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‘I hope we are patient’ – These Norwich fans were willing to give this 2017 recruit time and are now reaping the rewards

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Having been relegated from the Premier League after just one season back in the top-flight, the pressure was on manager Alex Neil to push for promotion once again. 

The 2016/17 season was far from a disaster with the Canaries eventually finishing in eighth place, agonisingly missing out on a playoff spot, but it was not enough to save Neil’s job.

In March the club decided to go in a different direction with the general consensus among the powers that be being that the Scot had taken the club as far as he could.

Now, the hunt was on for somebody the club could build a long-term future with and just after the season had finished, a rather unknown figure was appointed.

This is FLW Rewind where we take a look back at a big decision made by a club, analyse the initial reaction and document what happened next.

The man Ed Balls and co would task with building the club was Borussia Dortmund’s youth team coach Daniel Farke.

With fellow Dortmund alumni David Wagner about to win promotion to the Premier League with Huddersfield Town, it is easy to see why they opted for the German.

They can often be unpopular decisions, but this one seemed to go down rather well, with the fans keen to give him a chance:

Having lost players such as Alex Pritchard and Josh Murphy in the summer, Farke arguably started on the back foot but still spent just over £13million on new signings that summer as he looked to shape his squad.

But it was far from a convincing opening campaign for the German as the Canaries spluttered to a mediocre 13th place finish. More was expected from the fans but they stuck by their manager.

And boy have they reaped the rewards this season. Farke kept faith with the signings he had brought in a year ago and made tweaks to his starting XI with the likes of Teemu Pukki, Emiliano Buendia and Moritz Leitner arriving.

Everything has clicked perfectly for the Norfolk club. They currently sit top of the Championship table and have been playing some breathtaking football at times.

In a world where managers are often viewed as so expendable, it is great to see Norwich being rewarded for standing by their man and their ethos.

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