Daniel Farke was appointed Norwich City’s head coach on 25 May 2017 and led the Canaries into the Premier League in his second season in charge.
Farke spent his playing career as a forward in Germany’s lower divisions.
He hung up his boots at the age of 31, having already started studying economics with a view to having a career as a sporting director.
He had no desire to be a manager at the time but took a coaching course to get an idea of the challenges his colleagues would face.
Soon after, Farke was offered the chance to become the sporting director of his former club SV Lippstadt 08, provided he also took on the head coach’s responsibilities for the final matches of the season.
He accepted the challenge, and the immediate results were so good that the dual role became a long-term one.
Farke spent six years in charge of Lippstadt, leading them from the sixth tier to the fourth at a time when the club were also developing a new 4,000-capacity stadium.
Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund came calling in November 2015, putting Farke in charge of their reserve side after David Wagner left to become Huddersfield Town’s head coach.
The team had just been relegated and sat 15th in the fourth tier, but Farke led them to a fourth-place finish and then a runners-up spot.
Impressed by his success, Norwich handed a 40-year-old Farke a two-year contract in May 2017, making him their first ever foreign head coach.
The Canaries finished 14th in the Championship in 2017/18 but took Arsenal to extra-time in an EFL Cup clash before forcing a replay and penalty shootout against Chelsea in an FA Cup tie.
The following season, Farke led Norwich to the title, securing promotion shortly after signing a new three-year deal that extended his stay at Carrow Road until June 2022.
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