Status: 18.09.2023, 16:10 p.m.
By: Marcel Schwenk
Andreas Rettig, the DFB's new sporting director, contacted Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Uli Hoeneß before the announcement. There was no answer.
Frankfurt – Andres Rettig is considered one of the hopefuls in the crisis of the German national team. The 60-year-old succeeds Oliver Bierhoff, who left office after the disappointing 2022 World Cup, as sporting director at the DFB.
|Born:||25 April 1963 (age 60 years) in Leverkusen|
|Position:||DFB Managing Director Sport|
|Inauguration:||the 15 of september, 2023|
|Previous activities (selection):||DFL Managing Director, Manager SC Freiburg, 1. FC Köln and FC Augsburg, Commercial Director FC St. Pauli|
DFB: Relationship between sporting director Andreas Rettig and FC Bayern strained
Not everyone agreed with the appointment of the former DFL managing director. Oliver Mintzlaff and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge resigned from the task force shortly after the announcement of the appointment, the latter explicitly referring to the installation of Rettig in his justification.
The relationship between FC Bayern Munich and the Leverkusen native, who has repeatedly spoken out openly against the commercialisation of football and in favour of adhering to the 50+1 rule, is not considered a particularly good one. He is also aware of this, but he still wants to ensure that the German clubs pull together.
Tried in vain to talk to Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (center) and Uli Hoeneß (right) Contact: Andreas Rettig (left), new Managing Director Sport at the DFB. © Imago Images / Hartenfelser; Imago Images / Michael Weber
DFB sporting director Andreas Rettig attempted to contact Rummenigge and Hoeneß
"I took note of the fact that I wasn't necessarily FC Bayern's preferred candidate. I know the strained relationship," said Rettig at his presentation press conference on Monday (18 September), but also stressed: "We will need FC Bayern, it's the most important club. It's no use if we divide up here."
According to his own statement, he also tried to make contact with former Bayern bosses Uli Hoeneß and Rummenigge before the announcement on Friday morning. But it probably didn't go beyond the attempt either. "I didn't reach either of them. I spoke to Mr. Hoeneß on the mailbox and wrote a text message to Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and did not receive any response," Rettig explained.
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The long-time commercial manager of the second division club St. Pauli also commented on the search for a new national coach to succeed Hansi Flick, who was released just over a week ago. Sporting director Rudi Völler is in charge of this, DFB President Bernd Neuendorf noted that the former world-class striker has the "hat on".
"It's about the substantive evaluation of professional competence, he's superior to me, he was world champion. Modern management is not defined by hierarchical structures. It's always the competition for the best ideas to achieve the best solution," Rettig also explained his view of things. The search should be completed in a few weeks at the latest. Völler recently announced that the new coach should be fixed by the time of the trip to the USA in mid-October. (masc)