The 50-year-old was given his marching orders at Villa Park following a slow start to the season, and has since been replaced by Rangers manager Steven Gerrard.
Smith won’t be out of the game for long as he is set to take over at Norwich.
The Canaries parted ways with the hugely popular Daniel Farke just hours after Norwich won their first Premier League game of the season at Brentford last Saturday.
The German secured two promotions to the Premier League both times as Championship winners in his four years in charge at Carrow Road. The Norwich gig was Farke’s first in charge of a senior team having previously only coached Borussia Dortmund’s reserve side.