Norwich City’s long road to relegation started to feel inevitable in recent weeks. It was punctuated by a 4-0 loss to
Michail Antonio West Ham United on Saturday.
The club’s fifth Premier League tenure will end after just one season after the club’s typical defensive shortcoming were on full display at Carrow Road.
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“We are unbelievably disappointed,” said manager Daniel Farke, via the BBC. “When I came here we needed to develop young players and sell them to keep the club going. We were able to do this. Then the second season no-one expected anything but we were able to stage a miracle that no-one expected. We won the Championship title with a special brand of football. We were not able to add a third miracle in-a-row against all odds.
“I’m really disappointed for this and for all our supporters. We wanted to beat the odds again but when the dust settles the outcome is more or less what was expected. … That’s what I expected.”
Farke hopes he can stay with the club and bring it back into the Premier League.
“Our situation as a club is quite comfortable because we don’t have any financial pressure at all and our young players are under long-term contracts. We can invest a bit more into the squad. Hopefully in the medium or long-term future we are an established Premier League club and we will need all our key players to do that.”
Norwich veteran Alexander Tettey found it difficult to label his emotions, even if the result was long coming to Carrow Road.
The Norwegian mainstay has been with the Canaries since 2012, enduring promotion and relegation with the club.
“It’s very hard for me to talk,” Tettey said. “That was a tough game for us. We came out trying to be positive but when we don’t do what we have to do on the pitch we are punished. … We’ve been in games sometimes but we don’t have the mentality or character to get those wins. It’s been a tough journey, it’s a young group but they will now have that experience.”
A bitter day at Carrow Road, even if it was long in front of the club.Follow @NicholasMendola