Dean Smith is the Championship manager most in danger of being sacked next, and TEAMtalk’s insider has revealed what will determine Norwich City’s decision.
Norwich entered the campaign among the favourite for promotion. They retained the vast bulk of stars from their last Premier League campaign the season prior and have a manager at the helm who was won promotion to the top flight before.
The Canaries have won promotion back to the EPL at the first time of asking in each of their last two seasons in the Championship.
Seven wins from their first 11 set Norwich well on their way who sat second in the table at the time.
However, since then, Norwich have won just two from their last 10, a stretch that has seen them tumble down to fifth in the table heading into the World Cup.
Football League World were among a host of outlets to report the pressure is on Dean Smith.
They claimed the Canaries are ‘starting to consider Smith’s position’, with the manager praying he makes it to the January window in the hopes he can spend his way back up the table.
Now, TEAMtalk’s insider, Graeme Bailey, has delivered a worrying update on the chances of Smith being sacked.
Bailey told us Smith is the manager most at risk of getting the boot next. Furthermore, he confirmed the former Aston Villa and Brentford boss is indeed banking on investment in January to turn Norwich’s ship around.
Bailey added Norwich are expected to spend in the winter window, meaning a decision on whether Smith is retained will be determined by whether the board feel he’s the right man to be given the war chest.
“Real chance” Norwich sack Dean Smith
“I’ll be honest, there are a number of big name managers on hot-seats at the moment, but none more so than Dean Smith,” Bailey told TEAMtalk.
“Norwich came into the season firm favourites, they have generally what is accepted as one, if not the, best squads in the Championship – but it just is not working for them.
“They are in the play-off spots, but are playing poorly.
“I am told there is a real chance that Norwich could make a change – but he is left hoping he gets the chance to put it right in January, when they are expected to invest again.”