Nuremberg (AP) – Dieter Hecking, the new sports director of second division football club 1. FC Nürnberg, has not wanted to return to the coaching position.
“I still like to watch the training, but so far I have not felt the need to intervene and correct anything myself,” said the 55-year-old in an interview with the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. This gives him a good feeling that he has found the right time to switch sides.
Hecking was Germany’s Football Coach of the Year in 2015 and last coached Hamburger SV, with whom he missed promotion to the Bundesliga. He has been a manager in Nuremberg since July.
The 55-year-old admitted that the coaching job had no longer given him the great appeal. “I was the head coach for 20 years and in the end there was maybe a certain routine,” Hecking said. If you notice that the processes are always the same, then it simply no longer makes the appeal of standing on the training ground. He wondered what else football could offer him.
There was a choice between the national coach and the sports director or “a completely different path”. He wondered: “Does the chance fit, and what does my feeling say? When the offer from 1. FC Nürnberg came, I could answer both with yes”, Hecking said.
He is currently familiarizing himself with new areas of work. “There are topics that are new to me: employment law, contract law, contract terms, transfer agreements,” said Hecking. “But here too, with the support of my staff, I have become familiar with it.”