Daniel Farke’s time at Norwich had been a ticking timebomb for a few months now. However, after the Canaries defeated Brentford on Saturday, it had brought him time.
Unfortunately, the sad reality for the German, was that the club’s hierarchy had already made up their minds before the match.
Regardless of whether they beat the Bees, Farke was going to receive the sack and he duly did on Saturday evening.
It was bizarre timing but with an international break now upon us, it makes sense to give the team time to gel under a new manager.
Whoever the next head coach is will also get an opportunity to work with a squad now with renewed confidence.
To add to the strange nature of Farke’s sacking, their win this weekend was their first of the season.
That alone tells you why the 45-year-old has been given the boot by Stuart Webber and co. Who the Canaries will turn to next is interesting.
Their previous manager had been with the club for four years. Thus, you feel that whoever Webber decides to appoint, will define his reign in Norfolk.
Among the contenders, according to the Independent, is Frank Lampard. The ex-Chelsea manager has been tipped by many to take over at Carrow Road, with presenter and Norwich supporter Jake Humphrey taking to Twitter on Saturday evening to suggest that he was the best choice.
Lampard doesn’t have experience of working in a relegation battle but should the sad eventuality occur of dropping out of the division, the Englishman would be in a good place to take them back up immediately.
He has experience of working in the Championship where he impressed at Derby County while he knows the Premier League inside out.
Hailed as “unbelievable” by Scott Parker, the 43-year-old could be the man to extract more from the talented squad at his disposal.
The England great has a phenomenal track record of working with young players, bringing the likes of Reece James, Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham into the mainstream limelight.
Individuals like Harry Wilson also thrived under his guidance in the Championship at Derby, leading us to believe he could have a wonderful impact at Carrow Road.
After all, Norwich have a vast number of young players in their squad. From the likes of Todd Cantwell and Kieran Dowell to Max Aarons and Josh Sargent, he could have a game-changing impact.
They are yet to really live up to their full potential and have been off the pace this term but Lampard could be the one that finally unleashes their true ability in the top-flight.
Should he achieve that, then Norwich’s chances of remaining in the Premier League will only increase. This is certainly an appointment that Webber must consider.