Tim Sherwood has backed Dean Smith to take charge of Norwich by claiming it’s a ‘great job for him now’ after he was sacked by Aston Villa, as he told Premier League Productions (07/11/21 at 1:45 pm).
On Sunday, Villa parted ways with the Englishman after three years in charge of the club.
Less than 24 hours before, there was another Premier League sacking, when Norwich booted Daniel Farke out of the door, despite their first win of the season against Brentford.
That’s two jobs in England’s top-flight that are available over the international break.
And despite just recently standing in Villa’s technical area, Sherwood backed Smith to take over at Carrow Road, as he reacted to the club’s ruthless call.
“He’s still a very good manager,” said Sherwood. “He has proved that he can get someone promoted and he has proved he can stay in the Premier League.
“Norwich is there, that’s a great job for him now – You can’t jump out of one to the other, because if you are on gardening leave, then you will end up working for Norwich for nothing.
“But that’s an opportunity for him. He will be tarnished by saying ‘oh, well he’s just been sacked by Villa’. He’s still a good manager, it doesn’t make him a bad manager. And he needs to walk out of that club with his head held very, very high.
“To get them into the Premier League, when no-one else could and stay there for a year. Yes, they have struggled during the last few games, listen I wouldn’t want anyone feeling sorry for me. It’s the nature of the job. Take it on the chin.”
There’s no doubt that Smith leaves Villa with his head held high and moments that will live long in the memory of supporters.
Villa could have easily become another Leeds and Nottingham Forest by rotting away in England’s lower leagues.
But 12 months after the Midlands side lost the play-off final, Smith picked the club up, pushed them towards a historic and club-record 10-game winning run that led to promotion.
In terms of form, throughout 2021, and performances, it was the right call from those in the boardroom to sack Smith, although some still feel that they should have seen through this current storm because this is a long-term project that they are on.