New Norwich City boss Daniel Farke: My football philosophy

PUBLISHED: 17:39 25 May 2017 | UPDATED: 19:07 25 May 2017

Daniel Farke gets used to his new surroundings. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Daniel Farke gets used to his new surroundings. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY


Daniel Farke is pledging to turn on Norwich City’s fans with a style of football they can savour.

Farke was officially unveiled at Carrow Road on Thursday afternoon after agreeing a two-year deal to become the club’s first overseas coach.

The 40-year-old’s Borussia Dortmund II squad conceded the fewest goals in the German fourth tier last season, but Farke revealed he is a disciple of possession football.

“It depends on the players you have got but to bring it to the point I like to have the ball,” he said. “I like to be in possession and dominate the games. I hope to bring it to the guys so we can fulfil the hopes and expectations. I want my players to stay compact, to defend and react well. I want a brave team, an offensive team, a team who will press high.

“I like my teams to be in possession and it is the quality of possession that makes a difference. That is what determines which positions you lose the ball and how dangerous those situations are. I work on concentrating on an idea with the ball but with my team last season we had the fewest number of goals against us.

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“It is not the time to speak about results or exact goals of the season. It is the first day to be here. I have to do some work before the season starts but I will create with the board, Stuart (Webber), my staff and the players a football that fits Norwich.

“For me, fitting to Norwich means to be brave, to act not react. Of course a good balance between offensive and defence. When you look at the record last season there are some improvements to be made but I want all the fans to watch our games and see that is a Norwich side.”

Farke revealed he had not sought the advice of Huddersfield chief David Wagner, his predecessor in charge of BVB’s Under-23s, before making his move to England.

“I have met David two or three times and we spoke about his experiences in England, the clubs and a way of working. That was a few months ago. I didn’t think about Norwich at that time,” said Farke. “It is not such a close relationship. David is a great guy, a really good trainer with a lot of success at Huddersfield at the moment but it is not a close relationship. He has created a really good style of football. I think mine is in a little other direction.

“I feel really honoured. I am grateful to be here as the new head coach of Norwich City. Especially as it is the first time they have appointed a foreign coach. I feel a lot of responsibility for this job. I was really looking forward to come here. In the last days and last weeks we spoke about the possibility of an engagement.

“I am really thankful to Michael Zorc and Hans-Joachim Watzke (at Dortumund) that I am allowed to come here this day. I was still the trainer of Borussia Dortmund to the end of May. I can’t wait to end the summer period and work with my team. I am really looking forward to this challenge.”

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