Yet for 63 minutes of this pulsating clash, Farke’s homecoming looked for all the world to be turning into something of a nightmare.
Back facing the club he won two Championship titles with for the first time, his side were on the end of a Gabriel Sara masterclass in a first half which saw them fall two goals behind.
But Shane Duffy’s own goal and a brilliant brace from Crycensio Summerville salvaged what looked to be an unlikely three points on an emotional return to Carrow Road for Farke.
‘I wasn’t sure how I would feel coming here to Carrow Road,’ the German explained. ‘The game was so difficult and exhausting. After the final whistle, it was quite emotional for myself because I never had a chance to say goodbye.
Daniel Farke marked his return to Norwich with a comeback win on Saturday afternoon
Crysencio Summerville's late double saw Leeds earn all three points at Carrow Road
Norwich had taken the lead through Shane Duffy's header but he'd go on to score an own-goal
‘This club will always have a special place in my heart. I was full of joy and wanted to dance because I was so happy for my lads and the supporters but I also wanted to show some respect.’
If Farke had been hoping for a quiet return then this five-goal thriller put pay to it.
At times during the first half, in particular, it felt more as though you were sitting ringside at a heavyweight title fight with two bruisers going blow for blow, rather than watching a game of Championship football on a dreary Saturday in October.
It was the hosts who landed the first punch when Gabriel Sara’s corner was met by a thumping near post header from Canaries defender Shane Duffy in the fourth minute.
The visitors were undeterred by their early setback, though. When Leeds’ Daniel James sent Joel Piroe through on goal, a sixth goal of the season for the Dutchman seemed the only outcome. But Piroe snatched at the opportunity and fired wide.
The visitors continued to probe but a clinical front-to-back move doubled Norwich’s advantage before the break. Kenny McLean picked up the ball deep into his own-half before spraying an inch-perfect pass out to Onel Hernandez, who took the ball in his stride before laying on Sara.
With a sea of white shirts around him, the chance looked to have gone. Yet Sara found a gap that no one else in Carrow Road saw and used a bit of Brazilian magic to wriggle his way through before firing home with his left foot.
Losing at this ground in the Championship isn’t something Farke is used to – the German only lost 14 of his 69 matches here as manager.
But even with a dazzling array of talent to pick from on the bench, it looked a long way back for Leeds.
The opening stages of the second half suggested the game was in danger of meandering to an uneventful conclusion. What transpired was anything but lacklustre.
James was rewarded for his bravery and kick-started the comeback. He was sent toppling over the pitchside barrier, but not before he had knocked the ball back across goal.
The Leeds man was still off the field, legs akimbo, when Duffy went from hero to zero by inadvertently diverting the ball past Long and into his own goal.
Summerville was a constant thorn in Norwich’s side and finished brilliantly for the first goal
Daniel James (left) was a livewire as he kickstarted Leeds' fightback on Saturday afternoon
Leeds now sit third in the Championship after their impressive win against Norwich
The goal transformed the visitors. Where they were wasteful in the first half, they were clinical in the second.
Summerville was a constant thorn in Norwich’s side and finished brilliantly from the edge of the box when the hosts were caught sleeping by a Leeds short corner.
Moments later, he sealed a dramatic win with a fine solo effort.
Running from his own half, Summerville showed more heart and determination than any man in yellow and green to force his way towards the edge of the box, where he calmly curled the ball past Long.