Max Aarons opens up on Daniel Farke exit at Norwich City and works under new boss Dean Smith

Max Aarons admits it was difficult to say goodbye to his former mentor Daniel Farke after four years at Norwich City.

Farke, who won two league titles during his reign at Carrow Road, was sacked in early November after a poor start to the Premier League season.

City had failed to pick up a win in their first ten games and picked up just two points, leaving them rooted to the bottom of the table eight points from safety.

Despite a first win against Brentford, Farke was sacked just hours after the final whistle.

Although it was a disappointing end to his tenure, the German would arguably be one of the greatest managers in the club’s history due to his success in the Championship.

With limited funds to work with, one of Farke’s greatest qualities was his faith in youth, developing academy prospects into full members of the first team.

James Maddison, Ben Godfrey, Jamal Lewis would rise through the ranks to earn several million pounds at Premier League clubs.

Farke can also be credited with the rise of current Norwich youngsters Adam Idah and Andrew Omobamidele, who have now become regulars in the senior setup.

Without a doubt, one of Farke’s greatest achievements comes in the form of the club’s most prized asset, Max Aarons.

Aged just 18, Aarons was thrown straight into the deep end when he made his league debut against rivals Ipswich Town, a true testament to Farke’s faith in young blood.



Max Aarons has over 150 appearances for Norwich City to his name and two Championship winners’ medals

Since then, the right-back has attracted interest from some of Europe’s top clubs after racking up more than 150 first-team appearances at the age of 22.

But Aarons admits City’s poor form at the start of the season was a tough mental challenge and it was an emotional end to Farke’s tenure at the club.

“It was really tough mentally back when Daniel [Farke] left,” Aarons told the Daily Mail.

“We were there two years ago and we went down and you start having visions of this season and it was really difficult to deal with.

“And then Daniel left and it was really sad. That day, after the Brentford game, I spoke to him.

“He told me that he loved working with me from day one. It was an emotional conversation because I am so grateful to him.

Farke’s successor Dean Smith managed to give Norwich a glimmer of hope of avoiding relegation.

The Canaries have spent just 18 days outside the bottom three this season and are currently bottom of the table, but there’s no doubt there’s a newfound confidence within the side at the moment after a decent start for the new Year.

Norwich picked up back-to-back wins over Everton and Watford in January before extending their unbeaten streak to three Premier League games with a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace.

They are also enjoying a strong FA Cup run after dispatching Charlton Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers to stage a fifth-round clash with Liverpool at Anfield on March 2.

Consecutive defeats to the Premier League’s top two have been a setback and Aarons says Norwich must ensure they beat their rivals in the coming weeks.

“Having a new manager with Dean’s class was amazing and inspiring,” Aarons said.

“We improved a bit and played in a slightly different way. Maybe we’re a bit more careful, a bit safer.

“We’ve had a few wins and a few draws and from there we have to beat the teams around us and try to get some good results against bigger teams.”

As for Farke, the former Norwich boss was out of work for just two months before his next job.

The German took charge of Krasnodar, who are currently fifth in the Russian Premier League, nine points behind Zenit.

Farke’s first game in charge of the Bulls will be against Lokomotiv Moscow on Sunday, February 27.

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