Norwich sack Farke despite first win

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    First Premier League win is a 'big relief' – Farke before learning his fate

    Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke has been sacked hours after their first win of the Premier League season.

    The Canaries won 2-1 at Brentford, but remain bottom of the Premier League with five points from 11 games.

    Farke had led Norwich to promotion from the Championship twice since 2017.

    "We feel now is the right time for a change to give ourselves the best opportunity of retaining our Premier League status," said sporting director Stuart Webber.

    In Farke's post-match interview with BBC Sport, he gave no indication he knew he was about to lose his job.

    "We definitely have a chance [of survival]," he said. "It's a long marathon. The longer we work together, the better we will be as a team. I can't guarantee we'll stay in the league but don't write us off."

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    The German was Norwich manager for 208 games in total, winning 87 of them.

    He took over in 2017, leading the Canaries to the Championship title in his second season.

    They were relegated after one campaign in the Premier League, but bounced straight back as champions last season.

    But he has the fourth worst record of all Premier League managers to have taken charge of 20 games or more – winning just six of his 49 top-flight games.

    Ex-Liverpool and Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy told Match of the Day: "He has made some special memories at Norwich.

    "The problem is the coach's job is to set up the tactics and style and it is too much the same as last time they went down. I think the change was the right thing, they have given themselves a fighting chance."

    Former Norwich striker Chris Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I think if Norwich have to make a change, they have to make it now to give themselves a chance.

    "I think Farke's done a fantastic job, Norwich backed his model, they gave him a four-year deal in the summer.

    "This must have been in the thought process for a while. We don't like to see people sacked, but Norwich City want the best chance to be in the Premier League.

    "You look at teams like Brentford, they're competitive. Norwich haven't been."

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    The Canaries confirmed that coaches Eddie Riemer, Chris Domogalla and Christopher John have all left the club too.

    Webber said the decision "was not an easy one".

    "All at Norwich City should be forever grateful to Daniel and his staff for the significant role they have played in our journey," he added.

    "They helped deliver two Championship titles, many memorable moments and they all fully bought into our philosophy and what it means to be part of this football club.

    "Daniel and his staff will always be welcome back here. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their hard work and wish them well for the future."

    A Norwich statement read: "The club will issue a further update on its first team staff in due course."

    Their next game is not until they host Southampton in two weeks' time because of the imminent international break.

    Analysis

    BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera

    Sporting director Stuart Webber told Daniel Farke about the decision after the game against Brentford.

    Norwich held off telling the German until after the win because they did not want to disrupt the team's preparations – but the decision had been under consideration for a while.

    The 7-0 thrashing by Chelsea last month and the manner of some performances had raised alarms at Carrow Road.

    Norwich are unlikely to have taken the decision without a plan and, with the international break coming up, a new manager could be in place for the club's next game on 20 November.

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      Comment posted by David, at 20:19 6 Nov

      Honourable manager who never made excuses. Limited squad and resources for the Premier League, and maybe limited tactically but Norwich and Farke never make enemies and that goes a long way in the iniquitous, cut-throat world of top-flight football.110918

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        Reply posted by AJC_123, at 20:35 6 Nov

        "Honourable manager who never made excuses. Limited squad and resources for the Premier League, and maybe limited tactically but Norwich and Farke never make enemies and that goes a long way in the iniquitous, cut-throat world of top-flight football."AJC_123 replied: But he didn’t play Gilmour who was the best player he had available.107351

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      Comment posted by Sonny Fabich, at 20:27 6 Nov

      Two ‘Second Division’ champions trophies in the English Football League is nothing to be scoffed at, ever. Farke can walk away with his head high.7016

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        Reply posted by The Spin Doctor, at 21:15 6 Nov

        "Two ‘Second Division’ champions trophies in the English Football League is nothing to be scoffed at, ever. Farke can walk away with his head high."The Spin Doctor replied: That’s two trophies more than Ole has. 😂😂😂48730

