Dean Smith has celebrated his first year in charge of Norwich City - but few will be willing to unveil the bunting and partake in any celebrations. 

After 12 months of overseeing the Canaries' progress, the ex-Aston Villa coach still has plenty of questions to answer with supporters becoming increasingly frustrated with their inconsistency so far in this campaign. 

Smith arrived in a difficult context - replacing a head coach who was universally popular and inspired supporters with a brand of free-flowing football that grabbed their hearts and minds, even if that had somewhat evaporated towards the end of his tenure. 

His appointment marked a clear shift for Norwich, one that was perhaps lost in translation or not properly communicated to supporters. 

Whoever or whatever came next was always going to face a battle of acceptance. Smith has been grappling, and largely losing, that conquest since he was appointed. 

Some reasons aren't within his control, but others most definitely are. 

With Farke's sacking also went some principles. It was a clear attempt to change direction and try to achieve Premier League sustainability. 

That means an approach more geared to physicality, adaptability and one where aesthetics and principles aren't topping the queue. The school of thought being that Norwich won't be able to outplay top Premier League sides. 

Hence why Norwich turned to Smith - someone who had a track record of keeping a team in the Premier League and overseeing a dynamic, physical and adaptable side. 

After just four new recruits, it is also why Norwich are happy to display patience in spite of some poor results. This is viewed as a process, albeit a different one than what has gone before. 

That is why there has been an absence of a clear style. Norwich want to be adaptable - but in a league where expectations are high and winning is the norm, the focus will naturally shift back to process and winning in a certain way. 

Previously, Norwich had been led by an ideologist at this level. In Farke, they had a coach who made the team look a certain way irrespective of the opponent. Fans turned up to Carrow Road knowing what their side would look like, what it represented and they bought into that. 

Smith isn't that. He is adaptable. He is a problem solver. He is willing to mix styles depending on how a game is transpiring. But so far Norwich have struggled to find success with that. 

He coaches with four principles and places more power into the players' hands. 

The squad help shape gameplans, have an active role in tactical debriefs and voted first-team players into a leadership group. Behind the scenes, Smith is a popular coach. 

There has also been a shift to work more in positional units - the defenders work together for a portion of the session, just as the midfielders and forwards do. 

The Pink Un: Dean Smith was appointed as Norwich City head coach last November.Dean Smith was appointed as Norwich City head coach last November. (Image: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Limited)

It has been left to Smith to communicate the changes at club level. Ultimately, it isn't up to him to explain the processes on the sporting side but merely on team selection and tactical decisions. 

On that front - Smith feels that Norwich haven't improved their ability to win back the ball. After 12 months, it's tough to divert the blame for that into anyone's direction beyond the head coach. 

There also feels like an inability to respond to adversity and, at times during their dips in performance, a lack of structure in their play. 

Supporters have been left cold by Smith's style of play and left frustrated by the inconsistency of performances within matches. 

Norwich have bursts of positivity and speed throughout matches before a sharp and often irreversible decline - that has perhaps been the only consistency on show. 

Then there is his record. 48 matches, 13 wins, 10 draws and 25 defeats. 

That is somewhat skewered by a Premier League campaign that had derailed prior to his arrival - but the opening 21 matches in the Championship have offered little reassurance of the path Norwich are walking on. 

At present, they are on course for a finish of 70 points. That has been enough for a play-off position in four of 20 Championship seasons. It is six fewer than his Aston Villa team managed during their promotion under Smith. 

Norwich are beating teams who reside beneath them in the table but struggling against those who aren't. They've beaten only Millwall in the top six and two teams in the top half. 

The Pink Un: Norwich City boss Dean Smith and assistant Craig Shakespeare have been entrusted to oversee a new era at the club.Norwich City boss Dean Smith and assistant Craig Shakespeare have been entrusted to oversee a new era at the club. (Image: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Limited)

One win in six at home, conceding eight goals in the process - these are trends that should be flashing up on the dashboard of those in the corridors of power. 

Norwich now have a World Cup break to regroup. Smith will be tasked with ensuring his side looks much improved come their Championship return on December 10. 

If not, then the outcome is inevitable. Smith has been around the block long enough to both know and understand that. 

After one year in post, there are plenty of answers to find to numerous questions.