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Alexander Wehrle (46) is currently the sole managing director of 1. FC Köln. In his speech at the general meeting, he had to present a million-dollar minus for the first time and also announced further hard times. Times when he wants to stay on board. Wehrle said clearly: “I’m not going to Stuttgart or the DFL. I have a responsibility here and stay in Cologne! “

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These are not easy times for a CFO at 1. FC Köln. After the promotion, Alexander Wehrle decided together with the then sports director Armin Veh (60) for a risky course with a planned minus of 13.8 million euros for the upheaval of the squad, one reason why Corona hit FC so hard.

“We planned the minus because we could afford it,” explained the managing director in his speech at the virtual FC general meeting.

Alexander Wehrle draws a bitter Corona season balance at 1. FC Cologne

Then came the pandemic and left 1. FC Köln’s financial structure in ruins. “Corona presented us with great challenges. We welcomed only 900 spectators in the 2020/21 season in the Rhein-Energie-Stadion. We and the team miss you, the spectators, ”said Wehrle. Economically, the FC got into difficult waters.

For the entire season, the grandstands of the Rhein-Energie-Stadion remained empty at home games of 1. FC Köln, as it did here on January 16 against Hertha BSC.

“We suffered a corona-related loss of revenue of 66 million euros, which we want to offset with numerous savings,” said Wehrle. In addition, he counted the waiver of members and fans in the reimbursement, the waiver of salaries of professionals and executives, but also the saving of half of the stadium rent of 5.49 million euros.

“Our financial situation is stable. We received the license without any conditions. It is also our declared goal to be able to show positive equity by June 30th. We will achieve this by granting profit participation rights. Credit lines until 2022. A loan of 20 million euros, secured by a state guarantee. “

Alexander Wehrle reports: Only 160 season ticket cancellations at 1. FC Köln

Wehrle knows the supporters of 1. FC Köln by his side. “We only have 160 season ticket cancellations. On the other hand, the waiting list has continued to grow. That makes us confident. “

But because the FC not only has to repay the loan of 20 million euros, but also the other credit lines in the next few years, the club must also reinvent itself economically. “We want to establish ourselves in the Bundesliga in the long term,” said Wehrle and announced that he would stay in Cologne.

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“I will not go to Stuttgart, nor will I be the successor to Christian Seifert in Frankfurt. We have a responsibility for 1. FC Köln and I live up to it. “

Wehrle puts the decision about the future of the club in the hands of the members of 1. FC Köln

Wehrle campaigned for a discussion about a future-proof 1. FC Köln, also open to the entry of strategic partners: “We have to talk about how FC can achieve its goals. In the end, you, the members, have to decide where 1. FC Köln should go. I would like to be part of the discussion. But you decide, the members – and that’s a good thing. “

What should bring the FC forward? Investments in startups should bring new income, the investment in e-sports has already increased in value many times over.

With the Telekom one wants to show a test game with many technical innovations in September. Wehrle’s long-term goal: “We want to be a club that FC can be proud of. Jonas Hector is a role model. He tore himself apart in the struggle to stay in the league. I will do that too. “

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