More Than Just a Hobby for a NASA Engineer

Have you ever had one of those days when everything seems to be going well but then falls apart? Well, that sums up the day Daniel Farke has had on Saturday November 6. Soon after earning a first Premier League win of the season, he found himself out of a job.

The late Jimmy Greaves was famous for saying that football is “a funny old game.” In 2021, it seems that the sport has become a rather cruel one too. Norwich won 2-1 at Brentford and after 11 games are still bottom, but only five points from safety. The win wasn’t enough to save his job, so who’s next to be in charge at Carrow Road?

Paddy Power have Frank Lampard as the 7/4 favourite to take over. He’s been out of a job since leaving Chelsea, so could Norwich be his third managerial position? Would he be prepared to place himself in a relegation battle, after all his success in the past is yet to be known.

Whoever does take over has to know they won’t have millions to spend. That’s the way it is at the club as they yo-yo between the Championship and the Premier League on an almost yearly basis. Perhaps they need someone used to not having a big budget to play with.

If that’s the way Norwich go, then how about appointing Steve Bruce? He’s left Newcastle just as they got some cash. Bruce is a former Norwich player and if he couldn’t keep them in the Premier League, he’s pretty good at getting promotion from the Championship. At 14/1 with Paddy Power, he’s not a bad bet.

Roy Hodgson is the second favourite with Paddy Power. He’s 15/2 to take over but would he take this job after leaving Crystal Palace during the summer? Sometimes you look at odds and think ‘do they know something we don’t?’ That’s the thought when seeing that Steven Gerrard is only 9/1 to get the job. Ibrox or Carrow Road? He’s not going to be moving back to England!

Scott Parker is 10/1 but why would he leave Craven Cottage for Norwich? The chances of Fulham (another yo-yo club) being in the Premier League next season are much better than those of Norwich.

Could it be Sam Allardyce to the rescue? He’s 11/1 to be the new boss and again try to keep a team in the Premier League. Didn’t work at West Brom last season though, did it? Recently sacked Nuno Espirito Santo is 20/1 but he may want a break after his disastrous spell at Tottenham. Whoever does take over has a big task to keep Norwich in the Premier League, what will Delia Smith cook up?