Dean Smith did not have to wait for a long time to accept a new job in the English Premier League as Norwich City have confirmed his appointment as their new manager. The 50-year-old was sacked by Aston Villa a week ago, with only 24 hours gap after Norwich City fired their manager Daniel Farke. He takes over at Carrow Road on a two-and-a-half-year contract, the club said.
“Norwich City is delighted to confirm the appointment of Dean Smith as the club’s new head coach,” the club said in a statement as posted in their official website. ”Smith has put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year contract and will be joined in Norfolk by assistant head coach Craig Shakespeare.” Follow us for more EPL results today and football matches today.
Earlier, Aston Villa parted ways with Smith following a 1-0 loss to Southampton, their fifth consecutive league defeat. They sit 15th in the Premier League, just two points above the relegation zone when Smith was sacked. Aston Villa appointed Steven Gerard to succeed Smith. Smith starts with a game at home to Southampton, the same opponent he faced before he was sacked by Villa.
“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 said. “Clearly, there has been some wonderful work that has gone into this football club over the 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.
Meanwhile, Norwich City currently sit 19th in the Premier League table, with 5 points when Farke was sacked. Now, they sit at the bottom of the table, scoring five goals all season, including two in the win over Brentford. Smith is tasked to lift the club out of the relegation zone, something he did with Villa when he led the club to promotion from the Championship during his first season in charge.
Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was believed to be the frontrunner in the post, but they clearly did reach an agreement after the ex-England reportedly withdrew. According to reports, the Carrow Road club and Lampard did not reach an agreement as Lampard thought that the job was not for him. Lampard did not feel that jumping into a relegation battle would have been right for his career.
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