Dean Smith appointed new Norwich manager just over a week after leaving Aston Villa

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 (EMPICS Sport)
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Norwich have appointed Dean Smith as head coach on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

Daniel Farke’s replacement arrives just over a week after leaving Aston Villa and brings assistant Craig Shakespeare with him to Carrow Road.

The Canaries sit bottom of the Premier League table despite Farke winning his final game in charge, away to Brentford, with crunch games against Southampton, Wolves and Newcastle up next.

After the move was confirmed on Monday, 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.

“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.”

Sporting director Stuart Webber described the 50-year-old as a “long-term target” for the Canaries, who needed a new manager after sacking Farke following four years in charge. A day later, Smith left Villa.

On his quick return to the game, he added: “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.”

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