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Smith appointed new Norwich City boss after Lampard withdrew from contention

7:44 PM IST 15/11/21
Dean Smith Aston Villa 2019-20
The ex-Aston Villa coach has made a swift return to the dugout with Premier League strugglers at Carrow Road

Dean Smith has been appointed Norwich City's new permanent manager after Frank Lampard took the decision to pull out of talks over the role last week.

The Canaries have moved quickly to draft in a replacement for Daniel Farke, who was sacked before the international break with his side bottom in the Premier League table.

GOAL reported that former Chelsea boss Lampard was a candidate, but Smith has now taken up the post to secure a swift return to the Premier League following his departure from Aston Villa.

What's been said?

Smith expressed his delight after being unveiled at Carrow Road on Monday, telling Norwich's official 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 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.

"Norwich City is a big club, with a massive hardcore of supporters who are fully understanding in what it means to be part of the club and its community.

"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 was really impressed with the idea, structure and vision that is already in place at the club."

Smith's credentials

Smith has put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Canaries, and supporters will hope that his experience in the Premier League can help the team claw their way to safety after a disastrous start to the season.

The 50-year-old managed Walsall and Brentford before taking the top job at Aston Villa in 2018, and he guided the club to promotion from the Championship in his first year at the helm.

The Villans narrowly avoided relegation from the top flight in 2019-20 before securing an 11th placed finish last term, and Smith invested heavily in new signings over the summer with a view to launching a European qualification bid.

Unfortunately, Villa have slipped back down to 16th in the current campaign, with Smith paying the ultimate price for their regression, and keeping Norwich up will be an even tougher challenge for the Englishman.

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