BIG INTERVIEW: ‘I feel that I’m totally in the right place’ - Farke on a ton up, his biggest wins and most memorable matches
PUBLISHED: 16:34 03 October 2019 | UPDATED: 22:34 03 October 2019
Daniel Farke is ‘honoured and blessed’ to clock up 100 league games in charge of Norwich City as he embarks on the next phase of creating a special legacy.
Aston Villa's Premier League visit to Carrow Road on Saturday will mark a century of league tussles in charge of a club he guided to the Championship title.
The City head coach is contracted until 2022, and still has plenty left to achieve in Norfolk.
"I feel that I'm totally in the right place. I enjoy my life here and I like the challenge to create something special, and we are creating something special at the moment," he said.
"I feel really honoured and blessed and look forward to be allowed to work in this responsible role for such a long time. You can't take it for granted but it would be a great honour to be here even longer.
"Then hopefully one day we can look back in this spirit and I would be happy if the people can say, 'Okay, he's done alright and we'll take this'.
"To be honest, I don't look back too much. It was mentioned to me in the beginning of the week so you have to be unbelievably thankful to the key people in our club - to our owners Delia and Michael, to Stuart (Webber) and to our board but also to our supporters to trust me and allow me to help the yellow shirts to succeed.
"I am humble and just thankful that I'm allowed to plan this extraordinary role for this amazing club and it's a great privilege."
Farke has helped develop a clutch of young talent as well as earning his stripes in East Anglian derby skirmishes.
"You remember the big games of course but I also remember a game when James Madison scored an unbelievably terrific winner at Brentford or against Middlesbrough.
"It's more than just the games and do you feel a bit like a head coach you're responsible for them and you want to develop them," he said. "Not just an outstanding performance from the team but from individuals.
"It is not only the big wins or some harsh losses.
"I have never lost a derby since coming here. Pretty often it's always a spicy atmosphere and such an important game. You really can't take it as given because there's never a favourite, it's always 50/50 and often just about who has a better shape on the day and maybe also a bit of luck.
"I appreciate that I have never last one and we were pretty successful so far. It's a good feeling if I am honest. More or less all the derby games have been terrific."
Farke has plenty of highlights and the odd low blow since arriving in 2017.
"The first game away at Fulham, the first time to be in charge, was a pretty intense game with a dramatic late equaliser. The first game you will always keep in mind," he said. "I can remember the first season, a big defeat at Millwall, 4-0 and we had some problems in this period. I can also remember when we lost at home against West Brom 4-3 and you can't describe your feeling sitting in the dressing room because we played fantastic football and we've created so many chances. We did more or less everything really right but were punished for some mistakes.
"Sometimes it can be unbelievably annoying.
"Of course also big wins, when I think the first season brought some great cup runs with some great games, and also a disappointing defeat at Arsenal.
"But last season Millwall at home was unbelievably dramatic. Just the story of the game with the 3-2 and then the Nottingham game, when we're back 0-3 after 78 minutes and we were able to equalise in an unbelievablly emotional finish half.
"Leeds, an outstanding performance, when we sealed promotion against Blackburn in the home game or the equaliser against Sheffield Wednesday we scored. So many dramatic moments and dramatic wins."