Norwich City decided against changing managers after dropping out of the Premier League last season.

The decision to continue to trust Daniel Farke has started to pay off as the Canaries are leading the Championship table with 70 points after 33 matches, seven points ahead of second placed Brentford.

Farke’s men have lost only five leagues matches and their performances have seen them receive praise from Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

The German coach explains why he’s not surprised by the latest positive comments made by the former Barcelona manager.

“It’s always nice when a world-class coach like Pep finds words of appreciation for what we do. To be honest, this is not a surprise for me either,” Farke told Sport1.

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“We have had a very close and friendly relationship for a long time and therefore I know that Norwich City is his ‘favourite team’ in England. But I don’t want to say more about our contact because it’s private and I don’t want to go public with it.”

Farke is proud of his side’s performances this season, especially after losing star duo Ben Godfrey and Jamal Lewis to Everton and Newcastle United respectively, and having less time to prepare for this campaign.

“We are currently playing the best season in the club’s history,” the Norwich manager explained.

“And that too after relegation, the departures of important top performers such as Ben Godfrey and Jamal Lewis, without a summer break and without preparation in the ‘toughest’ league. A big compliment to my players, the boys are doing a fantastic job.

“We have to keep working hard to finish in the top six, maybe even the top two. There is still a long way to go.”

Norwich’s Max Aarons has emerged as a target for Everton and Bayern Munich. Reports from last week stated the Bundelsiga winners have distanced themselves from signing the fullback, making the Toffees’ path clear for a summer approach.

Farke remains hopeful of retaining his star player beyond this campaign. The Canaries coach, however, admitted a decision on Aarons’ future will only be taken at the end of the season.

“There is no news at all. He has a long-term contract with us, is fully focused on our tasks and there will be no discussions or decisions in this regard before the end of the season,” he concluded.