Don't be fooled. There is steel behind the smile of Norwich City's new head coach Daniel Farke
Norwich City's players may swiftly discover the steel behind Daniel Farke's smile.
The Canaries’ new head coach made an impressive bow at Carrow Road earlier this week in outlining his vision to play attacking football and entertain fans.
Farke arrives in England with a huge reputation as a progressive coach, from his work at Borussia Dortmund II, but the 40-year-old is ready to do whatever it takes to bring success to his new club.
“To be a good and successful coach you have to play all the roles,” he said. “I guess I try to get really close and build trust with my players, but we will be a hard-working team. They will know when it is time to work and when it is time to concentrate and to give everything. We can speak a lot about my ideas on having the ball and possession but I also want the elementary, basic skills in football like team spirit, like fighting, like showing heart on the pitch. I appreciate those skills and I want them to do this, but within a relationship of trust. If there is a player who is not so disciplined or against our team spirit then you have to show you are the coach.
“I know there are a lot of good technical players here and I like to play with the ball. You also have to find a good balance. It is obvious the guys conceded too many goals last season and we have to work on that and there will be clear guidelines on our behaviour without the ball. It is not simply a case of saying we conceded too many goals, so we have to defend better. The whole package is required. If you are better in possession you are automatically not in a situation where the opponent can hurt you. That is my way of working.”
Farke may have to shelve his holiday plans after a whirlwind few days and a major career move.
“I will try to make some free days in the beginning of June,” he said. “You are looking forward to a holiday at the end of the season normally but not this time. The most difficult part is done. Monday was for me the day to take the final decision. I had 24 hours to say let’s do it or not. Of course we spoke a lot in the days before to reach that point. I had a couple of free days to make this decision, to travel to Norwich, to speak with my family and discuss with the guys, in terms of the final details of the contract. It was a long season for me. And I have a long season ahead, for a German coach.”