Norwich manager Dean Smith revealed the reason why he jumped back into management after being sacked by Aston Villa last month after five successive defeats. With just an eight days break, Smith was back under the pressure of the Premier League. He replaced Daniel Farke who guided the team to back-to-back promotions with a relegation sandwiched between them.

“I think the fact I’ve been in the professional game for over 34 years, I can detach quite quickly.” Norwich manager Dean Smith said. “I understand that if you lose five games on the spin, then you’re under pressure. Did I expect to lose the job [at Villa]? Probably not at the time, but it happens so when I got the text, I was ready for it. We hadn’t seen our son in a little while, he’s in America and thankfully Mr. Biden had just opened the borders, so as soon as that happened, it was ‘right, let’s get out to America to visit our son’.”

“But Norwich came calling on Tuesday before and asked if I would be interested. So I thought ‘yeah I’ll take the meeting, have a chat, and see what they’ve got to say. I quite liked what Stuart Webber and Neil Adams had to say.” he added. “So we traveled over there and they phoned me while I was there, had a video call and I was really happy to accept. When we got back, it was a lot of shuffling around, packing and moving things, but, fortunately, I’ve got a very supportive family who has got used to that over the years.”

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