Relegated Norwich keep Adams as permanent boss

AFP| Last Updated: May 23, 2014, 00:59 AM IST

London: Neil Adams was appointed as Norwich City`s permanent manager on Thursday after a spell in temporary charge of the relegated Premier League club.

Adams had been given the caretaker role towards the end of the season following the sacking of Chris Hughton, but he was unable to halt the Canaries` slide into the Championship.

However, a return of one point from a possible 15 has not deterred the Norwich board from appointing Adams on a full-time basis, with the club confirming their former midfielder had signed a three-year contract.

The decision to hire Adams ended talk that former Norwich defender Malky Mackay, sacked by Cardiff earlier this season, would land the job, and also quashed speculation that Neil Lennon, who quit as Celtic boss on Thursday, would be in the running to take over at Carrow Road.

A statement on Norwich`s website said Adams has "the full and unanimous support of the board" while Adams added: "It is a huge honour and I am immensely proud to be confirmed as the club`s manager going forward, and work starts straight away on putting into place the necessary requirements for next season.

"The priority is to ensure that attacking, attractive and winning football is once again the norm for supporters of this club, and it is essential that we now have everyone pulling in the same direction for the challenges that lie ahead.

Adams was faced with a daunting task to keep Norwich up as four of the games in was in charge for were against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United.

They took only a single point from those fixtures -- against Chelsea -- but chief executive David McNally highlighted Adams` work during that spell as a deciding factor.

"Neil impressed us when he stepped up to the plate for the last five games of the season in the most trying of circumstances and he`s continued to impress us during a very rigorous round of talks about the full-time managerial position," he said.

"He is a very talented coach who is hungry to succeed at Norwich City, playing the kind of football we want to see."