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Norwich fire Farke hours after clinching first win

Premier League club Norwich announced on Saturday evening that manager, Daniel Farke, has been fired.

Farke’s sack is coming hours after his team beat Brentford 2-1 to register its first Premier League win of the season.

The 45-year-old German had been under increasing pressure after the Canaries failed to win any of their opening 10 games on their return to the elite division.

“In continuing to demand the very best for our football club, this decision was not an easy one,” sporting director Stuart Webber said in a statement.

“I know how determined Daniel and his staff were to succeed at this level, but we feel that now is the right time for a change to give ourselves the best opportunity of retaining our Premier League status.”

“It’s important that we now look forward. We have 27 league games remaining and a long way to go in the current season. We know we have the ability within our playing squad and staff to start picking up points and climbing the league table.”

Despite Saturday’s 2-1 win, the Canaries remain bottom of the English top flight with five points from 11 games.

Farke, who joined the club in 2017, won promotion for Norwich two years later, only for the club to go straight back down to the second-tier Championship.

But he guided Norwich to an immediate top-flight return, again as champions, and was rewarded with a new four-year contract in July.

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