Cologne (dpa) – Sports director Horst Heldt of the Bundesliga football club 1. Despite 17 league matches without a victory, FC Köln has vigorously defended the supporters of coach Markus Gisdol.

“We have long passed the status of short-term consideration,” Heldt said in the “Doppelpass” on Sport1: “Unfortunately, given the special challenges of our time, we have to think a little further. There is an existential threat, the survival of the club is at stake. So the goal must be to stay in the league for the long term with little money. “

One of the things that speaks for Gisdol is “that in these times, for example, we need to include more youth players. And for that you need a coach who likes to work with young players and bring them forward”. FC often played in the starting line-up with Jan Thielmann (now 18), Noah Katterbach (19) and Ismail Jakobs (21) in the preseason and is now successful.

Werder Bremen is a role model for Heldt. “Last season a lot of people asked: when will Bremen finally throw out Florian Kohfeldt”, said Heldt: “In the end they did it, and now they had a good start. Why should we not experience that too? Why do I have to justify myself or Gisdol? is the right coach? I say he is the right coach because he does a good job. “

His personal close relationship with Gisdol does not play a role, the sports director assured. “If I was sure it would be wrong to keep him, I would make the decision tomorrow,” said the 50-year-old, “I can’t afford to have emotional side effects in my job. And I have some. had none in history for them. confessed not to make decisions. “

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