Dean Smith insists he wants his Aston Villa replacement Steven Gerrard to be ‘very successful’ – but not at the expense of new club Norwich – as he praises the work done by his predecessor Daniel Farke and admits he has big shoes to fill
- Dean Smith has held his first press conference since becoming Norwich boss
- The 50-year-old has taken on the role following the sacking of Daniel Farke
- Smith was recently axed himself by Aston Villa, and replaced by Steven Gerrard
Dean Smith insists he wishes Steven Gerrard every success after seeing the former England midfielder replace him as Aston Villa manager, so long as it does not come at Norwich City’s expense.
Smith saw his three-year spell in charge at his boyhood club come to an end following a run of five straight defeats in the Premier League.
Villa worked quickly to bring in Gerrard from Rangers, while Smith was also able to move on quickly to pick up the vacant role at Carrow Road.
Dean Smith held his first press conference as Norwich City manager on Wednesday afternoon
And Smith insists he has no ill feelings towards the man who has replaced him.
‘They decided to go with Steven, he’s obviously been very successful at Rangers and I hope he’s very successful at Aston Villa, but obviously not at Norwich City’s expense now,’ he told reporters.
Smith has replaced Daniel Farke in the Norwich hotseat, despite the German leading the club to their first win of the season in his final match.
Farke had spent four years at the club, where he won promotion twice to the Premier League.
The former Aston Villa boss insisted that he wishes his replacement Steven Gerrard well
Smith admits he is taking over from someone who has done much to improve Norwich’s standing within the English game, but insists there is enough quality at his disposal to maintain their Premier League status.
The Canaries are currently bottom of the table on five points after 11 matches, five points off safety.
‘I know Daniel and I like Daniel very much. He’s done fantastic at this football club and it’s never nice for someone to lose their job,’ said Smith.
‘We were both in the same position within 24 hours and it’s not nice. I’m also very respectful of the work he’s done at this football club and it’s some big shoes to fill that’s for sure.
‘We’ve got 27 games to get as many points as we can to stay in this league. When I’ve spoken to Stuart and seen the squad at the club I believe it’s capable of doing that.
‘The club got their first win away at Brentford in their last game and we can build on that confidence the players should have got from that.’
Smith lauded the work of Daniel Farke at Norwich and admits he has big shoes to fill