U21 | 12/06/2019

McKenna remains as assistant

Zimmermann is new U21 head coach

Mark Zimmermann is the new head coach of 1. FC Köln’s under-21s. The 45-year-old manager was previously head coach at 3. Liga side, Carl Zeiss Jena. Kevin McKenna will remain in his role as assistant.

Mark Zimmermann has taken over the position as head coach of 1. FC Köln’s under-21s and is the successor to André Pawlak, who will remain with the first team. Zimmermann was head coach of Carl Zeiss Jena up until December 2018, and had led them to the 3. Liga in 2017. The 45-year-old played his football for Jena and Alemannia Aachen in 2. Bundesliga. He has signed a two-year deal with FC.

Kevin McKenna will remain as assistant coach for the under-21s. After Pawlak’s move to the first-team, McKenna took over the under-21s on an interim basis and helped the team to secure survival in Regionalliga West.

Matthias Heidrich, head of the FC youth academy, said: "In the search for the new under-21 head coach, we had very good and intensive talks with a few candidates. With Mark Zimmermann, we had the feeling that he fit best to our ideas and how we want to develop young talents. He brings plenty of experience as a player and manager, and has positive and clear communication with his players.

Kevin McKenna, together with André Pawlak, did magnificent work last season and we are really pleased that Kevin will remain with us in the under-21s."

Mark Zimmermann said: "The task with FC is one I'm really excited about, because 1. FC Köln is a big club with a lot of tradition. Also due to the superb talent that the academy produces. I'm looking forward to being with the boys, along with the experienced players, through their first steps in senior football and working with the team here."

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