Premier League: Norwich's John Ruddy surprised by Chris Hughton's exit
John Ruddy says the Norwich City squad were surprised by the timing of the sacking of Chris Hughton.
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Last Updated: 19/04/14 11:07pm
Former Carrow Road boss Hughton was told to leave the club after the defeat by West Bromwich Albion at the beginning of April when there were only five games remaining in the season.
Despite the proximity to the end of the campaign and the fact Norwich sat five points clear of the relegation zone at that time, the club's board still decided to act.
Hughton's sacking did come as a surprise to goalkeeper Ruddy, however, he has not questioned Norwich's hierarchy or their decision to promote youth coach Neil Adams as successor.
"I think it took everyone a bit by surprise," Ruddy told Sky Sports. "But I am sure it is not a decision the board at Norwich took lightly.
"They deliberated over it for a long period of time and ultimately thought it was the best thing to do for the team and for the club so you cannot really question them on that.
"We have got the new manager in now and he has come in and had a positive impact so it is looking positive for the next four games."
Ruddy, though, does not expect it to take long before former Newcastle United and Birmingham City manager Hughton finds another job.
"I was definitely sorry to see him go," said Ruddy, who was speaking to promote the launch of EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. "He is one of the very good people in football but he has got too much knowledge of the game to not get back into football as soon as possible and I certainly hope that is the case."
Norwich will continue their fight for Premier League survival under Adams when they host title-chasing Liverpool on Sunday lunchtime, live on Sky Sports 1HD from 11.30am.
It is the first of the four decisive remaining games for Norwich following last Saturday's defeat by Fulham, where a good performance was not rewarded with points.
After Liverpool, Norwich face a further difficult fixture list in their games in taking on Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.
"It is the old cliché but we have got four games now and they are four cup finals," said Ruddy. "It starts on Sunday and I am hopeful we can continue the level of performance we showed against Fulham but with a different result."
He added: "Liverpool have put themselves in a position where they need to continue to win to make their title aspirations come true and so there is the same amount of pressure on them if not more.
"No-one is really expecting us to get anything and we can use that to enjoy the game and put our game-plan onto Liverpool and hopefully come out with a result."
John Ruddy was speaking at the launch of EA SPORTS 2014 World Cup Brazil, out NOW on Xbox 360 and PS3. Order your copy online from http://ea.vg/SkySportsRuddyWC14