‘An absolute mammoth task’ - Daniel Farke on getting Norwich City back to the big time
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Daniel Farke is not daunted by the challenge of trying to lead the Canaries to the Premier League.
Farke has embraced the need to overhaul the squad he inherited last summer, in tandem with sporting director Stuart Webber, as City brought in a transfer surplus over the past two windows.
Norwich’s first overseas managerial appointment, however, also knows the expectations of the fan base remain top flight football despite the financial pressures at Carrow Road.
“The club had previously played in the Premier League for a long time, so the claims are extremely high,” said Farke, in an interview with German daily newspaper, Die Welt. “We were the oldest team in the Championship last year and now we are one of the youngest. That was an extreme change, an enormous challenge.
“I like to compare the club with FC Köln, because it is very rooted in the region and the people are very focused on the club.
“Of course it is complicated to lead the club through these changeable times. An absolute mammoth task. But if you get that, you do not have to worry about anything in this industry.”
Farke revealed he could have played it safe and stayed in Germany, after his success at Borussia Dortmund II, but was attracted by City’s bold new approach.
“It was the most exciting and biggest challenge from the overall package. I felt like an adventure, not the next logical step in my career,” he said.
“It would have been easier to take on a task in Germany, there were also some interesting requests. But going to Norwich appealed to me enormously.
“Here you can see that football is one step higher than in Germany, where football is enormously important. The appreciation here is extreme, people live football.
“The second English league is, as far as the global interest is concerned, number three - after the Premier League and Bundesliga. It is still ahead of the Spanish and Italian leagues.”
Farke admits City will have to remain prudent in the transfer market this summer and beyond, with the last tranche of Premier League parachute payments running to the end of the season.
“At the moment we are bathing a bit the sins of the past,” he said. “We want to create the basis to have room again and again to be able to buy even quality players.
“For the first places (this season), the change was simply too intense. We do not have to worry about relegation, that’s the most important thing. How fast we can make this great change, and then again to contemplate the Premier League, will show.
“The financial level is high, when compared to other leagues. However, you do not measure yourself here with the second German league, but rather the Premier League and the competitors in the Championship.”