ein expression of happy determination appeared on the face of the Russian sports functionary Mikhail Ponomarev, when it came to his future role in what is probably the most dazzling club of the Third Football League. Whether he would step down a bit in the future and give up responsibility, the 45-year-old president of KFC Uerdingen was asked after he had introduced Stefan Effenberg as the club's new manager sports. "Of course not," he replied, adding an innocent "Why?" For the fans of the bizarre sides of the more and more conformist football show this is good news. It will be quite exciting, as Ponomarev, who last fired at the slightest suspicion of failure one coach after another, and – at least in the past – find similar impulsive Effenberg together.
He has "an awful lot of desire" to this new task, said the former world-class footballer, who gives up his previous jobs at the sports consultancy agency Corado and as a corporate client advisor to the People and Raiffeisenbank Bad Salzungen Schmalkalden in Thuringia. This institute specialized in granting loans to football clubs in distress, and now Effenberg has joined a club that is associated with terms such as "chaos" and "lack of transparency" rather than "seriousness" and "down-to-earthness". The best example of this is only a few days back, when Ponomarev dismissed coach Heiko Vogel, and player Manuel Konrad sent a WhatsApp voice message mimicking his president.
[Effective date] Stefan Effenberg