‘He’s not a magician!’ - Tettey points to financial inferiority as he backs Farke to revive City’s fortunes
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Alex Tettey has backed Daniel Farke as the man to lead Norwich City’s revival in the Championship.
The Canaries’ longest serving current player is enduring a third Premier League relegation as his eighth season with the club moves towards an agonising end.
Slumping to a 4-0 home thrashing at the hands of West Ham equalled a club record of seven consecutive league defeats but the title win of 2019 means the former Norway midfielder still has faith in Farke.
“We have been in the Championship with him for two seasons so he knows everything that he needs to know about the Championship – and winning it as well,” said Tettey.
“Fans will always criticise us whenever it goes wrong, or praise us whenever it goes well. They are the guys that pay to come and watch us so it’s in their rights to have those opinions.
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“The boss has done everything he can in this situation really. In terms of players he doesn’t have any 15, 20 or 30 million pound players. He has young talent mixed with a couple of senior players and not all of them have had Premier League experience.
“So he’s done everything, to be fair, and it’s tough for him as well at times when he has wanted to play differently but hasn’t had the players to do that.
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“We started the season with one centre-half fit and even throughout the season it’s been one fit, sometimes I have had to cover, and how in the Premier League is it possible with a young and newly promoted team? It would be tough for any manager.”
Farke’s previous success means it’s highly likely City’s senior staff will stand by their man and Tettey, who extended his contract to stay with the club during 2020-21, is retaining overall perspective of the progress made by Farke and sporting director Stuart Webber.
“I don’t think it’s wise to blame him,” he added, of Farke. “He’s not a magician, he can’t just put his wand up and we beat all of these players. We played against a team (West Ham) that bought a striker for nearly £50million. Sorry, but he doesn’t have that.
“That’s what it is, I’m not blaming him and that’s not being diplomatic or anything, that’s the way it is, you can’t point the finger at him or whatever. He has worked hard and we’ve not been good enough, it’s as simple as that.”