Daniel Farke was taken by surprise when he was sacked as Norwich manager immediately after their 2-1 win away at Brentford, according to reports.
Norwich made the shock decision to part company with Farke on Saturday night despite recording their first victory of the season just hours earlier, when goals from Mathias Normann and Teemu Pukki earned them three precious points in west London.
The Canaries were in dire straits prior to that win, having lost eight of their first 10 games and conceded an alarming 25 goals in the process.
However, Saturday's triumph looked like a step in the right direction and moved them to within five points of safety – hardly a doomed position given there are still 27 games to play.
Those facts alone made it all the more baffling when Farke was dismissed, and The Athletic claim he felt the decision came 'out of the blue'.
After carrying out his post-match press conference at the Brentford Community Stadium, the 45-year-old was reportedly pulled to one side and told he and his coaching staff were being sacked.
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They were each given time to inform their families of the news before it was made public, much to the surprise of fans and pundits alike.
Only a few hours earlier Farke was serenaded by Norwich's jubilant travelling support at Brentford, who chanted his name and cheered the celebratory "Olés" he made famous in his previous 87 wins at the helm.
Along with assistants Edmund Riemer and Christopher John, the German only put pen to paper on a new four-year contract at Carrow Road in the summer after securing a second promotion as Championship title winners in three seasons.
Norwich chiefs will now have to compensate the trio with hefty parting pay packages, with Farke's fee expected to be seven figures.
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His final comments as Canaries boss indicated he was completely unaware of his impending exit, saying: “It was an important step today. It’s also a long road.
“We need to make sure in the middle of the week and then especially in the second week (of the break) we keep going again, because we want to build on this important win and also get more points in the next home game.”
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