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Daniel Farke on pre-season, transfer business and King's Lynn

5 July 2018

Ahead of Norwich City's first game of pre-season away at King's Lynn Town on Friday night (7.30pm kick-off), caught up with Head Coach Daniel Farke.

Here, he discusses pre-season training so far, the recent changes to playing personnel and looking forward to getting back out on the field at The Walks on Friday.

Q: Welcome back Daniel. First of all, how was your break?

DF: Yes, it was nice to calm down a bit to clear the head and to find some new motivation for the new season. It's important to have time to calm down. It was great and you come back even more motivated and greedy to be successful.

Q: The players and staff have been back just over a week now. Are you pleased with how pre-season training has gone so far?

DF: It's been a pretty tough time for the lads so far. We've worked a lot and nearly each and every day there has been double sessions. But I think it's quite important.

It was a long summer break so it's necessary to work hard and I know the lads are pretty exhausted because the days are long. It's just about four weeks to work like this and then we'll be focused and ready to head into the new season.

Q: We've seen quite a few new faces through the Colney gates over the past few weeks. How have the new guys been settling in?

DF: Pretty good because all the players were desperate to join us and to play for Norwich City. I think we have a brilliant atmosphere in the dressing room and it was quite easy for the new lads to settle in. All the lads who were already here have helped a lot and we have a pretty good atmosphere.

Q: New players have come in but there have been some notable departures. How do you assess our transfer business so far?

DF: I think at first it was a pretty important transfer window for the club especially in financial terms. We made it clear that there were financial pressures. I think it was crucial for the club and credit should go to the board and especially to [Sporting Director] Stuart Webber and [Managing Director] Steve Stone. We have levelled our financial situation.

It's always a bit tricky to deal with such a situation on the sporting side because last season we finished in mid-table and we were struggling in terms of scoring goals. Our best goalscorers were James Maddison and Josh Murphy and they had to be sold. Several goals and assists left us so it's not easy to cope with this in a sporting way. But we've found some really good solutions and, in the circumstances, I'm pleased with the squad.

Q: What can we expect from the rest of the window? Are there any other areas you would like to strengthen?

DF: We will see. To be honest, in each and every position we have really good options. I'm pretty pleased with that and I think it's important to have the biggest part of the squad together and to be able to work with them pretty early in this pre-season.

For sure, we are always awake and looking to strengthen the squad but without a big pressure because I think we have a really good basement situation.

Q: Our first game of pre-season kicks off on Friday. Are you looking forward to seeing your players in a match environment?

DF: If I'm honest, it's not the most important game in the year and we won't take any risks. All the players who have slight problems and are a bit tired because of the load, we won't take them.

It's always good to be back on the pitch and the players like to play and not do all this stuff in training - the running, fighting and struggling. We're looking forward to playing 11 against 11 and we're looking forward to the game.

Q: Can we expect to see any of the new players in action?

DF: Like I mentioned, we won't take any risks. It may be too much load for some players and we won't involve those guys because more important games will come.

But we will see several of the new lads because it's good to see the new lads on the pitch. We want to bring them onto the pitch as soon as possible in our shirt.

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