Dean Smith has agreed to become the manager of Norwich after signing a two-and-a-half-year deal with the club. He was sacked as coach of Aston Villa following a run of five successive defeats. Craig Shakespeare is set to join Smith from his team at Villa. The club at the moment is bottom of the table with five points and five adrift of the relegation zone.

“It has been a whirlwind seven days, but I’m really pleased to be back and working for Norwich City in the Premier League,” new Norwich head coach Dean 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.”

“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,” he added.  “I was brought up in an era when Norwich was competing in Europe – I remember those times well and whenever I’ve visited Carrow Road and Norwich you can really sense the connection between the fans, staff, and players. Together, we all have to make Carrow Road a really tough place for visiting teams.”

“Dean has an outstanding track record and as soon as he made it clear that he was ready to go straight back into a managerial role we contacted him immediately.” Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber said.

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