Dean Smith appointed Norwich boss just eight days after Aston Villa sacking

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Norwich City have announced Dean Smith as their new manager following the dismissal of Daniel Farke in early November.

Smith has only been out of work for just over a week following his dismissal at Aston Villa, having been replaced by Steven Gerrard, who left Rangers to take the post.

The Canaries have struggled so far this season, and Smith faces a sizeable task to turn their fortunes around.

The 50-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract and will be joined in Norfolk by assistant head coach Craig Shakespeare.

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.”

Norwich are rooted to the bottom of the table – five points away from safety.

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Interestingly, Frank Lampard appeared frontrunner for the job but ruled himself out of the running after holding talks with the club.

Farke was dismissed after Norwich claimed their first win of the season against newly-promoted Brentford.

The result moved them up to five points, level with Newcastle.

However, the Canaries have really struggled so far this season, and they shipped seven goals to Chelsea, five to Manchester City, and three to Liverpool.

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Their two draws have come against Burnley and Brighton.

On his new job, Smith continued: “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.”

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