Norwich City sack Glenn Roeder

Norwich City today sacked manager Glenn Roeder after 15 months in charge of the club. Last night's FA Cup third round replay defeat at home to Charlton was the final straw for Roeder, whose team have slumped to 21st in the Championship table after winning just three of the last 14 league games.

Norwich City today sacked manager Glenn Roeder after 15 months in charge of the club.

Last night's FA Cup third round replay defeat at home to Charlton was the final straw for Roeder, whose team have slumped to 21st in the Championship table after winning just three of the last 14 league games.

First team coaches Paul Stephenson and Adam Sadler have also been axed.

A statement issued on the Canaries' official website confirmed Roeder's contract had been “terminated with immediate effect”.


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It read: “Glenn Roeder joined the club in November 2007 and with the help of Paul Stephenson and Lee Clark revitalised the fortunes of the Canaries and lifted them from the bottom of the table to eventual Championship safety in the 2007-08 campaign.”

Chairman Roger Munby said: “We'd like to place on record our sincere gratitude and admiration for what Glenn and his staff achieved last season when they saved the club from relegation against the odds.

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“However, this season the position has become untenable and it is with regret that the board has decided to take this step. We are in the process of deciding who will take charge of the team for Saturday's Championship match against Barnsley at Carrow Road and a further announcement will be made about this in due course.”

Roeder delivered a dramatic recovery in City's fortunes last season when he arrived on October 30, 2007, with the side bottom of the Championship with eight points from 13 games.

Between December and February, they embarked on a 13-match unbeaten league run to reach mid-table, but safety was not finally secured until the final home game of 2007-08 when City beat Queens Park Rangers 3-0.

Controversy has dogged Roeder this season, however, after the decision not to retain fans' favourite Darren Huckerby, a tetchy annual meeting in which he clashed with shareholders, and the debate over the number of loan signings made during his reign.

With the Canaries set to launch season tickets for 2009-10 soon, the board have acted decisively to try to stem the tide of disillusionment among supporters who delivered the Championship's second best average attendance last season, after Sheffield United.

Who takes charge on Saturday is unclear, with only head of recruitment Bryan Gunn and goalkeeping coach Tommy Wright left from the senior management team.

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