Change the mood and ensure a happy Gilmour – Dean Smith’s Norwich in-t…

Dean Smith has been appointed as the new head coach of Norwich

The former Aston Villa boss makes a rapid return to the dugout following his departure from the midlands club to succeed Daniel Farke at the Premier League’s bottom side.

Here, the PA news agency sifts by Smith’s in-tray at Carrow Road.

Change the mood

Norwich failed to win any of their opening 10 games of the season under Farke (Nick Potts/PA)

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After a dreadful start to the season, Norwich were clearly hoping a change of manager would bring fresh stimulus after Farke’s four-and-a-half-year reign. While the success rate of clubs bringing in a new man mid-season to avoid relegation is varied, fresh voices can deliver a short-term bounce that can be built on. The Canaries’ victory over Brentford last time out indicates the cause is not a lost one if Smith can build some confidence and harness it.

Make Gilmour happy

Billy Gilmour can shine for Lampard (Joe Giddens/PA)

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Billy Gilmour has cut a frustrated figure in East Anglia having been largely overlooked over the last associate of months. Why Farke was unable to find a role for the precocious young Scotland star has been a question to many. There have already been suggestions Chelsea could terminate his loan deal in January and consider other options. Smith will surely not want that to happen and will need to find a way to make the best use of the talent at his disposal.

Find the shooting boots

It is not difficult to see where Norwich’s main problem lies – they have scored a paltry five goals all season, two of which came in the win over Brentford last week which could not save Farke from the axe. Providing a regular supply line for main striker Teemu Pukki who has proved he can score goals in the Premier League, will be crucial to their survival chances, as will finding goals from in other places on the field.

Solve Cantwell conundrum

Todd Cantwell has not been involved for two months (Nigel French/PA)

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Todd Cantwell is one of Norwich’s brightest talents and has been tipped for a move in other places for some time, in addition he has not featured since September. The 23-year-old has had personal issues and an Achilles problem but, as in the case of Gilmour, for a team that has struggled to find the right balance between defence and attack, his prolonged omission has been surprising. already if his long-term future lies in other places, it will surely be in the best interests of Cantwell and Smith that he gets a clean slate under the new boss.

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