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Smith is ready to fight for survival after hiring Norwich

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Dean Smith’s goal is to ensure the survival of the Premier League after his appointment as head coach of Norwich City.

Just a week after being sacked by Aston Villa after five straight Premier League defeats, the 50-year-old made a quick return to the dugout and signed a two-and-a-half year deal on Carrow Road.

Smith replaces Daniel Farke, who was also dropped last weekend despite overseeing Norwich’s first win of the season.

This win in Brentford left the Canaries still bottom of the table and five points ahead of safety.

Smith, who successfully fought a relegation battle with Villa in the 2019-20 season and is supported by Craig Shakespeare, said on the club’s website: Norwich City in the Premier League.

“It is clear that some wonderful work has been put into this football club in the past four and a half years. It is now up to me and Craig to continue and improve on that work with the ultimate goal of surviving in the Premier League.

“Norwich City is a big club. I grew up around a time when Norwich was playing in Europe – I remember those times well and whenever I went to Carrow Road and Norwich you can really feel the connection between the fans, staff and players. Together we have to make Carrow Road a really difficult place for visiting teams.

“I’ve worked in football since I was 16. I think I had four months off during that time and I didn’t enjoy it. It’s great to be right back at a club that is determined to be progressive.

“I’ve always worked to improve and develop players – and that goes hand in hand with improved performance. I was really impressed by the idea, structure and vision that already existed in the club. “

Sporting director Stuart Webber said Smith’s track record made him the right man for the job and revealed that he was a “long-term goal”.

“I’ve admired his work for a while and he was a long-term goal in case we had to appoint a new head coach,” said Webber.

“Dean has an excellent track record and once he made it clear that he was ready to return to an executive position immediately, we contacted him immediately.

“He shares the same values ​​and visions as the club, has a proven track record of winning Premier League games, developing players and building a winning culture and mentality.”

Smith’s first game at the top will be played at home against Southampton on Saturday – the same opponents as his last game in charge of Villa.

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