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Farke: We play football for the fans

25 May 2017

DANIEL Farke offered insight into the style of play of his teams after agreeing a two-year contract to become Norwich City’s Head Coach.

Farke’s appointment was confirmed on Thursday morning, with the German moving from Borussia Dortmund II along with his Assistant Head Coach Edmund Riemer.

The 40-year-old emphasised to Norwich City TV that he will look to implement a possession-based game while also striving to tighten City’s defence.

“Football is about winning and about success, but with regards to this you don’t have to always focus on the results and three points,” he said.

“You have to focus on the contents. I like to have the ball, I like to dominate the games, and I like to be in possession. All the players have to defend too.

“Last year we let a lot of goals in against us and we have to change that. We have to create football that fits Norwich.”

Farke, who worked at SV Lippstadt 08 prior to replacing David Wagner at Dortmund, revealed his excitement at taking a job in English football for the first time.

“It’s the motherland of football,” he added. “The guys in Germany always say that English football is so great, so emotional with a great atmosphere. They look with really high respect to England.

“That’s one reason why I’m really excited to come here.”

Falke also revealed the supporters are at the centre of his philosophy, commenting: “We play football for the fans and football is a game.

“We are getting serious and professional and that’s important, but we can’t lose the point that football is for fans, for entertaining them.

“We need them. The most important thing in football is that the fans are content, that they like what they see.

“I know I’m the first foreign coach in the history of Norwich. I feel a lot of responsibility for that and I try to fulfil all expectations. Of course it’s a challenge but I like a challenge, I like the competition and I can’t wait to start.”


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