Norwich supervisor Dean Smith vowed that his facet will have to now intention to win the league once more subsequent season once they had been relegated after a 2–0 loss to their former facet Aston Villa.
After confirming the departure to Villa Park, Smith mentioned: “I am disenchanted as a result of this was once no longer the type of efficiency that are supposed to have led to us being kicked out. I assumed it was once a just right efficiency. We calmed down the group.
“Perhaps they scored towards the go with the flow of the sport – omit and omit: Brandon [Williams] dream and ollie [Watkins] numbers. Sadly, this season has value us an enormous choice of video games – small particular person errors.
“I assumed we will have to have given a penalty proper after that however did not convert it, however I do not believe Mike Riley will name me.
“The Premier League is tricky. I used to be at Aston Villa a couple of years in the past, we were given promoted and spent £125m to stick within the league. For me, the important thing to that is that whilst you play towards your self and the groups round you, you are feeling like you are going to compete.
“Within the giant recreation towards [teams like} Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea, you try and scrap to get something out of those games where you can. We all know there is a gulf in quality between the top three and the rest of the league. Ultimately, we’ve come up short.
“We’ve got a great base to go with, good foundations. It’s a well-run football club. The last two times we’ve been in the Championship, we’ve won it. That’s what we have to aspire to again now. “
How the campaign played out
Villa sacked Smith in November last year after a run of five successive defeats in the Premier League and replaced Daniel Farke as the Canaries’ boss one week later, with the club placed rock-bottom in the division.
Smith appeared to trigger a short-lived bounce effect upon taking charge at Carrow Road with a 2-1 win against Southampton in his first game in charge, followed by back-to-back draws with Wolves and Newcastle – but six consecutive defeats followed.
Norwich mustered another flurry of hope in January, beating Everton and fellow relegation battlers Watford, before a 1-1 stalemate with Crystal Palace – but another six defeats on the bounce virtually sealed the club’s fate.
The Canaries only lifted out of the drop zone for one matchday throughout the season, following the 3-0 win at Watford in January – a position which was skewed by the fact Smith’s side had played two games more than their relegation rivals.
The club’s immediate return to England’s second tier appears unsurprising, ranking bottom in the division across a raft of stats this term, including goals, shots on target, final-third passes completed, possession won in the middle third and goals conceded.
According to the Sky Sports Power Rankings, which ranks players’ form based on 35 matchday statistics according to starting position, centre-back Hanley was their top performer over the season, followed by seasoned striker Pukki, who has netted 10 goals in all competitions.
However, Norwich clocked the fifth-youngest starting XI in the Premier League this season, which suggests Smith’s side has room to develop and improve ahead of the challenge for an immediate return to the top-flight next season.