Should City fans be worried after bookies include Farke in their Huddersfield manager odds?
PUBLISHED: 13:41 15 January 2019 | UPDATED: 16:59 15 January 2019
The announcement of David Wagner’s exit from Premier League strugglers Huddersfield Town inevitably set alarm bells ringing for some Norwich City fans.
The fates of the two clubs have been intertwined ever since sporting director Stuart Webber left the Terriers in April 2017, missing out on an impending promotion.
Webber turned to Borussia Dortmund II, the same team he’d plucked Wagner from to begin a huge cultural shift on and off the pitch at the Yorkshire club.
Farke was the unknown German arriving in England tasked with a similar revamp, leading to the obvious similarities in Webber’s plans being compared.
It didn’t take long for City supporters to realise their new head coach was a different breed to Wagner, a close friend of Jurgen Klopp’s with a similar style of high pressing ‘rock and roll’ football.
Farke’s desire for a possession-based game led to teething problems for that style in the Championship, before developing into a promotion challenge.
It’s been a similar story to Wagner’s time under Webber at Huddersfield, when a bumpy start to life in England was followed by promotion via the play-offs.
Of course part two of that story is far from completed for Farke though, begging the question, would he even consider Huddersfield, should they come calling?
A fellow German with a team playing good football makes the links inevitable – but the Terriers are eight points adrift of safety in the top flight, with 16 games remaining.
Farke was being offered as an outsider at 11/1 with Betway, 16/1 with Coral and 20/1 by Betfair and Paddy Power this morning, however his odds have drifted throughout the day as current Borussia Dortmund II coach Jan Siewert has moved to odds-on 5/2 favourite.
The Canaries’ chief was being offered at 20/1 by Betway, 33/1 by Coral and 40/1 by Betfair and Paddy Power by 5pm, with former Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic having also come down to 3/1.
The 42-year-old’s contract situation – due to expire at the end of the season – adds some extra nerves but Farke would surely be unlikely to even consider swapping a team third due to goal difference in the Championship and with just one defeat in 15 games, for a very likely relegation.
• NEXT HUDDERSFIELD MANAGER ODDS (Coral – updated at 5pm)
Jan Siewert 5/2
Mark Hudson (caretaker) 2/1
Slavisa Jokanovic 3/1
Carlos Carvalhal 10/1
Christoph Buhler 16/1
Sam Allardyce 16/1
Gary Rowett 20/1
Alan Pardew 20/1
Nigel Pearson 20/1
Chris Coleman 20/1
David Moyes 20/1
Aidy Boothroyd 25/1
Harry Redknapp 25/1
Daniel Farke 33/1