Daniel Farke knows he has gone from hero to zero in the eyes of some Norwich City fans, after a miserable Premier League opening capped by a seven-goal mayhem at Chelsea.
Rock-bottom City’s lack of goals and wins is a far cry from the praise lavished on Farke for securing a record-breaking second league title.
“When you are praised so much in the good times, it can be difficult to keep your feet on the ground, and two weeks later the rotten tomatoes may be thrown away,” he said. “It’s hard. It’s never easy.
“You have to be careful not to be addicted to judgments and the view of the outside world, or to read too much, and especially not to social networks, because otherwise you will take yourself for a super hero with some magic skills then a clown and you have no idea.
“We are all human beings, not robots. If you want to take that privileged position and the Premier League is the best league in the world, there are only 20 managerial positions. Everyone in coaching would love to work in these roles.
“Critics and spotlight are inevitable. It’s never easy to deal with the situation, or the pressure, but that’s what you have to do if you want to work in this profession.
“You always have to stay level and in this area things can change incredibly quickly. ”
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Farke admits trying to keep Norwich on top of the English game is tough.
“If you want to work in this job, you have to be almost a workaholic,” he said. “If you’re not going to work incredibly hard and intense, and if you don’t always think of the little details, then you won’t be good enough to work at this level. You have to invest totally.
“When you are truly privileged to do this job, you can’t just enjoy all the benefits.
“Football is a job where we can make money, a lot of money, but with that comes the pressure and sometimes it’s not easy when you’re always in the spotlight and you don’t have a lot of money. private life.
“Last season we played the best season in the history of Norwich City Football Club. We were the champions, and maybe they were about to build some status, then you lose a few games in the Premier League and you have to answer all these questions.