Düsseldorf (dpa) – Friedhelm Funkel has apparently abandoned his intention not to train a football club after Fortuna Düsseldorf.

The 67-year-old now questioned his statement that he only wanted to retire after he left Fortuna at the beginning of this year. “I wanted to take a lot of trips with my wife. But there is nothing you can do now,” said Funkel of the “Rheinische Post” in view of the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. “That also affects my thoughts.”

“Bild” and “Sport Bild” had previously highlighted Funkel as a possible new coach for FC Schalke 04. The traditional no-win club this season are at the bottom of the table in the Bundesliga for the 13th match day and reportedly split off in the media. from Manuel Baum. The club did not want to confirm that on Friday.

“Actually, I’m not talking about anything I don’t know,” said Funkel, whose statements had been made to the media about the possible separation of FC Schalke 04 from Baum. Now I have to answer for things that haven’t even been brought to my attention. It’s all far away. ‘

Funkel was given leave in January from the then Bundesliga club Fortuna Düsseldorf. He had stated several times that he would not train a club afterwards.

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