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Cologne’s new coach promises to stay in the league

Status: 04.01.2024 | Reading time: 2 minutes

Timo Schultz is the new head coach at 1. FC Köln

1. FC Köln has found the successor for Steffen Baumgart and hired Timo Schultz as the new coach. The 46-year-old worked at FC Basel until September last year. He made a name for himself as a player and coach, especially at FC St. Pauli.

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After Steffen Baumgart left, 1. FC Köln has found a successor. The club confirmed this on Thursday morning. For Timo Schultz it will be the first stop in the Bundesliga. He starts with very clear words.

Two weeks after parting ways with Steffen Baumgart, 1. FC Köln has found a new coach. On Thursday morning, the club confirmed reports that Timo Schultz would be taking over the job. This will be the 46-year-old’s first coaching position in the Bundesliga.

Schultz was coach at second division club FC St. Pauli from 2020 to 2022 (92 games, average points 1.45). Last summer he signed with the top Swiss club FC Basel on a two-year contract.

After a weak start to the season, he was released at the end of September. Among other things, Schultz and his team failed to qualify for the UEFA Conference League against the Kazakh club Tobyl Qostanai.

The first game sets the tone for Schultz

He will lead the first training session on Thursday, and on Saturday at 2 p.m. Schultz will sit on the Cologne bench for the first time, then there will be a test match against Rot-Weiss Essen. A week later, the landmark Bundesliga game against newly promoted Heidenheim takes place.

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“I am looking forward to a very exciting task at this great, traditional club,” Schultz is quoted as saying in the statement from his new employer. He then promises the fans that he will keep their club in the Bundesliga: “We will work hard and hard in the next few weeks to achieve the necessary results. FC belongs to the 1st Bundesliga. We will manage to stay in the league, I am 100 percent convinced of that.”

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After 16 matchdays, Cologne is in second-to-last place in the table with just ten points. After the last game before Christmas, a 0-2 loss at 1. FC Union Berlin, which was also in danger of relegation, the club and Baumgart separated after two and a half years of working together.

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