Horst Heldt was able to experience the successful relegation up close in his role. But now it is reportedly over for the makers of “Effzeh” in the cathedral city.
1. FC Köln parted ways with managing director Horst Heldt. “Kicker” and “Sport1” report this unanimously. Accordingly, the 51-year-old was informed of the decision on Sunday. The association has not yet officially confirmed the identity.
Heldt had been in office at “Effzeh” since November 2019, after having previously worked in Hanover for two years. As the successor to Armin Veh, the now 51-year-old should lead Cologne back bit by bit into the upper half of the table, but the trend reversal even pointed down after 14th place in the 2019/2020 season in the second year. Only in the relegation on Saturday did the billy goats save themselves to stay in the league.
Still, it wasn’t enough for Heldt. According to “Sport1”, the Cologne joint committee had already made the decision to separate from Heldt before the second leg in the relegation – and held on to it in another meeting after the 5: 1 in Kiel. For now, ex-keeper Thomas Kessler, supervisory board member Jörg Jakobs and licensed player manager Lukas Berg Heldt’s tasks until a successor has been found.