Norwich City target Daniel Farke weighs up his options
PUBLISHED: 09:16 23 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:24 23 May 2017
Daniel Farke revealed he is in talks with ‘one or two’ clubs but has yet to decide his next move, after being heavily linked with Norwich City’s head coach post.
Farke confirmed on Tuesday morning he will leave Borussia Dortmund’s set-up when his contract officially runs out next month.
The 40-year-old is reportedly in advanced discussions with the Canaries to replace Alex Neil at Carrow Road - with the Press Association reporting on Tuesday morning City will offer the German a two-year contract - but Farke has also been linked with Bayer Leverkusen and Darmstadt.
“No. I have no firm career plan in my pocket,” he said, after rejecting the chance to stay with the eight-time German champions. “It is clear that the next stage will be in the absolute top spot with a first team. I have already said that. What is also certain is that I will only do things that I am 100pc convinced of and that I have a 100pc desire to do. I do not know where and how that will be. I wanted to conclude the talks with BVB. And now I will look at what might suit me.
“Yes, there are already one or other (possibilities). The talks are now underway. Concrete is still nothing. We’ll see. Sometimes things develop very quickly, sometimes it takes longer.”
Farke, speaking to Dortmund daily newspaper, Ruhr Nachrichten, feels the time is right for the next stage of his career after a successful 20-month spell in charge of the ‘Black and Yellows’ second team after replacing David Wagner.
“There were four reasons,” he said. “On the one hand it was now the right time. The contract expires. Everything good, everything clean. On the other hand, because I believe that we have fulfilled our mission. Thirdly, I decided for myself and I am quite honest that I would like to work at an absolute top level if the opportunity arises. I would like to work for a first team, with the greatest possible success. And fourthly, I feel that now is the possibility to go this step.
“I have said more often that my life fortune does not depend on a job in the Bundesliga. I totally identified myself with this task (my current job). That’s why the separation is so difficult for me. But I was at the point that I had to make a decision. And I am now ready for the next step. If I do not try it now, the opportunity will not get any bigger.
“I am very proud to be able to train these guys. I have felt great gratitude for this task to the end. But it is also sad that it is over now. We had really good, open and trusting conversations (with Dortmund). I have always felt valued here. The reasons for the separation are the ones I have just enumerated.”