Daniel Farke’s right-hand man Edmund ‘Eddie’ Riemer reveals how Norwich City’s new boss likes to do business
PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:15 26 May 2017
New head coach Daniel Farke was not the only man taking in his new surroundings at Carrow Road as he was joined by assistant Edmund Riemer, who was visiting England for the first time.
The 32-year-old knows the new Canaries boss better than most, having been a defender at SV Lippstadt during Farke’s time in charge, before following his head coach to Borussia Dortmund U23s.
“He has got a clear idea, he looks at all the details but he also gets the players behind him,” Riemer said. “That was my impression of him when I was a player but I finished playing two years ago.”
Originally from Kazakhstan, Riemer – known as Eddie – moved to Germany at 10 years old with his family and grew up in Paderborn, around 65 miles from Dortmund.
Like Farke, he also started his playing career with SC Paderborn in the regional leagues and his coaching methods contributed to Dortmund U23s’ excellent defensive record of 25 goals conceded in 34 games which saw them finish second in the West Region League – in Germany’s fourth tier.
“I was a left centre-back,” he explains. “I have an eye for it, it’s a little bit tricky to explain but this is due to my experience playing in past years.
“We always have an eye on the offence but also always on the defence because our offence possession was so good.
“Where we lose the ball it is important to put pressure on the ball to automatically make it more difficult for the opponent to be dangerous and score against us.
“Of course we want to move forward, when we lose possession the defenders have to put pressure on but if you are speaking about David Wagner or Jurgen Klopp, I would say it is more like Thomas Tuchel or Pep Guardiola – but we will see!”
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Reimer’s wife is yet to join him in England after a whirlwind move across the North Sea but he is looking forward to his new life.
“It’s my first time in Great Britain, it’s exciting, a wonderful landscape,” he added. “I have not been into the city centre yet but it is a family club and it is great to get to know the owners here.
“So I’m looking forward to starting work and being successful here and hopefully we will stay here for many years.”