'Hopefully': Some Chelsea fans send Dean Smith a message after becoming Norwich City coach

A collection of Chelsea supporters on social media sent their demands regarding Billy Gilmour to Dean Smith following his appointment as Norwich City manager.

Smith was officially unveiled as the new Norwich boss earlier today, taking over from the departed Daniel Farke.

The task at hand for the former Aston Villa coach cannot be underestimated.

Currently stuck to the bottom of the Premier League, the Canaries have been given almost no hope of avoiding the drop.

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But Smith will have a different say on that matter, having previously transformed Villa from a struggling Championship side to the top flight outfit we see today.

Smith’s Scottish situation

One of the most important missions awaiting the 50-year-old is to rediscover Gilmour’s golden spark.

Initially, the midfielder’s loan move from Stamford Bridge to Norwich looked like a smart decision for all parties involved.

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However, after failing to appear in any of the last six league games, the Chelsea product is looking like a lost figure.

Fans of the Champions League holders hoped Smith could wave his magic wand and bring Gilmour back to life.

Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:

Give Gilmour the reins

If Smith can get the best out of Billy, then Norwich might just have the slimmest chance of beating the relegation rat race.

His qualities cannot be doubted; just look at how he consistently performs on the international stage for Scotland.

A team could quite easily be built around the ex-Rangers youth star.

This might mean displacing a few of Farke’s regulars, including Kenny Mclean or Mathias Normann.

Tough decisions that Smith may have to make for the good of Gilmour and the group.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.