Smith challenging Lampard for Norwich posting
Former Aston Villa boss Dean Smith may not be out of management for long after interviewing with Norwich City for the vacancy at Carrow Road.
According to SkySports, Smith is said to have impressed during his meeting with the club’s hierarchy led by sporting director Stuart Webber as the club looks to find the successor to former manager Daniel Farke.
🚨✍️ Norwich City have interviewed former Aston Villa boss Dean Smith to be their new head coach.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 11, 2021
Smith was sacked by Aston Villa on Sunday after what has been a very trying 2021-22 Premier League season for the Villains who are currently on a five-match losing run while sitting just two points above the drop zone after a summer of investment in the wake of Jack Grealish’s departure for Manchester City.
But now, Smith is said to be rivaling former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard for the managerial posting after the iconic former Blues midfielder looked all but set to take the job.
The pair viewed as the most logical candidates to take the reigns despite the club still interested in interviewing FK Bodø/Glimt manager Kjetil Knutsen.
Canaries must make the smart appointment
After climbing back into the Premier League this season under Daniel Farke for the second time with the German at the helm, Norwich seemingly did all the right things when it came to how they negotiated the transfer market in the summer.
In the wake of selling star man Emi Buendía to Dean Smith’s Villa for ~£33million, Norwich shelled out £56million on no less than nine players in a bid to add quality in depth but also upgrade the starting XI.
Premier League security was certainly on the mind of Stuart Webber, and transfer coups for the likes of Milot Rashica, Josh Sargent, Christos Tzolis, Billy Gilmour, and Ozan Kabak were all smart moves for a club of the size of Norwich, but ultimately had failed under Farke as the Canaries logged just one win and managed to find the back of the net just five times in eleven Premier League fixtures this season.
The pieces are there for Norwich to give a far better account of themselves than they have up to this point in the season, but it remains to be seen whether or not Dean Smith or Frank Lampard is the better choice.