The pressure is on the Norwich City hierarchy after a thumping 7-0 loss at Chelsea proved to be the final straw for some fans as their Premier League struggles continued under Daniel Farke.
Thomas Tuchel’s side were 2-0 ahead inside 18 minutes as Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi scored their first goals of the season, with Mount turning provider to set up Reece James for a third goal before half-time.
Fellow defender Ben Chilwell scored for the fourth successive game to extend Chelsea’s lead shortly after the restart, before Max Aarons’ own goal and Mount’s late second wrapped up the win.
Norwich’s top-flight troubles continue as they remain bottom of the Premier League after a thoroughly miserable afternoon in West London, as their wait for a first win of the season continues.
And the sight of Daniel Farke with his hands outstretched on the touchline in utter disbelief at his side’s defending following Chelsea’s fourth perfectly sums up yet another disappointing Premier League campaign for City so far.
“We just wanted to see an improved performance and some fight and belief from the lads.
“They didn’t have Lukaku or Werner so we thought we thought we might be able to grab a draw at best.
“But when that Mason Mount strike hit the back of the net in the eighth minute, there was a collective sigh in the away end.
“Once it went two-nil we realised we were in trouble and this was going to be a long day.”
Norwich have once again found life back in the big-time tough-going with defeat to Liverpool on the opening day followed by losses to Manchester City, Leicester and Arsenal.
But a shift to a more defensive 3-5-2 formation had brought goalless draws against Burnley and Brighton to end a six-game losing streak.
However, the heavy loss to the league leaders Chelsea on Saturday means Farke’s side are still without a win after nine games.
They are already five points adrift of Leeds in the last position of safety – the team that comes to Carrow Road on Sunday.
Lose that and the Canaries will have gone 19 games without a win in the Premier League, either side of bouncing back successfully as Championship title winners last season.
To make matters worse, City lost two of their best players in the summer transfer window with Emiliano Buendia departing for Aston Villa in a record transfer fee which could rise to £38 million and Oliver Skipp returning to Spurs.
“We just look really, really, far off at this level,” says Joe.
“In terms of the football, Norwich look devoid of any sort of confidence in themselves as players but also of a game plan or a style or any tactical system.
“Coming up from the Championship last season you’d think Norwich were the better of the teams promoted.
“Even after the transfer window, yes, we lost Buendia and Skipp from last season, our two best players, but I don’t think the squad is at the level where we’re getting beaten 7-0.
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“We’ve only scored twice this season and one was a penalty while we’ve let in 23. I think Saturday was a horrible reminder that we are miles off it.”
After five games without a goal and a loss which equals the club’s record defeat since joining the Football league in 1920, it is very much crunch time for manager Daniel Farke.
The Canaries are battling to avoid the drop immediately after gaining promotion for the third time in eight seasons after gaining promotion with 97 points last season, finishing six points clear of runners-up Watford.
Having gained promotion to the top-flight in 2015, they immediately returned to the Championship as only nine victories all season saw them finish second-bottom in the Premier League table.
But City returned once more in 2019, winning the Championship with an impressive 94 points under their German coach, only to finish rock bottom the following season with just five wins and 21 points.
However, Joe believes that the Norwich fans’ patience may just be running out this time around as the trapdoor looms once again.
“Within the fanbase now there is a conversation going on about whether we should get rid of Daniel Farke,” he explains.
“He’s got a lot of internal backing at the club and through the success he’s had, he deserves that.
“But within the fanbase we are now really asking questions.
“He’s been brilliant at Championship level. If we get relegated this season and somehow Farke keeps his job I have every faith he’ll get us back up.
“But it’s 46 games at Premier League level that he’s managed now and he’s only had five wins.
“There’s just not a lot of evidence that he can do it at this level. If you’re watching Norwich every week he doesn’t seem to be able to affect the game from the sideline.
“We don’t seem to be able to change the game within a game, we just have a Plan A and we don’t seem to be tactically flexible at this level.
“Teams in the Premier League will change it up every week and we don’t seem to be able to do that and it’s frustrating to watch.
“We’ve had a very tough start to the season in terms of fixtures and we’ve now got a run of games against Leeds, Brentford, Southampton, Wolves and Newcastle.
“So there are two games ahead of the international break where we should at least be putting up a fight.
“We shouldn’t be getting turned over by Leeds or Brentford, but if we don’t see that, maybe the international break is the time to make a decision.”
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