‘It wasn’t to annoy them’ - City coach reveals one of the secrets to the Farke revolution
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Norwich City’s players embraced the Daniel Farke era and the pay off is now Premier League football.
Farke was a surprise choice when he was unveiled by Stuart Webber as the club's first overseas managerial appointment in 2017.
But the German and his trusted backroom team - which includes assistant head coach Eddie Reimer and head of performance Chris Domogalla - plotted a route to the Championship title that defied the conventional wisdom you have to spend big.
City's swagger in possession and their fitness levels to hit back late in so many games are now hallmarks of the high standards demanded by Farke.
The double training sessions at Colney have also become part of the myth, but Domogalla insisted they found willing recruits.
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"We went from two days a week off guaranteed, to one day off, not guaranteed," he said.
"This was quite a change for the players who stayed with us. A lot of them were used to Thursday, Sunday off. We wanted them to work on those days and have Monday off.
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"It needed a lot of education, to explain why we were doing these things. It wasn't to annoy them or take comfort away, but because it is essential to work on these days in our set-up.
"It wasn't just tolerated, it was embraced. The players wanted to get better and bought into it. For us, it is essential to have control on match day and the day after for the recovery processes.
"It is also important to have a psychological cut, which is when we have our post-game analysis about the game. Now when the players do have their day off, they can tick off the game and crack on with the next one. A lot of teams in America are doing the same."
Domogalla, speaking to the Training Ground Guru site, revealed his sports science team use the latest technology devised by an Irish company 'Kitman Labs' to help Farke's squad. The company has more than 200 clients, including rugby powerhouses Saracens, the University of Alabama, LA Galaxy, the UFC and three other Premier League teams.
"All our sports science, medical and technical data flows into the software, and we get red flags if there is an injury risk for an individual player," he said. "You need to decide what data is important in your set-up, what data can you control. Kitman are essentially doing that.
"They are also running analysis, trying to understand club and department goals and visions and bring that in line with the data you are collecting."