Norwich City appoint Dean Smith as head coach following the sacking of Daniel Farke. The former Aston Villa manager is now tasked with the difficult job of keeping the Canaries in the Premier League following just one win in their first 11 games.
Smith will take charge of his first game as the Norwich head coach when they face Southampton at Carrow Road on Saturday, November 20.
Norwich City Appoint Dean Smith to Replace Daniel Farke
Dean Smith Back in Work Just Days After Being Sacked by Aston Villa
Dean Smith won a two-horse race to become the new head coach of Norwich. Former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard had also been in the running before ruling himself out. Smith, who had only been relieved of his duties at Villa Park on Sunday, November 7, is now back in a Premier League hot seat with a big job ahead of him.
Villa, who had endured an underwhelming start to the season following the loss of Jack Grealish, lost five games in a row before deciding to part ways with Smith. Appointed in 2018, he guided the club back to the Premier League and also reached a League Cup final.
Craig Shakespeare to be Assistant
Former Leicester City manager and Aston Villa assistant Craig Shakespeare has joined Norwich as Dean Smith’s number two, the position he held at Villa. Shakespeare left Villa Park on the same day that Smith departed.
Part of the managerial team that oversaw Leicester City win the Premier League title, Shakespeare has impressive credentials. As well as being a Premier League winner as an assistant, he also took the manager’s job at Leicester following the departure of Claudio Ranieri. He has also been an assistant at West Bromwich Albion, Hull City, and Everton.
Norwich City Appoint Dean Smith: Canaries in Relegation Battle
Norwich are currently rooted to the bottom of the Premier League despite recording their first win in their last game at Brentford. The Canaries are currently on five points from 11 games and are a further five points away from safety.
Despite there being 27 games to play, City are under no illusions that they are in a relegation battle. Norwich have struggled in all areas since promotion with just five goals being scored the most alarming. Their goal difference is currently minus 21, by far the worst in the division. With statistics such as these, Smith has a tough job to keep his new club in the Premier League.