team matters until a new manager is confirmed.

Former Norwich 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 appointment as first team manager on a full-time basis last May 2014, following after a brief five-game spell as caretaker at the end of the 2013-14 Premier League campaign, drew a largely underwhelmed reaction from Norwich fans.

Adams said: “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.”

A club statement read: “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.”

Norwich take on table-toppers Bournemouth, at Dean Court, this Saturday.

Defender Adam Webster made his return from injury and Ben Morris notched a brace as Ipswich Town Under 23s put five past Nottingham Forest last night.

My mates who support other teams just don’t understand. They glance at the results, and the Championship table, and send me texts saying things like: “I bet you’re thrilled with your team.”

It is a discussion which keeps rumbling on – should players celebrate when they score against former teams?

FA Women’s Premier League

South East Division One

Ipswich Town 0

Leyton Orient 2

Ipswich Town Ladies’ unbeaten run came to an end against a dominant Leyton Orient side as two first half goals ensured that the visitors would be leaving with all three points, writes Ethan Turner.

Defender Adam Webster makes his return from an ankle injury tonight for the Ipswich Town under 23s.

Ipswich Town got back to winning ways with a 2-0 home victory over rock-bottom Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

Ipswich Town beat Bolton Wanderers 2-0 at Portman Road to move back up to fifth in the Championship table.

Dominic Iorfa says Ipswich Town’s players are feeling confident ahead of Saturday’s trip to Championship table-toppers Leeds United.

The feeling walking out of the ground on Saturday was pretty much what we’d all settle for most weeks – happy that Ipswich Town have won.

Ipswich Town fans should, to use modern football parlance, be ‘buzzing’.

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