LONDON: Dean Smith is the new favourite to take over as Norwich manager after Frank Lampard ruled himself out of taking the position.

Smith was sacked by Aston Villa on the eve of the international break and is currently on holiday in the United States. He emerged as front runner after Frank Lampard pulled out of talks with the club.

Norwich sacked Daniel Farke just hours after winning their first Premier League game of the season last Saturday. The German’s departure from Carrow Road was announced shortly after their 2-1 victory at Brentford.

Farke had been under increasing pressure after the Canaries failed to win any of their opening 10 games in the top flight this term.

Backroom staff Eddie Riemer, Chris Domogalla and Christopher John have all also left the club.