Dean Smith named as new Norwich manager

Dean Smith has his sights on delivering Premier League survival following his appointment as Norwich head coach.

The 50-year-old has made a swift return to the dugout after he was sacked by Aston Villa last Monday, following five straight Premier League defeats, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal at Carrow Road.

Smith replaces Daniel Farke, who was axed last weekend despite overseeing Norwich’s first win of the season.

That victory at Brentford left the Canaries still bottom of the table and five points from safety.

Smith, who successfully fought a relegation battle with Villa during the 2019-20 season and will be assisted by Craig Shakespeare, told the club’s website: “It has been a whirlwind seven days, but I’m really pleased to be back and working for Norwich City in the Premier League.

“Clearly, there has been some wonderful work that has gone into this football club over last four and a half years. It is now the job of myself and Craig to continue and improve on that work with the ultimate aim of surviving in the Premier League.

“Norwich City is a big club. I was brought up in an era when Norwich were competing in Europe – I remember those times well and whenever I’ve visited Carrow Road and Norwich you can really sense the connection between the fans, staff and players. Together, we all have to make Carrow Road a really tough place for visiting teams.

“From the age of 16 I’ve been working in football. I think in that time I’ve had four months out and didn’t enjoy it. It’s great to get straight back in with a club that are determined to be progressive.

“I’ve always worked to improve and develop players – with that obviously comes improved performances. I was really impressed with the idea, structure and vision that is already in place at the club.”

Smith’s first game at the helm will be at home to Southampton on Saturday – the same opponents as his last match in charge of Villa.

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