Status: 07.12.2023, 16:28 PM
By: Boris Manz, Simon Jacob, Jörg Bullinger
Former companions believe that Frank Schmöller can turn things around with the Lions. © IMAGO/Mladen Lackovic
Frank Schmöller has left his mark on amateur football in Upper Bavaria. Former companions are sure that he is the right coach for TSV 1860.
Munich – Former comrades-in-arms of Frank Schmöller agree: He is the right person for the job. With his style, the former Bundesliga striker is expected to get TSV 1860 Munich back on track. Schmöller has had a lasting impact on amateur football in Upper Bavaria. It stands for success. He led Heimstetten from the Bezirksoberliga to the Bayernliga, with Ismaning he achieved promotion to the Regionalliga and in Pullach he celebrated the championship in the Bayernliga.
TSV 1860 goes into the games against Bielefeld and Mannheim with Schmöller
After the cancellation of the match against Rot-Weiss Essen, Schmöller will be in charge of the Lions against Arminia Bielfeld and Waldhof Mannheim as head coach. We asked his former players, assistant coaches and opponents what makes Frank Schmöller stand out and why he is leading TSV 1860 Munich out of the crisis.
"He will tackle the team in such a way that it goes through fire for the club."
Orhan Akkurt, (head coach, TSV 1865 Dachau), played under Schmöller at SV Pullach.
Orhan Akkurt: "Frank is an incredibly honest and direct coach. He will not change and will remain true to his line. That's what sets him apart. He will tackle the team in such a way that it goes through fire for the club. That will help him and the team to get six points in the two remaining games."
"Frank will bring the dead lions back to life."
Daniel Leugner (player, TSV Landsberg) played in the youth of TSV 1860 and under Schmöller at SV Pullach.
Daniel Leugner: "From the outside, I don't know exactly what condition the team is in mentally and physically. But I definitely trust Frank to stabilize and strengthen the team in both areas, even in a very short time. For me, 1860 is always about having the mentality of a lion. That's exactly what Schmöller is the right person for! Winning mentality! Losing is not an option - he embodies that with all his experience and authority. I think that's exactly what Frank will try to bring in and bring the dead lions back to life. The team has more than enough quality."
"The boys have to implement the tasks. The faster they do it, the more pleasant it will be."
Xhevat Muriqi (head coach, FC Ismaning) was a player and assistant coach under Schmöller in Ismaning and followed him to 1860 Munich.
Xhevat 'Jacky' Muriqi: "Sixty has shown a good hand. He knows the guys and the environment. He is a very good motivator and has a clear plan for how he wants to play football. He says what he asks of the guys and that's a lot. Of course, if it doesn't work, it can also become uncomfortable. It could get loud now. (laughs) By loud, I mean, loud and honest. There is very little time now and a lot of things have gone wrong there in the past. At sixty, it's a bit more of a mental thing now, I think. Frank is the right person for this. He'll know exactly how to do it. He is very communicative, open and direct. The boys have to implement the tasks. The faster they do it, the more pleasant it will be."
Frank Schmöller and Zhevat "Jacky" Muriqi also get along very well off the pitch. © Brouczek
"Frank demands a professional attitude from his players. If someone doesn't stick to it, it can get loud."
Marc Lamberger (goalkeeper coach, Austria Klagenfurt) coached junior goalkeepers at TSV 1860 Munich for eight years.
Marc Lamberger: "Frank doesn't complicate football, but has a clear approach and assigns clear tasks in the positions. First and foremost, he expects a professional attitude to football from his players and demands this in every minute of training. If someone doesn't stick to it, it can get loud. First and foremost, I am pleased that the club trusts in Frank's experience as an ex-professional and long-standing, successful coach from their own academy. I trust him to bring a positive mood to the team and get four to six points from the two remaining games, which would be a top haul."
"When Frank Schmöller steps into the dressing room, it's a statement."
Michael Hofmann, goalkeeper at TSV 1860 Munich (1998–2010), played under Schmöller at SV Pullach.
Michael Hofmann: "Overall, it's hard to judge. He probably only has these two away games to coach now. One can only hope that his speeches – and possibly some changes in the starting eleven – will bring a breath of fresh air into the team. I experienced his team speeches as a goalkeeper oldie in Pullach, when I was persuaded again by Frank and Theo Lidl. Most importantly, he is an absolute guy who was a Bundesliga striker himself and had an outstanding mentor in Ernst Happel. When Frank Schmöller steps into the dressing room, it's a statement. Due to his sometimes grumpy nature and his years of routine, I hope that some walkers will really concentrate on their tasks in the team."
Together at SV Pullach: Michael Hofmann claps hands with Frank Schmoeller. © Imago/Sports Photo Service
"I would give Frank the whole season. The fact that he doesn't have the license doesn't matter. You can see that in Unterhaching."
Andreas Pummer (head coach, FC Deisenhofen) has been Schmöller's direct opponent for years.
Andreas Pummer: "I've known Frank for a long time. As a B-youth player, he was my coach. He's always authentic, that's remarkable. I think he's the right one for sixty. If he does it well, I would like Frank to become a permanent solution as well. Why do you always have to bring in a coach from somewhere who can't exemplify the values of Sixty? Also from a financial point of view: an external person probably costs more again. I would give Frank the whole season. The fact that he doesn't have the license doesn't matter. This can be seen in Unterhaching or near Lübeck. Frank is always well structured. There's a plan behind everything. His football expertise is absolutely top-notch. He's a great guy who you always want to have in your team. He puts everything 100 percent behind success and can inspire the boys. I think he'll get six points."
"It's important that he brings the fun back to the boys. Even if it's going to be very exhausting for the players."
Gianfranco Soave (head coach, FC Lengdorf) played under Schmöller at FC Ismaning and SV Heimstetten.
Gianfranco Soave: "I definitely trust Frank to bring the team to a better fitness level. He's always been a fan of players who like to run, so I had my minutes under him as a coach. He is particularly distinguished by his passion for sports. I think he's going to reach the players better in his cool way. He is a fun-loving person and also has time for a bit of fun. It's important that he brings the fun back to the boys. Even if it's going to be very exhausting for the players."
"He has a lot of experience in this business and is not called a successful coach for nothing."
Michael Hutterer (player-coach, TSV Landsberg) played under Schmöller at SV Pullach.
Michael Hutterer: "I have a lot of confidence in Frank. He has a lot of experience in this business and is not called a success coach for nothing. I'm really happy for him that he got the chance. He's going to make something good out of it. I had him as a coach, so I'm very proud of that. Frank is a winner. He has the winning mentality. He exemplifies it immensely and is a blatant authority figure. I wish Frank all the best on this journey. Hopefully, this path will take a very long time."
"Frank has a sense of when the team needs carrots and when they need the stick."
Mijo Stijepic (former coach and player of FC Ismaning) went on the hunt for goals for Frank Schmoeller.
Mijo Stijepic: "It's only two games until Christmas. I absolutely trust Frank to win both games with the Lions. He is an absolute leader and has enormous expertise. Frank has a sense of when the team needs carrots and when they need the stick. Everywhere he's been so far, he's had success. I begrudge him the task from the bottom of my heart. For me, he's been a professional for a long time. I hope that he will be able to convince the higher-ups with good performances. Why look externally when you already have the best man in the stable? I hope it's enough."
Stijepic and Schmöller also faced each other as opponents in the Bayernliga. © Imago/Sven Leifer