Norwich City set to appoint Daniel Farke as new head coach

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 23 May 2017, 09:55

Norwich City are set to go left-field and appoint Borussia Dortmund II’s boss Daniel Farke as their new head coach with a deal expected to be struck this week.

The Telegraph’s John Peary tweeted the news on Monday night (see below) in what is undoubtedly a surprise, yet intriguing appointment, given the success that Farke’s Dortmund II predecessor David Wagner has had in England with Huddersfield Town.

Bookmakers have reacted by suspending betting on the Next Norwich Manager Market. Other names in the frame before it closed were Fleetwood Town boss Uwe Rosler, Leeds gaffer Garry Monk and former Canaries manager Paul Lambert.

Norwich sacked Alex Neil in bizarre fashion back in March. In a scheduled  pre-match press-conference the under-fire Neil reiterated his desire to fight for his job, only to be axed a couple of hours later.

Alan Irvine was placed in interim charge for the remaining 10 matches of the season, registering 17 points as the Norfolk outfit finished in 8th spot, however the Scot is now set to step aside as Farke prepares to enter Carrow Road.

Talks have been on going between Farke’s representatives and Norwich’s sporting director Stuart Webber - he recruited Wagner when he worked at Huddersfield - and he could well be seated in the Canaries dugout by the end of the week.

So what do we know of Farke?

Farke, 40, succeeded Wagner at the helm of Dortmund’s under-23 squad 18 months ago in 2015, and last season led his troops to 2nd spot in the West regional league (German fourth-tier), losing only three games along the way.

Prior to this the German spent six years in charge of SV Lippstadt 08, with whom he represented during his playing career.

Norwich will hope he can have a similar effect to Huddersfield’s Wagner as they bid to return to the Premier League following their relegation in 2016.

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