Timo Schultz: Relegated 1. FC Köln sacks its coach

2. Bundesliga Timo Schultz

Relegated 1. FC Cologne sacks its coach

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Timo Schultz is no longer coach of 1. FC Köln

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1. FC Cologne has drawn conclusions from its relegation from the Bundesliga and is parting ways with coach Timo Schultz, who was only hired at the beginning of the year. His successor is taking on a complicated legacy.

Bundesliga relegated team 1. FC Köln and coach Timo Schultz will not continue their collaboration in the 2nd division. The Rhineland club announced this on Monday. The contract of the 46-year-old, who was signed at the beginning of the year as a new hopeful, ends on June 30, 2024 anyway. His two assistant coaches André Pawlak and Kevin McKenna will also leave.

“We deliberately took a lot of time last week to work through the second half of the season together with Timo and to turn over every stone. As a result, we were of the unanimous opinion that we need to start the second division season, which will bring with it major challenges, with new impulses in the coaching team,” said FC managing director Christian Keller.

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Schultz, who had previously worked at FC Basel and FC St. Pauli, was unable to turn things around with Cologne in the second half of the season. In 18 games under their new coach, the Rhinelanders only managed three wins and never managed to escape the relegation zone. There was still a little hope before the last matchday, but that required a win at 1. FC Heidenheim. Cologne then lost 4-1 to the newly promoted team.

Schultz understands his dismissal

“Since we have not achieved our main goal – staying in the league – I believe it is consistent and right that someone else starts anew,” explained Schultz.

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Nothing has been announced about the successor. However, the new coach is facing an extremely difficult situation. The team will lose its best players. Defensive specialist Jeff Chabot has already joined VfB Stuttgart. And because of the FIFA ban for two transfer periods, Cologne cannot sign any players this summer and can only rely on returning loan players and talent from their own youth team.

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