A promising update has emerged on Norwich’s pursuit of a replacement for Daniel Farke…
According to EDP journalist David Freezer, the Canaries are expecting to be able to name their new head coach before the end of the week.
The report does not add any further details in terms of who it is likely to be, with Stuart Webber said to be playing his cards close to his chest.
Canaries fans will surely be buzzing with this update from Freezer as it suggests that, despite a lack of news this week, the club are still hopeful of having a man in place well in advance of the Premier League clash with Southampton.
They host the Saints at Carrow Road on the other side of the international break and it would be a frustrating situation for Norwich to be in if they get to that game without a permanent replacement for Farke in the dugout, given that his backroom staff were also let go.
This break gives them the opportunity to bring someone in and give them more time than they would usually to get their ideas across, with no matches this weekend. That is why supporters will be delighted to hear that a head coach is set to be named by the end of the week.
Norwich reportedly have a three-man shortlist of managers with Premier League experience; Dean Smith, Frank Lampard and Ralph Hasenhuttl. The former two are currently out of work, whilst the Austrian, Hasenhuttl, is managing Southampton in the top-flight – making him an unlikely target.
Smith was recently sacked by Aston Villa with the Midlands club 16th in the table. In his first two Premier League campaigns at Villa Park, his side finished 17th and 11th in the table – avoiding relegation back down to the Championship. This shows that he is capable of setting a side up to avoid the drop, which could appeal to Norwich.
Lampard’s short managerial C.V, meanwhile, includes a sixth-placed finish in the Championship with Derby County before leading Chelsea to fourth in his only full season at Stamford Bridge. The Blues were ninth at the time of his departure, with German coach Thomas Tuchel replacing him.
If they are able to bring someone in before the close of play on Sunday, it will be interesting to see if it ends up being any of these three names – particularly with Smith and Lampard currently out of work.