Cologne Following the departure of Veh and Beierlorzer, FC KOln begins the search for a new sports director and a new coach. What's next? The first trainer candidate has already canceled.
Just in time for the beginning of the carnival season at the "Eleventh Eleventh", 1. FC KOln is playing high. After the separation of coach Achim Beierlorzer and the departure of sports chief Armin Veh, the Rhenish Bundesliga club faces the next fresh start – and an extremely difficult search for suitable management personnel. On Monday, when all of Cologne roars at 11.11 clock "Alaaf", will initially run the previous assistant Andre Pawlak and Manfred Schmidt FC training. And then?
"The processes run in parallel. An ideal idea is sure that you first hire a sports director, who is then involved in the search for trainees, "said the provisional Veh successor Frank Aehlig. But you are still at the beginning of the search. "We have to orientate ourselves on the market, the availability and the willingness." Bruno Labbadia has already waved.
On Friday night shortly after the 1: 2 against Hoffenheim, the FC had initially announced the separation of Veh. The fact that the table penultimate the next day coach Beierlorzer put the chair in front of the door was no surprise.
The cup disgrace in Saarbrucken, the derby defeat in Dusseldorf and the bitter last-minute knockout against Hoffenheim had prompted the club to radical editing. "I regret that we are forced to take this step. However, the hoped-for sporting success has so far failed and it is our job to do everything possible for the FC to achieve its goals, "said Aehlig on Saturday.
On the same day he caught the first refusal. "We asked Bruno if he was available for a call. He refused. I could have imagined that, "said Aehlig. The track to Roger Schmidt, who recently coached the Chinese first division Beijing Guoan, seems cold.
It is clear that the new coach must bring experience in the relegation battle. Sun called the "Express" on Sunday Tayfun Korkut, who worked until 2018 at VfB Stuttgart, and ex-Berlin Pal Dardai as conceivable candidates. So far everything is speculation. Aehlig is looking for someone who "with our team creates a new start and the sporting turnaround".
On Friday and Saturday, everyone involved had given intensive advice. Captain Jonas Hector had been heard on behalf of the team on the coach question. The board, the management and the responsible committees then took the decision against Beierlorzer. The coach said in a club statement: "I regret that I could not lead the FC in these four months to the desired sporting success."
Veh had already announced his departure to the end of the season at the end of October. The deep Cologne crisis accelerated its departure. "In our current situation, in which the 1. FC KOln must make important decisions for the future, it is consistent from my point of view that we end the cooperation in the short term," said Veh to before the match against Hoffenheim decided separation, the only after that had been announced.