New Norwich City boss Daniel Farke: Stuart Webber reveals Alan Irvine talks
PUBLISHED: 19:00 25 May 2017 | UPDATED: 19:46 25 May 2017
Alan Irvine may still have a part to play in the new era, insists Stuart Webber, after unveiling Norwich City’s head coach Daniel Farke.
City’ sporting director wants a British presence in Farke’s backroom team and plans further talks with the club’s recent interim boss on his return from holiday.
Farke has brought his assistant, Edmund Riemer, to Carrow Road but no final decisions have yet been made regarding Irvine or the likes of Dean Kiely and Frankie McAvoy.
“I spoke to Alan on Tuesday and told him Daniel was coming in. He has now gone on holiday so we have agreed to speak when he is back,” said Webber. “We very much see Daniel’s backroom staff having a British coach. We need to discuss it further with Alan to see how it could work moving forward. We have parked that while he has a deserved holiday.
“He was non committal in fairness. He was about to jump on a plane. I felt rather than hear it through the media he deserved a courtesy call. We should be forever grateful of the way he stepped in for those 10 games because he did a fantastic job. It is the same with Frankie and the rest of the coaching team. Daniel has said it, this is day one and through the coming days and months the staff will come together.”
Webber was quick to downplay the inevitable comparisons between Farke and the man he recruited at Huddersfield, David Wagner.
“Daniel is different to David. What he has done is amazing at Huddersfield but Daniel is different,” he said. “Of course when we got David to Huddersfield then Germany has been a country of interest to me, I like the style and the way they do it. When you have been part of something that has worked so well before of course it will influence you. You would be silly not to look that way again. It was a coincidence that Daniel was at Dortmund. The under-19 coach from the same club went to Stuttgart and won promotion. It is a country that has a fantastic reputation in recent times of producing coaches who have a clear idea and a clear way.
“Look at the Premier League 15 years ago. It started to employ foreign coaches as well as players. Look at the Championship this year. I am not sure it is a coincidence that five of the top six sides had foreign coaches. For us, it was about the right choice, not foreign or British. We looked at some fantastic British candidates but this was about the right fit. I felt Daniel was that.
“It is a brave decision by the club but since I have come in I have found a club and a support, and a media, that is very open-minded to change. I think that is healthy and it made the decision to go down this route a lot easier.”