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‘He is a great man manager’ – City star backing boss to get Canaries out of their rut

Harrison Reed chats to one of his Norwich City team-mates James Maddison, during what has been a productive loan spell so far for the Southampton midfielder. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Harrison Reed chats to one of his Norwich City team-mates James Maddison, during what has been a productive loan spell so far for the Southampton midfielder. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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There is no doubt in the mind of Harrison Reed – Daniel Farke is the right man to lead Norwich City through their current struggles.

Harrison Reed battles with Bristol City midfielder - and Canaries academy product - Korey Smith, while watched by Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke from the touchline. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Harrison Reed battles with Bristol City midfielder - and Canaries academy product - Korey Smith, while watched by Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke from the touchline. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

What’s more, the on-loan Southampton midfielder would much rather be in the midst of trying to get the Canaries out of their slump than missing out on what it means to be part of a first-team squad.

The 22-year-old Saints academy product is spending the season away from his parent club and has already appeared in twice as many senior games as last term.

But he and the rest of head coach Farke’s Canaries squad are having to process a difficult run that extended to seven league games without a win, following defeat at Cardiff on Friday night.

That and City’s financial outlook have led to a pretty dark picture around the club but Reed remains confident that from what he has seen, Farke can turn the Canaries’ current fortunes around.

Harrison Reed celebrates scoring his only goal so far this season, the second in Norwich City's 2-0 win over QPR at Carrow Road back in August. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Harrison Reed celebrates scoring his only goal so far this season, the second in Norwich City's 2-0 win over QPR at Carrow Road back in August. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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“Since I have walked through the door, he has been terrific,” said Reed “He is a great man manager, he’s got great ideas, he works us hard and players believe in the strategy and the philosophy that he has brought to the club. It’s just that we’re finding it difficult to implement that over this run.

“When things were going great, there was never a question. So it’s about sticking to that and keep believing.”

Southampton had previously been against loaning their young talents to other clubs, preferring to keep them around their own first-team squad in training – and bringing them into senior action when the right situation demanded it.

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However the south-coast club has altered that logic in the last couple of years, leading to Reed’s first spell away; a spell set to last until the summer and a spell the midfielder is lapping up, even in its toughest moments.

He added: “You’re right – obviously coming out on loan is about experience and you want to win every game. That’s what we want to do for the fans, for the club, to get them back to where they belong.

“It’s not going right for us at the moment but it’s what I have come out to do, to learn about these things and build on my performances, and when things do go bad, how I deal with it.”

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