David Wagner says he's disappointed to be leaving a club with such potential behind after he was sacked by Norwich City.

The Canaries dispensed with Wagner after a humiliating 4-0 loss to Leeds in the semi-final of the play-offs, expressing their desire to go in a different direction under new sporting director Ben Knapper.

That brought an end to 16 months at the Carrow Road helm for the German, who continued to divide opinion even when results were good.

Now Wagner has released a statement on his sacking via the League Managers' Association, thanking some of his colleagues and wishing the club well for the future.

He said: "I would like to take this opportunity to wish Norwich City Football Club the very best for the future and to thank (joint majority shareholders) Delia (Smith), Michael (Wynn Jones) and Mark (Attanasio) for their support during a very challenging season and a half.

"It was an exciting opportunity to return to English football and coach a club with such great history and people. I have enjoyed my time in Norfolk, getting to know the community and everyone who supports the club.

"When (assistant) Christoph (Buhler) and I arrived, we were confident that we could help the club to challenge for promotion and whilst we are disappointed by the nature of the result against Leeds, we are also very proud of the hard work that everyone at Norwich City has put into the season to reach the play-off semi-finals in such a competitive league.

"Although I am disappointed to be leaving a club with so much potential, I respect that the club has decided to move in a different direction without Christoph and me.

"I would like to thank the players and staff who have performed so well in my time at Norwich City. The fans have also been an incredible support to the team and although we didn’t manage to achieve promotion this season, I hope that the club will return to the Premier League very soon."