City boss Farke on scouting, home schooling and Emi’s close shave
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Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke has given a revealing insight into how he is using his time during football’s enforced shutdown.
Farke has plenty to occupy him from his home in Germany, but the City boss is remaining in close contact with the club.
“I’m fine and all the people who surround me are fine as well, so we can’t complain too much,” he said. “Of course, it’s a strange and crazy time that we’re all not used to, having to self-isolate and not having a social life.
“It’s challenging and demanding at times, but I don’t want to complain too much because there are people who are struggling much more in this situation. All in all, we’re in a good place.
“It’s quite normal to carry on working from home, so although there’s no possibility at the moment to train as a group, there are many demands.
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“Firstly, we now have time to analyse the season a bit more and to go into a bit more detail.
“We stay in touch with all the staff members in order to prepare the players in the perfect way for when they will come back. Of course, it’s important to work on their individual training programmes and stay in touch with our sports science staff, physios and assistant coaches to make sure we make the right choices with our schedule.
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“There’s lots of time for scouting players and analysing them using the laptop to work a bit closer with recruitment.
“Then there are the normal private demands – my family and children are at home, so we have to look after them and be a bit like a teacher for them at times. We would all prefer to continue normal work, but at least there is time right now for things we often don’t have as much time for, like scouting and planning for the new season and our last nine games.
“During normal everyday life, there’s not that much time to spend with family, so it’s quite important to do that with your loved ones at home.”
Farke, speaking to the club’s official site, has resisted any temptation to be in regular contact with his players but has duly noted Emi Buendia’s new razor-sharp haircut.
“Sometimes, as a head coach, you’re tempted to be in touch with three or four telephone calls a day to speak to them in order to pretend we work unbelievable hours,” he said. “We’re still working a lot, but it’s important to use this time to give them some when they don’t have to handle my voice or face anymore.
“It’s not like I need to call them every day to ask what they had for breakfast or how they spent their afternoon.
“Yes, I heard about Emi’s haircut. It’s important that the players have some private time. In normal seasons, it’s important to have the summer break because, although everyone likes to work with each other, after more or less ten and a half months, to have a break for a few weeks without the same faces and voices is important.”