Daniel Farke's decision to sign new contract is a big boost for Championship leaders Norwich City
Whatever happens over the next nine games, retaining the services of Daniel Farke will ensure that Norwich City continue to build towards a bright future.
Farke is the man of the moment at Carrow Road and on Wednesday night it was announced the German has signed a new three-year deal.
Now I’ll be the first to admit there were times last season when I doubted whether Farke could fulfil his promise of entertaining, dominating football – and justifiably so – but we are now reaping the rewards of the patience shown by the club’s hierarchy.
In truth, the transformation Farke has overseen this season has been nothing short of remarkable, turning City from a timid, mid-table side, toothless in attack – into one with swagger, confidence and an unwavering level of resilience.
It’s a feat made even more remarkable when you add to the equation the penny saving being carried out at Carrow Road – including the sale of James Maddison, City’s stand-out performer last season.
I’ve talked on numerous occasions about the importance of City’s recruitment, but it is Farke who has moulded such a youthful and exciting team into one who has a real chance of gaining promotion to the Premier League.
Those credentials were once again boosted on Wednesday night, with a 3-2 victory against Hull enough to see City return to the top of Championship table.
Reflecting on the game, City were insatiable at times – led by the increasingly influential Argentine Emi Buendia – but they also made things unnecessarily difficult for themselves, conceding two very avoidable goals during the match.
But the victory sets things up nicely heading into a big weekend in the promotion race, with Leeds hosting Sheffield United on Saturday lunchtime.
Of course, Farke’s Canaries will need to take care of their own business away at Rotherham – but secure three points and City will be in a strong position heading into the international break, whatever the outcome at Elland Road.