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Dean Smith is the first to manage successive Premier League matches against the SAME team

Dean Smith will make Premier League history as the first manager to take over successive matches against the SAME opponent … with Norwich’s bench debut against Southampton, where defeat saw him be captured by Aston Villa.


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Dean Smith will become the first coach to take over successive Premier League matches against the same opponent after taking office at Norwich City.

In the latest installment of the manager’s merry-go-round, Norwich confirmed Smith’s appointment as their new head coach, and the former Aston Villa boss signed a two-and-a-half-year contract on Monday.

The 50-year-old left his job at Villa Park eight days earlier but immediately returned to the Premier League and is tasked with avoiding relegation at Carrow Road.

Norwich City confirmed on Monday the appointment of Dean Smith as its new manager.

Norwich City confirmed on Monday the appointment of Dean Smith as its new manager.

Aston Villa’s 1-0 loss to Southampton on November 5 was the final nail in Smith’s coffin with the club.

The loss to the Saints during Smith’s last game in charge was his fifth straight loss, ultimately leading to his departure.

His first game on the Norwich bench will be against the same opposition as Canarias take on Southampton at Carrow Road when the Premier League restarts after the international break this weekend.

Smith's last game at Aston Villa was a 1-0 loss to Southampton in the Premier League.

Smith's last game at Aston Villa was a 1-0 loss to Southampton in the Premier League.

Smith’s last game at Aston Villa was a 1-0 loss to Southampton in the Premier League.

Southampton dominated Villa as they fell to their fifth consecutive league loss.

Southampton dominated Villa as they fell to their fifth consecutive league loss.

Southampton dominated Villa as they fell to their fifth consecutive league loss.

In doing so, he will make history as the first manager to take over successive Premier League matches against the same opponent.

Norwich will look to break out of the bottom of the table and secure three points and Smith’s first win in charge on Saturday.

Canarias have won just five points from 11 games this season and face an almost certain relegation battle, but Smith hopes his experience with Villa will help him get his new team out of trouble.

At the end of this first season, he helped Villa secure promotion to the Premier League, and then kept them. In the last season, Villa finished eleventh.

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