‘Even my television is not working for the past seven days’ Daniel Farke’s hilarious take on how Norwich City’s squad have handled ‘Snowmageddon’

PUBLISHED: 18:33 02 March 2018 | UPDATED: 08:40 03 March 2018

Nelson Oliveira is one of Daniel Farke's squad who has not enjoyed the arctic blast. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Nelson Oliveira is one of Daniel Farke's squad who has not enjoyed the arctic blast. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Daniel Farke poked fun at his Norwich City players after the snow wreaked havoc with their training ground travel plans.

The Canaries’ Championship game at Barnsley was called off on Friday on safety grounds, but Farke was less forgiving over some of the excuses from his squad earlier in the week as they struggled to get to the club’s snowbound Colney base.

“It was funny on the Wednesday, there was so much snow and all the German lads were in at the normal time,” he said. “To be honest, most of the British lads were thinking it was a day off and sending in pictures of the snow, saying: ‘The roads are blocked, we can’t come’.

“It was the same with the training staff. My goalkeeper coach rings me and says: ‘I can’t come’. I’m thinking this is a brilliant day for keepers to train in the snow.

“Most of the players live pretty close to the stadium and the Germans were in. Marley Watkins, a Welsh guy, and I think the Welsh guys are tough, he sends me a photo of some snow on his car. I understand the Portugal guys. Nelson (Oliveira) was sending me a picture saying the roads are too dangerous. I sent him a picture back of Louis Thompson, a British player who lives two houses away from Nelson, and he was in at the normal time.

“I accept the sun is always shining in Portugal. Maybe it is a cultural thing. I get the feeling here with snow everything is not possible.

“Normally we have the session at 9am so we said: ‘okay the streets are a bit tricky. We put it back to 1pm’ but even at 1pm, and I don’t want to criticise the British players, but at 12:50pm Jamal Lewis sends me a picture saying there is so much snow. I know this. That is why we put the session back.

“Nelson tells me it is too dangerous. I said: ‘Nelson, I drove on those roads at 9am. When I was driving I could see cars with young women and old women, old men and young men and children, and it is not too dangerous for them but my 25-year-old tough striker it is not possible to be in the car’. I can’t accept it.

“To be fair they were all in, Jamal a bit later. I have to adapt to the thought that when it snows nothing works.

“Even my television is not working for the past seven days.

“No technical guy can come out because it is snowing. I am the only head coach in Western Europe who is not able to watch football games on the telly.”

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