Canary fans in for wild ride with Farke
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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