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Wes Hoolahan At Centre Of Row Which Saw Norwich Manager Sacked

Wes Hoolahan At Centre Of Row Which Saw Norwich Manager Sacked
By PJ Browne

Norwich sacked manager Alex Neil on Friday evening with the club nine points outside the Championship playoff places.

In a statement, the club said it took the tough decision in order to have a manager in place ahead of 'a crucial summer transfer window'.

Neil had been in charge of Norwich for the last two years. He guided the team to the Premier League, via the playoffs, just months after being appointed as manager.

After being relegated from the Premier League last season, Norwich were installed as one of the favourites for promotion this season. However, results have been erratic.

According to The Sun's Charlie Wyett, it was not the performance of the team which ultimately led to Neil's sacking. Rather, it was disagreements with owner Delia Smith and the Norwich board.

Neil was apparently 'at loggerheads' with Smith and the board over rebuilding plans for this summer. One of the main points of contention, reports Wyett, was Wes Hoolahan. Neil insisted that the Irish international, who was given a new two-year deal by the club last summer, should be sold.

Hoolahan has been in good form for Norwich. He has provided eight assists this season along with scoring three goals.

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There were also concerns about some of Neil's previous signings, such as Steven Naismith, along with his failure to extract positive performances from Alex Pritchard.

Neil's assistant Alan Irvine will take charge of the team for today's game against Blackburn.

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