Norwich boss Farke praises ‘brilliant gentleman’ McCarthy while Klose insists Town ‘hit and hurt you’ in derby

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy shares a joke with Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke before th

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy shares a joke with Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke before the two teams met at Portman Road last October. Photo: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich boss Daniel Farke has lavished praise on ‘brilliant gentleman’ Mick McCarthy ahead of this weekend’s East Anglian Derby at Carrow Road.

Farke and McCarthy go head-to-head at Carrow Road for a second time on Sunday, with the German coming out on top at Portman Road earlier in the season as his City side claimed a 1-0 win.

Farke enjoyed meeting McCarthy for the first time and is full of respect for what he has achieved during his career, while also having sympathy for the situation the Ipswich boss finds himself in.

“I am full of respect for his career,” Farke said of McCarthy. “He has worked so long in this business and that is not easy.

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“Listen, you have some good times as a coach and some times when it is tough and you are struggling a bit. In his whole career he has been very successful and I would hope that one day I can look back on such a long career at this high level. I only have big compliments for Mick.


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“I enjoyed meeting him in Ipswich before the first game this season. He is a brilliant person and a brilliant character. He was unbelievably friendly and kind. He was a gentleman and I enjoyed having a chat with him.

“All I can say is even in Ipswich it is not like they have the opportunities of other clubs in this division, like Wolves or Middlesbrough, who are able to spend millions of pounds. Out of these opportunities he has done a really good job. Of course if you have a bad result or two then people are not happy. That is the same for me and I expect criticism.”

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Timm Klose on the physical battle against Ipswich Town

“If you want to be a pretty footballer against them you won’t get far,” the Swiss said.

“That is what they like. They go after you, they hit you, they hurt you.

“My first derby against Murphy was a completely new experience for me. I didn’t know that football before. It is their plan to do it that way on the pitch. We have to go out and deal with it.

“The couple of derbies I have played against them are always a struggle because they know exactly what to do in the Championship; to fight for the balls and the small metres on the pitch.

“Sometimes it is not pretty but it is effective. You need to go out, deal with it and not moan.

“Of course it is a different game. It is huge for the fans and for us.

“We know if we win then it can give us that push for the last few weeks and maybe still have one eye on the play-off spots.”

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Jamal Lewis on his first derby clash with Ipswich

“It would be the first derby I’ve been involved in so I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

“I’ve never even played one at youth level as Ipswich aren’t in our category. I’m totally looking forward to it, particularly with us having home advantage at Carrow Road.

“Everything we’re doing this week is working towards the game and the anticipation is building. Everyone knows what they’re doing and what they’re supposed to do.

“We’ve got a couple of new additions which has given us fresh legs. There’s always something special in the air for derby games, it’s a beautiful thing.

“Every game means a lot to me though, whether it’s a derby or a friendly. I want to play every game with the same intensity and mentality.

“For the last few games, we’ve had a real togetherness about us. If we have that against Ipswich, I’ve got no doubt we’ll come through with a win.”

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