New Norwich City boss Daniel Farke: Sums add up for Canaries to appoint Farke
PUBLISHED: 11:58 25 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:38 25 May 2017
Daniel Farke is Norwich City’s first overseas coach, and the statistics suggest bucking the trend can pay off for the Canaries.
Stuart Webber identified the outgoing Borussia Dortmund II chief as the perfect fit to spearhead a new way forward at Carrow Road, working in tandem with the club’s sporting director.
Farke has been confirmeded as Alex Neil’s replacement after extensive talks with Webber.
The 40-year-old lost only three games in the past campaign with BVB’s U23s, and the odds of City launching a successful Championship promotion push with him at the helm next season appear to be in the German’s favour.
Farke’s task is to try and emulate the man he replaced at Dortmund, David Wagner, who is now just one game from the Premier League, after guiding Huddersfield to a Wembley play-off final next month against Reading.
Wagner, or his Royals’ rival Jaap Stam, will add to the growing number of overseas coaches operating in the top flight of the English game, but a major study by a world-leading academic has uncovered a similar trend in the Football League.
Bangor University professor John Goddard recently published the findings of research looking back at every professional league game since 1992 to work out the points ratio of British and Irish managers, compared to their overseas counterparts.
In the Football League, the average haul for domestic managers is 1.36 points-per-game but for overseas managers that figure rises to 1.49, or the equivalent of a six-point increase over a full 46-game league season.
City finished eighth in the Championship, 10 points outside the play-off places, on the back of a wretched defensive record that contrasted sharply with the Canaries’ prolific attacking output.
Goddard’s survey also shows clubs who opt to replace a British or Irish manager with an overseas alternative saw improved results - 1.58 points-per-game compared to 1.42 when appointing another domestic replacement. Farke’s imminent arrival marks a major departure for the Canaries, who had never previously looked beyond the UK for managerial talent in the club’s history.