PREVIEW: What a ride. Daniel Farke reflects on the highs and lows of his debut season ahead of Owls' finale
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Daniel Farke is looking forward to some R&R before he embarks on the next phase of his Norwich City battle plan.
The club’s first overseas managerial appointment has presided over a rollercoaster debut Championship campaign, that ends on Sunday at Sheffield Wednesday.
“Yes, I am ready for a break. In many topics it was a difficult season,” said Farke.
“When you work in this business it is always busy but when you lead a club with such massive expectations through a season of transition it is even more difficult. On the one hand that history shows the size of the club and our strength, but although it is wonderful to have this history in the Premier League or wins in Europe over Bayern Munich that was 30 years ago and it doesn’t help us manage this transition right now.
“I appreciate I am allowed to be in such a responsible position.
“I have enjoyed it. the beginning, back in last May, I expected by this stage to be tired and exhausted. But there are always some things you can’t predict.
“I never complained but I got the feeling we had a lot of injuries and you always hope at the start of the season key players are in a good shape.
“Then you also have to deal with selling a player like Alex Pritchard in the winter.
“On the other hand, last summer I would not expect we could sign a player like Moritz Leitner or later Onel Hernandez.”
Farke was the coach identified by sporting director Stuart Webber to spearhead a new way, working within the post-Premier League financial reality.
Contrast that with the lavish spending from the Owls in recent seasons in a bid to make the same leap out of the second tier.
“It’s surprising they’ve been in this position as they’ve spent a lot of money on some good quality players, and they are a good side,” said Farke.
“They spent a lot of money in the striker positions for quality options.
“If I am honest sometimes you are forced to go down this route.
“We would all like to spend money and have a possibility to be in this position. But we are in a situation where there is some financial pressure and you can not go out and spend £15m on a striker.
“I would like to work with (Mo) Salah if he would play with us but we have to chose another way.
“It seems to me that many, many clubs after relegation from the Premier League try and force it with a lot of risk but then come under big financial pressure.
“We felt that also and we chose another way. But if the money is there you are tempted to sign quality players.
“We are further in our development than going this way, and it could be other clubs follow this example.”