Second division fires Timo Schultz
“Difficult decision” costs the St. Pauli coach the job
12/06/2022 12:36 p.m
Timo Schultz is an institution at FC St. Pauli, as a player and coach he has worked for the second division for many years. But now the time together ends for the time being, because Schultz has to be responsible for the “balance sheet of a relegated team” in 2022.
Second division soccer team FC St. Pauli has released head coach Timo Schultz. The Presidium unanimously followed the recommendation of the sporting directors. Assistant coach Fabian Hürzeler will initially lead the training, according to a statement from the club. President Oke Göttlich and sports director Andreas Bornemann described the separation as a difficult but necessary decision.
“We have analyzed and discussed the past few months intensively and unfortunately feel compelled to act now,” said sporting director Bornemann. Göttlich confirmed: “We always have to keep an eye on the overall well-being of FC St. Pauli – and our sporting record in the 2022 calendar year is that of a relegated team.” The president had recently reiterated that the club belongs in the top third of the table.
Ex-professional Schultz took over the Kiez club in July 2020 and failed last season in a tight race to get promoted to the Bundesliga. The season so far has been characterized by mixed performances. Hamburg are currently in 15th place in the table – level on points with Arminia Bielefeld in the relegation rank and 1. FC Magdeburg in 17th place.
“Always a part of FC St. Pauli”
The team starts training again on December 9th. “Timo is a deserving and genuine St. Paulian,” praised Göttlich. The decision was correspondingly difficult. “Whether as a player, assistant coach, coach or simply as a person: Timo Schultz was, is and will always be welcome at Millerntor and will be a part of FC St. Pauli,” he affirmed.
Schultz has held various positions at the club since 2005. As a player, he played for Holstein Kiel, VfB Lübeck and the Werder Bremen amateurs. Before his job as head coach, he was assistant coach at Hamburg