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Norwich reach ‘verbal agreement’ with Dean Smith/Gilmour future update

By Conor Laird Published: November 13, 2021 7:42 pm

Last Updated: November 13, 2021 7:46 pm

Premier League outfit Norwich City have, on Saturday evening, struck an agreement with tactician Dean Smith to take up the reins at the club.

Smith incoming The situation on the bench at Carrow Road has of course proven headline news in the media over the course of the week to date.

This comes with the Norwich board having come to the no doubt difficult decision to part ways with beloved boss Daniel Farke.

In altogether bizarre timing, on the back of the club’s first Premier League triumph of the campaign last weekend, the Canaries took to social media to confirm that Farke, after four years at the helm, had been sent on his way:

Norwich City can confirm that head coach Daniel Farke has left the club with immediate effect.

Full statement ⬇️#NCFC

— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) November 6, 2021

A whole host of tacticians, in turn, were subsequently tipped as potential replacements for the German, with ex-Chelsea boss Frank Lampard having initially been viewed as the clear frontrunner for the post.

After Lampard opted to pull his name from the running on Friday, however, one name and one name only was left as a realistic option for those in a position of power in east Anglia.

The manager in question? Dean Smith.

It should therefore come as little surprise to hear of confirmation this evening that an agreement has been reached between the two parties, with Smith, sacked by Aston Villa just last weekend, set to put pen-to-paper on a two-and-a-half year contract with Norwich:

🚨 Norwich have a verbal agreement with Dean Smith to become their new head coach. Plan is a 2.5yr contract. 50yo was contacted by #NCFC immediately after leaving #AVFC on Sunday & emerged as 1st + unanimous choice. With @michaeljbailey for @TheAthleticUK https://t.co/wv8gf15hzC

— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) November 13, 2021

‘Not the moment…’ Elsewhere on the Canaries front this weekend, meanwhile, an insight has also been provided into the future of loanee Billy Gilmour.

Much has of course been made of the struggles of Chelsea talent Gilmour of late, after the Scot slipped considerably down the midfield pecking order of Daniel Farke, failing to start a Premier League outing since mid-August.

In turn, speaking during an interview with the Official Chelsea website earlier today, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel was unsurprisingly drawn on Gilmour’s situation at Carrow Road.

When pressed specifically on the possibility of cutting the 20-year-old’s season-long stint with Norwich short in January, however, the German was keen to keep his cards close to his chest, explaining:

‘We’ll take the decision in January, when the decision has to be made, not now.’

‘The things were clear when we decided together that he is looking for more minutes and more game time in another club. The challenge was clear that he needs to fight his way through.’

‘Right now things are not going as he maybe wishes and we all wish for, but now is not the moment to already give solutions and cancel the whole project.’

HULL, ENGLAND – JANUARY 25: Billy Gilmour of Chelsea during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Hull City and Chelsea at KCOM Stadium on January 25, 2020 in Hull, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

‘Sometimes these weeks and months arrive when the situation seems to be stuck or it seems not to go the right way. You have to hang in there, you have to show your quality and you have to make sure you help your team, no matter where it is. That sharpens your character. That will be making a big chapter in your career.’

‘For me right now it is not the moment to already give solutions for January and open the talks to bring him back. Now it is November and there is still a lot of time to prove that he has enough quality to help Norwich to be a better team.’

“We’ll take the decision in January, when the decision has to be made, not now.”

https://t.co/JiWXbRaFAD

— Football365 (@F365) November 13, 2021

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