Dean Smith has officially been offered the job of manager at struggling Norwich City, it is understood that the former Aston Villa boss is expected to take over imminently.
Norwich sacked Daniel Farke last weekend with the basement club already five points from safety, although the decision was announced just hours after claiming their first win of the season at Brentford.
And it looks like Smith, 50, is set to return to management just six days after leaving Villa Park – his arrival due to be announced shortly.
Dean Smith has been offered the role of Norwich boss following his exit from Aston Villa, he is understood
As it stands, nothing has been fully agreed between all parties – however, the deal is expected to be done.
Reports have suggested that Craig Shakespeare, the former Leicester head coach, should follow Smith as his No.2 after helping him at Villa.
Sportsmail reported that Frank Lampard dropped out of the race for the vacant position yesterday, a move that paved the way for Smith to become the lead contender.
Daniel Farke was sacked last weekend with the club five points away from top safety
Boss Smith is also expected to bring his No.2 Craig Shakespeare (left) with him to Carrow Road
Lampard, the former Chelsea manager, has spoken to Norwich to succeed Farke but is no longer a candidate after removing his name from consideration.
Smith, who helped Villa enter the Premier League and move them forward to Europe, will now aim to help his new club avoid another relegation.
Athletic add that Norwich were keen to keep their search for a new manager out of the public eye – but Smith, during his interviews, is said to have impressed club chiefs with his knowledge of their struggles.
A photo posted by his son, Jamie, appears to show Smith is currently in New York City, suggesting that his conversations with his potential new club have been from a distance.
After impressing the heads of Norwich, Smith is currently in New York to spend time with his family
Frank Lampard was initially a candidate for the post, but quickly withdrew his name from controversy
He left Villa after the club lost five top-level games in a row and fell to 15th place in the table – and Steven Gerrard replaced him.
Norwich will resume their aerial fight at the bottom of the standings after the international break when they face Southampton.
Swansea boss Russell Martin was also linked with the hotseat, with the former Norwich captain openly admitting to wanting to run his former club one day.
The Carrow Road side have lost eight of their 11 league games this season, a testing start that raised doubts about Farke’s ability to spare them from the crash.
Farke said he was ‘long enough’ at Norwich after speaking out following his ax in Norwich
Shortly after his ax, Farke insisted he was “long enough” at Norwich in a fierce endeavor after issuing a statement via the League Managers Association.
He reflected on his four and a half years there and also thanked the fans for their support in his 208 games in charge.
“We – and by that I mean our coaching staff Edmund Riemer, Christopher John, Chris Domogalla and I had a great time at Norwich City which is now over,” the Farke statement said.
“We leave Norwich with great pride, having worked for this exceptional club for almost four and a half years means a lot to us.
In a message posted by the League Managers Association, Farke thanked fans for their support
“Our special thanks go to the fans who have always supported the team and us, making the many great moments at Carrow Road unforgettable, two Premier League promotions together will tie us together forever.
“Working with the players has been a great pleasure the whole time, as we have great trust in each other. We wish the team the best of luck and we have no doubts that they will be successful because the team spirit in the dressing room is second to none.
“Football is a short term activity and for that we were in Norwich long enough as it was made possible by Delia Smith, Michael Wynn Jones and Stuart Webber.
“Goodbye, Canaries. We will see you again.