A unit, even in difficult times: The players of FC Fraunberg with their fans after the relegation defeat against St. Wolfgang in Walpertskirchen. Critical words? My ass! Top-class reinforcement © Christian riedel
After missing out on promotion, FC Fraunberg thanks its fans. And Volker Lippcke will be the new coach of FC.
Fraunberg – Despite a strong second half of the season, the season had a bitter end for FC Fraunberg. First, they missed out on the A-Class championship on the last matchday in a direct duel with FC Hörgersdorf and then failed in the relegation 0:2 at TSV St. Wolfgang.
Nevertheless, coach Christian Daimer draws a lot of positives from the season: "We were able to keep up in the relegation play-offs, and the goals were really scored at unfortunate times. I'm very proud of my team, which has been great throughout the year."
Press spokesman and player Malte Kaps has a similar view of the season finale: "I can live better with the defeat against Hörgersdorf. St. Wolfgang weren't so overwhelmingly good in the relegation, and with a bit of luck the game will end differently." Despite missing out on promotion, the fans were there: "The return to the clubhouse after the defeat was impressive. We were received as if we had won the thing. There were no accusations, only positive words of encouragement," says Kaps, visibly pleased. Daimer takes the same line: "The support from the club and the fans is simply unbelievable. I'm proud to be able to play for this club."
So the FC's focus is quickly on the coming season, after which it should finally go into the district class. "Next year there is only one goal, and that is promotion. If possible, we want to achieve that without relegation," said Daimer confidently. There are also some personnel changes. Daimer, who was in charge as a player-coach for two years, will act as co-player-coach next season: "I've learned a lot and I still enjoy being a coach, but I just want to be able to concentrate more on playing again. In addition, I am currently very busy professionally."
Kaps praises his team-mate for his work in recent years: "You have to say very clearly that Christian has done a huge job. He always got the best out of the team, even in difficult phases, such as in the second half of the season with major personnel problems."
FC Fraunberg is now relying on a trio of coaches. In addition to Daimer, Florian Haider comes from SpVgg Langenpreising and will also become assistant player-coach. "I've always been associated with Fraunberg, lived there for over ten years and played in a syndicate with Fraunberg when I was young. So I know all the people, and the contact has never been broken," says Haider. The central midfielder was previously head coach for three years and assistant coach at Langenpreising for two and a half years and is now taking up his second coaching position.
The trio will be led by head coach Volker Lippcke. The 48-year-old has already been a coach in Kirchdorf, Wartenberg, Mauern and most recently at VfR Haag/Amper. He knows his future assistant coach Daimer from their time together at TSV Wartenberg. "We always kept in touch. I've already watched a few games and it's a compact team that definitely has cohesion. I just hope that with my experience and my style I can get the last percent out of the boys and we can make it to the top," says Lippcke.
The squad should also be designed for this. According to Kaps, there is no evidence so far that players are stopping. At the same time, Manuel Obermaier has already been confirmed as a top-class newcomer. Born in Fraunberg, he returns from the Kreisliga club FC Eitting. "It's certainly good for us to get more experience into the team with the new signings and to expand our squad," said Kaps. If there is a need, Lippcke will also be an option: "I don't have to play anymore, but I've never really had injuries, and I still enjoy it. Basically, of course, the boys should play," says Lippcke with a smile.
BY LUKAS CHRISTOFORI