Former DFL managing director and long-time Bundesliga manager Andreas Rettig returns to football and joins the ambitious third division club Viktoria Köln. The 58-year-old will take over the chairmanship of the management from June 1st and will receive a four-year contract. The club announced on Sunday. Most recently, Rettig was managing director at the second division club FC St. Pauli until September 2019.
He didn’t want to “accept any more compromises in the last third of my professional career,” said Rettig about the reasons for his involvement in the 3rd division: “I want to surround myself with people with whom I work trustingly and with joy. And this feeling I have here. I’m also interested in the perspective of the club that I played for myself in the 1980s. I also find the freedom I want here. “
From 1986 to 1988, the Rhinelander was a player of the predecessor club SC Viktoria in the major league, and since 2012 he has been an honorary member of FC Viktoria. As a manager, Rettig directed the fortunes of SC Freiburg, 1. FC Köln and FC Augsburg.
From 2013 to 2015 he was managing director of the German Football League (DFL). “His competence in football is undisputed,” said Viktoria President Günter Pütz: “His experience and expertise will help us a lot. He is a huge asset for Viktoria.”
With the support of entrepreneur Franz-Josef Wernze, Viktoria made it to the 3rd division in 2019 after several unsuccessful attempts. There she held in 2020 as table 12. the class, in the final phase of the current season, the club from the east of Cologne occupies eighth place.