Ipswich Town’s rivals Norwich City name Daniel Farke as new head coach

Daniel Farke is the Norwich City head coach. Picture: Ruhr Nachrichten

Daniel Farke is the Norwich City head coach. Picture: Ruhr Nachrichten - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town’s bitter rivals Norwich City have a new head coach.

The Canaries officially announced this morning that Daniel Farke has signed a two-year deal, after completing his move from Borussia Dortmund.

The 40-year-old is City’s first-ever overseas coach and will be joined at Carrow Road by his assistant, Edmund Riemer, who will take on the role of assistant head coach.

Farke was City’s number one target, with Leeds United’s coach Garry Monk believed to be the only other contender considered in the closing stages of an exhaustive search conducted by Webber.

Farke enjoyed a successful 20-month stint in charge of BVB’s Unders-23s, after replacing David Wagner at the eight-time German champions in 2015.

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“I’m very excited to be here, it’s a great adventure for me,” Farke told the club’s official site. “I was really looking forward to coming here and seeing all of the people and learning even more about the club. I had a really good time with Borussia Dortmund, but Stuart Webber has told me all about Norwich City, its traditions and history, and I know what a great club it is.

“The more I know about Norwich City, the more excited I get. I’m very glad to be here and can’t wait to get started.”

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Sporting director Webber has hailed the appointment.

“I’m delighted to welcome Daniel on board,” he said. “He was an outstanding candidate, and I’ve spent a lot of time getting to know his methods and how he works. When it became clear he was interested in coming here I was very pleased.

“Borussia Dortmund are known for employing high-class coaching talent, and if you look at his team at Dortmund they very much dominated possession and they were defensively very good. He’ll bring a certain style and identity to us that the fans can relate to.

“We gave ourselves the timeframe of getting a head coach in by the end of May and I’m very pleased that we’ve achieved that. The most important thing was not rushing it and making sure we got the decision right, and I must thank everyone at the club and the supporters for their patience. I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Daniel here.”

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