‘I will never forget this in my life’ - Farke buzzing off City’s promotion success
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Daniel Farke admits it will be tough to top leading Norwich City to the Premier League.
The Canaries’ head coach savoured the epic celebrations after beating Blackburn but is now back at work and looking to land the title in Sunday’s Championship finale at Aston Villa.
City need a point, unless Sheffield United fail to beat Stoke, to put the gloss on a fantastic campaign.
“It is an outstanding achievement and if you judge from the outside then it is the biggest achievement,” he said. “This is the third time I have been promoted and it is always a good feeling but this feeling, with this club, these players, is something special.
“I am pretty sure I will never forget this in my life.
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“To be allowed to play in the Premier League next season with this fantastic club.
“That is surreal and really special. But even when you achieve at a lower level it feels nice.
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“This is a sensation, a miracle. You have to dream big and think big. It was in the back of my mind when I came here but realistically, after this transition, then you should look to get back to the Premier League in two or three years. We are ahead of schedule. But we take it.
“We don’t say, ‘Oh no, this is too quick. We don’t want to play in the Premier League’. It is a gift, a great achievement and a sign what you can achieve with hard work, sticking together and believing in your plans.”
Farke insists the manner all his staff and players celebrated at Carrow Road underlined how special the bond is.
“That is outstanding in professional football and why with this mentality we could achieve something extraordinary,” he said. “You can talk about spotlight games, and there were many. The Leeds performance.
“I remember against Nottingham Forest being 3-0 down after 80 minutes or so and we came back; so many small moments and difficult periods. But for me it is also about the lads who were not so much involved, when their experience and quality should earn them more minutes.
“Lads like Grant Hanley, Timm Klose, Jordan Rhodes.
“They were there to raise the spirits in the tough moments, they stuck together and supported this team.
“It is a sensation, a miracle. But when you sign players and work with youngsters you are convinced of your philosophy. Otherwise you would work in a different way.”