‘We had tears in our eyes’ - Delia and Michael savour Canaries’ famous win
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Daniel Farke’s tribute to Norwich City’s majority shareholders moved Delia Smith and her husband Michael Wynn Jones to tears after the head coach plotted a memorable 3-2 Premier League win over Manchester City.
The City head coach insisted Saturday's epic win over the champions was especially for the owners who lead the club with 'so much passion'.
The duo revealed how much that touching tribute meant to them personally when they appeared on Talksport on Monday morning.
"We both had tears in our eyes when he said that. It was very moving," said Smith. "We have a great deal of confidence in him. We wouldn't have Daniel if we didn't have Stuart Webber. He found Daniel and that was amazing.
"When I first shook Daniel's hand, the first time I met him, my instinct told me I could tell straightaway he was a humble man, he didn't have any ego. Then you can go anywhere. It is the ego that gets in the way.
"We have been around a long time in football now. Board directors for 23 years and you do learn as you go. Changing the manager every five minutes is not the way to go.
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"I know Daniel paid tribute to us but I would like to pay tribute to him and everyone else because I think we have a really good spirit in the football club. A 'oneness' of all of us being together, and that has come about with the supporters. It is just wonderful the supporters are loving it.
"It says a lot about football. That is why we love it because none of us ever really know what is going to happen. We are totally overwhelmed. We could barely move on Sunday we were so tired."
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"That was very kind of him," added Wynn Jones. "Yes, it was very moving.
"Those last few minutes were very nervous. Six of the longest minutes I can remember. Like all fans we are very fortunate that we live in a one-club county and that passion for the club does go very deep. We have been swept up with it for 60 years now. We have had four promotions to the Premier League in our time."
The likes of Emi Buendia and Todd Cantwell were again prominent at the weekend, and Talksport pundit Danny Murphy teased the City majority shareholders the big boys will be looking at their top talent.
"I warn everybody else. We have them all on three year contracts, at the very least," joked Wynn Jones. "What you have to make sure is all the players here buy into Daniel's approach. If they don't they get short shrift, but they all do."
"We had our head of recruitment at the match and I was getting on my knees and bowing down to him," added Smith. "He went and got Buendia and we also have (Teemu) Pukki on a free. It is getting the recruitment right. Listen we don't have the money to compete so we have to bring on younger players. That is the only means to compete. We have just built this wonderful academy which the supporters all paid for through crowd funding.
"If you ask the head of academy what can we do to make them stay there is only one thing. Have even more young players coming along."