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OFFICIAL: Norwich manager appoint former Aston Villa boss as new head coach

OFFICIAL: Norwich manager appoint former Aston Villa boss as new head coach

OFFICIAL: Norwich manager appoint former Aston Villa boss as new head coach

Norwich City have officially confirmed that Dean Smith is their new head coach, with the former Aston Villa boss having penned a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Dean will be joined in the dugout by his assistant head coach Craig Shakespeare, formerly of Leicester City, Everton and Aston Villa.

Smith, 50, left his job at Villa Park just eight days ago but has made an instant return to the Premier League and will be tasked with helping his new side avoid relegation.

As expected, he has been joined at Carrow Road by his long-term assistant head coach Craig Shakespeare.

Reacting to his appointment, Smith said: ‘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.’

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