Norwich City have appointed Dean Smith as their new manager just one week after he was sacked by Aston Villa.
Norwich sacked Daniel Farke as manager just hours after their first league win of the season prior to the international break, with Villa following suit as they sacked Smith the following day following a run of five consecutive defeats.
The Canaries proceeded to hold talks with various candidates including Frank Lampard who chose to withdraw his interest, which led to Smith being selected as the new manager just one week after departing Villa.
Smith has signed a two-and-a-half year contract until June 2024 and Craig Shakespeare will be his Assistant Head Coach as Norwich sit rock-bottom of Premier League with a five-point gap to safety.
Reflecting on his appointment as Norwich’s latest manager, Smith said: “It has been a whirlwind seven days, but I’m really pleased to be back and working for Norwich City in the Premier League.”
Smith also paid tribute to Farke’s work at the club with compliments as he commented: “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.”
On the topic of fan expectations, Smith described the Canaries’ “massive hardcore” supporters as “fully understanding in what it means to be part of the club and its community.”
Smith went on to iterate that one of his biggest targets for this season is to make Carrow Road a fortress with assistance of fans, as he added: “Together, we all have to make Carrow Road a really tough place for visiting teams.”
The 50 year-old also explained his decision to head straight back into management just one week after being sacked by Villa, as he stated that he “didn’t enjoy” spending time on the sidelines after experiencing four months in the wilderness during his career.
Explaining why he chose to join Norwich specifically after previously working with Norwich’s Sporting Director – Stuart Webber, Smith said: “I was really impressed with the idea, structure and vision that is already in place at the club.
“I’ve also been really impressed with the work Stuart has done at both Huddersfield and Norwich and he is someone I’ve known of for a while.
“A lot of my background has been working with sporting directors at both Brentford and Aston Villa. It’s an important relationship and I’m sure we’ll work well together here.”
Webber himself commented on Smith’s appointment as he revealed that the 50 year-old was “a long-term target” on a list of potential managerial appointments for when the time came for a change of manager.
Webber went on to reveal that the club moved “immediately” when Smith announced that he was ready to jump straight back into the dugout just days after his exit from Villa.
Speaking about Smith’s record in the Premier League, Webber added: “He shares the same values and vision as the club, has a proven track record of winning games in the Premier League as well as developing players and building a winning culture and mentality.”
Shakespeare will join as Assistant Head Coach and Webber praised the ex Leicester manager for his “outstanding reputation and vast experience within the game.”
Webber also issued a message for fans about the club’s plans for the rest of season as he explained: “There are huge challenges ahead, but we are excited and determined to see how far we can continue to grow as a club on and off the pitch.”
Smith’s first match as Norwich manager will take place in an untelevised home clash against Southampton on Saturday 20 November in a 3pm kick-off as Southampton visit Carrow Road.
Smith will face his former team – Aston Villa at Carrow Road on Tuesday 14 December live on BT Sport with the return fixture at Villa Park scheduled for weekend of 29 April – 2 May.