Farke is set to return to Carrow Road this weekend, but revenge is not on his agenda. Leeds United manager Daniel Farke, who once managed Norwich City, has expressed that seeking revenge against his former club would diminish the success he enjoyed during his time at Carrow Road.
Farke’s tenure at Norwich City had its ups and downs. He took over as manager in the summer of 2017, and in his first season, the Canaries finished 14th in the Championship. The following season, 2018/19, Farke led Norwich to promotion as second-tier title winners, but they were immediately relegated from the Premier League in the 2019/20 season. Despite the relegation, Norwich kept faith in Farke, and he rewarded them with a second Championship title in the 2020/21 season, achieving a club-record point tally of 97. However, Farke was dismissed by the club in November 2021 after a 2-1 win over Brentford, while they were at the bottom of the Premier League table, five points from safety.
Now as the manager of Leeds, Farke is set to face Norwich for the first time since leaving Carrow Road. The upcoming game between Leeds and Norwich could have significant implications in the battle for promotion. Nevertheless, Farke has made it clear that he is not seeking revenge against his former club.
When asked if he was thinking about revenge, Farke responded by saying, “No, I would never speak about this topic. I had such a great time. That is the only thing that is in my mind. I would never speak about negative things. It would devalue what we achieved there. I had a great time and was allowed to play a small part in one of the most successful times in the club’s history. For that, no hard feelings. I will keep the good memories in my head. My principle is always to judge the situation by saying it is not important what people think when you come in through the door, but what the people think when you go out. So many memories. This club will always have a special place in my heart. I was there for four and a half years, and those memories will live with me forever. But nothing lasts forever. Now the task is to travel and win the points. I am not thinking too much about my memories. Maybe in 30 years with a glass of wine on the sofa I can talk about this.”
In the Championship, Leeds currently sit fifth in the standings, nine points behind the automatic promotion places. They are two points ahead of Norwich, who occupy the seventh position.
Farke’s decision not to focus on revenge appears sensible, considering the success he brought to Norwich in the Championship. It would be unwise to tarnish those memorable moments, especially given the financial benefits from those promotions, which could be crucial for the club’s future. Additionally, refraining from discussing revenge eliminates any added motivation for the current Norwich side, managed by David Wagner, making it a wise move ahead of the upcoming game.