Hasan Ismaik was himself again in Germany this weekend. Not in Mannheim, where TSV 1860 lost 3-1 at the start of the third division with a very poor performance, but in Munich, at the Mandarin Oriental hotel. It’s always an event when Ismaik makes one of his rare visits in recent years. The investor posted a photo on social media with his governor, Anthony Power, outside the Löwen fan shop in the city center, and on Sunday evening he posted many photos: Ismaik with smiling coach Michael Köllner; Ismaik with a statesman CFO Marc-Nicolai Pfeifer; Ismaik with frugal-looking sports director Günther Gorenzel.
Ismaik commented on all the snapshots in the web album: “We agree: we stand together! Every manager who contributes to all of his efforts has my full support and certainly the full support of the club as well.” (By club side he meant co-partner eV, more on that later.) The club shouldn’t “make the mistake of questioning everything after every setback”, he said: “A look at the history of 1860 confirms that reflex reactions are always bad advisers.”
This could be interpreted in such a way that Coach Köllner is not up for debate from Ismaik’s point of view – although given the downward trend that started long before the winter break and the club mood, the training issue is certainly not short circuit. TSV, who have set themselves the goal of promotion, have not won for five games and have collected only 11 points in the last 11 games.
The next day, Ismaik confirmed his opinion of Köllner even more clearly to SZ via Whatsapp: “He’s a good man, I will continue to trust and support him.” In the following message, the investor immediately followed: “I also support the sporting director and trust him.” It was obviously important for him to point out that he finally seemed to be colliding between Köllner and Gorenzel. So Ismaik would prefer: success again, without any personnel changes.
Among the many shots of Mandarin Oriental, the most notable was who Not what you could see on it was: a representative of the other shareholder, the eV – which of course once again gave the unfortunate impression that at sixty only Ismaik’s opinion counted, 50 +1 was virtually cancelled. Chairman Robert Reisinger is on vacation in South Africa for his birthday, but there would have been other members of the executive committee or members of the board of directors who would have had time.
And their presence might not have been uninteresting: the doubts of the eV about Köllner have now increased considerably. In addition, there were “Köllner raus” calls from the fan block in Mannheim and a poster that criticized the coach for all kinds of declarations of love towards Qatar (“wild babble and Qatar put into perspective. “Footballers play in football “and coaches train”). And the meeting with Ismaik without a representative eV will not have alleviated the annoyance in the club committees and in the supporters’ bloc, which has only partly to do with the sporting situation and also with political and political statements of the club. Köllner had made the statements in Qatar after a trip to the World Cup, during which he met Ismaik. Apparently the two hit it off straight away, at least Ismaik posted afterwards: “I will be visiting the pope with Köllner and other members of 1860 in February, we have agreed.”
CEOs will only act against the will of the investor with great abdominal pain
As far as his job goes, Köllner now apparently has the pope in his pocket. Given the huge celestial support from the main company, it was no wonder that GMs Pfeifer and Gorenzel felt it necessary to send out a press release on Tuesday evening, which should show that they have their hats off to regarding the question of who should coach the team: It is “note that the management of TSV 1860 Munich, in particular the professional assessment of the sports director, decides alone on the structures of the professional team and the composition of the coach and the functional team”. But the managers will only act against the will of the Ismaik investor who has the worst stomach ache.
Especially since the question arises how a possible successor could be funded at all. The players for whom Köllner no longer sees a place in the squad – Quirin Moll, Kevin Goden, Lorenz Knöferl, Marius Willsch – have not all found a new club (or even looked for it) and remain on the payroll. And the new midfielder Raphael Holzhauser, strongly contested by Köllner, is also there.
As always at Sixty, when it comes to coaching, it’s all about finances. An idea for a cheap successor should have been made: Assistant coach Stefan Reisinger started his training as a football teacher at the German Football Association on Monday and has to perform attendance days in Frankfurt again and again. But maybe it goes as Ismaik imagines: Köllner, Power, Gorenzel, Reisinger, the players, the investor-governors, the board, the fans – all together succeed again and love each other. Everything can start in the home game on Saturday (2 p.m.) against Zwickau, for which Gorenzel asks: “I expect a clear reaction from the team and all players in the given situation.” What’s stupid is that at sixty, things rarely turned out the way Ismaik had imagined.
As if the lions themselves wanted to underscore the confusion over who decides what for them, the press release ended with these words: “Even so, management is grateful for the trust placed in them and the support of the two shareholders that they have made the best possible decisions in terms of the positive development of TSV 1860 Munich.” When questioned, the press office changed the last word to “encounter”. That’s how it was meant – the question is whether it’s actually true.
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