New Norwich City boss Daniel Farke: Borussia Dortmund fan view on the new man at Norwich City

PUBLISHED: 11:56 25 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:41 25 May 2017

Daniel Farke could be a coup for Norwich City. Picture: Ruhr Nachrichten

Daniel Farke could be a coup for Norwich City. Picture: Ruhr Nachrichten


Norwich City may have pulled off a major coup moving for Borussia Dortmund’s Daniel Farke, according to the president of their London fan club.

Ben McFadyean has followed the eight-time German champions for 30 years and is in no doubt Farke would be a good fit for the Canaries.

The 40-year-old coach moves to England, following a successful stint in charge of Dortmund’s U23s after replacing Huddersfield’s current chief, David Wagner.

“The German coaching structure is absolutely outstanding. I think Norwich have done really well to pick up a talented coach,” he said. “On the other hand he has only played and coached in the lower levels of German football and the jump up to the Championship, which is one of the most competitive leagues, is quite a challenge.

“But he will focus on youth development, try to cut down the number of goals conceded and a bit like (Jurgen) Klopp and Wagner try and bring that attacking style. It is a very good fit but whether he can deliver is the question? Norwich is not known for being the most stable coaching environment. Give the man two or three years.

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“Klopp took three years to deliver at Dortmund. Wagner has been astonishing, frankly, at Huddersfield. It is an experiment and one worth doing. Dortmund is known as a talent machine.”

Farke guided Dortmund’s U23s to a second-placed finish in the fourth tier of German football this season.

“His Dortmund side only conceded 25 goals so his reputation is high. He has got them playing attacking football with an extremely solid defence. They were only beaten once at home in two years,” said McFadyean, speaking to BBC Radio Norfolk. “What English clubs are looking for, in my view, is talent and there is bags of that in German football.

“I have just watched Dortmund’s Under-19s beat Bayern this week to win the national championship and believe it or not 34,000 were there. What the English clubs want is pure ability and when it comes to bringing out the best in young players and nurturing players perhaps that is something the English clubs have neglected over the years. They have tended to go for quick and easy imports.”

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