‘I have so much passion and love for this club’ - Farke’s personal City crusade
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Daniel Farke has revealed how desperate he is to lead Norwich City back to the big time.
The Canaries’ begin their Championship fightback at Huddersfield on Saturday after a painful relegation from the Premier League that cut deep on a personal level for City’s head coach.
“My blood is already pretty yellow. I have so much passion and love for this club,” he said, “You always get asked before the season how excited you are to start and normally you will say you can’t wait. That is not the truth if I am honest.
“When the games start it is always difficult for a coach because you know you will have to disappoint players and leave them out.
“In pre-season you can play them all but for the league you have to make tough decisions in terms of man management.
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“But I have to say after last season and relegation it is the first time in my career I cannot wait. It feels different because we want to bounce back and I am greedy to bounce back. We are not defending the title we won at this level. We are going to attack things.”
Farke has a Championship title win on his CV and Norwich start the campaign tipped for promotion by many bookmakers, but that counts for very little.
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“We know what is required to win this league. Experience helps but it doesn’t give us a huge advantage,” he said. “We have to deliver again with quality work.
“We have spoken about how important this season is for the club. We want to be a permanent member of the Premier League. That means we finish in the top six to give ourselves a chance.
“If we do suffer relegation it is vital we finish in that part of the table.
“In the years before it was quite often the coach would have to leave, players would leave, the style changed, or you had massive financial problems.
“We want to create a consistency at this club. We know it is difficult for us to win the Premier League title as a self-funded club but we can aim to be a permanent member. That is a big motivation for me.
“It doesn’t influence us what the bookies think.
“It doesn’t influence me or my players. Perhaps the motivation is higher for the teams we will play because we have a bigger reputation from the Premier League.
“But every season since I was here the teams who were relegated have found it very difficult to get promoted.”