Dean Smith set to be offered Norwich job after Chelsea legend Frank Lampard pulls out of running to replace Daniel Farke

DEAN SMITH will reportedly be offered the Norwich job after Frank Lampard has pulled out of the running.

The former Chelsea manager, who was not offered the job, felt that he would not suit the position at Carrow Road and could struggle to turn the team around.

Smith could make an immediate return to management at Carrow Road


Smith could make an immediate return to management at Carrow RoadCredit: PA
With Lampard no longer in the running


With Lampard no longer in the runningCredit: Getty

Ex Aston Villa boss Smith, sacked by the club on Sunday, is set to be offered the job but it is still not 100 per cent certain he will take it either.

Norwich sacked Daniel Farke on Saturday despite a 2-1 win over Brentford but the club only have five points in the Premier League and are in deep trouble.

Equally, Lampard and Smith have been informed there is no money for transfers in January after the club spent £60million in the summer.

The former England midfielder, sacked by Chelsea in January, was interviewed by Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber on Thursday.

Yet Smith, 50, also gave a thoroughly impressive interview and the job is his if he wants it.

However, Norwich are looking at other options including Norwegian coach Kjetil Knutsen, currently in charge of Bodo Glimt.

Steven Gerrard was announced as Smith’s successor at Villa yesterday.

And boyhood Villa fan Smith could be set for an immediate return to management.

He took over at Villa Park in 2018 after a successful three years with Brentford.

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