Professionals | 20/12/2017

New deal until end of the season

Ruthenbeck remains First Team coach

1. FC Köln will continue to work with the current coaching staff. Stefan Ruthenbeck has signed a deal that will make him the head coach.

Stefan Ruthenbeck and his coaching staff will continue to work with the 1. FC Köln First Team in the second half of the 2017/18 season. Ruthenbeck has been appointed the head coach in a deal that will keep him in the position until 30 June 2018.

"Stefan Ruthenbeck and his staff were able to convince me with their work thus far. They have done well to prepare the team, find the right words, and provide solutions during a difficult situation," said FC General Manager Armin Veh. "They have my confidence and this is why we decided to continue working with this coaching staff."

Ruthenbeck, who has been coach of the 1. FC Köln U19 team since July 2017, took over as the interim coach of the First Team on 3 December 2017. The 45-year-old has previous experience working with professional teams such as Greuther Fürth and VfR Aalen.

Stefan Ruthenbeck states: "FC is my club. To be given the trust to do my job here makes me proud as a local of Cologne and it is a tremendous chance as a coach. Together with my coaching staff we will do everything in our power to approach the next 17 league matches as if they were finals and to keep the dream alive of remaining in the Bundesliga."

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