Alex Neil vs Daniel Farke

It should be an interesting contest on Saturday with Alex Neil still having an outside chance for the play-offs and Daniel Farke continuing to build a brand which will hopefully produce the goods for Norwich City next season.

Both appointments were unexpected by Norwich City which has created plenty of debate. As managerial posts have got shorter as time goes by, the Canaries can not be accused of selecting the tried and tested managers who find themselves on the merry-go-round.

Alex Neil, now aged 36, came with a reputation as a hard tackling midfield journeyman having played 389 games and scoring 14 times for Airdrie, Barnsley, Mansfield and Hamilton. He was appointed interim Player/Manager of Hamilton in 2013 and a month later became manager. That season he led the side to promotion at the tender age of just 31 through the play-offs.

A year later he led his team to victory at Celtic Park, the first time in 76 years! He finished with a win ratio of 54% from his 76 games in charge and could hold his own in the Scottish Premiership with one of the lowest budgets - if not the lowest.

Considered by some as the new Alex Ferguson he joined Norwich City and turned our form around in the blink of an eye, to again succeed through the play-offs against Middlesbrough having won the greatest ever derby victory beating The Blues 3-1 at the Carra.

Winning 17 of his first 25 games was no mean feat. He finished with a respectable 41% win ratio from his 108 games in the hot seat. Interestingly enough he currently has won 39% of his games at Preston yet still has a chance of the play-offs. Could he sneak in for the third time in a row?

Alex Neil has openly admitted that he made mistakes going into his first season in the Premier League, he was too loyal to the team that got him up and should have been more ruthless. 

Daniel Farke is a few years older, aged 41, and built his playing career as a striker also kicking off his evolution in football as a Player/Gaffer.  He played 228 time professionally notching 123 times.

As a finisher you might expect his team and squad would be a little more sympathetic towards the top end of the pitch.

As Manager of SV Lippstadt he produced an average of 1.55 points per game from 122 matches and then as boss of Borussia Dortmund II it was 1.93 from 56 outings - both stats not too shabby.

By coincidence Daniel Farke had a brilliant start as Norwich City manger winning nine of his first ten games.

He also achieved two promotions taking SV from the fifth to the third tier. The current statistics produce a win ratio of 34% from his up and down season of 49 games. 

Next season will be the defining one, let's see what happens to Norwich City and whether we find ourselves playing against PNE again.

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