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These are hard times for 1. FC Köln and its board of directors, which were sharply criticized from many sides after the last-minute rescue and Heldt’s expulsion. On Monday evening (June 7), President Werner Wolf (64) answered the most pressing questions from the fans with his vice-presidents Eckhard Sauren (49) and Carsten Wettich (41).

  • 1. FC Köln Presidium presents itself at the regular members’ table
  • The most important statements by Werner Wolf, Eckhard Sauren and Carsten Wettich
  • FC board of directors is not thinking of resigning

Wolf & Co. invited to the virtual members’ get-together – around 1200 followers were there. EXPRESS summarizes the most important statements.

1. FC Köln’s board of directors is not thinking of resigning

No resignation! The general meeting on June 17th is mainly about the election of interim vice Wettich and the discharge of the board of directors. But even if one of the points goes wrong, the presidium is not considering resigning!

The executive committee of 1. FC Köln and fan supervisor Rainer Mendel (r.) At the regular members’ table in the Rhein-Energie-Stadion on Monday, June 7th, 2021

Clearly Sauren: “If we step down, three people would move up from the membership council. With all due respect for the members’ council: That cannot be in the club’s interest if Werner and I were to step down. We hope that we will be relieved. But even if it isn’t, we will choose to move on. There are many challenges that we have to master together. “

Wolf and Sauren are promoting Wettich’s election, and they definitely want to go into the future in this constellation: “Please vote for Carsten Wettich, the board is well composed.”

Werner Wolf answers criticism from Volker Struth

Further no investors: Player advisor Volker Struth recently stated that there were investors who would be willing to get involved with FC without wanting to take over the club immediately. Struth had clearly criticized the Cologne bosses’ strategy of not wanting to rely on outside money.

The answer from President Wolf: “Our point of view is: Should a part of the association be sold, it will be decided by the members and not by Mr Struth. At the moment we do not consider the sale of shares to be necessary. “

Wettich estimates the value of the FC at 250 to 300 million euros and adds: “The board of directors came into being to make it without investors. This is basically still possible after Corona. We have to create more money in the long term. If we sell ten percent, it might help us for a season. That can’t be the point. “

FC board wants reconciliation with Horst Heldt

Meeting with Heldt and Funkel: The separation from sports boss Horst Heldt (51) was anything but harmonious. And rescuer coach Friedhelm Funkel (67) complained about a lack of contact with the board.

The Presidium plans to meet again with both of them in the near future. “We will approach Horst and seek dialogue. We hope that the frustration will then dissipate. We already had an exchange with Friedhelm Funkel, there will be a joint dinner. We want to thank both of them again, ”said Sauren.

Complete confidence in Wehrle: Until further notice, financial expert Alexander Wehrle (46) is the sole managing director. Despite offers from other clubs and Wehrle’s anger about Heldt’s expulsion, Wolf praises the cooperation.

The FC chief: “Essentially, we have a very good relationship. Alex Wehrle made it clear at the press conference last week that we have a very open relationship. I am happy to have him motivated by our side. It is quite normal not to always agree 100 percent. We at 1. FC Köln are a very emotional store. There are discussions and they are good because they lead to better decisions. We work together very openly, amicably and fairly. “

This is how the board works: Many fans and members asked themselves in the past few months: What is this board actually doing?

Wolf explains: “Much of what we do cannot be made public. With the management, we have contributed a lot to ensuring that we are still able to act. There was a significant drop in sales and we had to see that 1. FC Köln continued. We tried to cut costs massively with the management and worked in such a way that at the end of the day we got an unconditional license. This has shaped a large part of our activities. And we looked into the question of how we can reposition ourselves. We have developed a strategy. Otherwise the board also tried to keep in contact with the members. “

Eckhard Sauren: “Made mistakes as a board member”

Self-criticism: The FC bosses know that they themselves have a share in the crisis season and the chaotic past weeks. Sauren is self-critical: “As a board member, we have certainly made one or two mistakes, especially in communication. However, when you see the big picture, change processes take time. We’ll take it. We analyze everything and want to make the right decisions. In particular, when it comes to the squad, we have inherited a rucksack. “

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Sebastiaan Bornauw could bring 1. FC Köln 15 million euros.

Sebastiaan Bornauw (1. FC Cologne, here on May 28, 2021) is courted by VfL Wolfburg.

Star Sales: Cologne needs a hefty transfer plus, there is talk of 20 to 30 million euros. Above all, Sebastiaan Bornauw (22) and Ellyes Skhiri (26) are considered sales candidates. The fans already fear that the troupe might not be strong enough to stay in the league!

Sauren: “We understand the concerns. It is very difficult to absorb the corona minus. But we don’t need to give players under their value. We cannot rule out that one or the other will leave. But we do this from a position of strength and of course involve the coaching team everywhere. “

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