Iwan Roberts: This is no time to give Norwich City boss Daniel Farke the cold shoulder

Daniel Farke in the dug-out after City concede their second goal against Derby. Picture: Paul Cheste

Daniel Farke in the dug-out after City concede their second goal against Derby. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Like all good things in life, everything has to come to an end and, sadly, Norwich City’s fine run of form in the Championship came to a thundering stop with two home defeats in the space of four days at the hands of Derby County and Championship favourites and big-spending Wolves.

No need to criticise City head coach Daniel Farke. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

No need to criticise City head coach Daniel Farke. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Away form has been outstanding since September – home form has been anything but.

With the team now having not won in their last five games at Carrow Road and with Daniel Farke’s men ?nding the back of the net just twice in those five games it’s slightly worrying – but let’s not press the panic button just yet!

After the midweek defeat to Wolves I saw a few people on social media saying that Farke should be relieved of his duties, that it was time for another man to take charge – quite honestly I was gobsmacked at some of the remarks that I was reading in disbelief.

Even after these two defeats the Canaries still sit ninth in the table, just one point behind Leeds in sixth position. Had you said to me that Norwich would be in this position before the season started I would have snapped your hand off considering all the upheaval over the summer.


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This is a man that has come to the club, has had to slash the wage bill, built his own squad with virtually no funds available to him and has had to make this squad he’s assembled capable of competing in the Championship, which I think they are more than doing.

The club’s gone from shopping at Harrods and spending millions to looking for bargains in a discount shop, so come on, those few doubters in midweek, give the man a break, especially as his main goal threat has missed a few games with a couple of niggling little injuries.

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Saturday’s opponents, Bolton, have had a torrid start to the season, having won just one of their opening 15 league games, and are rooted to the foot of the Championship table and already looking like they will make a quick return to League One.

I think this game comes at just the right time for City as it gives them a real opportunity of getting back to winning ways and hopefully the start of another unbeaten run of games in the league.

I was saddened to see my good mate Dean Holdsworth leave his role as director of football at Bolton in August after he helped the club win promotion.

Dean took a leading role in a consortium which took over the club which was in real trouble, heading towards League Two – and possiblly out of the Football League.

Dean and I played alongside each other for the youth team at Watford and we formed quite a good partnership, which saw us both sign professional contracts for the club.

Dean had a twin brother, David, who played in central defence for us but was totally the opposite to Deano. Dean and Dave were from the East End of London, Dean was a quiet lad whose company I enjoyed, but Dave was the complete opposite. Dave thought he was a bit of a hard man and if you didn’t know any better you might have though his surname was Kray not Holdsworth.

I think the time Dave went and got free samples of aftershave from Boots and then brought them to the training ground and tried selling them to his team-mates sums him up!

They would have some proper tear-ups in training as neither wanted his twin brother to get the better of him. Tom Walley, our youth team manager, would always put them on opposite sides so they could go at each other – and he was never left disappointed.

Tom loved the way they would always try and kick lumps out of one another, whether it was in a friendly five-a-side or a full-blown practice match.

Anyway that’s enough about the Holdsworth twins, let’s get back tomorrow and, having already been beaten by one Wanderers club this week let’s hope the lads can even things up by beating the other Wanderers in the Championship on Saturday.

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