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Dean Smith reveals how Norwich City are going to approach the summer transfer window

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Following their relegation to the Championship, Norwich City will be turning their attention immediately to the summer transfer window as they look to rebuild their side in the hope of earning promotion back to the top flight at the first time of asking. 

Despite not being able to execute the job he was brought in to do, Dean Smith is looking forward to next season with an optimistic mindset.

The boss aims to create a good level of competition within his squad as he looks to make the right additions that will make the Canaries competitive.

Speaking to Pink Un, Smith said: “We just haven’t had the legs in the team without the ball to get us those wins. We will bring players of the right standard, character and personality. We want a competitive environment. The players are aware how tough it will be. Our counter-pressing has been poor.

“The pace and speed Tottenham closed down was plain to see. When Tottenham’s third goal went in I saw some heads visibly drop, and the body language I didn’t like. It is not just me who sees it, it is 20,000 odd fans.

“Ultimately it’s been a failure because my job was to come in and keep us in the Premier League. So really disappointed that we haven’t managed to do that. It is my first feeling of this. I don’t like it. I haven’t liked it for four games.

“I feel for the supporters, but also feel for the staff and the players as well because as a collective, we haven’t been good enough. So together we will come back fighting to get back to the Premier League.”

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Norwich are planning to return for pre-season on 24th June giving the players quite a short break but the Canaries boss remains focused on the positives as he said: “It’s a really short break. And obviously we’ve got internationals away as well. We know how hard the Championship is. We need the break, because it has been a poor season.

“But there’s been some good parts of it. The likes of the emergence of Jon Rowe, who probably nobody knew about six months ago, and Tony Springett as well have come in and made their debuts. Adam Idah got his first Premier League goal.

“We actually got out of the bottom three, and at the time I was told that was the first time in the Premier League for 500 days or something like that. But it’s not been a great season. We all now that. Now we need to work hard to put it right.”

The Verdict: 

Dean Smith and his squad will of course be disappointed not to have survived in the Premier League this season, but it seems as though the boss is already looking forward to the challenge of next season and hoping his side can come back up on the first try.

For Norwich, they may want to think about their summer as a long term project as they often get caught out by being too good for the Championship but not good enough for the Premier League.

Therefore, if they can look at this summer with a long term vision then if they do gain promotion again, they won’t feel as though it’s an entirely new project.

You can see why Smith is eager to create competition in the side next year as it raises the standards of everyone in the side, and that is exactly what he will be trying to do in order to make sure no one is doing less than they should be at the club.


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