Millwall boss Neil Harris believes Norwich City’s Daniel Farke has done an outstanding job on a limited budget as the EFL announces Chris Wilder as manager of the year, South London Press and Mercury reports.
“I won’t say who I picked and break confidence in that" Harris said.
"But I’m delighted for Chris Wilder and think him and Daniel Farke have done a fantastic job. Anyone at the top of the league has done a great job, of course they have.
“But what I will say about Daniel Farke and Chris Wilder is that they won’t have the budgets like a lot of other teams around them in the division.”
Norwich boss Farke missed out on the manager of the year award to Sheffield United’s Chris Wilder, but Millwall’s Neil Harris singled out the German for praise as Norwich top the Championship table.
The Canaries were not the pre-season favourites to be the front-runners for automatic promotion, but few can deny them their position at the summit with just eight games of the campaign remaining.
Harris’s comments, however, somewhat contradict his thoughts earlier in the season as he claimed there were expectations on Norwich to finish in the top six after supposedly spending a lot of money to build their squad.
“Yes of course there’s an expectation on them, like a lot of clubs in this division, to be a top-six side,” Harris was quoted as saying by the Eastern Daily Press back in November.
“They probably see themselves roughly where they should be, in the top six. They sold some players in the summer to make a lot of money, but they’ve spent a lot of money in the last few years to build their squad. It’s coming to fruition now, for the first real time.”
Harris’s comments may have been used to pile pressure on Norwich ahead of their trip to Carrow Road back in November, a game in which the Canaries came from behind to win 4-3 at the death.
While Norwich are not working on a tight-string budget unlike say Millwall or Rotherham United, they haven’t spent huge amounts to find themselves in their current position either.
Youngsters such as Jamal Lewis, Ben Godfrey and Max Aarons came through the academy, while leading stars Teemu Pukki, Emiliano Buendia, Onel Hernandez and Moritz Leitner were all signed for next-to-nothing.
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