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

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Dean Smith has been confirmed as Norwich City’s new manager as the Canaries look to the former Aston Villa gaffer to steer them clear of relegation from the Premier League.

Smith, 50, left his job at Villa Park just eight days ago but has made an instant return to the Premier League having penned a two-and-a-half year deal with Norwich.

He is 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.

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