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Daniel Farke: It’s difficult to prepare for a team with a new manager

When Norwich City travel to Vicarage Road to face Watford in Boxing Day’s Sky Bet Championship fixture in Hertfordshire, the Hornets will have a new man at the helm.

After Vladimir Ivic was replaced by Xisco Munoz following last weekend’s 2-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town, Daniel Farke explained the unpredictable nature of the Canaries’ upcoming match.

“It's always difficult to prepare for a team with a new manager,” he said. “We've had a look at his previous team in Georgia but obviously their players haven't changed so it's difficult.

“But they have lots of quality and experience and they want to go up to the Premier League.

“They have so much quality, even on the bench. They've kept the likes of Deeney, Sarr, and Sema.” 

Farke is now one of the longest-serving managers in England’s top four tiers having been appointed in May 2017, but insists that City’s loyalty to him doesn’t have to be a template for other clubs to follow to find success.

“Each and every club has their own individual situation,” he said. “I'm not here to give advice to other clubs to stick with managers. 

“It's important not to be addicted to a result on Saturday, you have to believe you're working with the right person. If you are, you stick with them. If you're not, you look for a change.

“The biggest favourites in this league are Bournemouth and Watford. They've spent lots of years at the top level. 

“But there's no reason to be scared. We have a chance and we'll go there to perform at our best.

“If you would play Watford on a Premier League gameday, everyone would say how tough the task is. It's an even bigger task on Championship level.”

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