Norwich City manager Bryan Gunn has become the first managerial casualty of the season after his contract with the club was terminated today.
Assistant manager Ian Butterworth will take charge of team affairs immediately as the Canaries prepare for tomorrow’s clash with Exeter City.
Having been relegated to League One at the end of last season, Norwich began this term by suffering their biggest ever home defeat last weekend as they were thumped 7-1 by Colchester United.
A 4-0 win over Yeovil Town in the Carling Cup midweek made little difference to the decision to replace Gunn.
Speaking on behalf of the board, chief executive David McNally said, “Bryan has worked tirelessly for this football club for more than two decades, not least since taking over team affairs back in January.
“However the board met this week following Saturday’s unacceptable record home defeat in our opening league game of the season.
“Our goal this season remains unchanged. We want to be promoted and the next manager of Norwich City will have that as his number one priority. The board after lengthy consideration unanimously felt a change was in the best interests of all parties concerned, in order to give us the best possible chance of achieving our objectives.
“We’d like to thank Bryan for his honesty and passion for the club, and for all he has done for us as manager and generally over the years. He has never given of anything other than his best for the Canaries and he will always be welcome at Norwich City.”
Former Scotland international Gunn played for the club between 1986 and 1998 before taking the reigns as manager in January of this year.