July 18, 2024

Daniel Farke’s promotion scheme clear to Leeds United on rapid summer, last-minute exits, vital loan

Leeds United want to bounce back from relegation at the first time of asking so LeedsLive spoke to those people who followed recent examples of clubs returning to the Premier League immediately

Leeds United want to bounce back from relegation and return to the Premier League at the first time of asking. Not many teams have managed it. Since the 1992/93 campaign, just 26 of the 94 relegated sides have returned the following season.

In recent history, there are three sides who have managed it. Watford and Norwich City recovered from 2020 relegations to finish in the Championship’s top two at the end of 2020/21. Then, last season, Burnley stormed the table after going down in 2022.


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LeedsLive has spoken to Michael Bailey of The Athletic for some insight into how the Canaries achieved their bounce back in 2021. It was Daniel Farke’s fourth full campaign at the Carrow Road helm.

Norwich had won the second-tier title in 2018/19 and come straight back down one year later as the top flight’s bottom club. There was plenty of debate about whether Farke deserved a chance to repeat what he had done in 2019 after such a miserable Premier League effort.

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Stuart Webber, the Leeds-supporting director of football at Norwich, stood by the German and they romped it. Norwich would win more games (29) than anyone, lose just seven times, score 75 goals and concede only 36.

Some of it was fortune. They had a slow start to the season, winning only one of their first four games including a 1-0 home defeat to a pointless Derby [County].

The pressure would have been on, but with no supporters allowed at games, Norwich’s staff and players were able to gather their thoughts and confidence and look after themselves with their clear ability advantage and without any negative influences from the stands.


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Come the other side of the season’s first international break, the transfer window closed and Norwich could breathe a sigh of relief they had kept hold of the likes of Emi Buendia and Todd Cantwell. They also went on to win their next three games all thanks to late goals.

Young Tottenham [Hotspur] loanee Oliver Skipp also ironed out some early naivety and went on to look like a £20m midfielder playing in a Championship. Once Norwich got going, they looked impossible to stop.

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