Farke’s parting shot for City boys
Forget the Premier League. Daniel Farke only wants players who are hungry to prove themselves in the Championship for Norwich City.
Farke and sporting director Stuart Webber have already embarked on a revamp to the squad since relegation was confirmed.
Youngsters Sebastian Soto and Matthew Dennis were the latest names unveiled on Tuesday, as the club plan for the long term.
Danish midfielder Jacob Sorensen and Polish winger Przemyslaw Placheta joined the club officially on Monday and will be part of Farke’s first team set up for the fightback.
But tough decisions have to be made on the futures of those who were also key figures in the good times at Carrow Road.
Farke made it clear after the final day defeat at Manchester City when he returned for pre-season he expects those still on the ride to look forward not back.
“Our decisions on players have to be spot on,” said Farke. “We had some who were outstanding in the Championship but perhaps found it difficult in the Premier so for each player we have to decide can they be outstanding again back in the Championship or do we freshen it up?
“The new ones we bring in, the challenge is to gel them into a team who were relegated.
“You only have to look at how many clubs struggle after relegation, despite having squads with a lot of quality and parachute payments. We are fully aware of this. We know it won’t be an easy season.
“We will be more in the spotlight now in the Championship than two years ago. That means slight differences in our tactical and mental approach.”
Farke wants no trace of complacency if any of his current roster think they are too good for the Football League.
“We need to adapt from day one. Our mantra will not be trying to defend some top flight status we did have,” said the City head coach. “No, we have to attack it. We don’t have any advantage because we have played in the Premier League or won the title the season before.
“Winning has to become a habit again. When you lose every week the danger is you accept it.
“We want to come back to the Premier League sooner rather than later.
“But there are top clubs with lots of history in this league. The Premier is the best but the Championship is the toughest and most complicated. Look at the crazy things that happened on the last day of this season at that level.
“We have to be prepared for this if we want that winning feeling in the dressing room again.”