Klauß: Two victories for the new season

Everything for the new season is 1. FC Nürnberg’s motto before the last match days – but that does not mean that the Franks have ticked the current season. The opposite is the case.

Club coach Klauss wants to start the coming season with a successful start.
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Head coach Robert Klauß, whose early extension of his contract, which expires in 2023, was officially announced, wants to speed up the upcoming season with a win in Kiel and over Schalke: “We saw last year how positive a successful termination is for the preparation affects. ” Not to mention that it would do FCN a lot of good in terms of TV money ranking to at least defend, if not improve, its current 6th place.

The table recovery continues

Incidentally, improvement is also a buzzword that is red-hot in the club. Under the auspices of the new sports director Dieter Hecking, who was installed after the last-minute rescue in July 2021, things have been continuously improved, which in turn is closely linked to the coaching staff he employed with Robert Klauß at the helm. From 16th place, FCN rose to 11th place in the first season, and right now there are signs of another jump up five places.

So much for the positive development that can be determined by pure facts. But it is also reflected in other factors. It starts with a number of young players joining the regular squad and continues with the mostly brave and refreshing style of play. “The coach plays football that suits the club and that fans can identify with,” Hecking emphasizes – so the current early contract extension has been an issue for weeks and now comes as no surprise.

Ambitious Klauß is a “coherent overall package”

How long the “good, coherent overall package” that Klaus says Hecking is now tied to the club remains under wraps, as does the question of whether the new contract has an exit clause. The only thing he and the club “revealed” was that the coach’s yes was quick, there was no need for long and complicated discussions.

It is also not surprising that Klauss, as is usual on such an occasion, yells at his employer, speaks of “joy and pride,” and that he knows, “what is still missing.” For example, that the dominant phases of his team in a game sometimes end too abruptly. “It’s our job to improve it,” Klauss said, referring to himself and the coaching staff. As a football coach, the 37-year-old has also decided to take the next step. “Constantly ask yourself to improve,” he describes as a trait, and Hecking also describes him as ambitious and ambitious.

Hecking should also be held

It goes without saying that the latter also applies to the sports director. When he joined two years ago, the 57-year-old emphasized that after decades of working as a coach in the Bundesliga, it was a great motivation for him to return to the club in a new position at the top level. According to his contract, he will only have time for that in the coming season, when his working paper expires in June 2023. A relationship that the association, in this case quite specifically the board, wants to change. It would be a great surprise if this project were to fail.

An ascent can not be planned. And we do not have a crystal ball.

But back to Klaus. He leaves no doubt that he will also be drawn to the Bundesliga, with the club of course – but he will leave it when it is open. “You can not plan promotion. And we do not have a crystal ball,” he emphasizes, knowing that his team has created new, higher expectations. “First of all, it is positive that the demands on us have grown.”

Future visions initially only in the offspring

However, he refuses to set a specific goal for the upcoming season, which will only be given during the preparations, “when we can assess our and the others’ squad – as last season.” Shortly before the start, the Franks had given the goal of 5th to 8th place, after Hecking had won in the internal, controversial discussion. It is already clear that the club team wants it to be a little more researching.

Regardless of the official goal, FCN wants to further optimize its promotion of young talent, which has also recently developed positively. To this end, he wants to form an internal perspective squad that will consist of the most promising players from U16 to U21. This group, which can change constantly, then receives individual extra support in addition to normal training. Former professional Dieter Frey (49), who most recently worked as a training manager for U12 to U15 in parallel with his job as a mathematics and sports teacher at NLZ, is taking leave and will take on this task full time.

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