It's hard to believe that Dean Smith has been the manager of Norwich for over two months. When he left Smith took assistant coach Craig Shakespeare with him, and has recently added Villa's elite development coach Liam Bramley to his staff. As of the writing of this article Smith has managed 10 league game in charge of the Canaries, so how is the ex-Villa man performing?
When Smith took over on the 15th of November last year, Norwich had got just 5 points from a possible 33 so far in the season, and were sitting dead last in the premier league. Considering this awful run of form, Smith's start at Carrow Road got off to a flying start. A debut win against Southampton, followed up by 2 draws.
Unfortunately the fairy tale beginning for Smith didn't last. With their short run of decent form falling away. They failed to get any points in the 6 subsequent games. Perhaps more worryingly, his side failed to score a single goal in that run. This poor form resulted in some fan backlash, with Smith recently calling on fans to stop "sarcastic" chants, aimed towards players during a recent game.
However all is not lost, with the Canaries only sitting 1 point below the relegation zone, and coming off a surprise 2-1 win against Everton. This win also brought them off bottom of the table, however last place Burnley do have four games in hand. With the victory Smith became the first manager in seven years to win the same Prem fixture twice in a season (a good fact for future pub quizzes I imagine).
Norwich are also still in the FA Cup, and their current league position is certainly positive for those Villa fans that wished him the best after he left. The Canaries take on relegation rival Watford tonight, in a vital game for Smith.