Farke will do it his way when he faces the cream of the crop in the Premier League
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Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke will relish the chance to mix it in the same Premier League company as the likes of top class coaches Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola.
The Norwich City head coach joked after sealing promotion from the Championship he would have to cut short the celebrations to devise a plan to handle the big hitters next season.
City need a point at Aston Villa on Sunday to guarantee the title before stepping up to the big time and Farke is promising to stick to the core beliefs that have defied the odds.
“We won’t lose our path. We won’t lose our belief. That will be the same in the Premier League,” he said. “I don’t want to be too scared. I am not thinking about a Pep Guardiola side or a Jurgen Klopp side.
“Otherwise I would go back to my flat to create a special plan. There are different examples of teams who have been promoted. You can spend an unbelievable amount of money and be successful, or do that and not be successful.
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“As a coach you can try to park the bus, be solid, and get one point after another and be successful. But also you can be immediately relegated. There is no book for how everything works in the Premier League.
“You have to stick to your identity as a football club.
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“One thing is for sure I am pretty sure all the key people in the club will answer this question in the same way.”
Farke’s man management skills have been praised this season, especially during a tense run in that included four straight league draws, before the promotion-clinching win against Rovers.
“Every period is difficult in terms of man management. When you are so close to a special achievement then leadership is even more important,” he said. “We work with so many young lads and you can’t expect we are like Barcelona in their best days and finish with 16 wins in a row.
“Right now, we are 13 unbeaten and in this spell we saved some points pretty, pretty late in games.
“One topic is the leadership but the second, for me, is the players accept this leadership and go exactly in the direction we try to help them. For that, I don’t want to praise myself.
“The players totally bought into all my ideas and leadership.
“I feel honoured and thankful that I am allowed to work in this responsible role for Norwich City, and long may it continue.”