￼Solving Norwich’s current problems doesn’t appear to be rocket science.
Everyone inside Carrow Road appears to know how to do it. The local press can see it. There may be other factors at work that we don’t know about, but can Daniel Farke really not grasp it?
Perhaps taking some tips from Einstein may help…
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Whatever you think about Farke’s football philosophy, it’s one that is here to stay. Stuart Webber said as much in his maiden chat with the media. Is the reason the German was chosen fur the Head Coach role.
City will stick with this possession-based philosophy regardless of location or opposition.
They’ll attempt to pass through the bottom of the league Birmingham City on Boxing Day, and have the same approach against Chelsea in the new year.
If the philosophy and formation are to remain the same, the only thing that can change (and prevent everyone involved from going insane) is the personnel.
For the third game running a midfield pairing of Harrison Reed and Mario Vrancic has proved weak and effectual.
Their partnership was one forced out of necessity. With the returns of Tettey and Trybull, that’s no longer the case.
Changes must be made. For everyone’s sanity.
The only source of knowledge is experience.
In managerial terms, Daniel Farke is not an experienced leader. His career thus far played out in the lower reaches of the German leagues.
He’s relatively new to English football. He’s never worked in a set up so reliant on results.
Six months in and we all hope he’s learning. He seemed to have done after the early season atrocities at Villa and Millwall.
Now he appears to have regressed.
After those two awful results, he proceeded to shore up his side. In came the Tettey-Trybull partnership. Likewise Klose and Zimmermann.
Both have subsequently been ripped up.
While injuries forced his hand on the midfield duo, a desire to shoehorn Grant Hanley, his most expensive signing, into the side appears to be the reason for the other change.
If doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity, what does refusing to do the things that repeatedly brought good results represent?
Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.
These Norwich players (Maddison, Pritchard and a few other exceptions aside) are just not very good. Then again, neither were Lambert’s lads of 2011. Look at where the likes of Grant Holt, Zak Whitbread, Andrew Crofts, David Fox ended up after their times at Norwich. Look where they came from beforehand. Lower league journeymen who came together to perform above themselves.
A team greater than the sum of its parts.
This team is underachieving, but we know what’s possible. Maybe a little belief is all it needs. A win on Boxing Day would certainly help achieve that.