Monday, December 6, 2021

Norwich City appoint Dean Smith as Head Coach

Norwich City has confirmed the signing of Dean Smith as the new head coach for a period of two and a half years and will be assisted by Craig Shakespear.

Smith who managed fellow Premier League side Aston Villa has been praised for having a vast of experience in the league after guiding the club to a Premier League promotion in his first year in charge.

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He also took Aston Villa to a League cup final before they were beaten by Manchester City in Wembley back in the 2019/20 season.

Speaking after the news, Dean Smith termed the last seven days as a turning point in his career but he was glad to be back and that he looks forward keeping Norwich in the League.

“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.

“I was brought up in an era when Norwich were 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.

“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.

“I’ve always worked to improve and develop players – with that obviously comes improved performances. 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.” Said Smith.

Norwich City is currently bottom of the league with five points from 11 matches. They are level on points with Newcastle and 21 points a drift of first placed Chelsea.

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