Saturday, 9th November 2019
The kriselnde football Bundesliga club 1. FC Cologne has separated from his coach Achim Beierlorzer. The club announced the day after the bitter 1: 2 home defeat against TSG Hoffenheim. Previously, the "KOlner Stadtanzeiger", the "Express" and the "Bild" newspaper had already reported the end of Beierlorzer. Interim, Andre Pawlak and Manfred Schmid take over the training of the professionals.
In reaction to the eighth defeat in the eleventh season game, the Bundesliga penultimate had canceled the Saturday training at short notice. Instead interim sports chief Frank Aehlig began crisis talks. "We now have to evaluate whether we need to make a change in the coaching position, and I have to hear what the players and the coach say, feel and think," said Aehlig, who is now taking over the duties of resigned Armin Veh.
Shortly before 10 o'clock Captain Jonas Hector was heard on behalf of the team to the trainer question. After further discussions, Aehlig wanted to give the board, the management and the responsible bodies a "recommendation for action" and announced: "We will come to a decision, not at some point, but swiftly.We should not pull that off – no matter what decision we make."
Initial euphoria quickly fizzles
The little surprising decision is now that Beierlorzer must go immediately. The 51-year-old was only in the summer of 2019 for a transfer of 700,000 euros from second division Jahn Regensburg has been committed. After initial euphoria about his person, however, the 51-year-old quickly came under fire. After a heavy opening program Cologne lost recently against Hertha BSC (0: 4), in Mainz (1: 3) and in the first Erstliga derby for 22 years at Fortuna Dusseldorf (0: 2). In addition, the FC retired in the second DFB Cup round by an embarrassing 2: 3 at the fourth division 1. FC Saarbrucken.
The coach, whose contract ran until 2021, had after the bitter last-minute defeat against Hoffenheim already shown little optimistic about his future in Cologne and said: "Now the club has to make a decision: Was that okay, what was delivered? Or are they just too few points? We only have seven points, that's too little, I'm there. "
There is no successor for Beierlorzer yet. As a candidate for the permanent succession was the ex-Cologne Bruno Labbadia, but rejected the job. Confirmed FC sports director Aehlig: "I called Bruno, but he told me it was not an option for him right now."