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Norwich Head Coach Farke reveals the main reason for Srbeny's sale

City opted to cash in ahead of the Premier League trip to Manchester United despite injuries to forwards Teemu Pukki and Josip Drmic leaving youngster Adam Idah as the only available first team striking option.

Srbeny never managed to establish himself in Farke's XI during a two year spell at Carrow Road, and a return to sender was best for all parties.

"Yes, in an ideal world you would probably have waited until after this Manchester United game but during the January transfer window they are other factors in play, like Dennis' wishes or the other club involved," said the City chief, speaking at Colney on Friday.

"To be honest it wasn't easy to give Dennis permission to go because we liked him a lot, he always worked his socks off for this for this club. The main reason we allowed it is because he wanted to leave and he made it makes it pretty clear but in a respectful way.

"He was always proud to wear the yellow shirt but it was the opportunity to be the main striker at Bundesliga level. To play many minutes. He is the record signing for Paderborn. If we're really honest, in the last two years, he was not so much involved, due to Teemu Pukki and also Jordan Rhodes and then we brought in Josip Drmic. Secondly, from the business side it was a decent deal for us for a player who didn't have much game time.

"Thirdly, Adam has done well in the recent weeks and perhaps this opens up the opportunity for him. We always want to back our young players. I would have preferred this deal next week but when a player wants to leave it is hard to say to them we need you for this one game."

Southampton Vs Norwich City - Pre Match Facts & Stats


  • Southampton have lost just one of their past 13 home games against Norwich in all competitions (W8, D4), winning the last three in a row.
  • Norwich won the most recent Premier League meeting, in January 2016. They haven't won consecutive top-flight matches against Saints since 1992.


  • Southampton are looking to claim back-to-back league wins for the first time since March.
  • Their victory over Watford ended an eight-match winless home run in the Premier League.
  • Saints have picked up twice as many points away from home as they have at St Mary's.
  • They have conceded a division-high 32 goals this season, and are yet to keep a clean sheet at their own ground.
  • Each of Southampton's last 10 Premier League goals have been scored by either Danny Ings or James Ward-Prowse.
  • Ings has scored in three successive league games - the last player to score in four consecutive appearances for the Saints was Jay Rodriguez in March 2014.

Norwich City

  • Norwich City are aiming to remain unbeaten in three consecutive Premier League matches for the first time since March to April 2016.
  • They have won just one away fixture in the Premier League this season.
  • However, the Canaries have kept a clean sheet in two of their last three top-flight away games, as many as they had in their previous 33.
  • They have not won any of their last 14 Premier League away matches at night since beating Ipswich in September 1994 (D5, L9).
  • Teemu Pukki, who ended his eight-match goal drought in the Premier League at the weekend, could now become the first Norwich player to score more than seven goals in a top-flight campaign since Grant Holt in 2012-13.

Transfer Rumour: Norwich Connected To 2 European Defenders

Premier League Norwich City are hoping to strengthen their defence in the January transfer window by bringing Domagoj Vida and Chima Okoroji to Carrow Road, according to reports on the continent.

Only Southampton (27) have conceded more than their 26 goals so far too, although a third of those came in that record-breaking 9-0 home defeat to Leicester City at the end of October.

So it should come as no surprise that Norwich have made a couple of new defenders their top priority heading into the winter, having had to use experienced central midfielder Alex Tettey as a makeshift central defender in recent games.

Sabah claims that Daniel Farke’s side are putting aside £9 million to buy the experienced Croatian international Vida from Besiktas. A battle-scarred centre-back with a penchant for throwing his body on the line, Vida shone as his nation reached the World Cup final in 2018 and has won league titles in both Croatia and Ukraine.

Okoroji, meanwhile, is a 22-year-old left-back contracted to Eintracht Frankfurt. He has impressed on loan at second tier Jahn Regensburg this season and could provide competition for Jamal Lewis on the flanks, as reported by

Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber has a history when it comes to signing little-known starlets from Germany and Okoroji could follow in the footsteps of Marco Stiepermann, Christoph Zimmermann, Moritz Leitner, Onel Hernandez and Tom Trybull.

