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Ipswich Town’s rivals Norwich City sack manager Alex Neil

PUBLISHED: 18:18 10 March 2017 | UPDATED: 18:21 10 March 2017

Alex Neil, who was sacked this afternoon as Norwich City manager

Alex Neil, who was sacked this afternoon as Norwich City manager

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Ipswich Town’s East Anglian rivals Norwich City have sacked managed Alex Neil after making a “unanimous” board decision.

A statement has been released this evening, just hours after Neil had made it clear he wanted to continue in the post at Carrow Road.

Norwich are currently eighth in the league, nine points ahead of 16th-place Ipswich.

Alan Irvine has placed in temporary charge for Saturday’s Championship game against Blackburn.

The statement read: “Norwich City can confirm manager Alex Neil’s contract has been terminated with immediate effect.

“The Board has taken the tough but unanimous decision, believing it is in the best interests of the Club for a new manager to be in place through a crucial summer transfer window and into next season.

“The Directors would like to place on record their sincere gratitude to Alex for all of his hard work and for the fantastic achievement of guiding us to the Premier League in 2015, via a memorable play-off final success against Middlesbrough at Wembley.

“Through tough seasons last year in the Premier League and this year in the Championship, Alex has always given his all to the Club and we wish him every success in his future career.

“First team coach Alan Irvine will take charge of the team for tomorrow’s Sky Bet Championship game against Blackburn Rovers at Carrow Road.

“As has been widely reported the Board has been conducting a thorough review of the structure of the Club. An announcement about the new structure will be made next week.

The Club will not be commenting further at this time, with everyone’s focus on supporting Alan Irvine and the team ahead of tomorrow’s game.”

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