Fabian Schlager takes over the Löwen chief post from Ralph Bader – dismissal with consequences
Bad Tölz – Actually he wanted to negotiate for a job as a trainer in the Tölz youth team.
But things turned out differently.
Suddenly Fabian Schlager finds himself right in the middle of the Tölzer Löwen shark tank.
A shark tank that has devoured many a manager.
Most recently Ralph Bader (we reported), whom the 28-year-old Tölzer now succeeds as managing director of the Tölzer Eissport-Gesellschaft.
Sports cannon in the shark tank
Greater injustice is now coming to Bader.
Subsequently - after checking a number of invoices, receipts and payment transactions, ECT President Hubert Hörmann has now decided to give notice of termination without notice.
"We had to do that." The chairman of the main club EC Bad Tölz did not want to give any specific reasons.
"But we will have to take all the necessary steps." Otherwise you will handle it like on the ice: "Hard, but fair."
Youngest CEO ever
Not exactly the easiest starting conditions for Schlager, at 28 by far the youngest TEG managing director of all time.
"I am aware of the situation, I love challenges, a job without challenges is not a real job, I know what to expect."
Lots of experience - in sports and at work
The Tölzer, previously assistant coach of the DNL team, already has relevant experience despite his young age - both sportingly and professionally.
He played in the youth of the ECT up to the first team in the Oberliga.
Injuries prevented higher consecrations.
Then he defended for Geretsried in the Bayernliga under the then coach Florian Funk, six years ago he became an assistant to the same coach in the DNL.
At the same time, Schlager - the Tölz captain's grand cousin - trained at the Sparkasse and worked as a financial advisor for twelve years until he finally quit - regardless of the TEG position.
He also did a bachelor's degree in business psychology.
He is not only familiar with finances - not a bad prerequisite for managing an ice hockey league - but also with negotiations and customer contact.
"I often had to deal with criticism, know how to deal with stress, I think I can deal with it when people try to influence me." He also has negotiations with companies and potential financiers in the cross.
"I often had to deal with criticism, know how to deal with stress, I can deal with hostilities."
His goal is to rekindle enthusiasm for Tölz ice hockey.
This includes not only setting up a powerful team.
"But above all, the ice hockey evening has to become something special again." The visit to the stadium not only has to deliver a sense of achievement or exciting games, but should also be an experience.
Schlager not only wants to make a commitment palatable to medium-sized and large sponsors.
"The many small and medium-sized businesses are particularly important to us." He doesn't just want to offer them a projection screen and appreciation.
In return, you might also offer something, for example support in finding employees.
"Why not give them a chance to court trainees on the ice at a training session?"
It also fits that the lions are now training in the evening again so that the players can attend the training sessions in addition to their training and work.
Schlager has a lot of ideas, comes across as quite mellow and a little blue-eyed despite his young age.
"A beacon of hope that will bring us back into calm waters," hopes Josef Hintermaier, 2nd ECT chairman.
Increase in cooperation in Tölz ice hockey
Schlager also cares about the interlocking of the first team and youngsters in the main club.
"It should be a complete cooperation." That will help the lions with the squad composition, which is already underway.
The existing offers will be retained despite the upheaval, and some will probably also be checked.
However, Schlager has already called a lot of new players.
"No young ones, we have them ourselves, rather those of my age, all of whom have a connection to Tölz." He has already checked out a few dozen.
This could result in a good mid-level position for the team.
A "son of the mountains"
He himself is full of enthusiasm and wants to be open with the business world, fans and supporters.
"I'm happy to accept any expertise that helps us and think it's great to combine my professional skills with my passion for ice hockey." He is not only well connected in player and club circles.
He also has connections in the economy through his work at the Sparkasse.
His sporting passion goes far beyond ice hockey, Schlager is a real "son of the mountains".
"I love the mountains, I think it's great here." He loves ski tours, runs or rides his mountain bike to the summits, and regularly vacations in the mountains.
However, Schlager now has to move mountains if he wants to get the Tölzer Löwen back on the road to success.
Hörmann is confident: "It's kind of a generation change," says the ice club president.
"He brings a lot of energy, has new ideas, is well trained, I believe in him." However, he has found similar words in almost every new managing director.