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Norwich sack head coach David Wagner after play-off flop

Norwich's crushing Championship play-off semi-final defeat at Leeds has seen head coach David Wagner axed from his role.

The 52-year-old German had been in charge at Carrow Road since January 2023 and followed a 13th-place finish in his first campaign by leading the Canaries to sixth this season.

Norwich drew 0-0 at home to Leeds in the first leg of their Championship play-off semi-final on Sunday, only to unravel in a 4-0 thrashing at Elland Road on Thursday evening.

The club swiftly acted on the back of that heavy defeat, announcing on Friday morning they had “parted company” with Wagner.

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.”

Norwich confirmed assistant Christoph Buhler has followed former Huddersfield manager Wagner in leaving Carrow Road.

Leeds – managed by former Canaries boss Daniel Farke – are waiting to find out whether they will face Southampton or West Brom in next Sunday’s Championship play-off final.

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