Former Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has called for Dean Smith join Norwich City, as it is a “great job” for him to take on next.
Smith had spells at Walsall and Brentford before he took over at Aston Villa in 2018.
The 50-year-old guided them to promotion to the Premier League in 2019. With the help of Jack Grealish, Villa stayed up in 2019/20 as they ended up finishing 17th.
The Villans enjoyed a successful season last year as they secured a midtable finish in the Premier League. They have started the 2021/22 campaign badly, though.
Smith was sacked on Sunday after Villa lost five straight league games. He has since stated that he believed that they would finish in the top-half if they kept him:
“My belief was that we would continue our progression this season. I understand the football industry and of course, I respect the owners’ decision, but I felt that with important players soon returning to full fitness we would achieve a top-half finish.
“One of my roles as head coach at Aston Villa was to improve individual players to enhance on-field performance for the team.
“Playing a part in developing a player who would be transferred for a British record transfer fee, along with creating a pathway for a thriving academy, are all areas in which I feel I’ve more than contributed.”
Norwich City are also on the lookout for a new manager as they have parted company with Daniel Farke.
As reported by HITC, Sherwood has suggested that Smith would be a good appointment for Norwich:
“He’s still a very good manager. He has proved that he can get someone promoted and he has proved he can stay in the Premier League,” Sherwood said.
“Norwich is there, that’s a great job for him now – You can’t jump out of one to the other, because if you are on gardening leave, then you will end up working for Norwich for nothing.
“But that’s an opportunity for him. He will be tarnished by saying ‘oh, well he’s just been sacked by Villa’. He’s still a good manager, it doesn’t make him a bad manager. And he needs to walk out of that club with his head held very, very high.
“To get them into the Premier League, when no-one else could and stay there for a year. Yes, they have struggled during the last few games, listen I wouldn’t want anyone feeling sorry for me. It’s the nature of the job. Take it on the chin.”
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