While the promotion is still being celebrated at Kaiserslautern, FCK President Thomas Hengen has to make far-reaching decisions. It is important to form a strong second division team.
“It’s not just a relief, it’s pure fun,” FFC president Thomas Heingen described his feelings after being promoted to Germany’s second Bundesliga on the SWR sports podcast “Nor der FCK”.
Hengen was impressed by what happened at Kaiserslautern in the past few days: “You can see how important the club is to people.” The whole region was yearning for success.
Sleeping Giant FCK awakens
Striker Terrence Boyd said at a promotion event on Stiftsplatz that the “sleeping giant” FCK had woken up. Sporting Hengen’s managing director sees it similarly, but looks directly at the upcoming tasks: “The sleeping giant is right, but you shouldn’t sleep too much. Now there are completely different cadres. That’s why we have to form our team competitively so that we are able to keep up with the degree the second “.
Means: Team planning is in full swing. However, Hengen doesn’t want to let anyone take a closer look at his cards just yet. Needless to say, you have to improve your league higher in every position. And: “We have to speed up our game!”
FCK wants to keep the best players
Whether it is possible to retain the best performing players such as goalkeeper Matthew Raab or Philip Hirscher, Hengen does not want and cannot specifically reveal: “We will be able to keep the best players. We will see if we can keep everyone. But we will have Also a new team again.” The talks are now entering their final stage. “You also have to wait for one or the other to wake up again. It doesn’t make sense to talk to him before that,” Hengen jokes. You don’t have the pressure to get the squad full at the start of the season. “The transfer period is open until the end of August.”
It also appears that Thomas Heingen has been keeping an eye on players who did not make the last minute Bundesliga squads. That’s why the squad doesn’t have to be completed too early to be able to react as soon as that player enters the market.
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According to Thomas Heingen, when searching for potential new players, there is also an exchange with new investors, Pacific Media Group (PMG). PMG has already installed so-called data teams at other clubs. They use certain data to scan the market and try to find players who have particularly great potential but who are still under the radar of other clubs.
Hengen stresses that his team has also been working with data for a long time and that data is only part of the criteria when it comes to transfers. In the end, the main thing is that the player fits the club. “If there is a good player, it doesn’t really matter which group or advisor he comes from. The deciding factor is that the character has to fit in with the team. He has to be a player who deals completely with the club and everything else around him who lives with us”, confirms Thomas Heingen.
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The emotional environment with warm-blooded fans also plays an important role. “As nice as it is when you are successful, it can sometimes be overwhelming for a young player.”
FCK does not want to throw money
As a result of this rise, FCK could look forward to more income at the box office, including significantly higher income from television rights. But Hengen still wants to stay grounded: “We’re a rookie team, a second-tier team. We’re going to do the devil and keep the money now. We’re there to continue taking resources seriously and economically.”
In addition to the fact that FCK will play in a higher league next season, only one thing seems certain: Dirk Schuster should also be on the sidelines as a coach next season: “Sure, he has a valid worksheet. Coaches too.”