Norwich City Receive Double Fitness Boost

Central defensive duo Christoph Zimmermann and Grant Hanley are on track to return well ahead of Norwich City's festive Premier League push it was announced this morning

Head Coach Daniel Farke revealed on Thursday, ahead of Watford's pending visit to Carrow Road, he expects Hanley to be in the mix the other side of the international break following his groin surgery.

But there was an unexpected bonus with fellow centre back Zimmermann also taking part in some of the training sessions this past week as he looks to overcome a foot ligament injury.

With Mario Vrancic added to the squad for the Hornets' Friday night clash and Ibrahim Amadou and Todd Cantwell firmly in contention after injury concerns in the build up to Brighton, things are finally looking up for the City chief.

"Well in general a much better situation in comparison to what we had to face a few weeks ago," he said. "Ralf Fahrmann is back with us for the past week, Tom (Trybull) and Onel (Hernandez) have now had a few appearances and Mario has been on the training pitch now for the past two and a half weeks.

"He is not a topic for 90 minutes this weekend but at least a topic for the squad. His last game in the starting line up was May.

"We are still struggling a bit in the centre back positions but also some good signs, because Grant Hanley is likely to be back pretty soon after the international break and also Christoph Zimmermann looks quite well. He was involved in some parts of team training this week and looks like he can push on and be back pretty soon after the international break. It doesn't help us for Watford but certainly does in the bigger picture.

"We can now play this game in a good mood. So apart from the centre back positions we have a lot more competition.

"Ibrahim was completely fine this past week and so was Todd Cantwell. They are both back in the mix and we are back to proper competition on the training pitch, and that was the first week in several months.

"I was pleased with Alex Tettey at Brighton. Of course he is not a natural centre back and I don't expect him to be in this position for all the next games but he was organising well and he showed leadership. But there were one or two scenes when you could feel he is not 100pc comfortable in that situation."

Former Norwich Captain Russell Martin Appointed Manager Of MK Dons

Norwich City legend Russell Martin has decided to retire from playing, after taking his first job in management with MK Dons.

Martin made 309 appearances for the Canaries between 2009 and 2017, having a spell on loan in Scotland with Rangers before coming to a mutual agreement to end his contract early after falling out favour under Daniel Farke.

The 33-year-old spent the first half of last season in League One with Walsall as a player-coach but switched to MK Dons and helped seal automatic promotion fro League Two.

Now Martin has picked up the reins, after manager Paul Tisdale was sacked with the Dons 21st in the table after a 3-1 home defeat to Tranmere, an eighth defeat in nine games.

"That's me done, unfortunately - or fortunately for some people!" Martin joked in his first press conference. "I'm all in on this. I need to be 100 percent focused on the management and coaching because to do both would be too difficult.

"I'll look back on my career with pride and real gratitude because I'm really grateful for the career that I've had, but I'm comfortable with it. I'm excited for this next challenge."

Experienced Dons players Dean Lewington and Ryan Harley will assist the former Scotland defender ahead of Saturday's FA Cup first round tie at home to League Two side Port Vale - with Martin having already said that he has people in mind for his backroom team, hinting that they may already be in employment elsewhere.

He also spoke about the managerial influences on him during his playing days, when taking questions from fans on the Dons' official website.

"I've had a few, I've played under some good ones," he said. "I worked for Paul Lambert, we had a brilliant time at Norwich, I worked for him at Wycombe and Norwich. Learned loads from him.

"Alex Neil who is doing so well at Preston now, no surprise, tactically was one of the best managers I've worked with. I've enjoyed good relationships with all the managers that I've worked with.

"Chris Hughton was extremely organised and structured, so you take bits from everyone. I probably played my best football under Paul lambert and Alex Neil, but that's probably coincided with what point in my career I was at.

"Gordon Strachan with Scotland was superb, so I've played under loads of really good managers and really good coaches and I'm fortunate to have loads of good experience in terms of that.

"So you take bits from everyone, the bits you like and the bits you're not so keen on, but fortunately I've had loads to look at and think 'that's brilliant' and learn from."

