Neil Adams has resigned as manager of Norwich, the Sky Bet Championship club have confirmed with Mike Phelan temporarily taking charge.
The 49-year-old took the decision to stand down in the wake of Saturday's disappointing 2-0 defeat to Preston at Deepdale in the FA Cup third round, but he will return to the club in the summer in a role yet to be confirmed.
Norwich sit seventh in the table, three points adrift of a play-off place and 10 points behind East Anglia rivals Ipswich who occupy the second automatic promotion position.
"Norwich City can confirm Neil Adams has resigned as manager with immediate effect. The process of appointing a new manager to take the Club forward is already underway.," the statement read.
"Former Canary winger and successful youth team coach Adams will take a break from the game before returning to work for the Club in July, in a role to be confirmed at a later date."
Adams says he is confident that the Canaries can improve on recent form and get back to the top flight.
“I firmly believe that we are still on course for a crack at promotion back to the Premier League," Adams said. "That is where this club belongs.
“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."