Ca­nary fans in for wild ride with Farke

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW - By Richard Dore

DANIEL Farke has called for a ‘wild’ Car­row Road this sea­son, which he hopes will match his team’s play­ing style.

The Ca­naries boss takes charge for his first home Cham­pi­onship game this af­ter­noon, when Nor­wich host Sun­der­land, hav­ing had his first taste of Cham­pi­onship foot­ball last week­end at Ful­ham.

That game ended 1-1 af­ter a stir­ring Nor­wich fight­back, with Farke prais­ing his team’s trav­el­ling fans.

But, hav­ing brought in nine play­ers so far this sum­mer, he clearly wants a warm Car­row Road wel­come for them.

“For sure, it’s our liv­ing room,” said Farke. “And es­pe­cially for the new guys in the squad, it’s quite im­por­tant they get a good im­pres­sion of their home, of their liv­ing room. It should feel like home.

“I knew when I signed here for Nor­wich that they have prob­a­bly the best fans in the whole league, so we’ll try to be there for the fans.

“We’ll try to ful­fil their dreams, their wishes and try to make them hap­pen.

“It could be a lit­tle bit wild. It could be a bit noisy and it’s a bit like our play­ing style. Some­times, I like it to be a lit­tle bit too wild.

“We were prob­a­bly the old­est squad in the whole league last year, but now we are prob­a­bly one of the youngest teams in the league.

“They need some sup­port and they will make some mis­takes. There will be some hard times, but I think when we have to­geth­er­ness, es­pe­cially with our fans. We can do some good things.”

The Ca­naries’ 3-2 Carabao Cup win over League Two Swin­don Town in mid­week was at­tended by 13,166 sup­port­ers, but a big­ger au­di­ence is ex­pected for the Sun­der­land game, with huge ex­cite­ment build­ing on the ter­races fol­low­ing Farke’s ar­rival.

Af­ter David Wag­ner joined Hud­der­s­field from Borus­sia Dort­mund in 2015, Farke suc­ceeded him as re­serve team boss at the club.

In­evitable com­par­isons have been drawn be­tween the Nor­wich boss and fel­low Ger­mans Wag­ner and Jur­gen Klopp, and the philoso­phies they have brought with them to the English game.

But the 40-year-old shies away from spell­ing out how he wants to see the game played.

In­stead he be­lieves sup­port­ers will be able to make up their own minds when they rock up to cheer on their team.

“In foot­ball, some­times a lot of peo­ple speak about play­ing in a type of way,” said Farke.

“But the truth is on the pitch and you have to re­alise what you want on the pitch. That’s our tar­get.

“I don’t like to speak so much about it. I want the fans to see what we do. The play­ers are get­ting used to play­ing, per­haps in a new style, in dif­fer­ent ways.

“But I don’t like so much to speak about a new phi­los­o­phy or idea or strat­egy. I just want the sup­port­ers in the sta­dium to watch our game and to re­alise what we are stand­ing for.

“We con­ceded a lot of goals last sea­son and we know we have to im­prove that.”

As Nor­wich pre­pare to roll out the red car­pet for Si­mon Grayson’s newly-rel­e­gated Black Cats, vet­eran mid­fielder Wes Hoola­han be­lieves the Car­row Road dressing room is more united than ever.

“The to­geth­er­ness in our dressing room at the mo­ment is bril­liant. It’s one of the best,” said the 35-year-old.

“Ev­ery­one is en­joy­ing each other. We’re play­ing great foot­ball and it’s an en­joy­able time at the mo­ment at Car­row Road.”

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