Daniel Farke near Gladbach: therapist, fitness trainer, gamer-inspirer

“I got goosebumps,” Roland Virkus says. Borussia Mönchengladbach’s sporting director spoke enthusiastically about the first conversation with new coach Daniel Farke. “I was hooked right away.”

There has been no chilling reason in Borussia for the past year and a half. In December 2020, under coach Marco Rose, Gladbach reached the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time. Then the club collapsed like a soufflé into a draft. Rose left, sporting director Max Eberl left, coach Addie Hutter was fired after just one year, favorite Lucien Favre was recently rescinded.

“The past 18 months have not been easy for Gladbach,” said Farke, the new coach, who has been clearly committed to the difficult situation at the traditional Rhine club by sporting director Virkus, during his Whitsunday afternoon presentation. FARC talks about a “new beginning” for Borussia. He is mathematically considered to have been contacted only by Virkus after he canceled Favre. “Maybe I’ll be the 1b permanent solution here,” he joked.

“First of all, we need a healthy realism,” says Farke.

Born in East Westphalia, he made his German debut but had some very eventful years. In 2013 he led five-league club SV Lippstadt to the Western Regional Division, but was relegated again a year later. In 2016 and 2017, he failed twice with Borussia Dortmund’s second team to advance to the third division. Promoted to the Premier League in England with Norwich City in 2019, relegated in 2020 and promoted again in 2021 before being sacked in early November 2021 after a poor start to the season. FARC has managed to lead teams across the thresholds in their stations: on the threshold of professional football and on the threshold of the Premier League. The question now is, what is the threshold he wants to hold Gladbach over?

A similar situation now in Gladbach: When Daniel Farke coached Norwich City, the club was in “a difficult financial situation and the squad had to be renewed,” he said.

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Farke answers: “It would be a mistake to announce so delightful goals for Gladbach here after the past 18 months.” The past year and a half have left their mark on Borussia Park. The FARC must reunite the team, the club and the environment. “First of all, we need a healthy realism,” he says.

FARC (last time in Krasnodar / Russia before the outbreak of the war) sees Gladbach as “a good base with a lot of potential”. However, neither Fark nor Ferkus know what the future team will look like. With goalkeeper Jan Sommer, defender Rami Bensbini and midfielder Jonas Hoffmann, or strikers Marcus Thuram, Alasan Bli and Brill Embolo, there are many things that cannot be achieved on a personal level. “We want to maintain the good base,” Ferkus says. It looks like he’s trying to keep departures under control. So the FARC also has to talk about persuasion with the players.

“However, it will not be easy to fulfill all the desires,” says Varkey himself, and Ferkus informed him of the club’s limited economic possibilities. Corona reduced the ownership rights of Borussia from 103 to 72 million euros. “Roland Verkus has to see what he can do,” says Stefan Schippers, chief financial officer of Borussia. “We should not get the club into trouble, and then the claims should shrink.”

“We want to start a new era now, but that takes time,” says athletic director Ferkus.

Therefore, the Farc is committed to some modesty from the start and shouldn’t stray too far from the window with athletic ambitions. He therefore prefers to praise “a wonderful club with a wonderful tradition and an incredible passion”.

But that’s exactly what he’s been up to in recent months. That’s why athletic director Ferkus says: “We want to start a new era now, but that takes time.” First of all, you have to lead the club “in calm waters” again. Gladbach has to recover from the last 18 months. Farc is a therapist, fitness coach, and gamer inspirer at the same time.

There are a lot of things to improve in football. The 61 goals conceded was the third worst in the league last season. “We need a better balance, defensive stability, fitness, possession, courage, aggressiveness, but also shared values ​​and a great deal of unity,” Farke says. He claims to have learned a lot from this during his time in Norwich, eastern England. “The club was in a difficult financial situation and the team had to be renewed.” He found something similar in Mönchengladbach. The two sides can get along well together.

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