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Daniel Farke reflects on tough afternoon

11 July 2020

Daniel Farke said Norwich City’s loss to West Ham United, which confirmed their relegation to the Championship, was a ‘sad day’.

The Canaries needed a miracle heading into the fixture as they sat ten points adrift of safety with four games remaining.

Four goals from Michail Antonio succumbed City to relegation and Farke gave his reaction after the game:

“First of all, we are unbelievably disappointed because on such a day, you have to keep in mind and think about what happened one year ago.

“When all the celebrations were there after promotion, these sorts of memories are in your head on such a day.

“We have accept today a well-deserved loss. It’s not unexpected that we relegate from this league. Once it’s theoretically confirmed, it’s of course a sad day.

“You won’t hear one negative word or comment about my lads. They are brilliant lads and in each and every game, they tried everything in order to bring their best performance onto the pitch.

“I feel sorry for our supporters and everyone who is connected to this yellow shirt and this amazing club because we wanted to create another miracle.”

Farke said perspective was important when reflecting on the journey the club has been on over the last three seasons.

“On such a day, you have to keep in mind where we are coming from. My first season was important to develop some young players in order to sell them and keep this club going.

“The financial pressure was unbelievable and thank god, we were able to work this little miracle by creating a player like James Maddison. Let’s be honest, without this transfer, we would have had problems to keep this club going.

“Then the second season, with such a young group of players, no one expected us to promote to the Premier League. But we were capable to do this with nearly 100 points and 100 goals.

“We were unbelievably greedy to create another miracle. If you look at teamsheet [today], we’ve played with more or less the same side [as last season] without a few key players who’ve been out injured.

“Let’s be honest, once we are capable on this level with an outstanding day that works in our direction when all the players are spot on, then we are capable to win points at this level.

“You don’t often have that outstanding day. It’s quite normal that sometimes you perform just with 96/97% and with an inexperienced group like this, sometimes the game is looking like men against boys.

“If I’m honest, that is what we had to expect. We took the decision that with can’t risk the mid and long-term future of the club and can’t bring experience and quality players in. For that, we are fully committed to this way.

“It doesn’t take anything away that we are disappointed. We are also disappointed that we have to go back to the Championship because on the mid and long-term future, we want to stay in the Premier League, we want to become a established Premier League club.

“But it’s also important not to risk the mid and long-term future of the club and invest in the infrastructure, develop the training ground and pay for the sins of the past.”

Looking ahead, the boss says the aim is to return to the Premier League as soon as possible.

“The club is in a situation where there is no financial pressure, all the young lads are under long-term contracts and that’s a much-improved situation than where we came from.

"Right now the target will be that we come back to the Premier League, sooner rather than later. Once we come back, we are hopefully in a situation where we can invest a bit more in order to make our life a bit easier.

“But it doesn’t take anything away from the short-term. We are unbelievably disappointed that we have to say relegation is confirmed.

“It’s also deserved and expected outcome. We are disappointed that we weren’t able to beat the odds again.”

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