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Former Aston Villa boss Dean Smith takes Norwich City job just eight days after sacking

Norwich City have appointed former Aston Villa boss Dean Smith just eight days after he was relieved of his duties.

Smith has taken little to no time off during his sacking, quickly returning to the managerial front managing to not even miss a Premier League game.

The Canaries sacked Daniel Farke just hours after their first win of the season against Brentford, with Smith facing the same fate less than 24 hours later.

Eight days have passed since then and Smith, today, has been announced as the new Norwich City manager with a contract up until the summer of 2023.

There was reported interest of former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard looking to take the job, however it’s Smith who is tasked with the job of achieving survival.

Smith is going to be joined by former Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare who will be his assistant manager, just as he was at Aston Villa.

The Canaries sit bottom of the Premier League table with just one win and five points to their name, five points away from safety, level with Smith’s former club Aston Villa.

“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 said.

“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.

“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”.

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The former Villa, Brentford and Walsall manager, will make history as the first man to take charge of successive Premier League matches against the same opponent with different teams.

He will first take charge at Carrow Road facing Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton on Saturday, the team Smith last faced which ended in a 1-0 defeat.

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