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Updated on: Monday, November 15, 2021, 03:45 PM IST

Premier League: Dean Smith appointed Norwich City head coach days after Aston Villa departure

Dean Smith | Photo: AFP

Dean Smith | Photo: AFP

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Dean Smith has been announced the new head coach of Norwich City, the Premier League club announced on Monday.

Smith replaces Daniel Farke and makes a quick return to the league, following his departure from Aston Villa eight days ago. He has agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal and will be joined at Carrow Road by assistant head coach Craig Shakespeare.

"It has been a whirlwind seven days, but I'm really pleased to be back and working for Norwich City in the Premier League," Smith told the club's official website.

"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." Smith joins Norwich with his new team bottom of the Premier League, five points from safety. But they did pick up their first win of the season last time out, a 2-1 success at Brentford.

The Canaries will hope Smith's experience can help them avoid an instant relegation from the competition, after he kept promoted Villa up in 2019/20 on a dramatic final day.

Last season he improved his Villa team to an 11th-placed finish, winning a Barclays Manager of the Month award and famously beating defending champions Liverpool 7-2.

He also led Villa to an EFL Cup final during his time at his previous club. The 50-year-old's first match with Norwich will be at home to Southampton, the team he last faced with Villa prior to the international break.

A reunion with Villa is just a month away, when his former club visit Norwich on December 14

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Published on: Monday, November 15, 2021, 03:45 PM IST
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