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Farke apologises for relegation, but relishes fight to return

DANIEL FARKE admitted yesterday that the rebuild at Norwich will be a tough task, but said he was excited for the challenge of fighting for a Premier League return.

The Canaries’ relegation back to the Championship was confirmed on Saturday with a crushing 4-0 home defeat to West Ham.

Norwich do not have long to lick their wounds, with a trip to Chelsea up next today, but Farke has started to think about the 2020-21 campaign.

“It is a tough task, without any doubt, because you can sense always when a club goes down the first year it is unbelievably difficult,” he said.

“It won’t be easy because we have to rebuild the squad, rebuild the momentum and the players have suffered many disappointments, which is not good for confidence. But this is what you have to face after relegation.

“It is always tough and the good thing is we have 46 games to work on this rebuild. I expect especially the first games to be unbelievably difficult, but because of our values, our philosophy and principles this should lead us.”

A big debate surrounding the club is whether they will be able to keep hold of their highly rated young players, but Farke is optimistic about holding onto the likes of Max Aarons, Ben Godfrey and Todd Cantwell.

“First of all we have no financial pressure at all and the second reason is long-term contracts, so for that I think it is quite realistic to keep them.”

He again apologised for relegation and admitted he felt his coaching ability could make up for their minimal spending last summer.

“I was fully aware there was a big gap between us and all the other clubs in terms of money, individual quality, experience and quality options in the depth of the squad,” he added.

“But I was hoping I was able to compensate all these gaps with my quality as a coach and I wasn’t able to do this.”

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