What about the week after? Farke’s amusing response to City job fears

Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke is looking to shake things up at the bottom of the Premier League tonight against Arsenal 
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Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke is looking to shake things up at the bottom of the Premier League tonight against Arsenal Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Daniel Farke is not fretting about his job prospects if he fails to keep Norwich City in the Premier League.

The German steered the Canaries to a surprise Championship title win but rock-bottom City head to Arsenal on Wednesday running out of games to avoid a swift Football League return.

Sporting director Stuart Webber has reiterated there will be no knee jerk reactions should they be relegated, which included ‘sacking the coach next week’.

“Hopefully not the week after as well. You never know in this business,” joked Farke. “I know I am in a privileged role, I feel blessed to have the trust of this club and the sporting director.

“I can’t ask for a better relationship than the one I have with Stuart Webber, or to my owners. They are fantastic people. I can’t ask for a better relationship with the board and the fans, who show me trust in the good and bad times. We have a special relationship. I feel honoured.

“The flip side is they have a head coach who is not demanding we sign expensive players or bring in more quality.

“I know we are the only self-funding club on this level, so the trust is both ways.

“If there is a first opportunity to join a bigger club with more money or more potential I won’t immediately leave.

“My values are different. I have won three titles in my career and I know I can coach teams to compete for titles but it is not realistic for Norwich to win the Premier League title.

“I like to compete for titles, and we have proved that, but my values are not about money or counting titles.”

Keeping Norwich in the top flight would rank alongside a Championship title triumph, and City have a window of opportunity with defeats for relegation rivals Aston Villa and Watford in recent days.

“Once we have this first win, maybe even a surprising result, then you are back in the mix. We know this,” he said. “I felt playing games behind closed doors would help the bigger teams with more quality.

“When the emotion is in the stadium it is easier for the teams at the bottom to win games.

“That is why I don’t expect the teams down the bottom to win a lot of points between now and the end, so we have a chance.

“We are not naïve. We probably have to win five from the last seven. It would be outstanding to do this.”

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