Rio Ferdinand: Norwich’s call to sack Daniel Farke was taken before their first win of the season


Rio Ferdinand insists Norwich’s decision to sack manager Daniel Farke was ‘100 per cent’ taken before their first win of the season against Brentford – and claims the German WOULD have been informed before

  • Norwich sacked Daniel Farke from his position as manager on Saturday evening
  • The news came hours after the Canaries won their first league game this season
  • Rio Ferdinand has insisted the timing indicates they decided before the match 
  • The Manchester United icon claimed Farke would likely have been told before


Rio Ferdinand has insisted Norwich’s decision to sack Daniel Farke as manager was ‘100 per cent’ made before beating Brentford. 

The Canaries got their first Premier League win of the season on Saturday afternoon, overcoming the Bees 2-1 to temporarily move off the bottom of the table before Newcastle’s draw with Brighton pushed them back to 20th. 

And Ferdinand stated on BT Sport the timing of the decision means Farke would have been sacked regardless of the result, and claimed the German would probably have been informed beforehand too.

Manchester United icon Rio Ferdinand (pictured) has insisted Norwich’s decision to sack Daniel Farke was taken before the Canaries won their first Premier League game of the season

Farke was sacked just hours after managing his side to a crucial 2-1 victory away at Brentford

Farke was sacked just hours after managing his side to a crucial 2-1 victory away at Brentford

He said: ‘That says to me that decision was made before the kick-off, they’ve already lined up who (is) coming in as a replacement and they’ve probably already agreed it with Daniel Farke before the game had even kicked off.’

When asked if Farke would have known about his impending departure before the game, Ferdinand added: ‘100 per cent. Listen – at the end of the day, you can’t sack a manager straight after a game (when) they’ve won the game.

‘They’re looking to do that, they’re looking to build the season from some positivity. They get it, they get their first win of the season, and they sack him? 100 per cent done before the game.’

Fellow pundit Steve Sidwell added: ‘Whether that conversation’s been done before the game, we don’t know… If it has happened, we know Farke’s connection to the club, he wants the best for the club – go out there, do his stuff then sign off.

Mathias Normann (left) and Teemu Pukki goals gave Norwich a sorely needed three points

Mathias Normann (left) and Teemu Pukki goals gave Norwich a sorely needed three points

‘But it only happens in football, in this industry. This is the only game it happens in. Looking for their first win, they got it, and then all of a sudden: change of manager. 

‘It’s great timing, in terms of the international break, for someone coming in if they’ve got someone lined up, which we’re thinking they have done.’

Farke gave no indication he knew he would be sacked in his post-match interview, telling the BBC: ‘We definitely have a chance (of survival). It’s a long marathon. The longer we work together, the better we will be as a team. I can’t guarantee we’ll stay in the league but don’t write us off.’

The victory puts them level on points with second-bottom Newcastle on five, and five more adrift of 17th-placed Leeds, outside the relegation zone. Up next, the manager-less side host Southampton and Wolves after the international break.

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