Norwich City Post £38m Operating Loss For Last Season

Norwich executives insist there is no need to panic despite announcing losses of £38m for the financial year ending June 2019.

The Canaries revealed the figures in their annual accounts, which comprised of £32.8m spent in "operating activities," while the purchases of Emiliano Buendia, Moritz Leitner and Philip Heise have contributed to the debt.

However, the board remain confident the current financial situation is only temporary and believe it has been heightened through not receiving parachute payments from the Premier League for the first campaign in eight years.

Norwich's chief operating officer Ben Kensell said: "These figures demonstrate the club's financial resilience with our first year without parachute payments whilst achieving promotion to the Premier League as champions."

The Canaries did raise funds through the sales of Josh Murphy, Alex Pritchard and Leicester playmaker James Maddison, amounting to £20.6m

A statement on the club's website read: "Following promotion to the Premier League the club anticipates a substantial operating profit in the financial year to June 2020."



Brighton Vs Norwich City Pre Match Stats & Facts


  • Brighton's only victory in the past nine meetings was by 5-0 in the most recent encounter on the south coast, three years ago (D1, L7). Glenn Murray scored a hat-trick in that Championship fixture.
  • Norwich had won their previous four away games in this fixture.
  • This will be the first top-flight meeting between the sides since May 1983, when Norwich won 2-1 at Carrow Road.

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • The Seagulls have earned back-to-back league victories at the Amex Stadium, as many as they had in their previous 15 attempts. They have only once won three Premier League home games in a row - 18 months ago.
  • Brighton could score three goals or more in three successive home league games for the first time since March 2011, when they were in League One.
  • Albion have lost 15 Premier League matches in 2019, more than any other team.
  • Neal Maupay has scored in three consecutive Premier League home fixtures. The only Brighton player to do so in four is Glenn Murray last December.

Norwich City

  • The goalless draw against Bournemouth in Norwich's most recent away game ended a run of four straight defeats on the road from the beginning of the season.
  • Their solitary away goal this season is Teemu Pukki's consolation strike against Liverpool on the opening weekend.
  • Pukki has gone five league appearances without a goal. It's two years since he had a longer barren streak, which spanned 10 league games for Brondby.
  • The Canaries have conceded two goals or more in seven of their past eight league fixtures.
  • The 15 league goals they have conceded in the first half is the most in the division.
  • Norwich are yet to earn a point this season after falling behind in a game, and they have lost 21 of the past 22 Premier League fixtures in which they conceded first.

Norwich City vs Manchester United - Pre Match Stats & Facts


  • Manchester United have won six of their eight Premier League away games against Norwich, losing at Carrow Road in April 2005 and November 2012.
  • None of the last 12 Premier League meetings have finished level, with Norwich winning three and losing nine since a 2-2 draw in December 1993.

Norwich City

  • Norwich's tally of seven points is their lowest after nine league games of a season since a similar tally in 2012-13, also in the Premier League.
  • The Canaries have lost 20 of the past 21 Premier League matches in which they conceded first.
  • The four Premier League fixtures at Carrow Road this season have produced 20 goals, two more than at any other stadium prior to the latest round of fixtures.
  • Norwich could become the first promoted side to win a Premier League game against both Manchester clubs in the same season since Wolves and Portsmouth did so in 2003-04.
  • Teemu Pukki scored six goals in his first five Premier League appearances but has since failed to score or provide an assist in any of his last four.

Manchester United

  • United have gone eight top-flight away games without a win for the first time since a streak of 11 between February-September 1989.
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have failed to score more than once in any of these eight matches. It's their longest such run since an 11-match spell ended in May 1987.
  • Manchester United's tally of 10 points is their lowest after nine matches of a top-flight season since 1986-87.
  • They have won only four of their 17 league fixtures since Solskjaer was confirmed as permanent manager.
  • United could lose three top-flight games in a row against newly-promoted sides for the first time since November 1960.
  • They need one goal to become the first team to score 2,000 in the Premier League.
  • The eight points United have dropped from winning positions this season is the joint-most in the division, level with Aston Villa, prior to the latest round of matches.
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