Düsseldorf (dpa) – This news brought incredible joy to most Fortuna Düsseldorf fans: 21 years after his failed interlude as a coach and a successful management career, Klaus Allofs returns to Fortuna Düsseldorf in his hometown.
The former national player becomes a board member for football and development, communication and sustainability in the second division. The 63-year-old signed a three-year contract and will be presented on Monday. This was announced by the relegated Bundesliga team shortly after the 1-0 victory over the Würzburger Kickers on match day two.
“This is a great day for Fortuna Düsseldorf,” said Supervisory Board Chairman Björn Borgerding: “Nobody thought it was possible to return the figure to Fortuna. Klaus Allofs will enrich the club with his competence and personality. With the new board team around the chairman Thomas Röttgermann, we are ideally positioned for the future. ”Besides Allofs and Röttgermann, Uwe Klein (sports) and Christian Koke (marketing) are also on the board.
“Returning to the club in my hometown is something special for me. I am happy to work with my fellow board members, especially with the chairman Thomas Röttgermann, who played a decisive role in my return and with whom I have had a relationship of trust for years. “
Allofs had started his professional career with the Rhinelander and won the DFB Cup with his home team in 1979 and 1980. He then played for 1. FC Keulen, Olympique Marseille, Girondins Bordeaux and Werder Bremen. With the DFB selection he became European champion in 1980. After his active career, he was briefly coach of Fortuna, but had to leave quickly after ten games without a win in the 2nd division.
Allofs then successfully worked as General Manager at Werder Bremen (1999 to 2012) and VfL Wolfsburg (2012 to 2016). He won the doubles with Werder in 2004, the DFB Cup 2009, qualified five times for the Champions League and reached the final of the UEFA Cup 2009. With Wolfsburg, he was second and cup winner in 2015 and reached the quarter finals of the Champions League . . Four years after the end, Allofs, from the Gerresheim district, returns to professional football.
“The appointment of Klaus Allofs is an important step for Fortuna,” said CEO Röttgermann: “We are also taking into account the increased requirements and have positioned ourselves as well as possible for the future with this team solution.” It is still unclear whether the appointment of Allofs will affect the role of Uwe Klein, who was promoted to the sports council after the voluntary departure of Lutz Pfannenstiel.