Former Crystal Palace and Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is the reportedly the Norwich board’s first choice for the vacant managerial post, according to The Telegraph.

The Canaries have been struggling to gain momentum and have hovered around the fringes of the Play-Off spots, but 1 win in their last 6 games has seen them fall 9 points off the pace.

Norwich fans have been crying out for change for several months now, and the anger surrounding the situation peaked with the club’s 5-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

It’s a case of too-little-too-late surrounding Neil’s sacking and with just 10 games remaining in the league and 9 points to make up, the priority will be to build for next season, and building a philospohy under a new manager ready for the 2017/18 season.

Gary Rowett emerged as the early favourite for the job, with the former Birmingham and Burton Albion the popular choice to take over.

The likes of Roy Hodgson and Mark Warburton have both been mentioned in relation to the job, but Alan Pardew is reportedly the board’s first choice.

Pardew has been without a club since he was sacked by Crystal Palace in December, and has been linked with several jobs since his departure.

The former Palace boss has had success with West Ham and Reading at Championship level, and his experience at this level makes him an ideal candidate for the job.

With odds at 4/1, Pards was third on the betting order behind favourite Roy Hodgson and Gary Rowett at 20:45 last night, but has moved to a clear 4/9 favourite this morning with bookmakers Sky Bet.

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