Norwich City: David Wagner has been appointed as the Canaries’ new manager Football news

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Norwich have appointed David Wagner as head coach following the sacking of Dean Smith.

The former Huddersfield boss, who led the club to the Premier League for the first time in 2017/18, has signed a 12-month contract at Carrow Road.

Wagner, a German-born former USA player, replaces Dean Smith, who was fired Dec. 27 after 13 months in charge.

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Highlights from the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Watford.

The club announced this after receiving a work permit and visa.

Norwich are 11th in the Sky Bet Championship table after 26 games, having lost four of their last six games.

Talk canaries.co.uk“This is a very special and proud moment for me,” Wagner said. It’s a great honor to be back here in England as head coach of Norwich City.

“I’m very happy with what I’ve seen so far. The facilities at the Lotus Training Center are first class. Now we have to look forward and work hard.

“This is a new challenge for all of us. Will it be easy? No. We must put the past behind us. If we are going to succeed, we must be together. Together as a group of players, staff and supporters.”

Sporting director Stuart Webber said: “We are delighted that David and his staff have agreed to join the club.

“After talking to David, who I’ve known for a long time, he quickly became an outstanding candidate. His knowledge of our team, his attitude, his idea of ​​football and his work style are what stand out. clearly aligns with our short, medium and long-term goals.

“We know that we have to get to work and show positive results. As always, if there’s a performance, there’s a result.”

Norwich’s next five fixtures

Blackburn (M) – Sunday, January 8, 14:00 (FA Cup)

Preston (A) – Saturday, January 14, at 3:00 p.m

Coventry – Saturday January 21, 12:30 – Live on Sky Sports

Birmingham – Saturday, January 28, at 3:00 p.m

Burnley (H) – Saturday February 4, 12:30 – Live on Sky Sports

Webber: Smith had to be fired

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Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber explains to Sky Sports that the club had no choice but to part with Dean Smith.

Webber, Norwich’s sporting director, said earlier Sky Sports News After a 2-1 defeat at Luton Town on Boxing Day 10, the club had no choice but to sack Smith.

“There are a number of factors, but the atmosphere, especially in the second half (against Blackburn), made it difficult for the players to play,” Webber said. “I didn’t think Dean deserved it, but it happened anyway.

“We also had to look at overall performance. Were they up to our expectations? As always, there are mitigating factors when you’re downgraded. Sometimes it’s hard to change the mentality, you’re used to losing, so you have to learn to win again. It’s easy to say no matter how strong the team is.

“But ultimately, as we approached the halfway point of the season, we felt we had to make a change. The game at Luton and the reaction from the fans was there and definitely played a part. As we head into two crucial games at home against Reading Friday and Watford, something had to be done to change the mood and direction of the season.

“In the last two or three weeks the top two have gone away from us and we have to try to stay close to them if we can. If not, you should not abandon dam sites.

“We felt it, can we stay [with Smith] longer? Yes. Would we stay? Yes, because we believed in Dean and what he ultimately wanted to do, but when I sat down with Dean and talked to him and put all the factors together, we thought it was a decision. interests of the football club and Dean at the time.’

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