New Norwich City boss Daniel Farke: Borussia Dortmund journalist view
PUBLISHED: 11:54 25 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:25 25 May 2017
The comparisons are unavoidable – but according to the man following Borussia Dortmund II, they are also favourable for Norwich City.
Stuart Webber’s Huddersfield Town plucked David Wagner from his job as BVB’s Under-23 coach and the German duly led the Terriers on a stunning journey that has left them one game from the Premier League.
Now Webber is bringing Wagner’s Dortmund successor to Carrow Road and Daniel Farke is being backed for success by Ruhr Nachrichten’s BVB II correspondent, Tobias Johren.
“Wagner is quite hyped in England it seems, and to be honest I’m really surprised he’s been that kind of successful because nobody in Dortmund really thought it was a pity he left the club,” said Johren.
“This one is different because everyone wishes Farke would stay. Just in my opinion, in terms of how the team played under Wagner and Farke, I actually think Farke is the better coach.
“It’s always difficult. Sometimes things work, sometimes they don’t. Farke may come over and you’ll want to know why I said what I did!
“But it would really surprise me if he wasn’t successful at his next club.”
Johren believes there will be subtle differences in how Farke’s City side would shape up, compared to what Wagner has done at Huddersfield.
“Danny has a straight idea of how he wants to play football,” he said. “He wants the ball all the time. He wants to dominate the game, have a lot of possession. Lots of short passes.
“It’s something you can expect. They will press high and will try to play fast, but it’s a little bit different to Wagner. He was more like Jurgen Klopp; their idea was to get the ball and be quickly in front of goal.
“Farke’s team does that too, but they also try to keep the ball if there’s no opportunity to head forward quickly. And I think it’s a good idea.
“I can’t imagine how it would look in the Championship, but here in the fourth tier it was the right way to have the ball and maybe 70pc possession.
“What’s interesting is even though they played offensively on the pitch, they still had the best defence in the league. They were always focused on defence and stability, and tried to score goals out of a good defence. They created enough chances; their problem was more converting enough of those chances.”
So what sort of head coach are Norwich City going to get? It’s a pertinent question given the switch that awaits Farke – from a relatively young, energetic Under-23 squad with a trio of overage players, to a Championship group laden with Premier League experience.
“Here he really found a good way to handle and speak with the players,” said Johren. “The whole team really followed Farke, which was quite impressive because after Wagner went to Huddersfield, he took the team and everyone seemed to be really happy Farke was the new coach.
“Even though there were players that didn’t play much, no one ever told me anything bad about the coach. That was quite impressive.
“He’s really fair, he’s direct. He tells the players what he thinks and one of his main strengths is he really has a good contact with his players.
“If you talk to him, you can tell he takes things in a relaxed way. It was good working with him and he gives a good feeling to the players.”
Farke may not make the trip to Norwich alone. Johren added: “I don’t think they have players in the fourth tier of Germany who could help in the Championship. They are good players here but I would be really surprised if that happens. However he will probably take his assistant Edmund Riemer with him, I’m sure.
“Danny has had some opportunities but Dortmund have always said they have to keep him at the club because they may need him to help with the first team.
“They wanted to keep him and now they wanted to extend his contract, but Farke wanted a guarantee he could leave if a better opportunity came along. So they’ve now decided to go a different way this summer.”