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Daniel Farke’s contract status is not an issue for Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber

PUBLISHED: 13:47 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:47 16 August 2018

Daniel Farke, left, and sporting director, Stuart Webber. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Daniel Farke, left, and sporting director, Stuart Webber. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Sporting director Stuart Webber insists he is not worried about Daniel Farke being in the last year of his contract as Norwich City head coach.

The German joined the Canaries on a two-year deal from Borussia Dortmund II in May 2017 and led an evolving squad to 14th place in the Championship.

With big-money sales of players including James Maddison, Alex Pritchard and the Murphy twins, the 41-year-old has helped balance the books and has started trying to push his team up the table this season.

“In terms of his contract, he’s relaxed, we’re relaxed and that will be the same. The great thing is, we have an extremely honest relationship,” Webber said.

“We fall out quite often, we laugh and joke quite often, because when you have deep levels of trust you can do that. The main thing is that can never become an issue for us because we will never let that become an issue.

“When the time is right we’ll sit and we’ll talk again, but there’s a lot of water to come under the bridge first.”

Webber, when speaking to the media recently, said he was confident the situation would not have an effect on the club’s players.

“Over my career I’ve spoken to a few managers and players about that, as to in the dressing room, does anyone actually care?” he continued. “And it’s amazing how many don’t: ‘Oh it’s his contract, I didn’t even know he had one year left on it’, and I think that’s the key. If we’d just announced he was on a rolling contract we wouldn’t be having this conversation now.

“I don’t see it becoming an issue. If we felt it was becoming an issue obviously we’d have to deal with that, but it’s not an issue for us or him and knowing footballers as well as I do, they care about themselves, less so about the head coach or sporting director, or board or anyone else and that’s fine.”

Webber added: “What I’ll say with Daniel is that me and him have an extremely good relationship. Since the first day he joined the club we’ve spoken every day, literally every day. We talk about how we can develop the club, how we can make it better, how that can succeed, whether we are here or not because that is our true, deep beliefs, that we have to leave Norwich City in a better place than we found it.”

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