David Wagner: Norwich City boss sacked after Leeds United humiliation

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Another Championship manager has been sacked before the end of the season

Norwich City have sacked manager David Wagner following Thursday night’s 4-0 hammering against Leeds United at Elland Road.

Following a closely-fought first leg that ended 0-0 on Sunday afternoon, the Whites flew out of the traps in West Yorkshire to stun the Canaries. They went into half time with a 3-0 lead after goals from Ilia Gruev, Joel Piroe and Georginio Rutter. Piroe was denied more goals early in the second half by some smart saves from Angus Gunn but the result was put beyond all doubt when Crysencio Summerville tapped home on 68 minutes from Junior Firpo’s cutback.

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Wagner took over at Norwich in January 2023, with his first game in charge a 4-0 win at Preston North End. He previously won promotion with Huddersfield Town and he guided Norwich to sixth spot in his first full season but will not get another opportunity to achieve promotion - with reports Arsenal coach Carlos Cuesta is viewed as a potential replacement.

Former Norwich player Chris Sutton called for a change of manager at Carrow Road on Thursday night, as he witnessed Leeds’ victory over Wagner’s side.

He told Sky Sports: "Where do you actually start? We've seen the three clubs who got promoted last season come straight back down, and I love Norwich, but I'm glad this Norwich team aren't getting promoted. A lot of people may find that a strange thing to say, but the last two years in the Premier League, they have been miles off it, and this is worse.

"I think David Wagner is a thoroughly decent bloke, I do, but I think Norwich need a change and need a change of identity. Norwich should be playing possession-orientated football in the Championship. They've gone away from their identity. They've played counter-attacking football this season, had a dreadful start to the season but then he turned it around. They were humiliated this evening. He's had a go. I think there is a certain expectation at Norwich City and I think they should be doing better than they are."

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Norwich sporting director Ben Knapper said: “David has operated with class and dignity throughout his period as Norwich City head coach, but we now feel that the time is right for us to move in a different direction.

“We remain committed to progressing our football club, in both the short and long-term, working through a diligent and thorough strategy. The appointment of a new head coach is an important one. We will now work and continue our due diligence with the view of making an appointment in the near future.”

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