Daniel Farke will never be satisfied at Norwich City
PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:22 04 March 2018
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Daniel Farke insists Norwich City are on the right track after a rocky start to his Carrow Road career.
The Canaries’ first overseas head coach saw a clutch of top talent sold before a brutal introduction to the demands of the Championship.
Farke accepts, however, there is plenty of work ahead to match his own high expectations.
“There are still some steps to go,” he said.
“We have a really good talented squad, full of potential, and hopefully we can build on this.
“It is always a process.
“There will never be a moment when I say: ‘This is exactly what I want’, because four days later is another game when we have to go and prove it again.
“You will always find topics you can improve.
“I got the feeling when we first started there was a big difference between what I wanted and what we were producing.
“Right now, it is not so far from how I want to play football.
“When I compare the Bolton game with Burton four months ago at home it was the same type of game, against an opponent who wants to sit back and is happy with a draw. Okay, they finished 0-0 but these two games were completely different.
“In the first half against Bolton it looked like a team from one level and a different level.
“We have improved in nearly all the topics.
“Scoring is the last topic. If we are able to score more goals then we are really pretty close.”
Farke is too canny to make bold promotion predictions, after a turbulent couple of transfer windows since his move from Borussia Dortmund.
“You can’t plan in football for what happens in the next 10 months,” he said.
“When I first got here you couldn’t see us losing Jonny Howson, Graham Dorrans and Jacob Murphy or that we would be without Alex Pritchard for 20 games because of injury and Timm Klose.
“What we did know is it would be a big change for the club.
“After five games we had conceded the most goals in the league. Since then we have conceded less than one goal per game on average and in more than 50pc of the games we have kept a clean sheet.
“We had some problems also at the start of the season to bring our philosophy onto the pitch and be dominant.
“Now if it’s the best teams like Wolves or Derby or a home game like Bolton and Ipswich we are the better team.
“I am happy we are heading in the right direction.”