A new era begins... Dean Smith will be in the dugout on Saturday at Carrow Road to take charge of his first game as Norwich City boss. In a record breaking season for Norwich, we will yet again set a new record at the weekend with Dean Smith becoming the first manager to take charge of different 2 teams against the same opponent in consecutive matches, a game which Aston Villa lost 1-0. As for this weekends game we will need to hope for the new manager bounce as Southampton are a team in decent form with 3wins and a draw from their last 5 games. Lots of questions will finally be answered at the weekend in terms of how Smith will look to get us playing in an effort to escape the bottom 3. In his press conference on Wednesday he seemed to indicate a focus on making us much harder to beat, but he isn't a manager that tends to opt for 5 at the back so I think we are likely to see a 4-3-3. Then comes the question of who will feature in that line-up. Both Hanley and Kabak were back in training on Thursday indicating they could be available as starting CB as well as Ben Gibson. Omobamidele did travel for international duty but was only a late sub for the second game due to a knock he had picked up. Pukki and Normann didnt take part in Thursdays training session as they both played for their respective nations on Wednesday night. Gilmour played 2 games in a week for Scotland, for someone that hasn't had a lot of football recently it may be a stretch to start a third but he could certainly feature from the bench. Todd Cantwell was welcomed back into first team training - with Webber stating he had been in training all week so he could be in line to start under the new boss. Abu Kamara was an interesting inclusion in Thursday's training - he could simply have been making up the numbers with several players still due back from international duty, it could be recognition of his performances in the u23s, or perhaps Dean Smith has made a very early call to have him train with the first team squad. It will be interesting to see if the old 'favourites' or 'undroppables' continue to feature as regularly under the new man or whether others can force their way in - can Gunn usurp Krul, could Omobamidele become the number 1 CB, who will nail down the LB position, does Normann and Gilmour become our regular CM pairing, will Sorensen finally get some game time, what happens to Rupp, will Mclean play as often, will Rashica play on the right instead of the left and vice versa with Cantwell, can Tzolis nail down a position and will Pukki start every single game that he is fit for. I for one am looking forward to the new era full of hope that we can survive...27 games to go and all to play for! Positive vibes time! ON THE BALL CITY!!!