Norwich City has announced Dean Smith as the club’s new manager following the sacking of Daniel Farke.
Dean Smith has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at Carrow Road and will be joined in the dugout by his former Aston Villa assistant and ex-Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare as they try to lift the Canaries out of relegation trouble.
The arrival of Smith comes after he was sacked by Villa just eight days ago and one day after Farke left Norwich and represents the shortest turnaround by the same manager between Premier League jobs in history.
Norwich is bottom of the Premier League, five points from safety, and keeping the club in the division will be the main aim for Smith and Shakespeare.
In a statement to announce the incoming manager, Sporting director Stuart Webber said that Norwich was so delighted to have appointed Dean as our new head coach.
“I have admired his work for some time and he has been a long-term target in the event that we needed to appoint a new head coach. 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.” He said.
He commented on a good relationship with Dean Smith saying that he shares the same values and vision as the club, having a proven track record of winning games in the Premier League as well as developing players and building a winning culture and mentality.
“In Craig Shakespeare, we have secured an assistant head coach with an outstanding reputation and vast experience within the game. We are delighted that Craig has agreed to join our new team” the statement reads in part.
In his response following his appointment Smith who previously managed Brentford and Walsall said he was happy to be taking over the role at the Premier League club.
“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”
Dean Smith has assured Norwich fans of improved performance and talent development.
“I was really impressed with the idea, structure, and vision that is already in place at the club, I’ve also been really impressed with the work Stuart has done at both Huddersfield and Norwich and he is someone I’ve known of for a while. A lot of my background has been working with sporting directors at both Brentford and Aston Villa. It’s an important relationship and I’m sure we’ll work well together here.” He said.