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      Comment posted by Simon, at 20:18 6 Nov

      Disgraceful, not a Norwich supporter, but can’t see how he could have done much better on the budget.64232

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        Reply posted by PIND DADAN KHAN, at 20:20 6 Nov

        "Disgraceful, not a Norwich supporter, but can’t see how he could have done much better on the budget."PIND DADAN KHAN replied: He spent £50m in the Summer!!!40252

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      Comment posted by Metro1962, at 20:18 6 Nov

      Their first win and they sack him……….utter stupidity Deliaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa40546

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        Reply posted by AJC_123, at 20:21 6 Nov

        "Their first win and they sack him……….utter stupidity Deliaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa"AJC_123 replied: I disagree – you shouldn’t base a decision on one game. This was a long time coming.126158

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      Comment posted by Bryce, at 20:18 6 Nov

      For Farke’s sake35817

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        Reply posted by Arch Stanton, at 20:21 6 Nov

        "For Farke’s sake"Arch Stanton replied: Well, quite literally!2339

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      Comment posted by Shaketh The Wise, at 20:23 6 Nov

      Odd decision given how Norwich sold their best player, have injuries to other good players and kept Farke after the last PL campaign (where they were much worse with a better team) and he repaid them with a handsome Championship title. Feel for him, hope he goes somewhere else and does equally as well with what he’s given.3415

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        Reply posted by Fan Of Whoever Plays Man Utd, at 21:02 6 Nov

        "Odd decision given how Norwich sold their best player, have injuries to other good players and kept Farke after the last PL campaign (where they were much worse with a better team) and he repaid them with a handsome Championship title. Feel for him, hope he goes somewhere else and does equally as well with what he’s given."Fan Of Whoever Plays Man Utd replied: Farke just proved that sometimes nice guys really do finish last.16910

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      Comment posted by madcat100, at 20:23 6 Nov

      Win your first match of the season and get fired immediately afterwards. Absolutely stark raving bonkers!!!!!!!!28624

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        Reply posted by Lets Agree To Disagree, at 20:48 6 Nov

        "Win your first match of the season and get fired immediately afterwards. Absolutely stark raving bonkers!!!!!!!!"Lets Agree To Disagree replied: Sometimes these promoted teams just make managerial decisions at a point in time that defy logic. Remember WBA firing Bilic a couple of seasons back?1445

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      Comment posted by Mart72, at 20:20 6 Nov

      Won 87 Games out of 208 – Having sold most of his best players. The Guy sounds like a great manager.25818

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        Reply posted by Billy Fartsniff, at 20:34 6 Nov

        "Won 87 Games out of 208 – Having sold most of his best players. The Guy sounds like a great manager."Billy Fartsniff replied: Can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic or not!2977

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      Comment posted by RichardRichard, at 20:20 6 Nov

      Don’t understand these clubs that spend nothing and expect everything.23519

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        Reply posted by PIND DADAN KHAN, at 20:21 6 Nov

        "Don’t understand these clubs that spend nothing and expect everything."PIND DADAN KHAN replied: FYI Norwich spent £50m in the Summer30172

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      Comment posted by asta, at 20:23 6 Nov

      Stuart Webber avoids all the consequences of his mistakes.
      If he was a decent bloke he would accept his part in the current situation and resign and not let Farke be the scapegoat.2097

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        Reply posted by A grown-up, at 20:51 6 Nov

        "Stuart Webber avoids all the consequences of his mistakes.If he was a decent bloke he would accept his part in the current situation and resign and not let Farke be the scapegoat."A grown-up replied: Except Webber doesn’t pick the team nor does he decide tactics. That’s the manager’s remit. Norwich are bang on course to get relegated unless they change something. I’m sorry, but sentimentality aside, Farke probably didn’t quite cut it as a Premiership manager so he wasn’t the guy to give Norwich a fighting chance of staying up.50105

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      Comment posted by JamboStu, at 20:20 6 Nov

