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Ex-Norwich striker Jarvis tells players: Smith a top bloke first and foremost

Former Norwich forward Ryan Jarvis believes new Canaries manager Dean Smith can make a positive impact at Carrow Road.

Jarvis played under former Aston Villa manager Smith when he was assistant to Martin Ling at Leyton Orient.

The Lowestoft Town midfielder told the Pink 'Un: “He's a top bloke first and foremost.

“When I worked under him, he was fresh into management – he was previously a number two at Orient when I was there.

“He was a really good coach – I think Walsall was his first manager's job when he signed me so obviously, he was new to it and learning.

“He was one of those managers that you really wanted to win for. He is a really good bloke and it's a great appointment."

Jarvis also said: “Looking back at my experience playing under him he wanted his teams very hard working, very organised and then he'd give you that freedom to go and express yourself.

“There was no fear factor, if you like. He really wanted his players to feel free and if you made mistakes then it wasn't a rollicking, it was a go and do it again and believe in what you are doing.

“If you look at his Villa side, he's changed formation a couple of times, but he has them quite organised and they played half decent football. He brought in some really intelligent footballers so just by his signings you can clearly see he wants to play intelligent football.

“I think that's perhaps why he went for the job because he knows the group of players Norwich have got and what they have built over the last two or three seasons because they have been up against each other quite a lot.

“I think he will know the group of players inside out, hence why he has gone for the job really quickly. I think it's a perfect appointment."


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