Farke adamant relegation would not force his hand at Canaries

Daniel Farke is in it for the long haul at Norwich City 
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Daniel Farke is in it for the long haul at Norwich City Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Daniel Farke would never look to jump ship this summer if Norwich City lose their Premier League relegation fight.

Farke and his backroom team signed new Carrow Road deals last season during the Championship title run in, keeping them at the club until 2022, and the City chief aims to be at the helm whatever league they are in.

The Canaries sit bottom, seven points from safety ahead of this weekend's trip to Wolves, but Farke insists he feels under no pressure from the club's powerbrokers.

"I'm very grateful for that. There is probably no coach in all of Western Europe who has such a backing and a secure position as I do," he said. "I signed a long-term contract in Norwich with conviction and I feel exactly in the right place.

"If you look at my career, you will find that I have always fulfilled my contracts in eleven years as a trainer.

"My contract is valid until 2022.

"There is currently no room for other scenarios. But as long as we have the chance to stay in the league, we will do everything we can to create this little miracle."

Farke, speaking to German television news channel NTV ahead of Saturday's 1-0 defeat to champions-elect Liverpool, insists the Canaries will emerge stronger on and off the pitch for a season of top flight struggle.

"We can realistically assess our situation. Before the season, we said we were big outsiders," he said. "We were always totally clear in our assessment of our options. Last season we dominated the Championship with a team that you would never have believed possible.

"That enabled us to remove a few legacy issues and invest in infrastructure. But compared to clubs like Aston Villa, who were also promoted, we lack the money for large transfers. We basically play with a second division team in the best league in the world.

"But you also have to say at the beginning of the season we were unlucky with injuries like no other team in the league. We missed ten players. If you have such an epidemic it will always be difficult."

Farke was unveiled by sporting director Stuart Webber as Norwich's first overseas coach in May 2017 and chalked up his 100th league game in charge of the club earlier this season.

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