      Classy Norwich! The board were secretly hoping they lost today.1749

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        Reply posted by The Spin Doctor, at 21:04 6 Nov

        "Classy Norwich! The board were secretly hoping they lost today."The Spin Doctor replied: They do have ambitions on beating Derby’s record and wins will make this more difficult to do.493

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      Comment posted by djn, at 20:19 6 Nov

      He’s been treated very shabbily.16412

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        Reply posted by The Spin Doctor, at 21:04 6 Nov

        "He’s been treated very shabbily."The Spin Doctor replied: Mr Farke, please join Koeman, Nuno, Bruce, Warnock, McCarthy and Big Sam in the race to replace Ole.7721

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      Comment posted by faith, at 20:19 6 Nov

      A real shame, I like Farke. He is a gentleman and clearly cares but this is such a cut throat business these days. I can see Norwich needed something different and its always the manager in the firing line. Results are all that matter it seems these days, who next though?1458

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        Reply posted by labarbe, at 20:27 6 Nov

        "A real shame, I like Farke. He is a gentleman and clearly cares but this is such a cut throat business these days. I can see Norwich needed something different and its always the manager in the firing line. Results are all that matter it seems these days, who next though?"labarbe replied: If results didn’t matter, Faith, even I could do the job.3510

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      Comment posted by EvidenceBased, at 20:23 6 Nov

      Bad move. No loyalty = no trust = bad atmosphere.1287

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        Reply posted by AJC_123, at 20:34 6 Nov

        "Bad move. No loyalty = no trust = bad atmosphere."AJC_123 replied: I disagree. (Poor team + better manager) > (poor team + current poor manager).9114

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      Comment posted by The Page, at 20:33 6 Nov

      Ipswich fan here, fell sorry for the fans, would give my sixth finger for a manger like him1165

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        Reply posted by Lets Agree To Disagree, at 21:37 6 Nov

        "Ipswich fan here, fell sorry for the fans, would give my sixth finger for a manger like him"Lets Agree To Disagree replied: If Ipswich were to hire him he may not even have to change addresses.424

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      Comment posted by Commentier, at 20:17 6 Nov

      Man United have been biding their time until the perfect candidate became available.

      The plot thickens.12616

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      Comment posted by CaptainSlow81, at 20:23 6 Nov

      A blessing in disguise…he may get a job where he’s actually appreciated….not every team can expected to retain premiership status on that budget1138

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        Reply posted by Dave in the middle, at 20:58 6 Nov

        "A blessing in disguise…he may get a job where he’s actually appreciated….not every team can expected to retain premiership status on that budget"Dave in the middle replied: He was appreciated at Norwich and always will be. But he was sacked because of his form in the premier league.4417

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      Comment posted by Canary_Song, at 20:38 6 Nov

      Lose your best 2 players in the summer. Bring in half a dozen young and unknown ones with no pre-season. Sack your greatest ever manager just as he starts to sort the mess out. Cheap and cowardly decision, to deflect criticism of the club’s lack of ambition.931

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        Reply posted by gbammo, at 22:39 6 Nov

        "Lose your best 2 players in the summer. Bring in half a dozen young and unknown ones with no pre-season. Sack your greatest ever manager just as he starts to sort the mess out. Cheap and cowardly decision, to deflect criticism of the club’s lack of ambition."gbammo replied: John Bond would argue that !!72

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      Comment posted by Iguana, at 20:18 6 Nov

      We can’t have Norwich winning games; Delia wants those parachute payments.10022

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        Reply posted by Liofa73, at 21:27 6 Nov

        "We can’t have Norwich winning games; Delia wants those parachute payments."Liofa73 replied: You only get the cash if you don’t get promoted. He got Norwich back up straight away.141

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      Comment posted by MarktheHorn, at 20:20 6 Nov

      Well he went out on a high ..784

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        Reply posted by The Spin Doctor, at 21:05 6 Nov

        "Well he went out on a high .."The Spin Doctor replied: Nothing more better than going out as a ‘winner’.282

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