‘That was the most important thing’ - Farke reveals what City’s success means to him
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Daniel Farke believes he has delivered what he promised. Putting the pride back into supporting Norwich City.
Farke and sporting director Stuart Webber have plotted a Championship promotion triumph that could end with the title on Sunday at Aston Villa.
The City head coach has been thrust into the spotlight after his eye-catching success, both here and back in Germany, but Farke is keeping an even keel.
“The most important thing is we made our club and fans proud,” he said.
“When Stuart and myself signed we said we wanted to give the fans a bit of pride back. That was the most important thing. So the most enjoyable moment was achieving promotion to do this.
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“We have a special relationship with our supporters. We know this and we are grateful and thankful. I don’t go overboard.
“This is normal when you are successful and people are singing your name. It is probably the same when you lose a few games and you get rotten tomatoes thrown at you. I don’t get carried away with the praise.
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“You have to stay calm in both directions.
“I am blessed and honoured to work for this football club. It is more enjoyable when the fans sing your name rather than sing for you to leave the stadium.
“Yes, we have had to cancel many demands for interviews. The same in Germany.
“It’s a big story and it puts the spotlight on us, but I am not too addicted to what the media does.”
Farke insists he will never rest on his laurels to try and bring lasting success at Carrow Road.
“We will not get to one specific day and say we have reached our target and that is it, we stop now,” he said. “As a coach, a player or the club when you think you are successful and you have finished is the moment you need to retire.
“Because then you will never be good enough. If you think you are the best you can be sure the opponent finds some solutions so you have to develop.
“It was an unbelievably difficult project when myself and Stuart started here - the balance of the squad, the financial structure.
“We are totally on the right path but the mid and long term objective is making Norwich a permanent member of the best 25 teams in the country.
“That isn’t built in one or two years. That is our vision and we want to reach this target.”