Dean Smith confirmed as new Norwich City manager on two-and-a-half year contract

, Dean Smith confirmed as new Norwich City manager on two-and-a-half year contract, The Habari News
, Dean Smith confirmed as new Norwich City manager on two-and-a-half year contract, The Habari News

Dean Smith has been confirmed as the new head coach of Norwich City.

Smith is making a swift return to the Premier League by taking charge of the bottom club, a week after he was dismissed by Aston Villa.

Norwich were putting the finishing touches to the appointment over the weekend and have agreed a two-and-a-half year contract with Smith, 50.

Craig Shakespeare, a former England coach and Smith’s assistant at Villa, will join his backroom team at Carrow Road.

Smith is currently in New York visiting his son, Jamie, and is expected to fly back to England on Tuesday before taking training for the first time the following day.

He quickly emerged as Norwich’s No 1 choice to succeed Daniel Farke, who was sacked last weekend, and the club’s hierarchy have been impressed by his vision for the future during talks.

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.

“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.

, Dean Smith confirmed as new Norwich City manager on two-and-a-half year contract, The Habari News

“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’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.”

Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was also interviewed for the post but Smith’s vast managerial experience, promotion with Villa, and reputation for building clubs appealed to Norwich’s sporting director Stuart Webber. 

He is also comfortable operating within the Norwich infrastructure, after working in a similar set-up at Brentford.

Smith inherits a team who have already suffered eight league defeats, including a 7-0 thrashing at Chelsea and a 5-0 battering at Manchester City.

Farke was dismissed shortly after the 2-1 win at Brentford, Norwich’s first victory at this level since February 2020.

Smith’s first game will be against Southampton this weekend – the team who beat Villa 1-0 on November 5 to seal his departure.