Live football news: Dean Smith at Norwich, updates from Rangers manager, plus San Marino’s buildup against England

Eight days ago, Dean Smith was the manager of Aston Villa. I went on vacation, came back this morning, and now he’s the manager at Norwich. It’s funny how fast things move in football.

Smith signed a contract until 2024 and took his former Villa assistant Craig Shakespeare with him.

In a statement following his appointment, Smith said: “It’s been a seven-day whirlwind, but I’m really delighted to be back and working for Norwich City in the Premier League.

“Obviously there has been a tremendous job that has been done at this football club over the past four and a half years. It is now my job and Craig’s to continue and improve this work with the ultimate goal of surviving in the Premier League.

“Norwich City are a great club, with a huge group of supporters who fully understand what it means to be a part of the club and its community.

“I was brought up in a time when Norwich was competing in Europe – I remember that time well and every time I visited Carrow Road and Norwich you can really feel the connection between the fans, the staff and the players, together we all have to make Carrow Road a really tough place for visiting teams.

“Since the age of 16, I have been working in football. I think at that point I had four months of absence and I didn’t appreciate it. It’s great to directly find a club determined to be progressive.

“I have always worked to improve and develop the players – that obviously comes with improved performance. I was really impressed with the idea, the structure and the vision that is already in place at the club. “

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