U21 | 28/04/2019

Interim solution until end of the season

McKenna and Hörnig take over under-21s

As under-21 head coach, André Pawlak has taken over the first-team until the end of the season, there are consequential changes to 1. FC Köln’s Regionalliga team.

The decision that André Pawlak would take charge of the FC first-team until the end of the season means there are also alterations to the under-21s. As his head coach makes the move up, Kevin McKenna will take charge. The 39-year-old Canadian will take over the under-21s in the interim along with Florian Hörnig.

 “Macka and André have led the team very successfully so far and have brought our under-21s back into form together. Both know the guys very well and know what matters. Kevin will continue this path through the final stages of the season. Florian is a part of the team and they know each other very well. Due to his injury, he can’t help on the pitch but will support our team with his huge experience off it,” said the head of the FC academy, Matthias Heidrich.

Kevin McKenna, of course, wore the FC kick for seven years before ending his career with the club in 2014. Since the end of his playing days, the former defender has been a coach in the youth academy at 1. FC Köln. Between 2014 and 2017, he was assistant coach with the under-19s. He was also by Stefan Ruthenbeck’s side as assistant to the first-team in December 2017. In summer 2018, he returned to the youth academy as assistant coach to the under-21s. Florian Hörnig has played for the FC reserves since January 2018. The 32-year-old centre-back was born in Munich and made the leap to the first-team with SpVgg Unterhaching. After Jahn Regensburg, Chemnitzer FC and Fortuna Köln, he arrived at FC.

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