Dean Smith has been appointed as Norwich City’s next head coach for a two-and-a-half-year contract.
The 50-year-old former Aston Villa manager follows Daniel Farke, who was fired with the Canaries in the Premier League’s relegation zone and five points from safety.
Craig Shakespeare, who previously worked with Smith at Villa Park, will join him at Carrow Road as his assistant. On November 20, Smith’s debut game as manager will be against Southampton at home.
After being sacked by Villa following the Saints’ defeat, he will become the first man to take command of two Premier League matches against the same opponent with separate sides. Smith led Villa to promotion from the Championship and the Carabao Cup final in three years at the club.
Farke was fired by Norwich on November 6th, following the club’s first league victory of the season against Brentford.
Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard spoke with the Canaries but decided not to pursue the job.