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New Norwich boss Dean Smith wanted a quick return to management because ‘that’s what I’m good at’

Dean Smith wanted a quick return to management after Aston Villa’s firing because ‘that’s what I’m good at’ … and the new Norwich boss is enjoying the challenge of Premier League survival after suspending travel relatives

  • Dean Smith has been out of work for just four months since he was 16 years old.
  • He signed up for the Norwich Survival Offer just eight days after leaving Villa.
  • His swift return to management is mixed news for his wife Nicola.


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Dean Smith is back in management and his swift return to Norwich is mixed news for his wife.

On the bright side, you won’t have so much free time that you’ll end up checking the refrigerator for expired food and scolding Mrs. Smith about any problems.

The downside is that the activities Smith’s wife Nicola had planned will now have to wait after she signed up to lead Norwich’s Premier League survival bid just eight days after leaving Aston Villa.

Dean Smith signed up to lead Norwich's survival bid just eight days after leaving Aston Villa

Dean Smith signed up to lead Norwich’s survival bid just eight days after leaving Aston Villa

Smith has never enjoyed being out of soccer, estimating that he has been out searching for only four months since he was 16 years old. That sense has only been underscored by its rapid reappearance.

When asked what it’s like on those rare occasions when he hasn’t had a job, Smith said: ‘I have a little OCD in me so I’m in the fridge making sure the ham isn’t out of date and the wife told herself about that right away. The garden always looked perfect and the golf improved a bit. But no, I enjoy working. I think that’s what I’m good at. ‘

Also Norwich and its sporting director Stuart Webber.

Smith with sporting director Stuart Webber (left) on Carrow Road on Wednesday

Smith with athletic director Stuart Webber (left) on Carrow Road on Wednesday

Smith with athletic director Stuart Webber (left) on Carrow Road on Wednesday

A longtime fan – the couple had talked about Huddersfield’s work in 2015 – Webber admitted his ears perked when news broke of Smith’s departure from Villa.

The next day, Smith was wrapping up his exit from Villa and on Tuesday in talks with Norwich before taking a rare break in his career to enjoy a four-day trip to New York to see his son who is studying in the United States.

“My wife had a little more planned for me than she has,” smiled Smith, whose daughter also just started college.

Smith impressed Norwich with his track record and deep knowledge of his team.

Smith impressed Norwich with his track record and deep knowledge of his team.

Smith impressed Norwich with his track record and deep knowledge of his team.

“ It’s probably the first time we’ve been in the house alone with the dogs, so she probably had some trips planned to see the kids, but she was also fully supportive of the decision. ”

Smith impressed Norwich with his track record and deep knowledge of his team.

His willingness to go back to work and accept the challenge of trying to keep Norwich, who is nearing bottom and at five safety points, also helped him stand out as the man to succeed Daniel Farke.

‘If it had been a risk, I wouldn’t have taken it [the job]’insisted Smith, who has never been relegated. ‘We have 27 [league] games remain. There are many points to play for. They are a good squad who have underperformed and our job is to get performances. ‘

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