Friedhelm Funkel is leaving the Bundesliga club Fortuna Düsseldorf after the end of the season. The 65-year old coach extended his expiring contract, told the club in a statement on his Website.

Sparkle rejected, therefore, the offer of the Fortuna, to lead to concrete discussions about his future when a development in the back-round is in sight. In view of the short-term target classes holding the Fortuna have pushed the contract talks with coach, players and team in the back round.

newly promoted Düsseldorf has the first half of the season as a 14. completed, the advantage on the relegation places is four points. In the first half of the season, the team celebrated a victory against Borussia Dortmund (2:1) and a draw against Bayern München (3:3).

Sparkle insisted on quick solution

“Friedhelm Funkel this position, was accepted, however, on a quick solution in the winter break,” said Robert Schaefer, Chairman of the Executive Board of the club. “Therefore, we were unable to find here, unfortunately, is not a common compromise.”

A premature switch to the trainer position. “He is an absolute professional who will use up to the last day, his entire force for the Fortuna,” said sport Board of management, Lutz Pfannenstiel.

Funkels success story in Düsseldorf

Twinkle was the Fortuna in March 2016 in a relegation battle in the 2. Bundesliga. After the relegation, he led the team last season for direct promotion to the Bundesliga.


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