Norwich fires Farke despite his first win

Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke was fired hours after his first Premier League win of the season.

Farke had led Norwich to Championship promotion twice since 2017.

“We believe that now is the right time for a change that will give us the best opportunity to maintain our Premier League status,” said sporting director Stuart Webber.

In Farke’s post-match interview with BBC Sport, he gave no indication that he knew he was about to lose his job.

“We definitely have a chance [of survival]”, said.” It is a long marathon. The more we work together, the better we will be as a team. I can’t guarantee we’ll stay in the league, but don’t rule us out. “

The German was Norwich’s coach for 208 games in total, winning 87 of them.

He took over Norwich in 2017, leading them to the championship title in his second season.

They were relegated after a campaign in the Premier League, but bounced back directly as champions last season.

But he has the fourth worst record of all Premier League coaches who have taken over 20 games or more, winning just six of his 49 games in the top flight.

Former Norwich striker Chris Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I think if Norwich has to make a change, they have to do it now to give themselves a chance.”

“I think Farke has done a fantastic job, Norwich endorsed his model, they gave him a four-year contract in summer.

“This must have been in the thought process for a while. We don’t like to see people fired, but Norwich City want to have the best chance of being in the Premier League.”

“You look at teams like Brentford, they are competitive. Norwich has not been.”

Canarias confirmed that coaches Eddie Riemer, Chris Domogalla and Christopher John have also left the club.

Webber said the decision “was not easy.”

“Everyone in Norwich City should be forever grateful to Daniel and his staff for the important role they have played in our journey,” he added.

“They helped win two championship titles, many memorable moments and everyone was fully convinced of our philosophy and what it means to be a part of this football club.”

“Daniel and his staff are always welcome here. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your hard work and wish you all the best for the future.”

A statement from Norwich said: “The club will publish a new update on its first team personnel in due course.”

Their next game is not until they host Southampton in two weeks due to the impending international breakup.

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