Ex-coach Timo Schultz, a "deserved and genuine St. Paulian"
Marcus Brandt / dpa
Second division soccer team FC St. Pauli surprisingly parted ways with coach Timo Schultz.
That gave the table-15.
The club has thus “drawn the consequences from the negative sporting development in the 2022 calendar year”.
Assistant coach Fabian Hürzeler, 29, will initially take care of the team, which will start training again on December 9th.
St. Pauli will start the second half of the season on January 29 with an away game at 1. FC Nürnberg.
"Schulle" wasn't just anyone in St. Pauli
»Hammer, quake, drumbeat« – these are the headlines in the local media.
Because: Schultz was known in St. Pauli.
»Schulle«, as the native East Frisian was called, has held various positions at St. Pauli for over 17 years.
As a player, he managed to get promoted to the second division, the Bundesliga. The 45-year-old was assistant coach and youth coach.
"Timo is a deserved and genuine St. Paulian," said club president Oke Göttlich: "We always have to keep an eye on the overall well-being of FC St. Pauli - and our sporting record in the 2022 calendar year is that of a relegated team.
This must change immediately and sustainably so that we can take all measures to hold the class.
The corona pandemic and skyrocketing energy costs are already presenting the club with massive problems.«
Criticism of the transfer policy
Schultz took over in July 2020 and failed in a tight race last season to get promoted to the Bundesliga.
The season so far has been characterized by mixed performances.
The Hamburgers are on the verge of a relegation zone.
The fact that Schultz is no longer there in the second half of the season leaves many fans angry, and they vented their displeasure on social networks.
For many, Schultz is not to blame, but sports director Andreas Bornemann and his transfer policy.
He, in turn, sees "the long winter break" as the right moment "to set the course for a successful second half of the season".
Schultz's final successor should be known by January.