Norwich City Earmark Either Malky Mackay Or Gianfranco Zola For Carrow Road Role

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Canaries sacked Hughton in April. 

Norwich City are likely to turn to either Malky Mackay or Gianfranco Zola to become their next permanent head coach, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

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The Canaries decided to controversially part company with former boss Chris Hughton last month, with youth-team coach Neil Adams taking over on a temporary basis, however, the new man was unable to prevent the East Anglia outfit from being relegated to the Championship following defeat to Arsenal at Carrow Road on Sunday afternoon.

And now the Norwich board are set to immediately begin the process of finding a new manager, with former Canaries defender Mackay and ex-Watford coach Zola understood to be the two favourites to take on the job of winning promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking next season.

“Everyone at Norwich City shares our fans’ deep disappointment that we have been unable to secure Premier League status for a fourth consecutive season, despite the best efforts of players and staff at Carrow Road and Colney,” said a statement on the club’s official website.

“We’d like to thank our fantastic supporters for their unswerving and passionate backing home and away in what has been a very challenging season for everyone connected with Norwich City. As always, the ‘Yellow Army’ has been a credit to their Football Club and to the county of Norfolk.

“The Board fully accepts that mistakes have been made which have contributed to our relegation. It is always our stated strategy to improve the squad in every transfer window. We backed the manager with the funds to sign a number of players this season with every intention of improving the squad, but unfortunately that improvement did not materialise.

“Work is already under way to learn from the experiences of this season and to prepare for a busy summer as we focus all of our energies and resources on competing in the Sky Bet Championship next season.

“The next step is to confirm who will be our manager next season and this process is under way now.

“Neil Adams, who has done an admirable job in difficult circumstances, is one of a number of candidates the Board is talking to.

“The Board will confirm who our manager will be in the 2014-15 season in a statement to supporters within a week.”

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