The decision has been made for the new OFC coach. Alexander Schmidt (another Dresden dynamo) should lead the Offenbach Kickers back to the third division.
Offenbach – Joachim Wagner feels no pressure to move. “We are on schedule,” confirmed the president and chairman of the Supervisory Board of the regional football league Kickers Offenbach team, adding with satisfaction: “We have clarified the most important personal details in a very short time.” These were only nine. Days after the new Managing Director of Sports and Finance, Matthias Georg, introduced Alexander Schmidt’s new coach. The 53-year-old should lead the OFC for promotion. “We want to get out of the fourth league,” Wagner said, but did not want to commit to a new timeframe after the failed “three-year plan.” The OFC also did not provide any information on the length of the new coach’s contract. However, one thing is clear: “We will do everything in our power to achieve our goal.”
Anyway, the course is set: With Georg (successor Thomas Subozek) and Schmidt (successor Serreto Ristic), things should be different at the Kickers. According to Wagner, this has already been achieved one-sidedly: “I have high standards of discipline and I am glad that no news has leaked from our new inner circle. You cannot rate it highly enough.” Indeed, the OFC managed to come up with a real surprise with Schmidt’s signature. Before that, other names were circulated. Stefan Kramer, for example, or Christian Neidhart and Christian Breuser, both of which are said to have been cancelled. “It makes you smile, but it shows the club is still alive,” Wagner said.
According to George, there was immediately a lot of overlap in the conversations with Schmidt: “He brings up a lot of ideas that go along with the ideas of the club. I was convinced from the start that he would be a good fit.” They agreed “unusually quickly”. Schmidt, who was released on March 1 at the then second-tier club Dynamo Dresden, said: “I also had one or another option in the third tier. A lot is possible here. There is a lot of potential that you can awaken with a certain philosophy.” The goal is to take your fans with you with a style of play that will get you going and turn Bieberer Berg into a fortress: ‘That’s what I stand for, that’s what I’m here for’.
According to Georg Schmidt, who has also worked in the youth division of Löwen, VfB Stuttgart and Red Bull Salzburg, in addition to his key coaching positions at Dynamo Dresden, Türkgücü Munich and SKK St. Pölten, Jahn Regensburg, 1860 Munich, passionate, direct, modern football “and also has a ‘plan with the ball’ against low opponents. In addition, he brings experience and ‘correct charisma’.” This is all and the end of everything you can, says Georg. To play in a long season, where there could be a dip.” “He is a coach who is on fire for Oceania regardless of league affiliation and is ready to light the fire here.”
The Kickers were left open as to whether Schmidt would get a new assistant coach. He knows former assistant coach Marian Kovacevich from Stuttgart. He has already worked as a coach with players Matthias Fitch (1860 Munich) and Philipp Heusener (1860 Munich, Dynamo Dresden). Hosiner is still associated with the OFC, and Fetsch is said to be offered a new performance-related contract, as is Davud Tuma. They also want to keep Lucas Hermes. Tony Deniz’s future remains unclear. According to George, Stefan Fluder, Moody Chana, Samid Ramage, Christian Stark and Elia Soriano are all but certain to leave. Locally rookie Enes Zengin wants to leave the club to get match training elsewhere. Kickers will likely agree. Oceania agrees with midfielder Samir Saric (24, Wuppertaler SV), who was reported by our newspaper as an exclusive addition. (By Christian Doncher)