Farke opens up on a bruising relegation and leading City’s Championship assault

Daniel Farke got the better of Pep Guardiola at Carrow Road 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Daniel Farke got the better of Pep Guardiola at Carrow Road Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Daniel Farke is confident a painful first encounter with the Premier League will not dull his appetite to lead Norwich City back to the top table.

Norwich City have one more chance this season to halt a club record run of nine consecutive league defeats at a 2-0 Premier League home loss to Burnley 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdNorwich City have one more chance this season to halt a club record run of nine consecutive league defeats at a 2-0 Premier League home loss to Burnley Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Farke plans a period of rest and reflection following Sunday’s finale at Manchester City before spearheading the Championship fightback.

“Every season you need to do that. Even after an unbelievably successful season, like when the pressure was on to win at the end to be promoted,” he said. “That was exhausting as well and I needed a break last summer.

“We might have had a lockdown period for three months but you are still in work mode and preparing. I need some down time to clear the head. I have to give myself a few days not to think about football.

“I won’t throw the mobile away and we will be in touch with Stuart (Webber) nearly each and every day, but I need time to recharge the energy.

Emi Buendia is suspended for Norwich City's Premier League finale at Manchester City 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdEmi Buendia is suspended for Norwich City's Premier League finale at Manchester City Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

“It is important you always strive to improve, to be greedy to learn every day - whether that is a player or a head coach. When you think you have reached the point you don’t need to learn then you become a dinosaur.

“I am pretty sure I have developed as a person and I will again next season.”

Farke reiterated on Friday, when pressed if he would have done things differently, he had no regrets at the manner of City’s tame demotion.

“When you lose you would do everything differently.

“The same applies to relegation, but we can’t be totally surprised or shocked it worked out this way,” he said. “We had a decision to make at the start of the season as a self-funded club.

“We had to decide, ‘Do we use this season to pay for all our sins of the past, to invest in the current squad, to invest in the infrastructure and look to the mid to long term? Or do we want to take a big risk to spend all the money on players?’

“If I was selfish as a head coach I would have cried for more quality to improve our chances.

“Maybe our promotion was two to three years ahead of schedule.

“We have such a young side and we are a work in progress. We accept from a sporting point of view this was not the outcome we wanted. But we have not risked the future of the club. We can attack the Championship again.

“We have our values and how we want to do it.”

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