Norwich City have named Dean Smith as their new head coach.
Smith, 50, was contacted by Norwich on Sunday immediately after he left his role as head coach at Aston Villa. He then emerged as Norwich’s first and unanimous choice for the position.
Smith, who has previously managed Walsall and Brentford, took Villa to the top flight and kept them there for two seasons. His immediate task will be to pull Norwich away from the bottom of the table.
Norwich were without a win in the Premier League until their 2-1 win over Brentford on November 6. Farke was told after the game that his spell at the club, which included two promotions from the Championship, had come to an end.
In a statement after being appointed, 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 the 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.
Sporting director Stuart Webber added: “We are delighted to have appointed Dean as our new head coach. I have admired his work for some time and he has been a long-term target in the event that we needed to appoint a new head coach.
“Dean has an outstanding track record and as soon as he made it clear that he was ready to go straight back into a managerial role we contacted him immediately.
“He shares the same values and vision as the club, has a proven track record of winning games in the Premier League as well as developing players and building a winning culture and mentality.
“In Craig Shakespeare we have secured an assistant head coach with an outstanding reputation and vast experience within the game. We are delighted that Craig has agreed to join our new team.
“We look forward to working with Dean and Craig and building on the outstanding work which has been achieved at this club in the last few years.
“There are huge challenges ahead, but we are excited and determined to see how far we can
continue to grow as a club on and off the pitch.”
Norwich sit bottom of the Premier League, with just five points from 11 matches and a goal difference of -21. They are five points behind 17th-placed Watford.