Everything for the new season is the motto of 1. FC Nürnberg before the last game days – but that does not mean that the Franconians are out of the current season. The opposite is true.
The club’s coach wants Klaus to start next season with a successful start.
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Technical director Robert Klaus, whose contract extension was officially announced early, which expires in 2023, wants to gain momentum for next season with a win in Kiel and a victory for Schalke 04: “We saw last year how positive the successful result affects the preparation.” Not to forget that it will be of much use to FCN in terms of arranging TV money to at least defend, if not improve, the current sixth position.
The table keeps going up
By the way, gentrification is also a very hot buzzword in the cabaret. Under the auspices of new sporting director Dieter Hecking, who was installed after a last-minute rescue in July 2021, things are steadily improving, which in turn is closely linked to the coaching staff he appointed with Robert Claus at the helm. From 16th place, FCN climbed to 11th in season one, and there are currently signs of another jump by five places.
So much for positive development that can be determined by pure facts. But it is also reflected in other factors. It starts with the fact that a number of young players have joined the regular squad and they continue with a gritty and often refreshing style of play. “The coach plays football that fits the club and that fans can identify with,” Hecking stresses – so an early extension of the current contract has been an issue for weeks and now it’s not surprising.
Ambitious Klauß is a “knit all-round package”
How long the “good, coherent overall package” that Klaus says Hecking is now linked to will be kept under wraps, as will the question of whether the new contract contains an exit clause. The only thing he and the club “revealed” was that the coach’s “yes” were quick, and the discussions were not necessary long and complicated.
Nor is it surprising that Klaus, as usual on such an occasion, cheers his employer on, talks about “joy and pride” and that he knows “what he’s missing.” For example, that his team’s dominant phases in a game sometimes end very abruptly. “Our job is to improve that,” Klaus said, referring to himself and the coaching staff. As a football coach, the 37-year-old also decided to take the next step. “You constantly ask yourself to improve,” as he describes it as a trait, Hecking also describes as being ambitious and ambitious.
Excavation should also be done
Needless to say, the latter also applies to the sporting director. When he took over two years ago, the 57-year-old confirmed that after decades as a coach in the Bundesliga, it was a huge motivation for him to return to the club in a new position at the top level. According to his contract, he only has time to do this next season, as his working paper expires in June 2023. A circumstance that the association wants to change, in this particular case the Supervisory Board. It will be a big surprise if this project fails.
Can not plan to climb. And we don’t have a crystal ball.
But back to Klaus. It leaves no doubt that he will also join the Bundesliga, with the club of course – but he is leaving when it is open. “You can’t plan for promotion. And we don’t have a crystal ball,” he asserts, knowing that his team has created new, higher expectations. “First of all, it is positive that orders have increased.”
Visions of the future are initially only in the offspring
However, he refuses to set a specific goal for next season, which will be determined only in the course of preparations, “when we can evaluate our team and those of others – like last season”. Shortly before the start, the Franconians gave the goal fifth to eighth after Hecking prevailed in the contentious internal debate. It is already clear that the club’s extension wants to be more research.
Apart from the official goal, FCN wants to further improve its promotion of young talents, which has also developed positively recently. To this end, he wants to put together an internal perspective team consisting of the most promising players from under-16s to under-21s. This group, which can change constantly, then receives individual additional support in addition to the regular training. Former professional Dieter Frey (49), who recently worked as a 12 to 15-year-old training director along with his job as a Math and Sports teacher at NLZ, is taking time off and will take on the job full time.