Norwich City fans looked to the 2016/17 Championship season with the expectation of a title challenge, yet the Canaries faltered in their bid and finished the campaign a massive ten points off the top six.
The disappointing run of results cost Alex Neil his job, and bosses at Carrow Road moved quickly and impressively to bring Borussia Dortmund II manager Daniel Farke to the squad.
Former managers of the German reserve team include Huddersfield boss David Wagner who guided the Terriers to an unlikely promotion this season, and it is hoped in East Anglia that compatriot Farke will achieve the same.
Farke may have to do this without midfielder Jonny Howson, with reports emerging that a move back to boyhood club Leeds United may be on the cards this summer.
Invariably, the new man will look to bolster the middle of the park in the 29-year-old’s potential absence, and an ambitious move for soon to be free agent Joe Ledley would be a serious statement of intent by the German boss.
The Wales star is good enough to remain in the top flight, but if Farke can convince the Cardiff-born midfielder to spend a season in the Championship with reassurances of putting together a squad to guarantee a title bid, then City will be a force to be reckoned with.
The Canaries already boast one of the strongest squads in the division, and the addition of Ledley would take the team to a whole new level.
Ledley has 73 international caps with Wales, and has spent the majority of his career playing top flight football with Palace and Celtic up in the SPL.
The player scored almost 1 in every 5 games for the Bhoys, and if Farke can help Ledley rediscover this form, then it will be hard to look past Norwich City as promotion favourites next season.