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​Norwich director Webber reveals long-term Smith admiration: Our values align

Norwich City's new head coach Dean Smith is someone the club has admired for a long time.

That is the view of the club's sporting director Stuart Webber.

He was speaking during Smith's unveiling at the club, which capped a remarkable two weeks for Smith.

After a recent firing by Aston Villa, it took Smith less than ten days to find a new job as Norwich manager.

"Dean was someone that we've admired for a long time," Webber explained during the press conference.

"A bit like our approach to scouting players, we do the same with coaches and managers in the event that ours may leave, for whatever reason.

"If you look at Dean's work for what is still, for a young guy, a long career in terms of Walsall, Brentford and Aston Villa, that speaks for itself.

"What's important for this club is that we are a little bit different to others, with our model, so it's important that the person we get understands that and I think Dean has worked in very similar models before.

"Our values definitely align, the way we see football is aligned, and they are vitally important but what we believe we've got is someone with great experience and success in the Premier League.

"Let's not forget this is a guy who got a big club promoted, where others had not managed that. Kept them in the Premier League, got to a League Cup final, so some really impressive pieces of work alongside developing players – and one of them has become the most expensive English player ever (Jack Grealish).

"It really fits what we want to do and what we want to do next but what we also see is a man who is going to buy into the whole club and work on us to make everything better, because we've obviously still got a lot of improvements to make.

"So it's exciting, as we go forward, to have that new start and to build on what we've done so far."

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