Daniel Farke always was Norwich City’s prime target for Stuart Webber
PUBLISHED: 06:00 25 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:16 25 May 2017
Dan was always the man for Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber.
Webber set himself a timeline of appointing a new head coach “within two or three weeks” of the end of the season and should deliver on that promise after Daniel Farke agreed a two-year deal at Carrow Road.
Negotiations are ongoing with Borussia Dortmund as technically the 40-year-old is under contract with the German giants until the end of June.
The Canaries will be keen to extract him from Germany as soon as possible so that Farke can get to work on assessing a squad that reports back for duty on June 26.
Farke has agreed to lead City’s Championship fightback and was always the man Webber had identified to undertake that task after leading Dortmund Under-23s to second place in the West Regional League – Germany’s fourth tier – this season. Farke is also likely to bring his backroom team with him.
Uwe Rosler was the favourite with bookmakers for several weeks as Webber had reportedly lined him up at Huddersfield when David Wagner was linked with a move to Wolfsburg at the turn of the year.
However, Rosler was never in the running for the vacancy at Carrow Road and the same can be said for Jens Keller at Union Berlin and Torsten Lieberknecht at Eintracht Braunschweig.
Many City fans wanted Webber to raid his old club for Wagner but Webber insisted upon his arrival last month that he wouldn’t go back for the Terriers chief and he has been true to his word.
Webber revealed he would give City’s board at least two candidates to choose from for the head coach role and it is understood Garry Monk was the other name in the frame apart from Farke.
Monk admitted at the end of the season that discussions were planned with the Leeds hierarchy amid rumours that owner Massimo Cellino was unhappy at the way his side fell away from the play-offs towards the end of the campaign.
However, the Andrea Radrizzani takeover has clarified the former Swansea boss’ future and earlier this week Leeds exercised an option in his contract to extend it by another 12 months.