Daniel Farke has been appointed as the new head coach of Norwich City, and he has revealed his excitement at the challenge which lies ahead.
Alex Neil was sacked by the Canaries in March, as it became increasingly unlikely that a return to the Premier League was on the horizon. The Scot was responsible for leading the club into the top-flight after joining in January 2015, but he couldn’t keep them up last season and by the time he was shown the door this term his side were nine points off the top-six.
Alan Irvine was placed in temporary charge for the remainder of the season, which ended in a 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers which secured an eighth place finish. But Norwich have decided against offering him the position on a permanent basis, with sporting director Stuart Webber instead travelling to Germany to land the club’s first ever foreign manager.
“I’m very excited to be here, it’s a great adventure for me,” Farke told the official club website. “I was really looking forward to coming here and seeing all of the people and learning even more about the club. Stuart Webber has told me all about Norwich City, its traditions and history, and I know what a great club it is. I’m very glad to be here and can’t wait to get started.”
Farke was head coach of SV Lippstadt for six years before he was given the chance to take charge of the reserve team at Borussia Dortmund. The 40-year-old spent two years there, before agreeing to leave his homeland and join the Canaries on a two-year contract. He will be assisted by compatriot Edmund Riemer, who has also penned a deal of the same length.