Dean Smith takes swipe at Boris Johnson amid fixture chaos

Former Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has aimed a dig at Prime Minister Boris Johnson at his latest Norwich City press conference.

Smith was facing the media ahead of Norwich’s Premier League clash with Arsenal at Carrow Road on Boxing Day.

Connor Southwell, a reporter from the Norwich Evening News, was questioning Smith about the upcoming fixtures over the festive period – some others having already been postponed due to coronavirus outbreaks.

The Canaries chief was asked: “I thought managers were part politicians these days?”

Smith replied: “Unfortunately, I didn’t get any of the cheese and wine.”

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This is a reference to a photograph which emerged of Mr Johnson, his staff and his then-fiancee, Carrie Johnson, sitting round a table with cheese and wine in the No 10 garden in May 2020, during the first national lockdown as a result of the pandemic.

The picture, which Downing Street said shows a work meeting, has sparked further accusations of parties being held across Whitehall during periods when London was under tight Covid restrictions on social gatherings.

Smith went on to comment on the current situation regarding COVID-19 and football, stating: “I don’t think it’s likely to go back to no supporters. The way the government have pushed for second and booster jabs, I think it would be wrong to keep supporters away now.

“I think I’ve had more conversations with my head of medical and doctor in the last few weeks than I have anyone else.” Smith also commented on the congested Christmas schedule where he outlined: “48 hours turnaround is too short. Their bodies need to recover. We want to see spectacles.”

Norwich are recently coming off the back of a 2-0 defeat to Villa.

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