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Daniel Farke: We want to consolidate Norwich City's place in the elite

13 March 2019

Daniel Farke is looking forward to helping Norwich City fulfil their ambition of becoming a “permanent member of the best 25 clubs in the whole country.”

Farke has guided the Club to the thick of a promotion battle this season, after finishing 14th in his first Sky Bet Championship campaign at Carrow Road.

Regardless of what happens this season, Farke wants to help the Canaries become a regular feature of the country’s footballing elite.

“A big topic is to make out of this Club a permanent member of the best 25 clubs and teams in the whole country,” Farke declared.

“That means that we are always allowed to play either in the Premier League or to at least fight in the play-off ranks to reach the Premier League.

“That’s our big task, not only to be there with one successful season or to have one good year, it’s more like to make out of this Club a really permanent member of the best 25 teams in this country.

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“It’s a big big task, it’s not an easy way to go and there’s a still a lot of work to do with it but I’m happy that I’m allowed to help in a responsible role and to go further on.”

Upon signing his new three-and-half-year deal, Farke looked back on some of his most memorable moments as Head Coach of the Canaries.

“Of course, there have been some brilliant wins. We had some brilliant cup runs and also amazing wins in the league, especially in this season with amazing performances and results. For example, a great win at Leeds.

“It’s more like the moments in personal terms are the more important things. When you are able to develop a player, a player who was injured for a long time and able to sign a new contract or a young player who you helped a lot, you helped support him a lot and he’s able to sign a contract.

“Or perhaps, one of the players like James Maddison (pictured) – we put a lot of faith and a lot of work and then he made a big move that was really crucial for us in financial terms but also for him, because it brought him pretty close to the national team with the Three Lions.

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“When such a player has such a success, it’s always a wonderful moment for you as a coach but also for us as a club. It’s more like these personal moments are more important for me than just the spotlight moments in front of the camera. I think these are the moments that will last for a while.”

Farke also reserved a mention for his backroom staff who have worked tirelessly behind-the-scenes and been an integral part of the success of the first-team this season.

“They’ve been crucial. It’s always teamwork, it’s not like just the work of the head coach or just the work of the sporting director or just the chairman. When you want to be successful in football or business, it’s always about teamwork.

“I’ve got a brilliant team. In terms of workload and togetherness and also quality, it’s great and I can totally count on them. It’s really true – without them, I am nothing. It was crucial for me that they are willing to go further on and to work further on for this amazing football club.”

*Pictured from left-to-right are Chris Domogalla (Head of Performance), Christopher John (First-Team Coach), Daniel Farke and Edmund Riemer (Assistant Head Coach).


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