Norwich City fans were decidedly active on Twitter on Monday afternoon, following news of manager Neil Adams’ resignation.
The Championship club announced Adams' departure on their official website, nine months after he replaced Chris Hughton, first as caretaker for the final five games of the 2013-14 Premier League season and later as permanent successor following their relegation.
Norwich sit seventh in the table at present, after coming through a poor run of one win in 10 to claim three victories in their last five games, but fell 2-0 to League One side Preston North End in the third round of the FA Cup at the weekend.
Adams, who was in his first job as a manager, will now take a break from football before returning to the club in an unidentified role next summer, and believes he has left the Canaries in a good position for a promotion push.
"I firmly believe that we are still on course for a crack at promotion back to the Premier League. That is where this club belongs," he said.
"However, I feel it is in the best interests of the team that an immediate change is made in order to ensure a positive impact on results.
"It goes without saying that I sincerely hope the team achieves success this season and I would like to say a huge thank you to the supporters who have backed me during my tenure as manager."
A former fan favourite, having made more than 200 appearances for Norwich in the 1990s, Adams got the club off to a blistering start to the Championship season which saw them top the table at the start of October.
Their subsequent collapse drew growing frustration among supporters, but a sizeable number appeared conflicted upon hearing the news of his departure.
Really feel for Adams, shouldn't of had it in the first place. Hope he stays involved with the club! #ncfc— Josh Roper⚽️ (@Josh_Roper) January 5, 2015
Livid with this news regarding Adams!!!Missed out on so many good potential managers. Now we have a shocking selection to choose from #ncfc— Matt Johnson (@mattjohnson333) January 5, 2015
Hats off to Neil Adams for putting the club he loves first, seeing things were not working and addressing it before it was too late. #NCFC— JJ (@JiiNCz) January 5, 2015
Mark of a man who steps down from a job he clearly loved doing for the good of the club, Adams will always be a legend.. #ncfc— Gweg (@Ghowlett7) January 5, 2015
Ahh Neil Adams, real shame that never worked out, but there will always be a place at our club for him #ncfc— Tom Wright (@tom_wri) January 5, 2015
what? Neil Adams has left? can't say we weren't expecting this but it's happened much sooner than I thought #NCFC— Fr∆ser Posford (@FraserPosford) January 5, 2015
Welcomed for not being Hughton, moaned that he wasn't Pulis, derided for not being Lennon/McCarthy. Being Neil Adams wasn't enough. #ncfc— duncan edwards (@duncanedwards8) January 5, 2015
Have a lot of respect for what Adams did today, he clearly wants what's best for the club #NCFC— Greg (@ncfc_greg) January 5, 2015
Shame Adams didn't work out, the decision is the right one. sadly. The only realistic candidate is Phelan. It's been brewing for weeks #NCFC— Jamie Pearce (@thejamiepearce) January 5, 2015
I'll never forget Brentford away singing "we've got our Norwich back" and seeing Adams' reaction and smile! Thanks for your efforts! #NCFC— Nick Eagle (@NickJEagle) January 5, 2015
Have a feeling Adams was talked into resigning to avoid negative publicity #ncfc— Ben Gibbins (@Gibsi) January 5, 2015
Well done Neil Adams RESPECT for doing the right thing. Lets hope the #ncfc board gets it right this time and look further than the backroom— Andrew Brown (@1966Asb) January 5, 2015