Why Daniel Farke can lead Norwich City to a top-6 finish

by Mike Holden / 01 August 2017, 12:33

Mike Holden (@Ratings_Mike) previews Daniel Farke and Norwich City ahead of the upcoming 2017/18 Championship season.


Norwich hit the reset button with the appointment of Stuart Webber as sporting director last April, which has led to them appointing their first ever foreign boss in Daniel Farke. The Canaries were widely expected to challenge for automatic last time around and appeared to be in cruise control when topping the table in October. But Alex Neil had his mojo with a tired squad and was out of a job by March, at which stage planning began for a change of direction and summer overhaul.


Farke is the very definition of a philosophy manager. He has strong pre-configured ideas on the way his teams should play and he works tirelessly to implement them. His man-management style is friendly rather than confrontational but any dissent in the tactical sense will not be tolerated. That’s not to say his style is totally rigid, he can play a variety of systems, even within the same game, but those changes - "Plan B, Plan C, Plan D" - are always planned meticulously in advance. It’s never off the cuff.


"I like to have the ball. I like to be in possession and dominate the games. I want my players to stay compact, to defend and react well. I want a brave team, an offensive team, a team who will press high. We have to be brave - to act, not react. I like my teams to have possession but it is the quality of possession that makes a difference. That is what determines which positions you lose the ball and how dangerous those situations are."


Farke has drawn inevitable comparisons with David Wagner, although his stock at Dortmund is reportedly greater and he inherits a stronger squad at Carrow Road. However, Wagner had seven months grace before launching his project at Huddersfield and Farke might need a similar timescale to fully integrate his ideas. The Canaries are top-six material in terms of resources and they should grow in stature as the season progresses but they might leave themselves a little bit too much to do in the race for automatic.

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